The DILG Manila Field Office, together with the City Government, led the launching of MASA MASID or Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga in the City of Manila recently.
MASA MASID is the Department’s pilot program against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs.
Former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada attended the launch along with other key city officials, punong barangays, representatives from non-government organizations, religious groups, Philippine National Police, Manila Police District, Bureau of Fire Protection, and members of the Manila Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC).
In his message, Estrada expressed his support to the government’s objective of eliminating illegal drugs.
“Tulad ng ating Pangulo, naniniwala din ako na ang pagsugpo sa iligal na droga at korapsyon ay susi sa tunay na pag-unlad ng Pilipinas,” he said, noting that the MASA MASID program will greatly help the city in its goal of eradicating illegal drugs and corruption.
DILG Manila City Director Atty. Rolynne Javier facilitated the activity dubbed as ‘Sustaining Manila’s Good Governance and War on Drugs: The Launching of MASA MASID cum Orientation on Federalism.”
During the launch, the DILG tackled MASA MASID and the invaluable role of barangay officials and community leaders in the fight against illegal drugs, as well as helping drug surrenderers in leading a better life free from drugs.
Participants were also oriented on the Ugnayan ng mga Barangay at Simbahan initiative, which encourages collaboration between religious groups and barangay officials for development projects, including anti-illegal drugs efforts.
Federalism was also discussed during the launch as well as the DILG’s task to lead the information and education campaign on the proposed shift of government.
The activity was capped with the recital and signing of the pledge of commitment by the stakeholders led by Manila City Administrator Atty. Ericson Alconvendaz.