Sueno said “the President is determined to eradicate drugs, corruption and criminality during his term.”
With the implementation of MASA MASID, Sueno said, he hopes to sustain the drive against drugs, corruption and criminality. MASA MASID would not only deal with anomalies but would as well rehabilitate and support development within the barangays.
This program, he explained, is a catalyst to all barangays that strengthens and activates all organizations and becomes the umbrella of all these organizations.
Similar to this approach that Sueno recognized is Sarangani’s local peace initiative Integrated Barangay Defense Force (IBDF).
IBDF started when Maasim, one of Sarangani’s town, was attacked by armed men in 2008 and had been effective as a system to integrate peace efforts into communities.
Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said the IBDF system was later put in place in all the 141 barangays of Sarangani.
Solon said the best security is “community security” since there is nothing stronger than community defense.
For Sarangani, Solon said, MASA MASID would be a vehicle to make communities vigilant and obtain lasting peace.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will be dedicating 14 special enforcement teams to Sarangani to coordinate with the local government units for the drug clearing of the barangays.
PDEA reported around 31,703 drug personalities in Region 12 but 23,000 of these have already surrendered.
According to the agency shabu is the number one drug of choice in the region and second is marijuana because of its affordability.
Most of these dangerous drugs, according to PDEA, were traced to be coming from Cotabato and Maguindanao province and distributed accordingly in proportion to the provincial towns in the region.
PDEA however promised to deal with these drug traffickers “that Region 12 is not a place for them to stay.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)