Mayor issues fair warning to city employees on drugs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2016 13:17

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco has issued officially and categorically a fair but stern warning to all city government officials and employees found to be using illegal drugs that they will be meted with the full force of criminal and civil service laws.

“As mayor, I am duty bound to enforce the laws and the pertinent administrative rules and regulations in relation to government employees who have been found to be using illegal drugs,” Climaco said after six city government employees were tested positive for methamphetamine, a substance for shabu, during the mandatory drug test on the first day of her second term last June 30.

The chief executive specifically cited Section 36(d) of RA 9165, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” which states “Officers and employees of public and private offices, whether domestic or overseas, shall be subjected to undergo a random drug test as contained in the company’s work rules and regulations, which shall be borne by the employer, for purposes of reducing the risk in the workplace. Any officer or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be dealt with administratively which shall be a ground for suspension or termination, subject to the provisions of Article 282 of the Labor Code and pertinent provisions of the Civil Service Law.”

By using prohibited drugs, Climaco bewailed, government employees put at risk the very institution which they are serving.

“Their actuations diminish the respect of the public for the employees of the government. There is no doubt that by using prohibited drugs, government employees commit misconduct,” she said, defining misconduct as a transgression of some established and definite rule of action, a forbidden act, a dereliction of duty, unlawful behavior, willful in character, improper or wrong behavior.

“In this case, substantial evidence obtained through a random drug test established that the said employees were indeed positive for use of shabu,” the mayor said, adding that such is a “flagrant violation of the law.”

Under Section 46(A)(3), Rule 10 of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS), grave misconduct is a grave offense punishable by dismissal even for the first offense.

Climaco further cited Civil Service Memorandum Circular No. 13, series of 2010, which states that any official or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be subjected to disciplinary/administrative proceedings with a penalty of dismissal from the service at first offense pursuant to Section 46(19) of Book V of Executive Order 292 and Section 22(c) of its Omnibus Rules.

“Let this be a fair warning to all other city government employees who are under the influence of illegal drugs. There will be no let up in this campaign and I am firm in my stance that the city government should get rid of employees who are using illegal drugs,” Climaco warned.

Earlier on, she ordered City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon to conduct a thorough investigation on the said employees and to recommend the appropriate disciplinary action that must be taken against them. — Vic Larato