Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control incorporates two key memorandum circulars on tobacco control from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), namely:
- CSC Memorandum Circular (MC) 17, s. 2009, or Smoking Prohibition based on 100% Smoke-Free Environment Policy; and
- CSC-Department of Health (DOH) Joint MC 2010-01, or the Protection of the Bureaucracy Against Tobacco Industry Interference.
The CSC has developed a report mechanism to facilitate the monitoring and reporting of violations of the memorandum circulars. Those who would like to report violations committed by government employees may use either the complaint form or the anonymous complaint form developed by the CSC, and contact the CSC through the following:
Telephone Numbers: (02) 931-8095 loc. 461; (02) 932-0111 (CSC Hotline)
Mobile Number: 0917-8398-272 (TEXT-CSC)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reference, the following acts as defined in DO 48, s. 2016, CSC MC 17, s. 2009, and CSC-DOH JMC 2010-01 are prohibited among DepEd personnel, and shall be penalized in administrative proceedings as grave or simple misconduct depending on the gravity of the act and its consequences, under existing laws, rules, and regulations:
- Smoking in and on the premises, buildings, and grounds of the DepEd and all schools;
- Establishing or allowing smoking areas within ten meters of entrances and exits of such premises;
- Selling tobacco products in the premises, including buildings and grounds, of public elementary and secondary schools and all DepEd offices;
- Unjustified refusal by persons concerned to report tobacco control policy violations including so-called tobacco industry Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in schools or provide any related information that would facilitate enforcement of CSC-DOH JMC 2010-01 and DO 48, s. 2016;
- Having unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry;
- Failure to conduct a necessary transaction with the tobacco industry in a public and transparent manner;
- Unjustified refusal by persons concerned to correct any perception of partnership with the tobacco industry;
- Extending preferential treatment to the tobacco industry;
- Accepting gifts, donations, and sponsorships directly and indirectly from the tobacco industry, including those that may be coursed through DepEd stakeholders, partners, or third parties in the guise of CSR projects;
- Failure to disclose any financial interest in the tobacco industry;
- Accepting any favors analogous to those mentioned above – such as having any conflict of interest with the tobacco industry;
- Failure to disclose engagement in any occupational activity within the tobacco industry or any intention to engage in the same to past and current superiors; and
- Any analogous or similar acts.
Based on DO 48, s. 2016, tobacco industry refers to “organizations, entities, associations, and individuals who work for and in behalf of the tobacco industry, such as, but not limited, to tobacco manufacturers, wholesale distributors, importers of tobacco products, tobacco retailers, front groups and/or organizations, including, but not limited to lawyers, scientists, and lobbyists who work to further the interests of the tobacco industry.”