CATARMAN, Northern Samar- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and provincial government of Northern Samar launched today (Nov.4) a community-based program for the prevention of corruption, illegal drugs and criminality in barangays.
Entitled Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga or ‘MASA MASID,’ the program aims to encourage communities to take a proactive stance in the government’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality.
Provincial information officer Rei Josiah Echano said that MASA MASID is an innovation of massively mobilizing the people against corruption and addiction is the perfect program that can curb these two social evils.
“Truly, with the MASA MASID, the Governor Jun Ong’s will as shown in his issuances and actions will not only have political support but will also have a muscle that will send tremors against the evils of corruption and illegal drug addiction,” Echano said.
DILG Provincial Director Valente Bajet said that the program has four main thrusts: information and education campaign in communities for government programs against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality; creation of a reporting mechanism on illegal drugs-related activities; formulation of community-based rehabilitation programs; and revive the spirit of volunteerism by creating a volunteer-friendly atmosphere for organizations that wishes to be partners for change
“I am urging the municipal mayors and their grass roots leaders to organize similar activities and organizations of Masa Masid so that we can enlist the widest possible participation of our people,” Bajet said.(PR)