Oro chamber leader says war on drugs has good results

THE government’s effort to put an end to the drug crisis in the country has produced good results, said one business leader in Cagayan de Oro City.

Jeffrey Ang, president of Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. or Oro Chamber, said that the war on drugs has created a positive outcome to business establishments rather than one with a chilling effect.

"Lipay man ang Chamber ana nga fight because it's (illegal drugs) very rampant na, in fact, bisan asa kuno ka mopalit ana, makapalit ka," Ang said.

He said the organization urges their member companies to conduct a surprise drug test to employees. He added that business owners could even make drug testing a policy.

"Since the war on drugs started, daghan na pud establishment nga nag-initiate ug drug test sa ilang employees. Daghan nami nabal-an nga members sa Chamber nga nagpa-drug test sila, unya daghan pud kaayo nag-positive, so ang uban naghinay-hinay ug tangtang," he said.

Knowing the employee to hire, including the possibility that he may be into drugs, is important for the employee-employer relationship, to be able to build trust and confidence, noted Ang.

The chamber president said that he favors a random drug test than the mandatory or imposed drug test noting that it could be easily manipulated.

"Maka-prepare man gud sila kung ibutang ta nga mandatory ug requirement siya before ka makasulod sa work, maka-andam sila, pwede sila maglie-low paggamit, dili kaayo importante ug effective ang mandatory drug test, gastos lang pud kini," he adds.

Oro Chamber has at least 300 member companies under its umbrella. It has established itself as a leader in creating business policies and initiatives in the city. It has also been an active voice of local entrepreneurs.

The city also covers a number of business organizations including the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among others.

The present administration has been criticized on the increasing number of extrajudicial killings since the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte to end the illegal drug problem in the country within six months.

In Northern Mindanao, some 21 drug personalities have already been killed due to police anti-illegal drug operations from July 1 to September 8, police records noted.

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