Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, November 28, 2016

DILG’s MASA MASID regional launch in Bicol

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- With the war on drugs now in full swing across the country, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) inched another step forward to ensure that the campaign will be relentlessly pursued with the help of more stakeholders and volunteers.

DILG BIcol has  spearheaded the regional launch of “Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga, otherwise known under the acronym MASA MASID held Friday, November 25 at the Capitol Convention Center in Pili, Camarines Sur.

 DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno keynoted the event with more than 3,000 participants from various local government units, students, heads of national government agencies, law enforcement agencies , members and officers of DILG, government officials, youth,  barangay volunteers and members of the media, among others in attendance.

Sueno reiterated President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to lessen, if not totally eliminate the drug menace in the country.

“President Duterte is very serious in his campaign to free our country from illegal drugs. One of the reasons for adopting MASA MASID is to ensure demand reduction that is, get volunteers from barangays to educate others on the ill-effects of drugs and for them to serve as the eyes and ears of the government. Second, ensure supply and demand reduction by rehabilitating and reforming the community where they live,” Sueno said.

Sueno also enjoined other government agencies, particularly those directly involved in addressing the war on drugs like the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Department of Health (DOH), other attached agencies, particularly the local government units to innovate and pursue programs that would encourage more drug surrenderres to come up in the open and embrace reform.

DILG Bicol officer in chargeELouisa T. Pastor believed that the war on drugs will be won only if every stakeholder will do their part.  She acknowledged the significant role that the volunteers will play in diminishing the supply and demand of illegal drugs in every community.

The event was capped with the pledge of commitment led by the different Liga Presidents representing their respective provinces, Archdiocese of Caceres, League of Municipalities representative, and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).

The stakeholders, led by Camarines Sur Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte signed their names at the commitment wall to signify their willingness to help in the fight against illegal drugs.    (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861480330478/dilg-s-masa-masid-regional-launch-in-bicol#sthash.bmZr9Ykc.dpuf

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