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Drug test still mandatory for gov’t employees, applicants
by CSC release

The Civil Service Commission has recently issued guidelines to ensure that government agencies remain drug-free for the effective and efficient delivery of public services.

In Resolution 1700653 dated March 15, the CSC stated that drug testing shall remain a requirement for initial entry to government service and those found positive for drug use shall not be hired or appointed.

The CSC also said as a condition for retention in service, incumbent public officials and employees shall  be subjected to a mandatory random drug testing within six months from the effectivity of the guidelines. Subsequently, government agencies must conduct periodic drug testing in an interval not to exceed two years.

In conducting the mandatory drug test, government agencies must observe the procedures prescribed by the Dangerous Drugs Board, which shall include but are not limited to the following: The drug test shall only be conducted by a government drug testing laboratory or by a drug testing laboratory duly authorized and accredited by the Department of Health;
The randomly selected public officials and employees will fill up and sign a chain of custody form issued to them;

The specimen bottles must be properly labelled and taking of specimen samples for screening test must be done in an area where manipulation (e.g. adding of water) is not possible; and
Specimen samples found positive shall be submitted for confirmatory testing within the same day.

Officials or employees who refuse, without any valid reason, to submit themselves to drug testing shall be charged gross insubordination, which could lead to suspension from the service on the first offense and dismissal on the second offense.

Officials or employees who have tested positive and refuse to undergo treatment or fail to complete their intervention program shall be charged with Grave Misconduct, which could result in dismissal from the service on first offense.

Those found to have used dangerous drugs during the period of intervention or treatment will be charged with Grave Misconduct punishable by dismissal from the service.


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