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Taking President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s marching order to intensify anti-illegal drug efforts during the recent State of the Nation Address, the Dangerous Drugs Board has taken proactive steps in strengthening the implementation of the drug free workplace policy by reiterating the one strike provision for dismissal that will be imposed upon government workers who are found positive for using illegal drugs.

Earlier this week, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra echoed the same position when DOJ endorsed DDB’s one strike policy.

In a meeting convened by DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) were asked to submit proposals to further strengthen DDB Board Regulation Number 2, Series of 2017 which mandated a sanction of dismissal at first offense for government officials and employees who will be found positive for use of illegal drugs.

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Actual photo: DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy was joined by DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri, PNP Directorate for Operations Head (Police Director) Ma. O Aplasca. Also in the photo were DDB Undersecretaries Jose Marlowe Pedregosa and Earl Saavedra.

“Since this policy was institutionalized as of February 2017, it is essential that we reiterate its implementation up to the level of the local governments. We look forward to supplement the existing Board Regulation on the one-strike provision by establishing clear protocols and mechanisms on the processes and procedures to be exhausted in implementing this policy. We hope to attain this when the Board convenes by August 8,” DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy emphasized.

Among the salient provisions that the DDB looks forward to address as it strengthens the drug free workplace policy are the random drug testing requirements, the persons accountable to administer the drug testing procedures, the duty-bearers who will implement the drug-free workplace policy at the LGU level, the required due process for those found positive for drug testing and the disciplining authority on cases related to illegal drug violations.

“We would like to instill the importance of accountability, integrity and moral ascendancy among our ranks in the government service. It is our primordial obligation to be law-abiding citizens and lead by example. Being a drug free individual is a major step. This is the reason why we (at the DDB) are serious in our pursuit to lay down the directions that will strengthen our anti-drug priorities”, Secretary Cuy said in closing.