ISSUP Philippines was well represented at the last global ISSUP Conference 'International Conference on Drug Prevention and Care: Inspiration and Direction' held last July 1– 5, 2019 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Through funding from the US Embassy Manila representatives from various government agencies including the Dangerous Drugs Board, Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Health, and civic societies such as CADCA participated in the 5-day conference.
ISSUP Philippines Board members, Junjun Abella of Serenity in the Steps, Ma. Veronica Felipe of Colombo Plan's Drug Advisory Programme and Teresita Castillo of Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc. participated in the conference. Junjun and Teresita also attended the ISSUP National Chapter Meetings.
The global ISSUP conference served as the platform for a robust discussion of supply and drug demand reduction in the Philippine settings.