MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing for conducting drug test for teachers, employees and students.
In a PTV report, Education Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo said that aside from high school students, random drug testing for teachers and employees shall also be administered, as per directives of the current education secretary, Leonor Briones.
Though the use of illegal drugs has already been iterated in Civil Service Memorandum Circular, the Assistant Secretary told that there might be teachers or employees who are engaged into these acts.
Pinag-aaralan nga natin kung magiging annual part ito ng annual check-up ko.
Likewise, DepEd employees union president Atty. Domingo Alidon also favors the teachers/ employees drug testing plan. As quoted,
If they are going to do that at random or subject all employees of DepEd for drug test, then we don’t have any objection, if that is for the best in the rest of the public service.
We are calling the attention of all concerned that they should avoid using these drugs.
The department is already implementing the random drug testing for private and public secondary students pursuant to Department Order No. 80, series of 2009 or the ‘Revised Guidelines on Random Drug Testing of High School Students’.