Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos (seated, 2nd right) at the signing of the city’s pledge of commitment to the Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga (MASA MASID) held during the recent Morning Program at the city hall. MASA MASID was launched by DILG in September 2016 to unite different organizations and encourage communities to be proactive in the government’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality at the barangay level for a safe and drug-free country. Joining Mayor Abalos are (seated from left) Vice Mayor Anthony Suva, Congresswoman Queenie Gonzales, DILG-Mandaluyong OIC Perla Upano, (standing) members of the city council, DILG-Mandaluyong,and the Mandaluyong police.

Mandaluyong City Signs MASA MASID Commitment

The City Government of Mandaluyong’s Oplan-Lingap Kontra Droga campaign will now function under the ‘Mamamayan Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayan Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga’ (MASA MASID) Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Mayor Menchie Abalos, along with other city officials signed a pledge of commitment in the implementation of the said program yesterday morning at the city hall lobby.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular No 2016-116, the MASA-MASID Program will combine the efforts of all members of the community, from the barangay level up to the city officials, local police faith-based organizations, and the private sector to combat corruption, illegal drugs and illegal drug-related crimes.

The interfaith community of Mandaluyong City will be incorporated under the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) and will be involved in encouraging the community to volunteer against crime and illegal drugs.

Mayor Abalos is ready to mobilize the inter-faith community in the city since the Oplan-Lingap Kontra Droga campaign, created by her husband Benhur 21 years ago, was already functioning even before the MASA MASID program.

“It is important for the community, meaning everyone in the barangay, to participate in this program. Because each resident, each of us, can identify the people in our areas who are involved in crimes or illegal drugs,” Abalos said.

The interfaith community recently gathered 1,500 surrenderers and their families and brought them in Iba, Zambales for a free seminar and spiritual counselling.

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