DAVAO ORIENTAL – Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang expressed his strong support to the national government’s thrust in the fight against corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality in the barangay.
During the Provincial Launching of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s community-based program Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga or ‘MASA MASID’ on January 17 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati, Governor Dayanghirang vowed his commitment to heighten involvement of local stakeholders in confronting these host of menaces, especially the illicit drugs.
“I pledge my full support for this program, from the demand reduction strategy through advocacy and education campaign, to the demand and supply reduction through information gathering and reporting, up to the community-based rehab program, I will extend my all-out support to this wonderful flagship program of our beloved president, Rodrigo Duterte. We will win in the war against illegal drugs,” said Governor Dayanghirang.
He urged all town mayors to support the program as it is their mandate as local chief executives to ensure the safety and welfare of their constituents. “We should become the symbol of a good leadership. I cannot do it alone. But with strong convergence of all stakeholders, we can do a lot more,” he said.
“We already have sets of people posted at the barangay level whom we could readily tap to gather information. By making this group active, there is no reason that we would not be able to get strong intelligence on the ground,” he said, stressing that with the availability of fast communication, information at the grassroots level will be harnessed. “The most important thing is that there should be strong direction at the barangay,” he added.
During the program launching, town mayors, municipal police chiefs, and representatives from various sectors have signified their commitment and support to the program.
The MASA-MASID is a community-based program for the prevention of corruption, illegal drugs and criminality in barangays which involves the participation of all sectors which include barangay-based institutions, faith-based organizations, non-government organizations, civil society, and volunteers. It will work hand-in-hand with the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan) – a program composed of the religious sector that ensures strengthening of culture of transparency and good governance.
Encouraging the spirit of volunteerism, DILG XI Regional Director Ananias M. Villacorta urged all stakeholders’ participation in the government’s bid towards clean governance and safe and secured communities.
“Good governance means looking after the welfare of the people. And as local officials, it is your mandate to pursue peace, security and good governance,” he said, vowing that the DILG will continue to assist LGUs to strengthen local governance.
Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry Espela also vowed to continue police efforts to make a dent on crimes and illicit drugs.
For the Provincial Government, it has already made scores of interventions to address the drug menace. Among these interventions are the roll-out training on the screening and assessment of drug reformists who surrendered to the authorities, orientation of faith-based and civic society representatives on their role in the process of intervention, symposiums on illegal drug abuse prevention, and cash for work program through the social welfare department, among others.
Moreover, plans for the construction of a two-room drug rehabilitation center has already been laid out to accommodate the huge number of drug reformists who have surrendered to the authorities.
The Provincial Government envisions this facility to provide wide-ranging services that will help prepare drug dependents to re-enter society and regain their normal lives in a safe and healthy way.
Aside from supporting the national government’s thrust in stamping out the drug menace, Governor Dayanghirang said he is bullish in his efforts to fight drugs as it is a major problem that drastically affects the society in terms of crime, violence, and disease, among many others. By Karen Lou Deloso, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan