Whatever happened to Masa Masid?
(The Freeman) - March 19, 2019 - 12:00am

It began with a big bang and ended up with a whimper.

The DILG’s Masa Masid or Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomaliya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga was aimed at addressing the problems on corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, and threats to peace and order. Under the program, the local government units, particularly the barangays, were directed to organize a Masa Masid team to implement the program.

Even from the beginning, the program was doomed to fail. Most barangay officials resented the idea of spying on their own constituents – a purely police function. It failed to delineate a purely civilian and police functions. Whoever must have come up with this program must be sent to the mental asylum.

Even the Commission on Audit (COA) revealed that DILG has miserably missed the objectives of the program. With a total budget of P500 million, some of the programs were not being implemented causing it to be realigned. Other activities under the program had no physical and financial accomplishment reports, the COA reported.

Where did the P500 million do? If it was realigned, on what items? There should be proper accounting of government funds of this magnitude in order to erase doubts.

It is high time to investigate the DILG for this failed program and prosecute those found guilty to the full extent of the law.

It is at the height of irony that a government program designed to eradicate corruption is in itself riddled with graft.

Rene F. Antiga Banilad, Mandaue City

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