A total of 279 BIR employees from Pampanga and Quezon City participated in the Orientation Seminar on the Promotion of a Drug-Free Workplace Program held last April 28 and May 7, 2015.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Department of Labor and Employment-Occupational Safety and Health Center (DOLE-OSHC) successfully conducted the seminar. The activity aimed to provide and update the knowledge of the employees on the complex issues regarding drug and substance abuse in the workplace as well as heighten the level of awareness of human resource management officers and employees in developing relationship with their co-workers and in detecting and referring employees who are using drugs for appropriate care, treatment and rehabilitation.
Atty. Francis del Valle, Chief Legal Affairs and Assistance Division, PDEA, explained the different acts punishable under RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 as well as the corresponding penalties. Furthermore, he pointed out the duties and responsibilities of persons in authority who can apprehend or cause the apprehension of those who violate any of the provisions of the law.
On the other hand, Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, explained to the employees of BIR in Pampanga the government efforts in addressing the problem of drugs in the country. He focused his discussion on the five (5) Pillars of Action being implemented by DDB.
In both venues, the topic on Medical Aspects of Drug Abuse was discussed and the participants learned about physical, mental and psychological effects of drugs on one’s health.
DDB resolves to pursue its mandate to conduct Drug-Free Workplace Programs in all government agencies and private companies in the country to eventually achieve a drug-free Philippines.