Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Belllo III yesterday urged employers to implement a Drug-free workplace policy to ensure the safety and health of their workers.

“Drug abuse is a serious problem that pervades all levels of the society particularly the Filipino workforce. I am urging all establishments to implement this drug-free policy to ensure that workplaces are free from the detrimental effects of drug abuse,” Bello said.

Bello also directed concerned DOLE offices, including the Regional Offices, to strengthen the Department’s campaign against illegal drugs and contribute to Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s efforts to counter the country’s drug problem.

“Drug problem poses not only security and health problems, but also social, economic, psychological, and economic problems. It requires the unified action of all DOLE agencies,” said Bello.

In 2015, about 34,709 establishments, or 77.9 percent of the 44,522 total establishments covered by the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS), were implementing Department Order No. 53-03.

In 2014, some 50,636 establishments, or 77.5 percent of the 65,301 establishments covered, have complied with the said department order.

Under DOLE’s Department Order No. 53-03, all establishments in the private sector employing 10 or more workers must develop their own drug abuse policies and programs. It also encourages establishments with less than 10 workers to participate in the said campaign.

It also directs companies to have their employees submit themselves to a random drug testing through its Drug Testing Program based on the procedure set by the Department of Health (DOH).

The department order also tasks establishments to provide similar advocacies in their respective workplace by posting banners on the implementation of a drug-free workplace.

The drug free workplace policy and program also include treatment and rehabilitation, and referral procedure which shall be provided by the establishment.

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