National Unified Health Research Agenda

NUHRA serves as the country’s template for health research and development efforts specifying the areas and topics needed to be addressed in a 5-year scope.


Find out how you can participate in the health research-related opportunities of the four implementing agencies.


By virtue of Proclamation No. 1309, the PNHRS Week is celebrated every second week of August.

Regional Health Research Systems

The regional health research consortia in all the regions of the country mirror the PNHRS framework at the regional level

Philippine Health Research Ethics Board

PHREB is the national policy making body in health research ethics.

Monitoring Tool

To ensure that the system is more responsive and inclusive, the PNHRS Monitoring Tool was developed.

Implementing Agencies

Four institutions commit to support PNHRS to achieve its vision of creating a vibrant, dynamic and responsible health research community.

Technical Working Committees

The six TWCs were aligned with the research themes based on the country’s health needs.

PNHRS Milestones

Take a look at PNHRS accomplishments since its inception.


10 Sep 2019 01:30 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez

Seven out of 35 researchers were recognized with the “Most Ready to Publish Paper” during the 16th Medical Writing Workshop for Young Researchers on 13-14 August 2019 at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

Held in conjunction with the [ ... ]

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29 Aug 2019 03:18 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez
DOST Secretary calls for partnership, solidarity towards achieving SDGs

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. dela Pena urged researchers, academe, private institutions and government to build on partnerships and solidarity to address the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations [ ... ]

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28 Aug 2019 02:09 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez
PNHRS Research Utilization Committee holds HIV/AIDS campaign workshop

Members and representatives of the PNHRS Research Utilization Committee from the 17 regional health research and development consortia participated in the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week pre-conference session, “Campaigning [ ... ]

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05 Aug 2019 06:08 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez

The 13th PNHRS Week Celebration provides a dynamic activity for health researchers, funding institutions, and policy makers etc. to showcase the most recent researches in the country. The 13th PNHRS Poster Exhibit will be located at the 2nd Level (in [ ... ]

13th PNHRS Week
31 Jul 2019 07:25 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez

How to get to Cagayan De Oro:

Airlines have regular flights from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga, and Davao to Laguindingan Airport, which is the main airport of Northern Mindanao. You may contact airline companies to check the latest available information [ ... ]

13th PNHRS Week
22 Jul 2019 09:12 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez

Registration will start on August 13, 2019, 7:00 AM at the Ballroom entrance of Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan De Oro City. For those who plan to attend the events starting August 14 to 17, participants must arrive and register at least 1 hour before the [ ... ]

13th PNHRS Week


10 Sep 2019 02:49 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez
Health Professionals Push Academe to Establish REC for Human Subjects in Research

A session on Ethics in Research was conducted during the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration on August 13, 2019, at The Luxe Hotel in this city.

Attending health professionals from both private and public sectors [ ... ]

Regional Updates
10 Sep 2019 02:38 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez
Cordillera’s health improve in 2018

The Cordillera Region posted improvements in the health sector in 2018, according to DOH-CAR and Regional Social Development Sector Vice-Chairperson Director Amelita Pangilinan.

During the Kapihan on the State of the Region Address 2019, held on August [ ... ]

Regional Updates
28 Aug 2019 02:00 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez
The Future is Bright: Davao Region's Homegrown Research Champions

With the theme “Achieving Health-related Sustainable Development Goals through Research and Innovation”, the Philippine National Health Research System celebrated a week-long annual activity on August 13 to 16, 2019 at the City of Golden Friendship, [ ... ]

Regional Updates
28 Aug 2019 01:57 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez
R1HRDC Takes Home Prizes at the 2019 PNHRS Week Celebration at CDO

On August 13-16, 2019, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) joined the annual 2019 Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. With the [ ... ]

Regional Updates
28 Aug 2019 01:51 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez

The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST V) in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and S&T networks/consortia in the region will conduct the 2019 Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits [ ... ]

Regional Updates
15 Aug 2019 02:01 - Christine Jane M. Gonzalez

The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium will be conducting a series of training/workshop this 3rd and 4th quarter of 2019. In this connection we would like to invite participant/s from member institutions to attend the following [ ... ]

Regional Updates


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National Lung Month: Tuberculosis as a persistent health concern in the Philippines
20 Sep 2019 02:25

Tuberculosis claims more lives than HIV/AIDS.
Despite being a preventable and curable disease, tuberculosis or TB kills an average of 70 Filipinos daily according to the Department of Health.  It is considered [ ... ]

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CDO hosting national research summit
08 Aug 2019 02:23

CAGAYAN de Oro City will be hosting the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration which happens every second week of August.

The PNHRS is designed to hold parallel and plenary [ ... ]

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WHO scientist to speak at PCHRD 36th yr celebration
05 Mar 2018 07:04

Dr. Bernadette Ramirez, World Health Organization’s (WHO) scientist, will deliver the keynote address at the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (PCHRD) 36th anniversary celebration [ ... ]

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Agapay project develops robotic arm prototype for stroke patient rehab
29 Jan 2018 01:33

The Agapay Project has developed a robotic device to provide accessible healthcare options to all Filipinos.

The initiative by De La Salle University to design and develop cost-effective robotic exoskeletons [ ... ]

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DLSU student develops robotic arm for stroke rehab
18 Jan 2018 02:43

An engineering student from De La Salle University (DLSU) has developed a wearable robotic arm that can be used in the therapy of stroke and accident victims. 

Paul Dominique Baniqued told ANC's Future [ ... ]

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PHL Science dept bares 5 major achievements in 2017
08 Jan 2018 01:10

Research and technology assistance are the major highlights of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for 2017.  Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) [ ... ]

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Pinoys with COPD urged to join landmark study on the disease
07 Nov 2017 02:36

Lung specialists urged Filipinos living with a progressive condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to take part in a “landmark” five-year study that is seen to yield important, [ ... ]

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Unilab’s Sekaya inaugurates Laguna plant for natural medicinal products
23 Jun 2017 02:27

United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab), the leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the Philippines, announced that its affiliate, the Sentrong Katutubong Yaman (Sekaya), is tapping into the country’s [ ... ]

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Thorny fish
17 May 2017 07:05

Yes, the title sounds strange, an example of the kind of inappropriate machine translation that you get on the internet. The Filipino “tinik” can mean plant thorns or fish bones, but you can’t say [ ... ]

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In our hands
08 May 2017 06:26

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial’s recent announcement that half of 12 million hypertensive Filipinos are unaware of their condition and are therefore “walking time bombs” indicates the great need for [ ... ]

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Sira-sira Store: ‘Bisag saging’ life is tolerable
05 May 2017 07:12

“BISAG saging, basta labing” is a Cebuano phrase that makes light of the pain of want. It means something like, “even if we only have bananas to eat for as long as we have love, everything will be [ ... ]

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Research-to-policy gap still a challenge in PH
18 Apr 2017 00:01

The Philippines should adopt policy-driven health priorities to better utilize the research being done in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) stressed in a recent forum.

Although the country’s [ ... ]

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Fast food health risks rapidly rising in Asia, PH
17 Apr 2017 00:58

Asia-Pacific is at a risk of poor nutrition as modern trade policy opens the region to a flood of ultra-processed food and drinks, according to a study published in Globalization and Health, a conclusion [ ... ]

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Approval of medicinal marijuana bill eyed in June
03 Apr 2017 00:26

Approval of the medicinal marijuana bill before the end of the first regular session of the 17th Congress in June is being eyed by its author, Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano.

Albano said he would exhaust all [ ... ]

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RxBox paves new way for better health in Caraga
24 Mar 2017 01:36

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 23  -- Caraganons living in rural and remote areas can now have better access to the government’s healthcare services and can even get advice from healthcare experts across the country. [ ... ]

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PH health innovations to see wide use in 2017 – DOST
09 Feb 2017 02:53

Five health technologies that will greatly improve the delivery of public health services have been developed in the Philippines in the past year, and will see widespread use throughout the country this [ ... ]

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DOST launches InfoSerbilis on agency services
09 Feb 2017 02:51

MANILA,  Jan. 23 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched a communication campaign aimed to create a unified information delivery service that would improve the services of [ ... ]

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DOST, US’s NIH sign MOU to strengthen TB research
09 Feb 2017 02:50

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) will sign a memorandum of understanding with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) this [ ... ]

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DOST, US’s NIH sign MOU to strengthen TB research
09 Feb 2017 02:50

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) will sign a memorandum of understanding with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) this [ ... ]

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DOST-PCHRD for health
01 Feb 2017 01:52

ILIPINOS are not just good in singing, dancing, acting, boxing, and representing the country in international sports and contests. Aside from being talented, creative, and strong, Filipinos are also known [ ... ]

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