(seated from L-R) CHED Commissioner Lilian De Las Llagas, Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero De Vera III,
and Commissioner Ronald Adamat, together with key officials of the Commission underwent mandatory drug testing Monday
in compliance with the Civil Service Commission’s Memorandum Circular No. 13, series of 2017.
CHED Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero De Vera III submits specimen for drug testing to show support of the campaign
of President Duterte for a drug-free workplace.
In support of the campaign of President Duterte for a drug-free workplace, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero E. De Vera III and key officials of the Commission underwent mandatory random drug testing on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the CHED Central Office in Quezon City.
In a press conference held at noon, De Vera said that all CHED officials will undergo mandatory drug testing and for the rest of the staff of the Commission, will have random drug test for today. This initiative is being undertaken consistent with Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 13 provides for the “Guidelines in the Mandatory Random Drug Test for Public Officials and Employees and Other Purposes.”
As stated in the MC, government agencies like CHED are required to conduct a mandatory, random, and suspicion-less drug testing of their incumbent public officials and employees as a condition for retention in government services.
Officials and employees with urine specimens found positive in the screening test shall be submitted for further confirmatory testing within the same day. If the specimen is found positive from the confirmatory testing, the concerned employee will undergo Drug Dependency Examination to be conducted by the Department of Health.
De Vera underscored that drug testing is a health intervention measure to ensure individuals that have problems with drug dependency are identified and give appropriate health and psychological assistance. “This is not meant to penalize government workers. We want to make sure that all individuals in the Commission are performing their functions well and that there are no obstacles to their delivery of efficient public service,” de Vera added.
Since 2015, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been directing all agencies to enjoin in the government’s “War Against Drug.” In Memorandum Circular No. 89, series of 2015, the president mandated all government agencies to formulate and adopt their own drug-free workplace program.
Joining de Vera in the drug testing exercise were fellow Commissioners Ronald Adamat and Lilian de las Llagas, Deputy Executive Director Napoleon Imperials, directors of all central offices and all CHED regional directors.
PROSPERO E. DE VERA III, DPA
Officer-in-Charge and Spokesperson
Commission on Higher Education