07 Nov DILG Launches MASA MASID in CDO, Support to Duterte’s Anti-Criminality, Corruption and Illegal Drugs
Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) is set to be launched in Northern Mindanao, specifically in Cagayan de Oro, coming November 8, 2016 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). A program that supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement to crush illegal drugs, corruption and criminality in the Philippines.
MASA MASID is a barangay-based program intended to battle against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality which motivates multi-sectoral partnership in order to magnify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level.
According to Northern Mindanao DILG director Arnel M. Agabe, the program eyes on the supply reduction, demand reduction, and community rehabilitation during the “Talakayan sa PIA”. He then added that under MASA MASID, volunteers will be summoned in barangays to join the battle against the problems mentioned earlier through reporting cases of drug use and sale, corruption, and criminality in their respective areas.
Furthermore, he continued encouraging everyone to get involved and support the magnification of its advocacy and education campaign against illegal activities in order to terminate the drug problem in the region.
As explained by the DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-116, the existing Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan (UBAS) Technical Working Groups in local government units (LGUs) brought together by religious groups and barangay officials for programs on good governance and community development shall be augmented, to be chaired by a City or Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, with selected representatives from a faith-based group, Philippine National Police (PNP), Liga ng mga Barangay, and City or Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (C/MADAC). Then, the expanded UBAS TWG shall deal with the promotion of the MASA MASID as a mechanism to comply with the needs of their respective LGUs. They shall then provide technical assistance to MASA MASID teams in every barangay.
Drugs enforcement agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH)and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be tapped for the efforts, with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to handle the aftercare program, ensuring the drug users to be able to find jobs and be given assistance by the national government.