Civil Service Commission issues new random drug test rules on gov’t employees

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) has amended the policy on mandatory random drug testing in the government service to specify exemptions.

In April 8, 2017 guidelines of the mandatory random drug test for public officials and employees issued through CSC Resolution 1700653, any official or employee found positive for drug at the first instance shall be required to undergo a mandatory rehabilitation or counseling program depending on the severity of drug use.

Those who refuse to undergo such or fail to complete the rehabilitation program shall be formally charged with administrative offense of grave misconduct.

Meanwhile, in  Resolution 13 of Dangerous Drugs Board issued in August 30, 2018, public officials and employees found positive for drug use at first instance shall be subjected to disciplinary/administrative proceedings with penalty of dismissal from the service.

To ensure proper implementation of these two issuances, the CSC through Resolution 1900238 dated 8 March 2019 states that (CSC) Resolution 1700653 shall remain as the general policy on the conduct of mandatory random drug testing for public officials and employees.

On the other hand, DDB Resolution 13  shall only be adopted by government agencies that are exempted from the coverage of CSC Resolution No. 1700653.

The Commission also specified that officers and members of the military, police, and other law enforcement agencies are exempted from CSC’s policy and shall be subjected to the DDB.

Elective officials and Presidential appointees are also exempted from CSC’s policy on mandatory random drug testing.