Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. is taking steps to improve the city’s efforts to combat drug abuse by signing a drug-free workplace policy.
The policy is to be enforced under Executive Order 3 Series of 2023, which allows the local government to conduct surprise drug testing on all employees of the city government in accordance with regulations imposed by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The mayor said the goal is to maintain a drug-free environment in the public service throughout the city.
Under the new policy, those employees who test positive for drugs will be required to undergo rehabilitation.
This policy aligns with the mayor’s flagship program to eliminate illegal drugs in the city by reducing demand through the promotion of a drug-free environment and rehabilitation efforts.
The executive order also requires the creation of a drug-free workplace committee, which will be in charge of implementing the policy.
The committee will be composed of department heads and representatives from social groups in the city hall, and will be headed by the mayor.
Additionally, the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ACADAC) will be mandated to strengthen their efforts to prevent drug abuse in the city in accordance with the new policy.