Sagay City Hosts MASA MASID Launching in Northern Negros
LGUs, DILG, PNP, Barangay officials, faith-based organizations of the Province of Negros Occidental in Northern Negros and other stakeholders converged at Sagay City Gymnasium to show their support and commitment for the launching and implementation of “Mamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya” “Mamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal Na Droga” (MASA MASID) .
(LtoR) President of Liga ng mga Barangay Annabelle Bermudo, Sagay City Mayor Alfredo D. Marañon III, DILG ASEC Rooseque B. Calacat and DILG Regional Director OIC NIR Atty. Anthony Nuyda.*
Sagay City Mayor Alfredo D. Marañon, III welcomed all the delegations from different municipalities and cities of Negros Occidental and Negros Island Region officials and NGOs. He said MASA MASID is the response of local chief executives to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to stop illegal drugs, criminality and corruption in government service. He also said that according to drug surrenderees, there are still more drug users and those involved are at large the reason we need to be relentless in our efforts to fight the drug menace in our society and protect our people from its ill effects.
Ms. Ma. Joy Maredith R. Madayag, Provincial Director, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) acknowledged all the participants.
Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, OIC Regional Director, DILG NIR thanked Mayor Marañon for hosting the said event and all the participants for their support in the fight against proliferation of illegal drugs in our society. He said he is happy that all the LGUs in Northern Negros have been represented as well as the NGOs who have committed support to MASA MASID. He also said that MASA MASID is a community-based support program of DILG against illegal drugs and criminality that needs the support of everyone especially in the communities and augments the efforts of PNP.
The office of Provincial Director, NOPPO, P/SSupt. William C. Señoron presented the 2016 Crime Situation Report and Comparative Crime Statistics for the information of the participants.
Dr. Nove Mejica, OIC Chief, DILG NIR LGMED introduced the Guest Speaker, ASEC Rooseque B. Calacat, Barangay Affairs and Community Development, DILG. ASEC Calacat has a reputable government service and an interesting experience as a public servant. He was also an ordained priest before he entered government service.
ASEC Calacat said he is very happy that the attendance of LGUs in Northern Negros is so much more than the other provinces he has been which is indicative of our seriousness in implementing the MASA MASID project. He said statistics provided by PDEA shows how enormous and grave our drug problem in the communities. He said that “if this will continue, we will have zombies walking on the streets killing, raping and doing unimaginable crimes. He also said that God has given us wonderful planet Earth, but we have been mindlessly destructing and abusing it by cutting trees, making holes of our environment; and because of greed we take advantage of our natural resources instead of protecting it. By using drugs we kill our future and that of our children. Our activities that destroy our planet and our lives are horrible and terrifying. And when President Duterte assumed office as the new President, we have made a move. His campaign on anti illegal drugs, anti criminality and anti corruption has become a national policy.” He also said that an inter-agency collaboration was to achieve the purpose of MASA MASID.
The Province of Negros Occidental and the Diocese of San Carlos also presented their Community Based Rehabilitation Program for Drug Dependents and those in the drug trade.
Local government officials of the Province of Negros Occidental (Northern Negros), officials of the national government agencies as well as the Negros Island Region officials spearheaded by DILG, PNP, PDEA, Liga ng Mga Barangay, faith-based organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders expressed their support to MASA MASID and signed their Unity Statement and Pledge of Commitment to this endeavor.*