MAASIN CITY, Oct 17 (PIA) -- In support to Duterte administration's strong drive against insurgency, the "MAmamayan Ayaw Sa INsureksyon" (MAASIN) program was created by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
The said program is a "contribution-effort against insurgency recruitment of minors at school level," Senior Jail Officer II Sergio Maglines disclosed.
"MAASIN program is the brainchild of our bureau chief JSupt. Rill Fabella Sonon, who serves both as the Maasin City Jail Warden and Southern Leyte Jail Administrator," he said.
It is aimed to empower students and the youth as well to be active and responsible citizens, and eventually avoid incarceration.
The said program was also created to enlighten the minds of school children to be patriotic , law-abiding citizens, God-fearing professionals and productive citizens, Maglines added.
BJMP-Maasin conducted series of information campaign regarding the MAASIN program where Persons Deprived with Liberty (PDLs) expressed their regrets and remorse over the crimes they had committed in an audio-visual presentation.
The video presentation narrated the stigma and difficulties of living in a congested jail , and hoping that "somehow can convince the children to be law abiding citizens and avoid school-based communist related activities for their own future," the jail officer said.
The MAASIN concept is now officially included in the Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan for the year 2020-2023 of Maasin City.
The city government through Mayor Nacional Mercado allocated funds based on the proposed budget presented by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology- Maasin City Jail during the City Peace and Order Council meeting held on October 8, 2019. (esg/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)