DA boosts support for PRRD’s Anti-Drug Campaign
In support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to eradicate drugs in the country, the Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) has conducted a mandatory drug test to its employees through a Memorandum from Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.
Based on the Health and Wellness Program of DA- XI, around 222 regular employees and 400 Job Orders submitted themselves for drug test for the second time this year. This is a directive from Sec. Piñol requiring all DA employees to undergo the check-up twice a year including the Job Order employees which should submit negative result for hiring and or renewal of their contracts.
DA-XI Alternate Focal Person for Anti-Drug Plan of Action Eleonor Ingalla said that as per directed by the DA Secretary, those regular employees who will refuse to undergo the mandatory testing shall face administrative sanctions while Job Order employees who will be found positive of dangerous substance will be terminated.
DA will turnover to concern agencies any drug dependent employees who are willing to undergo rehabilitation process.
DA as partner for change
With drug problem as one of the priority program of PRRD, he signed Executive Order No. 15 which gives birth to the creation of Inter- Agency Committee on Anti- Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
ICAD seeks to provide a holistic intervention through setting of clear trajectory and direction and in utilizing available resources and programs for rehab and reintegration.
DA as part of the rehabilitation and reintegration cluster of ICAD is tasked to make sure that available resources will be utilized in reforming surrenderers through farming.
In his report during the ICAD Consultation Meeting held on August 10 at AdDU in Davao City, Gilbert Ale representing the Assistant Secretary for Administration Roldan Gorgonio, highlighted the interventions done by DA for drug surrenderers. These include the provision of livestock and seeds for their livelihood program as well as technology transfer through skill training.
In December 2016, upon receiving letters from Brgy. Captain of Dumoy and in Brgy. Marapangi, Toril requesting help for their drug surrenderers, DA provided vegetable seeds, native chicken and boer goats for their livelihood program. This was followed by the livelihood program for the parolees and probationers also in Marapangi, Toril in partnership with the Davao City Parole and Probation Office No. 3.
Focal Person for DA Anti-Drug Plan for Action, Roy Pascua said that since 2015 DA has always been committed on the campaign against illegal drugs that includes the commitment to a drug-free working environment.