THE Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) has reminded candidates for elective posts in the 2019 elections to submit themselves to mandatory drug testing once they win.
According to DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, recently passed DDB Regulation 13, Series of 2018, provides for the establishment and institutionalization of drug-free workplace policies in all government offices, including the conduct of authorized drug testing for local officials and appointive public officers.
This initiative, he added, is pursuant to President Duterte’s order to strengthen all anti-drug efforts through imposing a stricter sanction for public employees including elective local officials and appointive public officers.
“As civil servants, we must lead by example of living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. We cannot expect the Filipino people to be drug-free if we, ourselves, are involved in these substances,” Cuy said in a statement.
The regulation covers all appointive public officers in all offices, including all constitutional bodies, departments, bureaus, and agencies of the national government, government-owned and controlled corporations, state and local universities and colleges, and elective local officials of local government units.
Any personnel who will be found positive for use of dangerous drugs at first offense will be charged with the administrative offense of grave misconduct and may be dismissed from public service.
Under the policy, head of agencies or Local Chief Executives who fail to formulate or implement a drug-free workplace policy within two months will get a penalty of imprisonment ranging from six months and one day to four years and a fine ranging from P10,000 to P50,000.