Lapu-Lapu may soon require businesses to have drug-free workplace for permit renewals

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BUSINESS establishments in Lapu-Lapu City may soon be required to have a drug-free workplace before they can renew their business permits.

Garry Lao, executive director of the City of Lapu-Lapu Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Closap), said they’ve come up with this proposal that they hope will be passed as an ordinance.

The proposed ordinance is entitled, “An Ordinance Mandating Business Establishments within the Territorial Jurisdiction of Lapu-Lapu City to Execute an undertaking adhering to a ‘drug-free workplace,’ as a Requirement for the Acquisition or Renewal of Business Permits and Providing penalties for violation thereof.”

He said City Councilor Emilio Galaroza, who chairs the committee on dangerous drugs and health, has agreed to sponsor and endorse it for first reading during the City Council’s regular session on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.

Should the proposed ordinance be approved, all business establishments in the city, whether small or large scale, will be required to conduct random drug tests on their employees.

Business establishments will also require applicants to undergo a drug test.

“I don’t think anyone will object to this proposal? Who wants to have an employee who is using illegal drugs?” Lao said in Cebuano.

“Is it expensive? No. Rather it’s more expensive if an employee steals because of illegal drugs. It’s more expensive if the employee steals from his place of work. It becomes even more expensive if the employee gets arrested because of illegal drugs,” Lao said in a mix of Cebuano and English.