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.


02 Nov 2017 02:57 - Ladylove May B. Baurile
National Biotechnology Week 2017 highlights contribution of biotechnology to farmers and masses; DOST to join the celebration

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila- The various agencies of the Philippine government will hold the 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration on 20-24 November 2017 at the Fisher Mall EXPO HALL, Fourth Floor, Quezon Ave., cor. Roosevelt Ave., Quezon City.

With [ ... ]

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23 Oct 2017 06:09 - Ana Ciaren H. Itulid

13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers
Legazpi City, Philippines
8-9 January 2018

Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the 
Philippine Association of Medical Journal [ ... ]

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02 Oct 2017 12:00 - Super User

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for 2018 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) in [ ... ]

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06 Sep 2017 09:19 - Ana Ciaren H. Itulid

Six principles of an effective mental health program were presented by Dr. Anselmo Tronco, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine of the Philippine General Hospital in the Drug Addiction and Mental Health Session during the 11th Philippine [ ... ]

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05 Sep 2017 12:02 - Super User

The application process of the 2018 Pasteur Paris University International Doctoral Program is now open. This PhD program is for students holding a Master's degree (or equivalent) in science, medicine or related fields from a non-French University. The [ ... ]

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30 Aug 2017 05:40 - Ana Ciaren H. Itulid
Community-based outpatient treatment works – Talisay City Health Office

Even before the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, Talisay City in Cebu implements a community-based outpatient treatment and aftercare program which provides comprehensive care for people with substance use disorder.

Dr. Rey Cesar Bautista, [ ... ]

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20 Oct 2017 15:47 - Super User
Research reveals updates on Schistosomiasis to community

After successfully completing their research on the possible snail vectors of Schistosomiasis in areas surrounding Lake Mainit, Dr. Joycelyn Jumawan, researcher-professor funded by the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC), shared the [ ... ]

Regional Updates
17 Oct 2017 11:50 - Super User
Region 6 stakeholders participate in HERDIN training

Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) conducted its first training on Health Research and Development Information Network (HERDIN) last October 17, 2017 at CTE Building, West Visayas State University. The training was attended by [ ... ]

Regional Updates
12 Oct 2017 12:12 - Super User

Tacloban City, October 13, 2017 – For the different member institutions of Eastern Visayas Health and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) to be familiar with the principles of health research and good clinical practice and conduct of ethical clearance, the [ ... ]

Regional Updates
03 Oct 2017 12:15 - Super User
3rd Quarter ExeCom and Committee Chairs Meeting

Tacloban City, October 2, 2017 - DOST-EVHRDC spearheaded a meeting to highlight the accomplishment of the EVHRDC Committees for the quarter and approval of the newly formed SOME Committee, held at DOST 8 Conference Room on October 2, 2017 which started [ ... ]

Regional Updates
30 Sep 2017 11:00 - Super User
BCHRD Forum on 2017 RSTW/BRICE: Dr. Cubillan shares their research on NVSP for Kindergarten

Every year the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office V celebrate's the Regional Science and Technology Week and Bicol Regional and Invention Contest and Exhibit. As partner agency of the DOST-V, BCHRD joins in celebrating the regions biggest [ ... ]

Regional Updates
24 Sep 2017 07:45 - Super User
Otayza bags 2016 Presidential Gawad CES Award

Lead by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, was the conferment of awards to the Gawad Career Executive Service Honorees and to 26 individuals and 4 groups that made up the roster of finalists in the 2017 Search for Outstanding Government Workers, at the Rizal [ ... ]

Regional Updates


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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Philippine Council for Health Research and Development talks about remote diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment
01 Feb 2017 01:51

Information and communications technology is transforming healthcare through collaboration technologies, e-health records and through manifestations of the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

On 16th January, the [ ... ]

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Philippine gov’t supports 5 health technologies for nationwide rollout
01 Feb 2017 01:48

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), the national coordinating body for health research, has unveiled five technologies that are [ ... ]

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DOST allocates P10.4M for RxBox project
16 Jan 2017 00:43

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is deploying RxBoxes to provide better access to life-saving health care service in remote communities in the region.

DOST regional project staff for RxBox [ ... ]

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DOST-PCHRD calls for applicants, nominations for AROHRA
16 Jan 2017 00:39

ZAMBOANGA CITY, 13 January 2017 (PIA) - - -The Department of Science and Technology – IX (DOST-IX) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is now accepting applicants, nominations [ ... ]

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