Masa Masid launched in Governor Generoso

Launching of the Masa Masid and UBAS in Governor Generoso

Launching of the Masa Masid and UBAS in Governor Generoso

Masa Masid launched in Governor Generoso

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has launched the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) program and the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) program in the Municipality of Governor Generoso Monday.

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 – a program composed of the religious sector that ensures strengthening of culture of transparency and good governance.

A multi-sectoral partnership, the program, said DILG XI Regional Director Ananias M. Villacorta, encourages the spirit of volunteerism in the government’s bid towards clean governance and safe and secured communities.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga stressed the need to push for a more strengthened grassroots level. She said the role of the barangay is very crucial since they work directly on the ground. She urged the government agencies, private sector and civil society groups to support the program. This program, she said, will form groups in barangays that will serve as community watchdogs. This partnership between the barangays and the religious sector will result in the pooling resources and efforts in the advocacy of good governance, campaign against the illegal drug trade and community development.

Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPO) Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry Espela said the war on drugs which was framed around the national government’s thrust in stamping out the drug menace, is a thing taken seriously by the police force.

For his part, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, encouraged local officials as well as all stakeholders to support the program. “All of us, whether government officials or private individuals, have the shared responsibility to be proactive in helping create drug-free communities for our youth,” he said, adding that everyone must help push for the success of this program in order to achieve development and true change that the national government envisions.

In the ensuing days, the DILG will launch the Masa Masid and UBAS programs in other municipalities.



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