ISSUP Philippines Pre-Conference


ISSUP Philippines, in partnership with INL, US Embassy Manila, the Dangerous Drugs Board, and with support from ISSUP Global, presented their 3-Day Pre-Conference from January 27 to 29, 2021.

The world is in the midst of a most severe crisis in our time. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape of everything around us – it’s global in scale and massive in impact. The problem of addiction and mental health has taken an unprecedented surge. As a network of prevention and treatment professionals, who are committed to continue to provide quality of care to people and communities, awareness, knowledge and understanding of these new challenges are key to better equip them to respond with positive attitudes and practices. Thus, our working Conference Theme: 'Emerging Issues and Realities of Addiction and Behavioral Health Amidst the Pandemic: Silver Linings of the Lockdown'.  

Plenary 1: Issues and Realities of Addiction and Behavioral Health; Global Perspective

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Keynote Speaker: 
Ms. Kelia Cummins, INL, US Embassy Manila


  • Mr. Thom Browne, CP DAP
  • Mr. Olivier Georges Lermet, UNODC
  • Mr. Brian Morales, INL, US State Department
  • Ms. Joanna Travis, ISSUP Global
  • Dr. Michal Miovsky, ICUDDR
  • Mr. Eric Siervo, CADCA

Summary & Reflection: 
Ms. Regina Hechanova-Alampay


Plenary 2: Issues and Realities of Addiction and Behavioral Health: National Perspective

Thursday 28th January 2021


  • Dr. Jose Bienvenido Leabres, DOH
  • Usec. Benjamin Reyes, DDB
  • PB Ronald O. Lee, PNP
  • DG Wilkins Villanueva, PDEA
  • Usec. RJ Echiverri, DILG

Summary & Reflection: 
Ms. Jo-Ann de Belen, UNODC/ACDP


Plenary 3: Emerging Realities in Prevention, Treatment & Recovery 

Friday 29th January 2021 


  • Ms. Giovanna Campello, UNODC
  • Ms. Therese Castillo, CP DAP
  • Dr. Miriam Cue, PRC
  • Dr. Gayle Gomez, PAP SIG
  • Hydie M. 
  • Mayor Vico Sotto, Pasig City LGU

Summary & Reflection: 
Dr. Armand Crisostomo, UPM

Closing Remarks:
Ms. Kelia Cummins, INL, US Embassy Manila

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