CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro, Nob 29 (PIA) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Mimaropa recently launched its program dubbed “Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Drogra” (MASA MASID) at Bulwagang Panlalawigan, Calapan City.
It was attended by more or less 1,000 individuals coming from different national government agencies, local government units, religious sector, non-government organizations and other stakeholders.
MASA MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program that encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level.
Its main purpose is to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, and private sectors in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
In his welcome remarks, Provincial Administrator Nelson B. Melgar emphasized his strong conviction of supporting the program as it would transform the community into a place where anomalies, corruption and illegalities have no rooms to exist.
The population of Mimaropa as of September 30, 2016 is more than 3.72 million which is composed of 1,459 barangays according to the report of PSSUPT. Renato C. Angara, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of Police Regional Office Mimaropa. According to Angara, out of said number of barangays, 302 of which are barangay drug affected in the region.
Moreover, the report of the PNP shows that as of July 1-September 30, 2016 there are 18,985 surrenderees in the region, of which 1,640 are pushers and 17,354 are users. It was also revealed in a presentation that the province of Oriental Mindoro remains the highest in terms of illegal drug activities apprehended.
A Pledge of Commitment was signed by local chief executives, heads of government agencies and other stakeholders supporting DILG’s endeavor to fight corruption and illegal drugs that destroy Filipino families and the entire community. (LTC/PIA-Mimaropa/Calapan)