Various stakeholders at the municipal level pledged their support to the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya – Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in a municipal launching activity held at the Parish Function Hall, Lupon, Davao Oriental yesterday.

MASA MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program that encourages multi-sectoral partnership which intensifies the spirit of volunteerism at the community level.

The program is implemented through a MASA MASID Team that may engage in activities such as advocacy and education campaign, information gathering and reporting and community-based rehabilitation program.

During the launching, PCI Miguelito M Cabahug Jr of Lupon Municipal Police Station presented the peace and order situation in the municipality including updates on the war against illegal drugs.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette Tolentino-Sunga lauded the program which heightens community involvement and mobilizes the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector.

Municipal officials led by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim, members of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abused Council, Liga ng mga Barangay, Department Heads and civil society organizations forged their signatures expressing their support in the tarpaulin printed with a pledge of commitment.

After the launching activity, the MASA MASID Technical Working Group (TWG) will form barangay TWGs to help accept potential volunteers who will report on illegal drugs, conduct information drive, and assist in community drug rehabilitation among others.

DILG is encouraging those who would voluntarily like to join the cause and those not presently involved in illegal drugs and other criminal activities by visiting the local DILG offices or local church.