- Written by LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 12 December 2016
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ILOILO PROVINCE - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Iloilo Provincial Office launched the Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga or the MASA-MASID Program on November 21, 2016 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel. The MASA-MASID Program aims to prevent corruption, criminality and illegal drugs with the participation of all sectors at the grassroots level.
The program, according to DILG Iloilo Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, is a take-off point to reinforce the commitment of public officials and the different sectors of the society in the fight against drugs, corruption and criminality. Local officials and representatives of national government agencies were invited to get their commitment to stand up against all forms of illegal activities.
DILG VI Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda said that MASA-MASID boosts the spirit of volunteerism. “Magtatagumpay lang po ito kung lahat tayo ay magsasama-sama” said Nuyda. He urged the representatives of DILG, PNP, DSWD, DOH, other national government agencies, faith-based organizations and local government units to make this program a successful one.
Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) Acting Provincial Director PSSUPT Harold B. Tuzon stressed that the police force is serious in getting rid of illegal drugs as one of the top priorities of the Duterte administration. He added that the cooperation of the community is essential in the success of the anti-illegal drug campaign “Double Barrel” which was launched on July 1, 2016. Project Tokhang and Project High Value Target (HVT)/Low Value Target (LVT) are the PNP operational thrusts that support this campaign and information from the community is vital in the campaign’s success. Tuzon added that killing is not part of the campaign and gave an assurance that the PNP tracks and monitors every case filed.
MASA MASID involves the participation of all sectors in the community which include faith-based organizations, barangay based institutions, CSOs, NGOs and volunteers. The expanded Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) composed of the church, other faith-based organizations and the barangays, which was initially formulated to monitor Bottom-Up Budgeting project implementation, is now an instrument to strengthen the MASA-MASID Program.
Assistant Secretary for Barangay Affairs of the DILG, ASEC Roosque B. Calacat said that national government agencies like DOH, DSWD, DILG and TESDA among others are joining hand in hand in implementing programs for drug prevention, drug rehabilitation and reintegration or aftercare programs for drug surrenderees. Calacat encouraged the barangay officials to reactivate their Barangay Anti-Illegal Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) and to mobilize MASA-MASID teams. “We will drug proof the barangays”, Calacat said.
JASAC Director Msgr. Meliton B. Oso, Provincial Liga President Pablito G. Gemarino and LMP President Jett C. Rojas pledged their 100% commitment to support the program. The provincial launching ended with the signing of pledge of commitment of local officials, faith-based groups, representatives of national government agencies and other stakeholders. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Iloilo Province)