979 firms comply with drug-free workplace assessment: CADAC

The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) has recorded total of 979 companies which have undergone drug-free workplace assessment training program which started in July this year.

This was bared by CADAC technical adviser Ronald Rivera, who was among the guests during the AFP-PNP Press Corps media briefing held on Wednesday at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

“Apart from the 979, we are still anticipating latecomers to avail of the training,” Rivera said.

Out of 979 companies, Rivera divulged that a total of 62 firms were able to conduct random drug testings to their employees. 

Rivera said they are urging companies with 10 or more employees to comply with the necessary trainings before December 15 as the speakers will not be available for the holidays. He, however, said the training will resume on January next year.

“Companies which fails to comply this requirement, their business permits will not be renewed,” he said.

This program said Rivera is pursuant to city ordinance 0506-13 commonly known as the the drug free workplace ordinance.

“This is anchored with preventive anti-drug abuse education to help people with addiction get treatment and become functional again and will help establishments to have more productive manpower,” he explained.

The city government’s drug-free environs campaign includes state universities and colleges, GOCCs, regional agencies and private establishments.

Davao City Local Ordinance No. 0506-13 mandates all establishments to craft a Drug-Free workplace policy and program, to include PDEA supervised random drug testing and the implementation of a 3-year plan for Drug prevention and control in their respective workplaces as part of the requirements for the renewal of business permits effective 2020.

Earlier, the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) created a Technical Working Group to conduct a series of Training of Trainers for the Assessment Team of all establishments in Davao City employing 10 or more workers to prepare them in the renewal of business permits in 2020.