Background

On September 2, 2016, the Department of the Interior and Local Government issued Memorandum Circular No. 2016-116 to all Provincial Governors, ARMM Regional Governor, City/ Municipal Mayors, Punong Barangays, DILG ARMM Regional Secretary, DILG Regional Directors, and Field Officers, and others concerned, on the subject of ‘Implementation of MASA MASID (Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga) Program’.

The MASA MASID Program is a community-based initiative to engage volunteers in the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs. It adopts a multi-sectoral and mass-based approach to ensure an effective war against illegal drug-related crimes. Its goal is to achieve safe and drug-free community by (1) conducting information and education campaigns against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs in communities, (2) establishing reporting mechanisms, (3) formulating community-based rehabilitation/ intervention programs for victims, and (4) promoting the spirit of volunteerism to encourage people to become agents of positive change.

The MASA MASID Program intends to engage the community in its advocacy by employing the strategy of unifying and mobilizing Barangay UBAS Action Teams (UBAS BATs) with Civil Society and NGO members of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) and Barangay Peace and Order Councils (BPOC) to diminish crime, foster peace, order and security, serving as the “umbrella organization” of all the barangay-based institutions concerned in advocating peace and order and public safety in the community level.

On October 9, 2017, a Provincial Orientation was held in Santiago City to discuss the Revised Guidelines of the MASA MASID Program. The Program was first intended for criminality, corruption and illegal drugs; during the Provincial Orientation, extremism and other threats to peace and security were included. Hence, the final working definition of the program:

The MASA MASID Program promotes community involvement to contribute in addressing problems on corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, violent extremism and other threats to peace and security down to its sources.

In the MASA MASID Program, to address the long standing battle against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs, the faith-based organizations and community volunteers will be engaged through the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS). It will bank on the participation of the common people to spark the spirit of volunteerism in the community.

As a strategy, MASA MASID shall mobilize and converge the UBAS Barangay Action Teams (BATs) with the member CSOs and NGOs of Barangay-Based Institutions, particularly the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) to advocate crime prevention, peace and order, security, and in enhancing transparency and accountability in the barangay. It will serve as an ‘umbrella organization’ of all barangay-based institution concerned in advocating peace and order and public safety in the community.

For its initial implementation, MASA MASID is designed to enhance the conduct of advocacy and education campaigns and information gathering to reduce the supply and demand of illegal drugs, and community-based rehabilitation program to address the need for interventions of the surrendering drug personalities in the country.

In the MASA MASID Program, the Expanded UBAS City/Municipal Technical Workshop Group (TWG) will serve as the social facilitator. The Team will be responsible in convening, organizing, training, and mobilizing the MASA MASID Team at the barangay level. The Expanded UBAS TWG shall steer the implementation of the program. The Technical Working Group is chaired by the DILG City/Municipal Local Government Operation Officer with members coming from representative of the church or faith-based organization, Liga ng mga Barangay City/Municipal Federation, local PNP and from City/Municipality Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC). The main implementation arm of the MASA MASID Program is the MASA MASID Team (MMT) at the barangay level.

 

Objectives

  1. Conducting information and education campaigns against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs in communities;
  2. Establishing reporting mechanisms;
  3. Formulating community-based rehabilitation/ intervention programs for victims, and
  4. Promoting the spirit of volunteerism to encourage people to become agents of positive change.

 

Purpose

The purpose of the MASA MASID Program is to promote synergy between the state and the private sector to contribute in ridding the country of corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, and violent extremism and other threats to peace and security.

The program is also designed to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civil organization, faith-based organization and the private sector in the fight against illegal drugs and criminality. Specially, it aims to:

  1. Intensify the advocacy and education campaigns in the community level;
  2. Mobilize the community on gathering information by installing a report mechanism on illegal drugs activities in the locality;
  3. Mobilize support and encourage sharing of available local resources to hasten the implementation of community-based rehabilitation program; and
  4. Create an enabling environment to encourage collaboration among the community partners to effectively implement the Community Based Rehabilitation Program.

 

Vision

The MASA MASID Isabela envisions Isabela as a community free from corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, violent extremism and other threats to peace and security, through heightened engagement and involvement of Isabelino as volunteers of the program, ultimately yielding to an excellently progressive and prosperous Philippines.

 

Mission

The MASA MASID Isabela’s mission is to heighten community engagement and involvement in the program by providing enlightenment concerning Isabelino’s roles as responsible citizens; and mobilizing them as volunteers toward a community free from corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, violent extremism and other threats to peace and security.

 

Implementation strategies

Advocacy

  • to heighten the level of awareness on corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, and violent extremism and other threats to peace and security.
  • to encourage community participation and partnership building

Reporting System

  • established in various modes to gather and assess information for referral to appropriate agencies.

Volunteerism

  • anyone could be a MASA MASID Volunteer. They could visit either visit the nearest DILG city/ municipal field office and fill out the MASA MASID registration form or they could visit the nearest barangay hall and approach the Punong Barangay or Barangay Official who is a member of the MASA MASID Team.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT 

 

PICTURES

Information and Education Campaigns