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 activities:

  1.  Training on Data Management for Researchers with Ongoing Health Researches - August 19-21, 2019

The Training on Data Management for Researchers with Ongoing Health Researches is scheduled on August 19-21, 2019, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the DOST Regional Office VI, Training Room. The training aims to assist researchers with on-going projects in data management, which include data collection, instrument formulation, data encoding, data processing, data interpretation, and data presentation.

We will accommodate 15 participants and acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please confirm your participation by filling-out the form on this link: https://forms.gle/BFmyBGJ33uQWoUa18 on or before August 14, 2019.

  

  1. Workshop for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Research Ethics Committees - August 27-28, 2019

The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) in cooperation with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) will be organizing a Workshop for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Research   Ethics Committees on August 27-28, 2019 (venue to be advised). This is a follow-up activity to the previously conducted Basic Research Ethics Training last April 2019. The activity aims to assist institutions who are planning to establish their Research Ethics Committee in developing their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

We will accommodate 30 participants and acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please confirm your participation by filling-out the form on this link: https://forms.gle/BFmyBGJ33uQWoUa18 on or before August 19, 2019.

 

  1. Training Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for Health Researchers - October 15-18, 2019

The Training Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for Health Researchers is scheduled on October 15-18, 2019, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the DOST Regional Office VI Training Room. This four-day training aims to equip health researchers in the region with the fundamental elements of a qualitative approach to research and its application in health research. This training will involve lectures, a review health research studies that demonstrate different qualitative research methods, fieldwork, and presentations.

The consortium will accommodate 10 participants and acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please confirm your participation by filling-out the form on this link: https://forms.gle/BFmyBGJ33uQWoUa18 on or before September 30, 2019.

To prepare and guide the researchers for a good proposal, the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) facilitated a two-day simultaneous ethics training namely: Basic Research Ethics Training and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Workshop on July 1 to 2, 2019 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City.

The Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) aims to introduce the basic principles of protecting human participants. There were 42 attendees from various RHRDC XI member institutions who actively participated during the training. The trainers for BRET are Dr. Angeles T. Alora and Dr. Angelica Francisco from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). The training consists of lectures, group work activities and the most exciting role-playing of the participants.

Meanwhile, the SOP writeshop intends to help develop a Standard Operating Procedures Manual for existing Research Ethics Committees (REC) and improve the quality and consistency in the operational activity of the institutions which will serve as guide in the review process of the proposals. There were 10 member institutions who attended the workshop and these institutions have their intent in applying for PHREB accreditation after thorough polishing of their draft SOPs. The trainers for the SOP workshop were Dr. Marita VT. Reyes and Dr. Josephine Lumitao of PHREB.

While the primary purpose of research is to generate new knowledge, the goal is also to protect the rights and interests of the participants. Protecting humans is naturally a universal knowledge. Hence, majority of our laws are for the protection of rights, safety and welfare of individuals.

Davao Region has been one of the most active regions in crafting and implementing good researches for the benefit of the Mindanaoans. In crafting good research, it must be both scientific and ethical.

True enough that a research participant must be safeguarded as what Jean Bernard stated: “Experimenting on human beings is morally necessary and necessarily immoral”.


The CHRDC-Capacity Building Committee (CBC) successfully conducted a three-day Basic Research Methods Training cum Research Proposal Development Writeshop for health researchers of Caraga last June 3-5, 2019.

The training aimed to equip health researchers of the consortium member institutions to develop well-constructed research proposals that are in line with the standards and guidelines set by the consortium. A total of 25 trainees participated in comprising faculties and staff from different state university colleges (SUCs), higher education institutes (HEIs) and government agencies of the region. Dr. Ofelia P. Saniel, professor emeritus from UP Manila with expertise in public health and epidemiology and Ms. Karen B. Burdeos of the Center Director of Mathematical and Statistical Computing and Research Center (MSCRC) of Caraga State University were the resource persons.

The training covered 12 various topics in research proposal development.  The topics discussed include epidemiologic and experimental studies, sampling designs and how to write an effective research proposal. As an output, the participants were able to collectively produced ten capsule research proposals. These proposals were presented during the plenary session. The trainees also developed an appropriate study design corresponding to the research objectives that they have formulated. The lectures were supplemented with workshops.

Ms. Lyra A. Viajar, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga supervisor and CHRDC Capacity Building Committee chair ended the training with a warm message to the participants, inspiring them to continue to pursue health research.

All of the capsule research proposals will be evaluated by the Research Management Committee (RMC) if it is aligned with the regional research priorities.

 



The Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) conducted a Research Proposal Development and Mentoring Workshop on June 3-4, 2019 at Mallberry Suites, Cagayan de Oro City. The two-day workshop is one of the activities lined-up to enhance the capacities of junior health researchers who attended the Training on Basic Research Methods last April 10-12, 2019.

Dr. Peter R. Orbse, NorMinCoHRD Research Management Committee (RMC) Chair; Dr. Ester L. Raagas, RMC member; and Dr. Fidela B. Ansale, Capacity Building Committee Chair, served as mentors to twenty-five (25) young researchers from the different member-institutions of NorMinCoHRD.

Out of the eleven (11) research problems identified from the previous training, ten (10) were developed into full-blown research proposals. Participants presented these proposals during the workshops and mentors critiqued their works to come-up with a quality fundable research proposal.

Through the guidance of the mentors, researchers were able to produce full-blown research proposals which are for evaluation by the Technical Review Board of NorMinCoHRD’s RMC before it can be endorsed for possible funding by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD).

 



The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) through the Research Utilization Committee (RUC), once again spearheaded the 2019 Regional Research Conference on May 22, 2019 at Northwestern University, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with this year’s theme: “Research Outputs as Inputs towards Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Life”. It aimed to: (1) develop and strengthen health research network thru health research conference; (2) encourage researchers to conduct quality research with the highest ethical standard that contribute to the improvement of the quality of life; and (3) equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and values for effective and efficient adoption and utilization of health research.

The highlight of the event is the oral presentation and poster exhibit contest of completed research papers which was divided into 2 (two) categories: Student and Professional. On March 4, 2019, the RUC has called for the submission of completed papers which was screened and assessed by the Research Management Committee (RMC). Out of 90 (30 from professionals and 60 from students) submitted papers, the following researches emerged as winners during the said conference:

Professional Category (Oral Presentation)

 

Title:

Author/Presenter:

Institution:

1st Place

Out of the dark: An Engaged Journey of Substance Abuse Clients towards Therapeutic Community

Jayson D. Bautista, RN, MAN

DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Dagupan City, Pangasinan

2nd Place

White Caps and Cyber Bullies: The Lived Experiences of Nurses who are Victims of Social Media Shaming

Rodney Odesson Raguindin, RN, MAN, Ed.D

Lyceum Northwestern University – Dagupan City, Pangasinan

3rd Place

Residents’ Environment Safety for Fall Prevention in a Long Term Facility

John Francis A. Paraoan, RN, MAN

Catalino Pe Benito, RN

Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte

 

Professional Category (Poster Presentation)

 

Title:

Author/Presenter:

Institution:

1st Place

Retrospective Study of Substance Abused Clients’ Profile Admitted on Residential Program of DOH – DTRC

Jesus A. Pimentel Jr.

 

DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Dagupan City, Pangasinan

2nd Place

 

Therapeutic Influence of Rehabilitation Program to Health among Residents of Department of Health Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Dagupan

 

Eric Vincent Maminta

 

DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Dagupan City, Pangasinan

3rd Place

Enhancing the Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Capability of Non-Health Personnel

Richard Irvin Bismonte, RN, MAN

Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte


Student Category (Oral Presentation - Medical)

 

Title:

Author/Presenter:

Institution:

1st Place

Child Immunization Compliance of Young Mothers in Barangay Balaya, San Carlos City, Pangasinan

Princess Lilac S. Velasquez

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan

2nd Place

An In Vitro Study of Antifungal Activity of Sago Worm (Rhynchosporium Ferrugineus, Dryophthidae) Fats against Trichophython Species and Formulation of Antifungal Soap

Franz Krizzadane Liclican

Lorma Colleges, La Union

3rd Place

Vital Capacity Response of Bronchial Asthma Patients to Annulom Vilom Pranayama (AVP)

Frances Eileen Madrid

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan


Student Category (Oral Presentation - Herbal)

 

Title:

Author/Presenter:

Institution:

1st Place

Cardio-Protective Activity of Ethanolic Whole Plant Extract of Papait on Doxorubicin Induced-Myocardial Infarcted Albino Rats

 

Maryrose Divina

 

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan

2nd Place

 

Antioxidant Screening and Anti-angiogenic Activity of Kalunay Ethanolic Leaf Extract

Mark Joseph William Ducusin

Philippine Science High School, Ilocos Region Campus, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur

 

3rd Place

 

Cardio-Protective Activity of Balisanga (Cyperus rotundus L.) Root Extract on Sprague Dawley Rats: Evaluating Different Dosages

 

Jade Vincent Fernandez

 

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan


Student Category (Poster Presentation)

 

Title:

Author/Presenter:

Institution:

1st Place

Antiangiogenic Property of Chromolaena Orodata Ethanolic Leaf Extract on Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) of Fertilized Duck Egg

Irah Acla

Lyceum Northwestern University, Dagupan City, Pangasinan

2nd Place

Comparative Study of Cactaceae Plants in Minimizing Radio Frequency of Computers

Star Grace Gonzales

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan

3rd Place

Effect of Core Strengthening on the Performance of Young Competitive Freestyle Swimmers

Emy Gay Cardenas

Mariano Marcos State University, Batac City, Ilocos Norte


The annual celebration was attended by more or less 250 aspiring, young, and seasoned researchers and advocates who shared their knowledge and experiences in the field of health research.


The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Ethics Research Committee in cooperation with the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board 1 (REMB-1) spearheaded the Orientation on How to Establish ERC and SOP Writing Training and Workshop on November 8-9, 2018 at Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The activity aims to educate the participants about the importance of ethics in research, give key points on how to establish their own ERC, and to teach them how to develop their ERC’s own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which is one of the major requirement when applying for accreditation. It was led by the regions very able speakers who are expert in the field of ethics, Dr. Maria Paz Virginia K. Otayza, Dr. Michael Martin Baccay, Prof Ryan Dean Sucgang and Dr Mayrose L. Quezon.

On the first day Dr Otayza tackled topics on the importance of ethics in research, ERC compositions and functions, and how to establish ERC. Likewise, Dr Baccay presented the PHREB accreditation policies, and the first chapters of ERC SOP namely: review of REC functions, management of initial and post approval procedures, review procedures and meeting procedures. Prof. Sucgang talked on how to organize and present SOP, documentation, and archiving.

On the second day, the participants made their initial SOP with the creation of their ERCs vision, mission, objectives, structure and composition and presented it to the body which was critiqued by the able lecturers and even suggested on how to make their output better. In the afternoon, Dr Quezon made a talk on how to apply for ERC accreditation to PHREB through the REMB-1.

This training was one of the ways of both the REMB-1 and R1HRDC ERC to promote the creation of institutional ERCs and to address the problem of the region with only three (3) accredited ERC. It is expected that by next year, more institutional ERC will be established and eventually apply for accreditation.


DOST 02 Chief anchors CVHRDC in three major areas

"Drug discovery and development, Invention of functional foods, and Research on Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation"

These are the three major areas that DOST 02 Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang stressed to the participants in the opening of three-day 4th Annual Health Research Conference dubbed "Breaking Health Disparities, Bridging Health Equity and Building Resilient Communities thru Health Research and Innovation", held at Isabela State University-Cauayan Campus, November 27, 2018.

Dir. Mabborang said that this is the best time to conduct researches because there is sufficient funding where they could resource from.

"Money now is not a problem; the quality proposal rather", the director said.

He also believes that despite the minimal number of researchers from participating universities, they could still strive to come up with mature and potential outputs for commercialization researches and innovations.

“Your institution can do this. We have the pool of Human Resources, however not of the equipment and facilities. Still, we have to level up”, he reiterated.

“If it doesn’t benefit the citizenry, I call it less meaningful”, he reminded the researchers as he ended his speech.

Said conference is attended by about 70 faculty-researchers and students in the region.

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