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PDEA, LGU bat for drug-free workplaces in Tacurong

More than 30 owners and representatives of establishments based in Tacurong City attended the one-day advocacy program of the government aiming to promote a drug-free workplace held today at the CDRRM Operations Center.

Participants came from hotels, bars, restaurants, subdivisions, condominiums, and warehouses operating within the city.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 12 spearheaded the activity in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Philippine National Police (PNP) also graced the event.

The conduct of advocacy program is in compliance with RA 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 as well as the DOLE Department Order 53-03, Series of 2003 that provides guidelines for implementation of Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for Private Sector.

Under DO 53-03, establishments need to conduct mandatory drug testing for their new hires as well as random drug testing for employees.

Lectures on various topics were presented by PDEA officers and agents including presentations on how to detect illegal drugs, laboratories, concealment methods and clandestine operations, and salient features of RA 9165.

In his message, Mayor Angelo Montilla urged the employers to abide by the guidelines of DO 53-03 and to seriously keep a drug-free establishment.

DOLE Sultan Kudarat Director Mary Jane Hoksuan and Pol. Lt. Col. Rey Egos echoed the statement of Mayor Montilla adding that this advocacy is in line with their mandates of promoting the welfare of workers as well as keeping order in the workplace.

PDEA Regional Director Naravy Duquiatan conveyed her gratitude to the support of stakeholders in the endeavor.

Another highlight of the activity was the signing of Declaration of Support to the advocacy program by the stakeholders. ASF, LGU Information)

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City Peace and Order Council Quarterly Meeting, August 8, 2019

The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), chaired by City Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ O. Montilla, convened on August 8, 2019 at the CDRRMC building. The council members in attendance included the Punong Barangays, representatives from the PNP, PDEA, JTF Talakudong, 33rd IB, BFP, BJMP, heads of LGU offices, and other public and private entities in the city.

Some of the issues discussed during the meeting included the consideration of the council to declare as Persona Non Grata the left wing rebel groups as pointed out in DILG Memorandum Circular 2018 – 211 and Executive Order No. 70; public roads clearing as per presidential directive during the 4th State of the Nation Address and as emphasized under DILG Memorandum Circular 2019 – 211; and the formal dissolution of the Civilian Volunteers Organization and recognition of the barangay tanod and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) as the only civilian peacekeeping forces allowed in the barangays as provided in the Local Government Code of 1991.

“If we do not follow these directives, we will be answerable to the President,” explained Montilla. “Let us do our jobs well.” The council is set to reconvene on August 16.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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10 barangays in Tacurong drug-clear

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared ten (10) barangays in Tacurong City to be “drug-clear” during the Joint City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) meeting on 16 August 2018.

These barangays are Brgy. Baras, Calean, Kalandagan, Lancheta, New Passi, Rajah Muda, San Antonio, San Rafael, Tina, and Upper Katungal.

In its certification, PDEA indicated that Tacurong City underwent a Barangay Drug Clearing Operation pursuant to the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 3, series of 2017 covering the period of March 23, 2017 up to date, which resulted to the drug-cleared barangays.

The Regional Oversight Committee will continue to conduct revalidation and evaluation of the 10 barangays to monitor their status.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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