The Department of Interior and Local Government on Monday launched a program that aims to empower barangay units in the government's drive against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality.
Interior Secretary Mike Sueño said the program will create an umbrella organization that will bring together all the government groups within the barangay.
The program, tagged as "Masa Masid," which comes from Filipino words meaning "people" and "watch," also aims to enhance development in the countryside, Sueño added.
"They will group, they will volunteer to come out in support of our government especially now that our president won on the basis of volunteers coming in from the entire nation," he said, referring to the multitude of support President Rodrigo Duterte received while campaigning.
The DILG's strategy, he noted, is to coordinate all these agencies and tap volunteers "at the lowest expense from the government" and at the same time "evok[e] immediate action from our people in the barangays."
"The objective of 'Masa Masid' is to lift our people in the barangays out of poverty, becoming and a society, a [sic] self-sustaining, and a happy community free of drugs, corruption and criminality," he said.