With all the drug-related allegations thrown to Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City proven untrue, the city government of Ormoc under his leadership, and the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr., officially launched the MASA MASID program on Tuesday, November 29.
MASA MASID, which stands for “Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga” is a barangay-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. It aims 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.
The anti-illegal drug summit was jointly held on the same day. The joint launching of the two events kicked off with a grand parade around the city streets to inform the locals about the government program.
The Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO) performed an action drama portraying the ill effects of illegal drugs to a user before the parade began.
After the short roleplay, the participating stakeholders composed of students from different schools, police and army, civic groups and barangay constituents started marching around the city. Floats of different offices and organizations were also showcased, reinforcing the information campaign on the launching of the program.
Shortly after the parade, a press conference was held inside the Superdome. Mayor Richard Gomez, PSSupt. Ramil Ramirez of OCPO, and the city councilors, together with regional director Edgar T. Jubay of PDEA 8, and Blanca P. Cercado of DILG 8 answered the questions of the media men.
Plenary sessions were tackled inside the Superdome. Topics included a broader discussion about the mandate of the MASA MASID program, nationwide drug situationer and in Ormoc City, as well as effects of the illegal drugs and health services in the locality. Stakeholders also signed the pledge of commitment to help combat the illegal drug trade.
PDEA-8 RD Jubay reported that Region 8 is basically a “consuming region” particularly shabu and marijuana based on the previous seizures of different operating units in the conduct of anti-drug operations and apprehensions of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade within the region for the past years.
He added that PDEA together with other operating units are now prioritizing particular focus on the interdiction of these illegal drugs given the vast area of identified “entry points” with the ultimate goal of preventing or limiting its entry in the region.
Meanwhile, winners of the poster-slogan contest and float parade contest were awarded before the joint event launching concluded.
FLOAT PARADE CONTEST :
1st – Public Safety Battalion – P10,000
2nd – San Lorenzo Ruiz College – P7,000
3rd – New Ormoc City National High School – P5,000
1st – Saint Peter’s College – P3,000
2nd – Ipil National High School – 2,0000
3rd – New Ormoc City National High School, and Ormoc City Senior High School – P1,000 each