“People should not fear volunteering in the MASA MASID (Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga) program. It will not be known who reports what. Reports will be validated and the validation will be fast since it is barangay-based,” said Secretary Ismael D. Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Let the barangay rise up against infiltration of drugs and criminality and from being pulled to poverty because of corruption,” added Sueno.
The MASA MASID program of the DILG, launched today, is a community-based initiative to engage volunteers in the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs. It is multi-sectoral and mass-based.
He said that capacity development on reporting system will be done together with MASA MASID orientation programs to be conducted in the succeeding weeks at the regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels.
Sueno said MASA MASID Teams will be tasked to conduct advocacy and education campaigns as well as information gathering and reporting.
The team shall also coordinate the support of local experts and practitioners to volunteer in the Community Rehabilitation Network (CRN) which handles the community-based rehabilitation program for the holistic recovery of drug dependents.
During the launch of the MASA MASID program, Sueno read the message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who is in Vietnam for official matters.
Part of the Presidential message reads, “The administration has allocated an ample portion of annual budget for anti-illegal drugs and anti-corruption initiatives, one of which is the MASA MASID program that provides platform for people to be involved… I trust that the MASA MASID program will be an effective mechanism to transform our kababayans into significant agents of public change.”
Various sectors expressed their support to the MASA MASID program. Among those who attended the launching in SB Park, Batasan Hills, Quezon City are faith-based groups, barangay officials from Visayas and Mindanao, National Youth Commission (NYC), Liga ng Mga Barangay heads from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and others.
Organizing MASA MASID teams
The Department encourages the active participation of faith-based groups, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), people’s organizations (POs), and other organizations, to intensify the spirit of volunteerism for this campaign.
The DILG and PNP are part of the expanded Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan or UBAS in cities and municipalities in the country together with faith-based groups, Liga ng Barangay (LnB), and city or municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.
The UBAS TWGs in towns and cities act as social facilitators. They will convene, organize, mobilize and train MASA MASID Teams (MMTs) per barangay and monitor activities.
Meanwhile, the MMTs shall be the main implementing arm of the program at the barangay level.
MMTs will be composed of faith-based organizations, CSOs and NGOs that are members of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC), as well as other community volunteers.
Makers of shabu warned
In his speech, Sueno said, “Sa lahat ng gumagawa ng shabu, mag-ingat kayo dahil marami kaming paraan mapasok mga establisimyento niyo.”
This is after the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) helped discover one of the biggest shabu laboratories in the country at Barangay Lacquios in Arayat, Pampanga which is said to produce 400 kilograms of shabu per day. # Source – www.dilg.gov.ph