In its continuing effort to reach out to more people and communities in the countryside to promote the activities and projects of the consortium, the CLHRDC joined in the Regional Science and Technology Week held on August 1-3, 2018 at the Bulwagan ng Kanlahi, Tarlac City and spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology Region III.  The RSTW is held annually to highlight the achievement and contribution of the science and technology sector as it relates to national development. This year’s theme is "Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity." CLHRDC distributed flyers and other souvenir items to the participants.


Fig. 1 CLHRDC Staff accepted the certificate of participation as one of the exhibitors during the celebration.


Fig. 2 CLHRDC booth highlighting the accomplishment of DOST- PCHRD funded projects of the consortium

Earlier this year, during the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)-Capacity Building Committee (CBC) meeting, one of the identified initiatives that the committee should undertake is the development of standard training materials. Thus, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in cooperation with Symmetrix Research Consultancy Co., through its project leader Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, conducted a regional consultative meeting in developing standardized training modules for the Basic Research Methods (BRM) course last September 4-5, 2018 at the Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City.

The consultative meeting was attended by the chairs/members of the Capacity Building Committee (CBC) and Research Management Committee (RMC) with the consortium coordinator/project staff of all the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) in the country. The objectives of the regional consultation were: (1) to share experiences of RHRDCs in the conduct of the BRM course; (2) to elicit suggestions from the RHRDCs regarding various aspects of the standardized modules like the scope/content, training design and selection and training of trainers at the regional level; and (3) to identify and address potential issues that will be met with the use of the standardized module. The meeting also became the platform for productive exchange of information and open discussion to address the lack of standardized modules on BRM course which can be used by the RHDCs for their training activities.

The 2-day meeting consisted of regional presentations with an open forum, presentation of results of the inventory of existing training materials used by RHDCs, group work with presentation of outputs, discussions of outputs and synthesis of result of the regional consultation. The meeting ended successfully and this will surely benefit every member institutions.



CEBU CITY- All Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDC) attended the Regional Consultation on the Standardization of Training Modules Used in Basic Research Methods Courses commissioned by DOST-PCHRD led by Dr. Ophelia M. Mendoza in collaboration with Symmetrix Research Consultancy Co. from September 4- 5, 2018 at the Golden Prince Hotel and Suites, Cebu City.

 The objectives of the module were a). To conduct an inventory of training modules and designs currently used by RHRDCs in conducting the Basic Research Methods Course for its members; b.) To hold a Regional Consultative Workshop with the RHRDCs; c.) To develop the standardized module of Basic Research Methods (BRM) and the accompanying Teacher's Guide on the Use of the BRM Module, using as inputs the results of the inventory and the Regional Consultation conducted among RHRDCs; and d.)To test and finalize the standardized module by using them as training materials in an actual conduct of a Basic Research Methods Training and a Training of Trainers.

The outputs of the workshop will serve as a basis for the improvement of the standardized module of Basic Research Methods for the various RHRDC.

Meanwhile, the Cagayan Valley health Research Development Consortium (CVHRDC) was represented by Ms. Miriam D. Macutay- CVHRDC Capacity Building Committee Chair, Dr. Melfei E. Buhingan- CVHRDC Research Management Committee Chair, and Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang- CVHRDC Project Staff.


CEBU CITY- All Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDC) attended the Regional Consultation on the Standardization of Training Modules Used in Basic Research Methods Courses commissioned by DOST-PCHRD led by Dr. Ophelia M. Mendoza in collaboration with Symmetrix Research Consultancy Co. from September 4- 5, 2018 at the Golden Prince Hotel and Suites, Cebu City.

 The objectives of the module were a). To conduct an inventory of training modules and designs currently used by RHRDCs in conducting the Basic Research Methods Course for its members; b.) To hold a Regional Consultative Workshop with the RHRDCs; c.) To develop the standardized module of Basic Research Methods (BRM) and the accompanying Teacher's Guide on the Use of the BRM Module, using as inputs the results of the inventory and the Regional Consultation conducted among RHRDCs; and d.)To test and finalize the standardized module by using them as training materials in an actual conduct of a Basic Research Methods Training and a Training of Trainers.

The outputs of the workshop will serve as a basis for the improvement of the standardized module of Basic Research Methods for the various RHRDC.

Meanwhile, the Cagayan Valley health Research Development Consortium (CVHRDC) was represented by Ms. Miriam D. Macutay- CVHRDC Capacity Building Committee Chair, Dr. Melfei E. Buhingan- CVHRDC Research Management Committee Chair, and Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang- CVHRDC Project Staff.

DepEd Regional Office VIII launched the Philippine Anti Cavity Campaign (PACC) last September 11, 2018 at Leyte Division, particularly at Dagami South Central School. This was started as a program with 1000 pupil recipients. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Municipal Mayor Hon. Abundio I Delusa, Dental Officer of Leyte Division Dr. Elmer Albert Cuevas and Regional Medical Officer Dr. Ma. Elsa N. Gerona. Also present were the District Supervisor, School Heads, teachers and parents of the children beneficiaries.

Activities undertaken are the following:

1. Oral Health Education
2. Dental check-up (Oral Urgent Treatment)
3. Toothbrushing Drill
4. Topical Application of Flouride

The activity was highlighted with the distribution of toothbrush and toothpaste to the pupils. This was in cooperation of Colgate Palmolive Inc. which aims to minimize tooth carries or even zero of our learners. Other school beneficiaries of the region are the following: Abuyog BV Closa Central School, Burauen South Central School, Palo II Central School, Calubian South Central School, San Jose Central School in Tacloban City and San Policarpio Central School in Calbayog City.


Dagami South Central principal with Regional Office and Division Office staff


Stage preparation prepared by Dagami South Central School

Mayor Abundio I. Delusa distributing the toothbrush and toothpaste to the learners


The objective of the said workshop is to unify the regional consortia to use a standardized module for teaching health and health-related researches on the basic research methods. This initiative was a result of the PCHRD Capacity Building Committee Meeting this year as one of the identified priority project. This project is expected to address the gap in the number of capsule proposals versus the detailed research proposals fundable by DOST-PCHRD.

Having a standardized training modules and materials will ensure the consistency in training outcomes, facilitates easy access to training materials and aids the consortia to explore the expertise of local experts in each region. The standard module will also include a standard training for trainers so as to realize the same expected learning outcomes. The said training were facilitated by experts from Symmetrix Consultancy Co. headed by Dr. Ofelia Saniel and Dr. Ophelia Mendoza.The regional consultation became a platform for an exchange of information and sharing of experiences in each region which are vital in the creation of the module.

The BCHRD were represented by the Research and Development Committee (R&DC) Vice-chair, Prof Patricia Candelaria, Capacity Building Committee Chair, Dr. Marilou Tino and BCHRD project staff, Ms. Rina Llenaresas.

The outputs and observations were noted by the the Symmetrix Consultancy Co. as basis for the development of the standardized module of Basic Research Methods (BRM) and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide on the Use of the BRM Module.

A Batch 1 training for trainers (TOT) is expected to be conducted on the last week of November, 2018 while the Batch 2 TOT will be on the first or second week of December of the same year.

-Rina R. Llenaresas, RN


The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development presented the Balik Scientist Program (BSP) during the Innovation Forum of the 2018 Regional Science and Technology Week held at the Municipal Gymnasium, Gonzaga, Cagayan on August 14, 2018.
Dr. Carol M. Yorobe
Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, Undersecretary for S&T services addressed a message to the participants that focused on the importance and impact of science and technology to our community.
Meanwhile, Ms. Wilma Santos, BSP-PCHRD Coordinator, started her presentation by orienting the participants on BSP. She also presented the draft IRR for the Balik Scientist Act of 2018. She engaged the participants in a workshop on the improvement of the draft BSP IRR.

There were about 200 attendees coming from different provinces in the region which included Regional Line Agencies (DepED) State Universities (CSU, ISU), Local Government Units and Private Sectors (FILFOOD Products).

Republic Act 11035 also known as the Balik Scientist Act mandates the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to invite Filipino scientists to return to the Philippines to fill in the gaps in scientific and technological expertise in the country. The program aims to strengthen the scientific and technological human resources of the academe, public and private institutions, including locally registered enterprises in order to promote knowledge sharing and accelerate the flow of new technologies into the country.

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