A BUSINESS group in Negros Occidental has expressed willingness to assist the provincial government in its rehabilitation efforts for drug dependents in the province.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has said the province also considers tapping the business sector for any help it can extend on top of the current measures being taken by the provincial government.
Marañon had earlier said the province for now, can only allocate P5 million to initially finance drug rehabilitation efforts, including livelihood and skills training for the surrenderees.
On Thursday, the governor said that Capitol will adopt the proposed outpatient drug rehabilitation program seen to effectively help drug users at a cheaper cost.
Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said he will take up the initiatives with the Board during their meeting probably next week.
He said that pending the official talks or request from the governor, they might contribute monetary donations which can support the province in terms of medical expenses of the patients under rehabilitation.
“We still have to craft a final decision as to how we can further contribute to the government’s efforts of addressing drug issues,” Carbon said, adding that “addressing drug woes also result to reduction of other crimes that can positively affect businesses.”
Carbon told Sun.Star Bacolod that MBBCI through its president and executive committee chairman Roberto Montelibano has acceded to the proposal to adapt various drug cleansing steps in the workplace.
He added that MBCCI will ask its 120 member-companies and 10 trade associations to also require their respective employees and workers to submit barangay clearance indicating that they are not included in the list of drug dependent residents.
“Those who cannot comply will be subjected to compulsory drug test,” Carbon said.