Mabalaqueños support Duterte drug war; Boking lauds ‘MASA-MASID’ campaign

MABALACAT CITY — Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has lauded the “Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga” (MASA-MASID) campaign in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs.

This, as residents of Mabalacat have reaffirmed their support to the campaign of Duterte against the drug menace that gripped the country for a long time.

The city government led by Morales, barangay leaders and the Mabalacat Philippine National Police (PNP) had recently launched the MASA-MASID in a bid to totally eradicate the problem on illegal drugs.

At least 11 villages here had already been declared drug-free by the PNP.

These Mabalacat City barangays were identified as Sto. Rosario, Sta. Maria, Mangalit, Paralayunan, Bundagul and Sapang Balen, Cacutud, Mawaque Resettlement, Sta. Ines, Macapagal Village and Calumpang.

The said villages have passed the 14 parameters that allowed them to be declared drug-free. The parameters are defined as the non availability of drug supply and absence of drug transit/transhipment activity, clandestine drug laboratory, drug warehouse, clandestine chemical warehouse, marijuana cultivation site, drug den, dive or resort, drug pusher, drug user, and protector/coddler and financier.

To be declared drug free, a barangay must also have an active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities and the active involvement of SK to help maintain the drug-liberated status of the barangay.

A barangay should also have an existing drug awareness campaign, preventive education and information and other related programs and existence of voluntary and compulsary drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.

The MASA-MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption and anti-illegal drugs program that encourages multi-sectoral partnership through volunteerism.

The city government reported that between July 1 and October 25, 2016, some 1,068 drug users and 16 pushers have surrendered. A total of 87 drug users have surrendered to government authorities between October 26 and December 2, 2016.

Under the “Double Barrel Alpha” program of the PNP, a total of 1,171 houses were visited.

The Bahay Pagbabago Reformation Center, which can house approximately 40 patients, offers one-month reformation program which includes lectures conducted by a religious sector and livelihood programs in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development, City Health Office, City Agriculture Office, City Public Employment Service Office and Technical Education Skills and Development Authority.

The reformation center is located in Barangay Sapang Biabas. The first batch of 13 patients had already graduated late last month.
Reformation center officer-in-charge Eric Esguerra, said drug dependents may undergo treatment provided they will secure an endorsement letter from the barangays.

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