PERSONNEL and trainees of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) will undergo a mandatory drug test in response to the government’s intensified anti-drug campaign.
Tesda director general Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong on Wednesday said the mandatory random drug test will ensure that staff members and trainees of the agency are not hooked on illegal drugs.
“This is in support to the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to eradicate illegal drugs in all sectors of society, and as stipulated in RA 9165 otherwise known as the ‘Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002’; and CSC Memorandum Circular No. 13, series of 2010 entitled ‘Guidelines for a Drug-free Workplace in the Bureaucracy,” he said in a memorandum.
Tesda regional directors will conduct the random drug testing in their respective areas in coordination with the Department of Health.
Tesda will also mount activities for employees and students in relation to the fight against illegal drugs, Mamondiong said.
Under the Civil Service Commission rules, any government employee who tests positive for drug use faces administrative complaint and may be dismissed from service.