Eastern Samar, March 1, 2018 - The College of Nursing of the Eastern Samar State University-Main Campus conducted its 3rd Health Research In-House Review last February 28, 2018 at the College’ Audio Visual Room.
The College Dean, Dr. Flores B. Sta. Cruz conveying her words of welcome to the participants
Dr. Grace O. Manlapas, R&D Director, delivering her inspirational message

The activity commenced with the words of welcome delivered by the College’ Dean, Dr. Flores B. Sta. Cruz, which was followed by an inspirational message of the Director of the R&D Services, Dr. Grace O. Manlapas.

The activity was highlighted with the presentation of five research proposals to wit:

1. Extent of Utilization of Basic Health and Social Services Among Elderly in Eastern Samar
2. Lived Experiences of a Family Caregiver: A Phenomenology
3. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Schistosomiasis Prevention in Barangay Siha, Borongan City
4. Compliance to Newborn Screening in Borongan City
5. Basic Emergency Obstetrics Management Preparedness during Disaster: An Input to a Disaster Health Management Plan.

The panel of evaluators during the proposal review were Prof. Neil Alejandro Pinarok, Program Head, Biology Department, College of Arts & Sciences; Ms. Esther R. Bañar, Asst. R&D Director and Mr. Mark Bency M. Elpedes, School Nurse.

The R&D Director, Dr. Manlapas with the Panel of Evaluators, Ms. Esther R. Bañar,
Prof. Neil Alejandro Pinarok and Mr. Mark Bency M. Elpedes

The activity culminated with the awarding of the Certificates of Appreciation to the Panel of Evaluators and Certificates of Participation to the Proponents of the research proposals.

Different local health researchers in Region 02 together with the evaluators namely, Ms. Marilyn E. Crisostomo, Dr. Melfei E. Bungihan,
Dr. Jane Cabauatan, Dr. Ramelo Ramirez Jr., and Ms. Charmaine Barangan, during the first quarterly meeting of CVHRDC and research
proposal presentation, evaluation, and mentoring on January 29 - 31, 2018 at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 spearheaded the conduct of the first quarter meeting of the Cagayan Valley Health Research & Development Consortium (CVHRDC) and Research Proposal Presentation, Evaluation, & Mentoring at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, January 29 - 31, 2018.

The members of the said consortium meets quarterly to address the current health concerns of the region to come up with ideas and strategies that will improve the health status and quality of life of the people in Region 02.

CVHRDC aims to localize solutions to the region’s health needs by continuously extending their support to research enthusiasts through financial and provision of trainings and mentoring sessions to conduct research studies that will contribute in resolving problems in the healthcare system.

DOST Region 02 represented by Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, assistant regional director for Technical Operation Services, said that “consortia like CVHRDC were created to form S&T partnership between and among members not only for the good of individual institutions but for the benefit of the region as a whole”.

Their researches, she said, can be patented to be used for startup projects and be commercialized for the improvement of the economy of the region.

During his opening message, Dr. Brian Niño Galapia, vice chair for R&D Committee, he emphasized the role of the consortium which “provides support to health researchers through mentoring and funding their research studies as a way to encourage them to pursue higher learning and for them to continuously think of innovative ideas for health that will benefit the communities in the region.”

Dr. Julius T. Capili, CVHRDC executive director, presented the CVHRDC’s vision, mission, and goals and also introduced the core values, partner agencies, and research priorities of the consortium.

The consortium focuses on 11 health research priorities such as researches about Infectious and Communicable Diseases; Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction Management for Health and Climate Change Adaptation; Maternal and Child Health; Non-communicable Diseases; Drug Discovery and Development; Health Governance and Management; Health Financing; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Health Technology Development and Innovation; Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine; and lastly, Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.

A total of 15 health research proposals were presented, and evaluated, during the activity. Local researchers were advised to modify their research proposals based on the recommendations given during the mentoring sessions. They were also instructed to submit their revised research papers as soon as possible for further review and evaluation by the Research Management Committee Members.

In addition, Dr. Josephine D. Lorica, co-chair of CVHRDC Research Ethics Committee presented the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) for 2017 to 2021 to address the identified health needs of the region.

Furthermore, updates on CVHRDC’s accomplishments in 2017 and upcoming activities for 2018 was presented and discussed by Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang, DOST R02 science research specialist I. “Expect for more activities this 2018”, said Ms. Caraang as she encouraged all health researchers not to missed trainings and mentoring sessions that will be conducted by the consortium.

She mentioned that one of the major accomplishments in 2017 was the conduct of the 11th National Medical Writing & 4th Writeshop for young researchers joined by 33 participants nationwide.

Moreover, Ms. Carissa C. Pagulayan, nurse V of the Department of Health (DOH) Region 02 presented one of the main agenda of the meeting. She tackled about the research priorities of the said agency and according to her, they are willing to fund health researches that are align in their list of priorities.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) represented by Dr. Maria Theresa B. Mendoza, announced the submission of proposals & discussed their research priority areas while Mr. Zypher Jade G. Regencia, presented their R&D Agenda.

The meeting ended with an open forum to cater the concerns and clarifications from the researchers.

In order to guide the RHRDC Technical Review committees, the Foundation for the Advancement of Clinical Epidemiology (FACE) Inc. leads a Consultative Meeting for the development of a Technical Review Manual of Operations on January 11-12, 2018 at the Summit Hotel, General Maxilom Avenue Extension B. Benedicto Street, Cebu City. This is to primarily gather more comments and insights from the RHRDC representatives after the manual’s revision in late 2017.

In attendance to the said huddle are the Consortium Chairs, RMC Chairs, and Regional Project Staffs who gave additional inputs on the various components of the manual.

The said manual is envisioned to guide the RHRDC Technical Review Committees and its members in an efficient and effective way with regards to the performance of their functions in the technical review of proposal submissions to their committee. This manual will also help research investigators on the requirements and flow of the processes that their grant submissions will undergo and the steps they have to take as the review process is ongoing. This will hopefully simplify the organization, processes, and documentation of the TRB operations while maintaining high standards, transparency, and accountability.

The 2-day plenary workshop highlighted the different responsibilities of the Regional Management Committee, Technical Review Board, and the Secretariat. It also emphasized the flow of review process and agreed timelines.

Dr. Noel Juban, the lead coordinator, said that once finalized, the manual will be launched during the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) 36th Anniversary in March 2018.

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