By DPAO, 8ID PA
October 15, 216
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – The 8th Infantry “Stormtroopers” Division joined in the launching of Antil-Illegal Drugs Campaign for a Drug-Free Samar Province in connection with the nationwide campaign entitled “Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga” (MASA MASID) on October 13, 2016 held at Catbalogan City together with the Samar Provincial Government, Samar-PNP and non-government organizations which aims to encourage communities to take a proactive stance in the government’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality.
The whole day activity was highlighted by a kick-off parade, thanksgiving mass, and a short program initiated by the PNP-Samar Province at Samar Provincial Covered Court followed by the formal launching of the “MASA MASID”. The said launch emphasizes the spirit of volunteerism and teamwork of different multi-sectoral organizations to be primary watchers of any lawless activities in their barangays and help create safer and drug-free communities in the country.
Present during the activity were: Brigadier General Cesar M Idio AFP, Assistant Division Commander, 8ID; Hon. Sharee Ann Tan-Delos Santos, Governor, Samar; PCSupt Elmer Cruz Beltejar, PRO8; SSupt Elmer Pelobello, Provincial Director, SPPO and Mr. Judy L Batulan, Provincial Director, DILG-Samar.
“With the assumption of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, it has been in our mandate to support law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal drugs and anti-terrorism. In view of this mandate, the Division has revised and updated its campaign plan. Our key task in the anti-drug campaign of the national government has been incorporated in this new plan, “Brig Gen Idio emphasized.
“The DILG, PNP, PDEA, and LGUs, particularly the Provincial Government of Samar, can expect our full support to this noble endeavor. Within the desired time frame, we aim to significantly contribute to this campaign in the fields of intelligence gathering, illegal drug interdiction and arrest/neutralization of drug personalities along with our counterparts, so as to help create an environment conducive for sustainable development and a just and lasting peace,” Idio added.