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DOLE-X participates 1st grand launching of MASA MASID (Crime Watch) in Misamis Occidental with DIL
Plaridel, Misamis Occidental --- The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X) with its adherence to good governance and its commitment to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against  illegal drugs and corruption,  participated in the first MASA MASID ( Mamamayang  Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Illegal na Droga) grand launching in this province and hosted by Local Government Unit (LGU) Plaridel on 20 January 2016. 
DOLE-X Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante personally graced the event, representing Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who is in Rome, Italy (for the third round of peace negotiation being the chief government peace negotiator,) has expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation for the privilege and honor to be part of such very important event.
“This is the first in the province to have actually held this crime watch scheme of the government involving every citizen, regardless of the cultural backgrounds as well religious beliefs,” Agravante informed.
Aside from DOLE, the event was graced by the different agencies of the government, to wit: DILG-Napolcom; Office of the Presidential Affairs for Peace Process on Muslim Affairs; the Office of the President on Events;  the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental; Local Chief Executives; DepEd personnel together with their Senior High students from Looc National High School and St. Nicholas High School;  and the entire force of LGU Plaridel who have proven themselves to be  a  3-peat recipient of the Seal of Good Governance Award under the leadership of Mayor Diego C. Ty.
A soft-opening of the LGU’s projects were also undertaken prior to the launching such as the cutting of the ribbon for the Organic Agriculture/Farmers’ Training Center and Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Center, the Capsule-laying for the Community Fish Landing Center, and the soft-opening of the Women’s Coco Sugar Processing Center which is a DOLE-assisted project under BUB funds in the amount of PhP 500,000.00. The beneficiaries showed their finished products of processed Coco Sugar which promotes healthy benefits to the body.
The program proceeded at the Plaridel Municipal Auditorium. Plaridel Municipal Mayor Diego C. Ty stressed that the President in his quest on the war on illegal drugs was not able to completely eradicate it in six months, primarily because it has been so widespread that it he cannot do it alone, nor can the PNP, but he needs the mayors, the barangay officials to fully cooperate with the administration on this quest so that together as a nation we can finally end this perennial problem of our country.
DOLE, in its commitment of being an agent of change, has committed and  taken full support  on the present administration’s advocacy on curbing criminality, the drug menace, and corruption in government.
On Secretary Bello’s behalf, Director Agravante read the message on the department’s shared vision to transform the bureaucracy into an honest, efficient, effective, transparent, and an accessible institution that is subservient to the sovereign people.
Agravante, likewise, shared the eight-point policy agenda of DOLE which highlights the mandate of the department to promote employment and human  resource development, to ensure workers’ protection and welfare, and to promote a sound, stable, and dynamic industrial peace as a shared responsibility with our social partners.
In this regard, DOLE Region X has established Help Desks and hotlines for this purpose to adhere to the 72-hour transaction cycle in responding to complaints involving violation of laws and corruption.
In view of the number of drug users who surrendered who are in dire need of remedial program and community-based intervention to help them in their recovery, DOLE X in partnership with the Career Guidance Network-X recently conducted the Trainers’ Training to public and private guidance counselors and teachers  to  help  substance  users , making them productive members of the labor force.
Moreover, Director Agravante reiterated President Duterte’s statement quoted from  Abraham Lincoln: You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; you cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; you cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; you cannot further the brotherhood by enticing the class hatred among men.”
This sums up the role of DOLE as an institution as it goes beyond simply enforcing labor laws in a way that the rights of one party cancel out the rights of the other. Rather, we should be guided by three principles: (1)  Always stand for balance in employer-employee relationship; (2) Always support the creation of decent work opportunities; (3) and, recognize and nurture the right of workers to participate in policy and decision-making processes directly affecting them and of employers to reasonable returns on investments and to expansion and growth.
Agricultural Training Institute Director Angelito Y. Quirog also shared his department’s commitment and support to this endeavor by conducting various trainings in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on organic farming to sustain the rehabilitated drug dependents through livelihood undertakings by the knowledge and skills acquired. He further encouraged the students present to pursue college education not just to become wage-earner employees but for them to engage in business they are passionate about.
Moreover, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)being the lead agency of this program through Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, pointed out that local government units must show the national government that they are capacitated and can be trusted with the government funds for them to receive additional funding of their projects as they will be evaluated in terms of transparency which deter corruption, accountability, performance, responsibility, and empowerment through civil society organizations engaging with the government programs and projects.
On the other hand, one of the keynote speakers, Undersecretary for Operations of DILG – Napolcom (National Police Commission) John Castreciones, duly represented by Atty. Aileen Grace U. Detecio as his Chief of Staff stated that the difference of the new administration is that we do not blame each other on lapses, we just work it out, and that beyond political variances, we are most of all Filipinos. Further, she said, that barangay officials play a very important role because they should be the first to have a concern for their own community and that the rehabilitated drug dependents must be reintegrated to the community as productive citizens.
DILG-Napolcom Assistant Secretary Hamid K. Ladjakahal of the Muslim Affairs/IPs (Indigenous People) and Lumads, he  pointed out that no president in the past is the same with President Duterte for he was able to diagnosed and address the deep-seated problems of our country: illegal drugs, criminalities, graft and corruption, and violent extremism. According to him, these developed into a cancer that cannot be cured by mere ointment or injection but with a bloody operation, that sheds blood but can save a life. And the expert on this is our dear President Duterte. The people have spoken in electing him as the president. Therefore, he enjoins everyone to support the President and take action on all his programs and projects to address the sickness of our country.
All participants present took part in the oath-taking and signed the Pledge of Commitment which states:
“Ako’y makialam sapagkat nakasalalay sa aking mga kamay ang kinabukasan ng aking bansang PIlipinas. Ang kanyang kapakanan ay ang aking tunay n minimithi sapagkat dulot nito ay ang maunlad na pamumuhay ng lahat. Kinakailangang sugpuin ang mga anomaly at illegal na droga na sumisira sa sistemang tao, ng pamilyang Pilipino at ng komunidad. Lahat ng ito’y para sa maayos na pagpapatupad ng programang MASA MASID.”
Ultimately the solution to the country’s problem on drugs lies on our hands. Everyone felt the urgency to solve the problem on drugs. The government is enjoining every Filipino to take a stand and responsibility to be part of this quest and successful in fully eradicating the ‘cancer’ that has long perpetrated our beloved Philippines.
End/Jasmin L. Vicente/DOLE X Misamis Occidental PFO



From Left: PNP Chief Herbert R. Olavidez, Deputy Presidential Assistant for Events Saida Wong, Mayor Diego Ty of Plaridel, DILG ASEC for Muslim Affairs Hamid K. Ladjakahal, DOLE-X Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante,, Consultant from the Office of Presidential Affairs for Peace Process on Muslim Affairs Rodjail Batara, Chief of Staff from the Office of the USEC for Operations Atty. Aileen Detecio,1st District Board Member Pipit Ty during the Grand Launching of MASA MASID at LGU Plaridel Municipal Auditorium on the 20th of January 2017 (DOLE-X)

DOLE-X Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante (rightmost) receives the Certificate of Appreciation from Plaridel Mayor Diego Ty (center) and Vice Mayor Jim S. Tan (leftmost) during Grand Launching of MASA MASID on 20 January 2016. (Photo source: DOLE-X)

Ribbon Cutting for the soft opening of Organic Agriculture/Farmers’ Training Center and Community Based Drug Rehabilitation Center with Chief of Staff from the Office of the USEC for Operations Atty. Aileen Deticio, Plaridel (leftmost), Mayor Diego Ty (2nd from left), DILG ASEC for Muslim Affairs Hamid K. Ladjakahal (3rd  from right),DOLE-X Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante (2nd from right) and DOLE-X Mis.Occ Provincial Head Leonardo G. Rodrigo (rightmost). (Photo source: DOLE-X)

Capsule-laying for the Community Fish Landing Center at Plaridel Port on the 20th of January 2017. (Photo source: DOLE-X)

Soft Opening of the Women’s Coco Sugar Processing Center, DOLE assisted project under BUB worth Php500, 000 at Plaridel on the 20th of January 2017. (Photo source: DOLE-X)




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