The DILG Zambales headed by Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad, CESO V, facilitated the conduct of the Strengthening of the Mamamayan Ayaw Sa Anomalya – Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga (MASA- MASID) Technical Working Group (TWG) Orientation on the Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of MASA- MASID Program and on the Execution of Its Provincial Action Plan on December 1, 2017 held at the Conference Hall, College of Law Bldg., Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Iba, Zambales.


The activity aimed to intensify the advocacy against corruption, illegal drugs, criminality and violent extremism and other threats to peace and security in the province through the MASA-MASID Program.


The Municipal Chief of Police and the representatives of the Local Government Units’ (LGUs) MASA-MASID Technical Working Group (TWG) from the thirteen municipalities of Zambales and Olongapo City attended the said activity. MASA- MASID Project adopts a multi-sectoral and mass-based approach to heighten volunteerism in the eradication of the menaces of the society to achieve peaceful, orderly and safe communities.


PD Bactad recognized the cooperation of the participants in the activity and stressed that the Government is encouraging the participation of all LGUs specifically the barangays to safeguard the fight against illegal drugs. “Tayo po ang mga team players na siyang mangunguna pagbalik sa kanya-kanyang mga LGUs na tutulong sa ating mga barangays para masigurong maipatupad natin ng maayos, matiwasay at mahusay ang mga programa tungkol sa illegal drugs” said PD Bactad.


The orientation focused on the discussion of the MASA-MASID Program Overview, group compositions and responsibilities which was discussed by DILG Zambales MASA-MASID Alternate Focal Person William Villena and LGOO II Vincent E. Catacutan of DILG Olongapo. In addition, Anti-Drug Programs, Initiatives and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) Drug Learning Parameters were presented by LGOO V Stephanie Niña Navarro.


The participants expressed their support onthe program through their Municipal Plan of Action on the implementation of the MASA-MASID Program in their respective municipalities.