Out of the 143 respondents who underwent Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) in Aloran, Misamis Occidental, 140 of which completed the program and were recognized during the graduation rites held at Don Mariano Farmers’ Training Center on September 21, 2017.
Respondents were under barangays of Casuan, Dalisay, Ibabao, Labo, Lawaan, Lobogon, Lumbayao, Ospital, Palayan, and Tubod. Of the graduates, 58 of them were categorized under the ‘moderate’ level while 82 were under the ‘low’ level. Respondents under the moderate level submitted to the 30-day requirement of the program and 15-day line-up of activities for those under the low level.
In his message, DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe expressed that the Program was in response to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call for a drug-free nation. Reiterating the dire need of support from the local chief executives, he indicated the importance of CBRP establishment in every barangay of the country under the program dubbed as “Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga” or MASA MASID.
“This graduation is just the start,” said RD Agabe. “You need to reform one day at a time because completing CBRP is not an assurance. What is important is that, we continue what we have started.”
Held on the same day of the Municipality’s fiesta, the activity revolved on the theme, “Pista Sentenaryo: An Aloranon Celebration of Life, Faith, Hope and Thanksgiving.”
With this opportunity, the Regional Director addressed that the respondents should give prime importance of this chance saying, “You have to move on and forget your past. Celebrate your new life now with high hopes and stronger faith. Let us be thankful that despite all the challenges we’ve been through, we are now ready to change-- for us to become better and productive citizens of the Municipality of Aloran.”
MASA MASID is a community-based initiative to engage volunteers in the fight against criminality, corruption, illegal drugs and violent extremism. In this program, CBRP is just one of its three strategies, remaining two of which are (1) demand reduction through information and education campaign, and (2) supply reduction through information gathering and reporting.