The DILG-ARMM conducted the one-day activity regional launching of MASA MASID, or “Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal Na Droga, which was held on 21 February 2017, held at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Cotabato City.

 The activity aimed 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

In attendance during the activity were the DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary, Atty. Noor Hafizullah “Kirby” M. Abdullah, ARMM Regional Governor, Mujiv S. Hataman, Regionla Vice Governor, Haroun Alrashid Alonto Lucman, Jr., ORG ARMM Executive Secretary, Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia, Assistant Secretary, Barangay Affairs, DILG, Roosque B. Calacat, members of the PNP, AFP, ARMM legislative bodies and Civil Service Organizations.

The overview of the program covered: (1) regional situtationer of the peace and security in ARMM; (2) introduction and audio-visual presentation regarding MASA MASID; (3) commitment of support by stakeholders; and, (4) call to action by the ARMM Regional Governor.

PSUPT Jame C. Mojica, Regional Operation and Plans Division PRO-ARMM, presented the situation on peace and order in ARMM covering threat groups, groups of special concerns, private armed groups, lawless elements, RIDO, proliferation of loose firearms, including the crime statistics and PNP’s accomplishments on illegal gambling.

“We are slowly killing ourselves and our future by using illegal drugs,” Roosque B. Calacat, Assistant Secretary, Barangay Affairs, DILG, said. He emphasized that the 1.3 million data concerning drug surrenderees was only the tip of the ice berg. The MASA MASID was the program of the government that needs strong support of the family and the public for faster bringing back the life of the community, he stressed.

The ARMM Regional Governor, Mujiv S. Hataman, pointed that the program would not succeed without the strong support from the community.

The activity ended with the signing of Pledge of Commitment by the participants coming from the government and private sector