Council rushes drafting of Davao city's drug ordinance

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Thursday, November 22, 2012


THE Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) is rushing the drafting of the proposed ordinance, which seeks to mandate all private companies in Davao City with more than 10 employees to subject their personnel to random drug testing.

Lawyer Eliseo P. Braganza, action officer of Cadac, said they are still in the process of discussing the frequency and coverage of the mandatory drug testing.

He said as soon as they are able to draft the proposed measure, the whole year next year will be for information dissemination campaign.

Braganza said he is positive that the proposed ordinance will be implemented by 2014.

"Sa pagkakaron naa ta sa pag-draft sa ordinance. Daghan ta og gina-consider ang frequency ug coverage ani (At present are still in the process of making the draft for the ordinance. We are considering everything, the frequency and its coverage)," Braganza said during the I-Speak forum at City Hall.

Davao City Councilor Melchor Quitain has sponsored a resolution seeking for the enactment of the ordinance, aimed at totally eradicating the city's drug problem in April this year.

Quitain said the ordinance will not affect the influx of businessmen who are interested to invest in Davao City.

"It is because everybody hates drugs, everybody wants the proliferation of drugs in Davao City to stop," Quitain said.
Once passed, the ordinance will mandate all business establishments here to subject all their employees to mandatory drug testing before they could get their business permit renewed.

The measure specifically targets companies in the private sector that deliver public services which include taxi companies, bus operators, call centers, security agencies, among others.

"In order to further safeguard the City of Davao and to effectively implement the law, there is an urgent need for a complimentary and independent legislative action that the City Council of Davao could do that would add teeth for the compliance of the drug-free workplace provisions of RA 9165," read part of the proposed ordinance. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 23, 2012.

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