United States and UNODC organize training for strong families program facilitators in the Philippines

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Kelia Cummins, Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, delivers remarks during the Strong Family Trainers Training for Local Government Units.

Kelia Cummins, Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, delivers remarks during the Strong Family Trainers Training for Local Government Units.

Manila, September 21, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), organized a training of trainers on strong families for Local Government Units (LGU) of Makati, Marikina, Caloocan and Quezon City starting September 14. at 16 in the city of Baguio.

The training, which included a basic plenary session and dynamic workshops, aimed to empower LGU facilitators to implement the Strong Families program, a component of the project “Mitigating the negative impact of COVID-19 on communities. at risk in the Philippines ”from the INL. Strong Families is a family skills training program for caregivers and children designed to improve children’s mental health, parenting and family coping skills to deal with difficult situations, including COVID-19, while promoting resilience against the influence of illegal drugs.  

During her remarks, INL Director Kelia Cummins highlighted US support for programs that enable communities and families to build effective support systems.

“This two-year project aims to mitigate the impact of the pandemic by increasing the skills of providers to better serve those affected by drug use and addiction.What is unique and exciting about this program is that it focuses on building family skills, regardless of age group, gender and family roles: children, parents and parents. caregivers can participate and benefit from it, ”she said.

The program also included an overview of operational recommendations from the UN General Assembly Special Session, presented by UNODC Senior National Program Officer, Jo-Ann De Belen, and a presentation on prevention as a science by the head of the UNODC national program for health and drugs, Shella Ruiz-Marquez.

Facilitators Teri Acda from the Palawan Community and Livelihood Improvement Program, Ruby Rose Abuan and Mary Ann Ruiz, teachers from the Quezon City Department of Education, and Jigette Cryil Zalun from the Caloocan Anti Drug Abuse Council, gave participants an in-depth look at the history of the Strong Families program and anecdotes from past implementations in the Filipino context.


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