BACOLOD City – A community-based program against corruption, illegal drugs and crimes has been launched in Negros Island Region.
The Mamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga (MASA-MASID) aims to encourage barangays to be proactive in helping the government fight these social menace.
Interior and Local Government secretary Ismael Sueno said the program is expected to further boost the government’s antidrug campaign.
Each barangay will have a MASA-MASID team that will comprise representatives from:
* faith-based organizations
* civil society organizations (CSOs)
* nongovernment organizations
* people’s organizations
* a CSO representative from the Barangay Peace and Order Council and the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council
The MASA-MASID team shall gather information on corruption, illegal drugs and crimes in the barangays. Sueno stressed the information will not be taken as “gospel truth”; they will be validated.
The program will not duplicate existing antidrug programs, the Interior secretary said.
The MASA-MASID was originally launched in Manila on Sept. 26.
Its announcement at a hotel here on Saturday, Oct. 1, was the program’s first regional launching./PN