• DILG taps volunteers in anti-drugs drive

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    The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is counting on the support of thousands of volunteers nationwide in implementing the campaign against illegal drugs.

    DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno said the volunteers and other stakeholders will be organized to make up an umbrella group called MASA MASID or Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga.

    “We are banking on the participation of the common people and faith-based organizations to spark the spirit of volunteerism in all 42,000 barangays in the Philippines so we can address the long-standing battle against drugs, corruption and criminality by the end of December this year,” Sueno said.

    He said MASA MASID is a multi-sectoral and mass-based approach program designed to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic and faith-based organizations and the private sector.

    The program focuses on three major interventions — demand reduction strategy through advocacy and education campaigns; demand and supply reduction through information gathering and reporting; and community-based rehabilitation program.

    The program will be steered by the expanded Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan Technical Working Group (UBAS TWG) which will be chaired by the DILG City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officer. The TWG members will be composed of representatives from faith-based organizations, Liga ng Mga Barangay/Municipal Federation, Philippine National Police, and city/municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC).

    The DILG Secretary also said MASA MASID will start with the organization and orientation of MASA MASID teams with due priority on affected barangays. The next phase will be the actual implementation wherein a reporting system will be set up. There will also be forums, seminars, and related information on education and communication materials together with the implementation of community-based rehabilitation program. The last phase will include the periodic monitoring and evaluation of the program.

    Sueno also directed the DILG regional and field officers and the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Secretary to provide appropriate technical assistance to MASA MASID when necessary.

    MASA MASID will be officially launched on September 28, 2016.

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