On October 03, 2016, the Ateneo School of Government, the Ateneo Law School, and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health held a forum titled “Anti-Drug Campaigns: What Works and What Doesn’t Work” at the Microtel Hotel, UP Technohub, Quezon City. The policy forum brought together international and local experts, policymakers, and various stakeholders in the anti-illegal drug campaign in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools, welcomed the participants of the forum and emphasized the urgent need for an honest and rational discussion on this issue. Senator Risa Hontiveros delivered the keynote speech. She stressed that it is imperative to shift our anti-drug policy from punishment to treatment and emphasized the need to introduce harm reduction as the public health solution to the illegal drugs problem.