More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) is one with the government in promoting a healthy and safe workplace. Recently, Iloilo City’s sole electricity distributor conducted random drug testing among its employees, both regular and contractual.
Daphne Karina de Pedro, Assistant Vice President for Human Capital Management of MORE Power, said that the random drug test is based on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Order 5303, series of 2003 which states that private companies should implement a drug-free workplace.
“Considering that we are an electric utility. Kung mag gwa ang atun empleyado sa field, sigurado gid kita nga safe ang atun komunidad because ang atun employees are drug-free. Our workplace here is drug-free,” says De Pedro.
If anyone is found positive, they will undergo confirmatory drug testing. If still found positive, the employee will undergo due process.
MORE Power management reiterates its stance on prohibiting the use of illegal drugs among its employees and personnel. Even 3rd party contractors were also obliged to implement their drug testing.
“Nagapati ako nga ang atun mga empleyado diri are drug-free. But then again, we must ensure we go through drug testing. Sa umpisa pa lang once they apply for a job here, there is a pre-employment screening for drug tests. This is just a sequence in drug testing to ensure that we are drug-free in the office,” says Daphne Karina De Pedro.