In response to the President’s call on war against drugs, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) Program in the region last November 4, 2016. The five provinces of the region also had their provincial launching, gathering representatives of all sectors to participate in this community-based program that intensifies the spirit of volunteerism at the community level.
DILG RO2 as the lead agency in the three (3) pillars of the MASA MASID Implementation Strategies namely, Pillar 1: Advocacy and Education Campaign; Pillar 2: Information Gathering and Reporting; Pillar 3: Community-based Rehabilitation Program, initiated to gather the key implementing agencies of the program as MASA-MASID Regional Technical Working Group on January 24, 2017 at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City. It was attended by 10 regional-line agencies: BJMP, PNP, DENR, CHED, TESDA, PIA, PDEA, DOH, DSWD, and DOLE.
DILG RO2 RD John M. Castaneda, CESO III emphasized the need to simplify the approach in realizing the different agencies’ interventions to eliminate illegal drug use and abuse in the country.“Let us lay down our cards and harmonize our efforts so that we can strategize on how to make the implementation process easier and address the needs of the more or less 28,000 surrenderees of the region. I encouraged you all to participate and exercise using the strategy: #R2GETHER (Region 2 Guarantees Every Task is Harmoniously done with Excellent Result), RD John Castaňeda said while facilitating the discussion.
Meanwhile, BJMP RO2’s Therapeutic Community Modality Program (TCMP) is identified by the RTWG as the main intervention for those identified by the Department of Health as “slight” based on the degree of affectation upon screening.
The Department of Health on the other hand is thankful for the initiated activity of DILG RO2 to assist them in calling for all the surrenderees to undergo screening and profiling. This is the initial step for surrenderees to undergo in order to receive appropriate interventions by other agencies.
DSWD RD Ponciana Condoy on the other hand emphasized that their office is very much eager to implement their intervention to profiled surrenderees.
DILG RD Castaňeda stressed to fast track the profiling of surrenderees to maximize the newly-constructed Isabela Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at the City of Ilagan, Isabela. The access road going to the rehab center is the project of the city out of their Performance Challenge Fund, an incentive being one of the 2016 SGLG awardees.