Before we were NoBox, we were a small residential center in Cubao. Our services were grounded on the philosophy of harm reduction: doing what it takes to keep you alive and safe, and that there is no such thing as being too kind.
Realizing that problems go deeper and everything is connected, we expanded into a civil society organization. Still providing services, we are now also working on reforming drug-related policies and laws. We are advocating for ones that recognize and respect the human being on the receiving end: your inherent dignity should not and cannot be taken away. You deserve to be treated as a person simply because you are, and as a reason, we believe that’s more than enough.
The core of our philosophy is this: you are worthy of being alive. The world could be a little more logical, a little more scientific, and as always, a little kinder.
Today we are NoBox - a philosophy as much as it is a nonprofit organization. No labels, no boundaries. Nothing is impossible until truly deemed impossible, and even then… “we’ll nobox it”
Meet the NoBox Team
Ma. Inez Feria
Our founder and executive director, Inez has been immersed in the field of Harm Reduction and drug policy for twenty years. With hardly any discourse or resource here in the Philippines, she began her journey with one certificate course, online course, conference, meeting, and mailing list after another. Two decades later and she still believes in instructing herself because she has learned things cannot be taken at face value. Passionate about social justice, psychology, and always learning something new from every interaction, Inez’s life work at its core is reminding people that people who use drugs are people.
Ask her about: practical shooting, psychology, and why she can’t stay away from issues concerning incarceration.
Patrick, or Bodie as he’s called here, graduated with a degree in BS Psychology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started at NoBox as the social media handler, and from there discovered all the things people normally wouldn’t encounter if they weren’t in the drug policy scene. He currently works on NoBox's research and policy agenda.
Ask him about: how these new perspectives compare to what we were taught.
Grace has been an advocate of Human Rights, Harm Reduction, HIV/ AIDS, and Reproductive Health for more than a decade, working as a trainer, facilitator, and counselor. She conducts Harm Reduction sessions, if she isn’t overseeing the programs, operations, and the overall process and progress of the NoBox team.
Ask her about: issues on gender and our programs and services.
Phillip graduated with a degree in AB Political Science. Our administration officer has, since joining NoBox, developed an avid interest in advocacy work. Realizing how so many of our issues are interconnected and cannot be tackled in isolation. Phillip keeps NoBox organized and running, goes into the field to gather stories, and reads plenty into policies.
Ask him about: running, today’s crossword, and administrative matters.
Ma. Stesha-Mikli Feria Jorge
Mikli graduated with a degree in BA Psychology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Integral to her work is an extensive application of the principles of psychology: in branding and identity, marketing, copywriting, insighting, and working out the most resonant way to communicate with different audiences.
Ask her about: talking to toddlers about drugs.
Mon San Sebastian
Mon graduated with a degree in BA Psychology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Fascinated by human behavior, experience, and perspectives, Mon now applies the psychological principles he has learned in design. Publicity materials, visual aids, and other graphic artwork are created to prioritize the viewer’s experience.
Ask him about: art, designing experiences, and marketing strategies.
Abilaine T. Silva
Abi has been engaged in NGO and development work for almost 20 years and is a firm believer in equal rights and the empowerment of marginalized people. Abi is currently working in the field, focusing on the link of drug policy and the Sustainable Development Goals. Doing community research, she is facilitating participatory consultations engaging communities, families, and individuals for community-based programs and a drug policy agenda.
Ask her about: mobilizing and organizing affected communities.
Lee is a doctor who graduated from the University of the Philippines Manila Philippine General Hospital under the accelerated medical degree program and has since been involved in development and research works on health policies and laws. He currently manages the policy and research advocacy of NoBox, while while pursuing a law degree at the University of the Philippines College of Law. Lee believes that the law is a powerful tool for change in the health field, and is a strong advocate for social justice and equality.
Ask him about: academic debating, health law, home cooking
RM graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in BA Psychology. In NoBox, these have brought his interests to working toward direct services for elementary and high school out of school youths. His is the first face you’ll see when you walk through the doors, arranging logistics, researching, and communicating with other agencies and companies.
Ask him about: Batman, KPop, and the alternative learning system.