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Mixed Methods? Responding to Drug Offenders in the Philippines | A Roundtable

A roundtable, “Mixed Methods? Responding to Drug Offenders in the Philippines,” will be held on 13 December 2022, 10 am to 12 noon, Philippine Standard Time, at the Conference Hall, Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), University of the Philippines, in Diliman, Quezon City. Also available via Zoom, the roundtable is free and open to the public, but onsite seating is very limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to health protocols.


The Roundtable

There is more than one way to tackle the drug problem. This roundtable-webinar will look at the different strategies and approaches deployed to address the problem of illegal drug use in the Philippines. It seeks to address the following questions:

    • What might be the optimal best collection of strategies to effectively address the drug problem in the Philippines?
    • What are the problems associated with drug rehabilitation and treatment?
    • What are the prospects of reforming the country’s anti-drug policy?


Ma. Inez Feria

She is founder and director of NoBox Philippines, an organization that seeks to “remove the box of conventional thinking about drug use and drug policy.”

Filomin Gutierrez, PhD

She is Professor of Sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman where she “teaches social deviance, sociology of violence, and research methods.” She edited Crime and Punishment in the Philippines: Beyond Politics and Spectacle, which was published in 2020 by the Philippine Social Science Council and received the 2022 Outstanding Book Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). “Her research and publications focus on violence and the war on drugs from the perspective of arrested persons and the police.” View profile

Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD

He is “senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Department of Anthropology, affiliate faculty at the UP College of Medicine’s Social Medicine Unit, research fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Development Studies Program, and honorary fellow at Hong Kong University’s Centre for Criminology.” View profile.

Rationale and Organizer Information

While a mixture of methods is perhaps the best approach to take in relation to the complex and complicated problem of illegal drugs, it remains to be seen how the effectiveness of these different approaches can be measured. This webinar is part of the UP CIDS War on Drugs series on the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the Philippines, “Are We There Yet?” View full background and rationale.

The Program on Social and Political Change (PSPC) at UPCIDS seeks to allow experts from a variety of disciplines in the University of the Philippines to develop a better understanding of past, current, and future social and political tensions that can arise and impact on modern Philippine society and polity. It is one of twelve research programs of UP CIDS. Learn more and download free UP CIDS-PSPC publications, including the free policy brief, “Are We There Yet: What it will take to win the Philippine war on drugs?

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