Local executives and law enforcement officials have pledged to fully support the implementation of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) here in Region 9.

The officials made their pledge on Thursday during the launching of MASA MASID held in this city with representatives from various concerned stakeholders in attendance.

Among those in attendance were Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma, Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Antonio Cerilles, Zamboanga del Norte Acting Gov. Senen Angeles, Pagadian City Mayor Romeo Pulmones; Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-9 director; and Joseph Ladip, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director.

DILG Regional Director Paisal Abutazil, who led the launching, said MASA MASID is a community-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program, which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level.

Abutazil said that its purpose is to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sectors in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

In addition, Abutazil said the program enables to create an environment to encourage collaboration among the community partners to effectively implement the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program.

The MASA MASID program is in support to the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to eradicate corruption, criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

Keynote speaker DILG Assistant Secretary for Barangay Affairs and Community Development Roosque Calacat has encouraged all stakeholders to unite for the successful implementation of MASA MASID here in Region 9.