BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discussed the concept of Drug Free Workplace Policy to the heads and representatives of government agencies who attended the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) 2nd quarter meeting held at the Bataan Command Center in Orani.
Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 13 series of 2018, aims to ensure that all government agencies remain drug free by implementing mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing activities within each agency.
PDEA-Regional Office 3, Information Officer Glenn Guillermo said, this policy must be implemented and initiated by the head of the agency. A committee assistant from PDEA will be assigned to assist the head of the agency in drafting and implementing the provision of the said policy, as well as organizing the assessment team which must consist of employees with appropriate educational background in medicine, psychology, social work and human resources. Those who fail to formulate and implement the policy will be penalized.
The drug free workplace policy also applies to all appointive public officials such as Commission on Audit (COA), Comelec, Civil Service Commission (CSC), departments, bureaus, agencies of the national government, local universities and colleges, elective officials of local government units (LGU) except Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).