The Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 in coordination with the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), conducts blood donation activities today in celebration of the World Blood Donor Day.

The bloodletting is being held at the Sagkahan Community Center, this city, with blood donors coming from different line agencies particularly from the tri-bureaus under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The one day activity has the theme, "Be there for someone else, give blood, share life".


Dr. Nancy A. Bantog
 took her oath of office as the new Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology - Cordillera Administrative Region on June 13, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The ceremony coincided with the celebration of the 60 Years of S&T and Beyond. Being the newly appointed head of the said office (DOST-CAR), she shall assume responsibility as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium.


Eight (8) of the NorMinCoHRD academic member-institutions have now access to Elsevier, an information and analytics company and one of the world's major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information. Researchers of the eight (8) state universities and colleges (SUC) and private higher education institutions (HEIs) can access the databases of Elsevier through the registered user-accounts that were provided to each institution free of any subscription fee for a period of one (1) year.

This is made possible through the subscription by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies (PCIEERD), one of the sectoral planning councils of DOST. The subscription will give researches access to the following databases that will greatly facilitate the search for related literatures or researches: Scopus, Science Direct, and Mendeley.

Representatives of the research institutions were oriented on Elsevier’s Science and Scopus Database and Authorship on April 25, 2018 at SEARSOLIN, Manresa, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) celebrated its 10th anniversary last April 25-26, 2018 at the Royce Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, served as the highlight of the milestone event. The successful conduct of the 2nd Central Luzon Health Research Forum organized in collaboration with the Department of Health-Regional Office 3 with the theme, "CLHRDC @ 10: A Decade of Better Health, Better People thru Collaborative Health Research and Innovations". The forum aimed to link institutions engaged in or with interests in health research activities that could impact on regional as well as national health needs.
Fig. 1 Dr. Caesar Cassion delivered his welcome and opening remarks
Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, Regional Director of DOH-RO3 mentioned in his speech during the forum that investment in Health Research and Development, means fostering innovation through creation or enhancement of public policies, including organizational standards, regulatory, procurement, and service delivery networks. He added that thru Fourmula 1 + it is envisioned that Filipinos will be the healthiest people in Southeast Asia by 2022 and Asia by 2040. This strategic thrust is expected to impact the populace favourably. He also extended his deepest appreciation to CLHRDC for its leadership of collaborative health research initiatives for the past 10 years.

Mr. Paul Ernest N. De Leon, Chief SRS, Research and Development Management Division of PCHRD-DOST, read the message of Dr. Jaime Montoya, the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of Department of Science and Technology (PCHRDDOST). Mr. De Leon also spearheaded the launching of the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022. Mr. De Leon mentioned that the current NUHRA 2017-2022 was developed through bottom-up approach via the 17 regional consultations and top-down consultations via review of research agenda of individual government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Universal health care via FOURmula 1+ was presented by Dr. Maria Eloisa C. Vidar, Medical Officer IV of the DOHRO3. Dr. Vidar emphasized that FOURmula 1+ for health reforms are now packaged into four distinct components that include Health Service Delivery, Health Regulation, Health Finance and Good Governance in Health.

To promote ethically sound research outputs, Dr. Reynaldo DL. Bundalian Jr, Chair of the CLHRDC-RMC discussed the Health Research Regulatory Requirements for the guidance of the participants who attended the forum.

The forum was attended by more than 175 participants from higher education institutions, local government units, non-government organizations, and DOH-retained hospitals. Presentation of Completed Research Papers published in reputable journals and the CLHRDCs accomplished projects were presented.

As part of its commitment, the CLHRDC will continue to promote and strengthen collaboration that will enhance the research culture among member institutions that will help improve the well-being of the people in Central Luzon.

Baguio City - Chief executives and designated representatives from the member institutions come together in a remarkable demonstration of commitment and support to CRHRDC during the Governing Board meeting held on June 1,2018 at theManduto Café and Restaurant, Sta. Lucia Road, Baguio City.
During the said meeting, updates were disseminated to the members in preparation for the upcoming 12th Philippine National Health Research System Week, which will be hosted by Region CAR.

Likewise, the newly elected and appointed officers took their oath before the Governing Board members.

Application Requirements:

  1. Letter of application addressed to the WVHRDC Executive Director (free format)
  2. Endorsement/nomination letter from head of WVHRDC member institution (free format)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (max of 4 pages)
  4. Letter of plans and commitment to complete the training and its requirements
  5. Two-page outline of the research proposal. The proposal should describe a health problem the applicant would like to address. The chosen topic of the applicant should be in line with the 2017-2022 Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) set by the WVHRDC. You can check the RUHA at this link http://region6.healthresearch.ph/index.php/about-us-2

The requirements must be submitted in a sealed envelope, by registered mail, with delivery confirmation or by private courier service or hand-delivered to:

ALICE JOAN G. FERRER, Ph. D.
Executive Director
Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium
Department of Science and Technology VI
Magsaysay Village, La Paz, Iloilo City

Or through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject format Training_Awards2018_Institution_Last Name_Date Submitted. The documents must be sent as PDF.

Deadline of Submission for the 3rd Call is 5:00PM on June 11, 2018.


The Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) chose its new set officers for 2018 to 2021 at Manuel J. Santos Hospital Board Room, June 4, 2018.

MJ Santos Hospital Director Dr. Terence Anthony S. Vesagas remains as the Chairperson of the committee. Elected with him as officers are Mr. Tarcisio B. Candog Jr, Vice-chairperson; and Dr. Joycelyn C. Jumawan, Secretary.

Consortium Director Dominga D. Mallonga presided the election process and administered the oath-taking of the elected officers together with other ERC members namely: Dr. Reinerio M. Durano Jr—PhilHealth; Ms. Kimberly E. De Rama—Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU); Dr. Joel Arturo S. De Jesus—Philhealth and Mr. Paul Ritchie G. Pelos—Butuan Medical Center (BMC).

Prior to the election and oathtaking ceremony, Dir. Mallonga also presented the accomplishments of the consortium last year including the budget this year. She then suggested for more bench marking, activities and trainings to be conducted or attended related to ethics in order to utilize the budget.

Just this year, the committee is now composed of seven (7) members coming from the member-institutions of the consortium.