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20th International Leprosy Congress
Manila, Philippines
10-13 September 2019

GENERAL INFORMATION

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

 

The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. It is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands with a population of 105 million, most of which are devout Roman Catholics.

 

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines with a population of 1.8 million. It is the center of culture, economy, education and government in the country. It is home to many historic sites and landmarks in the country. The term "Manila" is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area. The officially defined metropolitan area called Metro Manila includes the City of Manila, Quezon City, Makati Central Business District, and other big cities.  Metro Manila exerts a significant impact in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, both locally and internationally. Its economic power makes the region the country's premier center for commerce and finance.

 

 “Tagalog” or “Filipino” is the local dialect.  However, Filipinos also understand and speak English.

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRESS VENUE  
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
CCP Complex, Vicente Sotto Street, Pasay, Metro Manila

 

 

 

CLIMATE and WEATHER

Climate in the Philippines is tropical. There are 2 main seasons − the dry and the wet season. September is generally a rainy season and temperature is around 24 to 34 °C (75 to 93 °F).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURENCY EXCHANGE

The local currency is Philippine Peso. Current US dollar exchange is at Php 52 but is quite volatile depending on various economic factors. Money exchange centers can be found at the airport, hotels and shopping centers. ATM cards like Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club are accepted in many department stores, restaurants and hotels.

 

 

 

FIRST AID and MEDICAL FACILITIES

Manila is home to some of the country’s top specialists and sub-specialists.  Big hospitals are just a few kilometers away from the congress venue. All hospital staff can speak and understand English.

 

 

ELECTRICITY

In the Philippines, the power sockets are of type A, B and C. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. A travel adaptor may be necessary.

 

 

AIRPORT

Metro Manila is the primary gateway to the Philippines. From overseas, most visitors arrive by plane through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which consists of 2 international terminals as well as 2 domestic passenger terminals.

 

If you’re a foreign national traveling to Manila, you are required to present original and valid National Passport and any other internationally recognized travel document establishing your Nationality and Identity, bearing your photograph.

 

 

TRANSPORT to and from the AIRPORT

Mode of transport is through rent-a car, Grab service or taxi. Rent-a-car counters are located within the airport along the main exit point. Grab service is available via mobile app which offers fixed-rate. Taxi can be hired outside the airport by queues. White taxi is the free- roaming taxi while yellow taxi is the airport- registered taxi which exclusively shuttles to and from the airport.

 

However, unless there is an airport shuttle provided by your hotel,  for safety and convenience, " rent-a-car" service with accommodation counters located before the exit point of the airport is highly recommended. Airport taxi normally requires long queue outside the airport.

 

Usual fare from the airport to most of Metro Manila costs around $10 but but depending on sitting capacity, could reach $35 (2-3 seater)- $55  (5-7 seater) for rent-a car services depending on the traffic. In general, rent-a car, grab and yellow taxi in that order of preference are safe and are recommended. Just provide the name and address of the hotel/ congress venue and the driver will get you there.

 

 

 

CONGRESS SECRETARIAT

Inquiries about the registration, tours, other events, etc. will be answered by the congress secretariat.  Participants may pick up their conference kits, badges, program, meal coupons at the registration counter.

Distribution of Conference Kits

 

Date/ Day                          Reg. Time         Venue                                                                              Congress Activities

Sept. 10, Tuesday              8:00 - 17:00       Registration Counter, PICC                                          Distribution of Conference Kits

Sept. 11, Wednesday        7:00 – 17:00      Registration Counter, PICC                                          Distribution of Conference Kits

Sept. 12, Thursday            8:00 – 17:30      Reception Hall (AM); Secretariat's Lounge (PM)

Sept. 13, Friday                  8:00 – 17:30      Secretariat's Lounge (AM); Reception Hall (PM)

 

 

 

REGISTRATION FEE (USD)

 

Category                            On or before 31 May 2019        01 June - 31 July 2019         01 August - 31 August 2019

 

FOREIGN PARTICIPANT     $525                                              $575                                       $625

LOCAL PARTICIPANT         $150                                               $175                                       $200


Note: Registration fee covers attendance to plenary & parallel sessions, congress kit, program, book of abstracts, coffee breaks, lunch during the conference and joint dinner on the last day of the congress.      

 


LOCAL DELEGATES

Local delegates, with or without a paper to present are required to register online and pay the local rates. However, those covered by the DOH-DPO list will be group-registered by the DOH-EO in accordance with guidelines set by congress organizers. DOH abstract presenters are advised to directly coordinate with the Office of the National Leprosy Control Program (Dr. Rubite) for further instructions.

 

CONGRESS BOOTHS/STANDS

Reservations for congress booths or stands  are now available. Interested parties may contact congress secretariat at ilc2019@yahoo.com

 

 

 

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR PRE-CONGRESS MEETINGS

Room reservations for pre-congress meetings, contact:

Congress venue ( PICC) : Shery C.Vivero-Almario; ( 632) 7894789 ext 7038; scvivero@picc.gov.ph

Century Park Hotel: Luvil Villa; (63) 9176332501; (632) 5288888; sales6@centurypark.com.ph

 

Note: Please use the code " Leprosy Congress" for special rates

 


LANGUAGE

ENGLISH is the official language of the Congress.

 

 

 

INVITATION LETTER

Letter of Invitation for visa purposes will be provided upon request. Kindly send your request to visa_20thilc@yahoo.com with the following information:

  1. passport name
  2. passport number

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES : 2018-2019

 

15 Oct 2018- 28 Feb 2019                                   Abstract submission

 

31 January - 31 August 2019                             Online Registration

 

15 February- 30 March 2019                            Abstract Review

 

30 March- 30 April 2019                                    Posting of Abstract Status

 

10-13 September 2019                                       20th International Leprosy Congress in Manila

 

 

 

CONTACT PERSONS:

 

Congress Secretariat 1
Email: ilc2019@yahoo.com

 

For VISA DOCUMENTS only:
Secretariat 2
visa_20thilc@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES

 

The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. It is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands with a population of 105 million, most of which are devout Roman Catholics.

 

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines with a population of 1.8 million. It is the center of culture, economy, education and government in the country. It is home to many historic sites and landmarks in the country. The term "Manila" is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area. The officially defined metropolitan area called Metro Manila includes the City of Manila, Quezon City, Makati Central Business District, and other big cities.  Metro Manila exerts a significant impact in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, both locally and internationally. Its economic power makes the region the country's premier center for commerce and finance.

 

 “Tagalog” or “Filipino” is the local dialect.  However, Filipinos also understand and speak English.

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRESS VENUE  
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
CCP Complex, Vicente Sotto Street, Pasay, Metro Manila

 

 

 

CLIMATE and WEATHER

Climate in the Philippines is tropical. There are 2 main seasons − the dry and the wet season. September is generally a rainy season and temperature is around 24 to 34 °C (75 to 93 °F).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURENCY EXCHANGE

The local currency is Philippine Peso. Current US dollar exchange is at Php 52 but is quite volatile depending on various economic factors. Money exchange centers can be found at the airport, hotels and shopping centers. ATM cards like Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club are accepted in many department stores, restaurants and hotels.

 

 

 

FIRST AID and MEDICAL FACILITIES

Manila is home to some of the country’s top specialists and sub-specialists.  Big hospitals are just a few kilometers away from the congress venue. All hospital staff can speak and understand English.

 

 

ELECTRICITY

In the Philippines, the power sockets are of type A, B and C. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. A travel adaptor may be necessary.

 

 

AIRPORT

Metro Manila is the primary gateway to the Philippines. From overseas, most visitors arrive by plane through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which consists of 2 international terminals as well as 2 domestic passenger terminals.

 

If you’re a foreign national traveling to Manila, you are required to present original and valid National Passport and any other internationally recognized travel document establishing your Nationality and Identity, bearing your photograph.

 

 

TRANSPORT to and from the AIRPORT

Mode of transport is through rent-a car, Grab service or taxi. Rent-a-car counters are located within the airport along the main exit point. Grab service is available via mobile app which offers fixed-rate. Taxi can be hired outside the airport by queues. White taxi is the free- roaming taxi while yellow taxi is the airport- registered taxi which exclusively shuttles to and from the airport.

 

However, unless there is an airport shuttle provided by your hotel,  for safety and convenience, " rent-a-car" service with accommodation counters located before the exit point of the airport is highly recommended. Airport taxi normally requires long queue outside the airport.

 

Usual fare from the airport to most of Metro Manila costs around $10 but depending on sitting capacity, could reach $35 (2-3 seater)- $55  (5-7 seater) for rent-a car services depending on the traffic. In general, rent-a car, grab and yellow taxi in that order of preference are safe and are recommended. Just provide the name and address of the hotel/ congress venue and the driver will get you there.

 

 

 

CONGRESS SECRETARIAT

Inquiries about the registration, tours, other events, etc. will be answered by the congress secretariat.  Participants may pick up their conference kits, badges, program, meal coupons at the registration counter.

The secretariat will be available at the lobby of the congress venue on the following dates:

 

Date/ Day Sept. 10, Tuesday             
Reg. Time   8:00 – 17:00

Venue Registration Counter, PICC

Congress Activities  Distribution of Conference Kits

 

 

Date/ Day  Sept. 11, Wednesday

Reg. Time  7:00 – 17:00

Venue Registration Counter, PICC

Congress Activities  Distribution of Conference Kits

 

 

Date/Day Sept. 12, Thursday

Reg. Time  8:00 – 17:30

Venue  Reception Hall (AM); Secretariat's Lounge (PM)

Congress Activities

 

 

Date/Day  Sept. 13, Friday

Reg. Time  8:00 – 17:30

Venue  Secretriat's Lounge (AM); Reception Hall (PM)

Congress Activities

 

Inquiries about the registration, tours, other events, etc. may be answered at the registration desk.  Participants may pick up their conference kits, badges, program, meal coupons at the registration counter.

 

 

REGISTRATION FEE (USD)

 

 

CATEGORY: FOREIGN PARTICIPANT

On or before 31 May 2019
$525

01 June- 31 July
$575

01 Aug-31 Aug
$625

 

CATEGORY: LOCAL PARTICIPANT   
On or before 31 May 2019
  $150

01 June- 31 July
$175

01 Aug-31 Aug
$200
Note: Registration fee covers attendance to plenary & parallel sessions, congress kit, program, book of abstracts, coffee breaks, lunch during the conference and joint dinner on the last day of the congress.

 

 

CONGRESS BOOTHS/STANDS

Reservations for congress booths or stands  are now available. Interested parties may contact congress secretariat at ilc2019@yahoo.com

 

 

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR PRE-CONGRESS MEETINGS

Room reservations for pre-congress meetings, contact:

Congress venue ( PICC) : Shery C.Vivero-Almario; ( 632) 7894789 ext 7038; scvivero@picc.gov.ph

Century Park Hotel: Luvil Villa; (63) 9176332501; (632) 5288888; sales6@centurypark.com.ph

 

Note: Please use the code " Leprosy Congress" for special rates

 

LANGUAGE

ENGLISH is the official language of the Congress.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES : 2018-2019

15 Oct 2018- 28 Feb 2019                
Abstract submission

 

31 January - 31 August 2019                             Online Registration

 

15 February- 30 March 2019                            Abstract Review

 

30 March- 30 April 2019                                    Posting of Abstract Status

 

10-13 September 2019                                       20th International Leprosy Congress in Manila

 

 

 

CONTACT PERSONS:

 

Congress Secretariat 1
Email: ilc2019@yahoo.com

 

For VISA DOCUMENTS only:
Secretariat 2
visa_20thilc@yahoo.com