Davao City mulls mandatory drug test for workers in private establishments

    Davao City Councilor Melchor Quitain has proposed an ordinance requring private stablishments with more than ten workers to subject their employees to mandatory drug tests.
At present only government employees as part of anti-drug campaign are targets of mandatory drug tests.
Quitain , chair of the City Council committee on ethics and good governance, said the drug tests, showing that the employees are clean,  would be another requirement before issuance or renewal of a business permit.
The proposed Mandatory Drug Testing Ordinance is now under study by the committee on Health chaired by councilor Dr. Bernie Al-ag.
“Everybody hates drugs,” Quitain said to downplay speculations the ordinance could trigger adverse reactions from the business communty.

Drug supply on the rise

Lawyer Eliseo Braganza, action officer of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac), said that reports from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Region showed that drug supply has continued to rise.
Braganza said drugs mainly from Cotabato and Misamis enter the city through the airport and sesaports.
PDEA chief Emerson Rosales said for the period January to May this year, PDEA seized 107.75 grams of shabu and P1.1 million worth of marijuana.

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