The Human Resource Development Committee (HRD) of the Health Consortium in Western Mindanao recently concluded its 3-day Health Research Proposal Writeshop. The first of its kind in the region, it is geared to facilitate researchers with developing technically and ethically sound and fundable research proposals.

The 1st day begun with a series of plenary sessions to give the beginning researchers an idea of what the consortium is all about as well as the health concerns of the region which, was discussed by Dr. Ma. Agnes Z. Mabolo, RICU Chair and Medical Specialist of DOH-CHD 9, focused on the familiarization to ZCHRD, the NUHRA and RUHRA, and the health status of Region 9. Dr. Servando D. Halili, Jr., HRD Chair, continued the plenary sessions with a Lecture on Crafting the Research Problem.

In the afternoon, the qualified proposals were assigned their respective mentors to guide them through the 3-day activity following a format prescribed by ZCHRD as follows:

Research Title


Institutional Affiliation

1. An integrated interventional model for dengue prevention and control in Zamboanga City

Mr. Nur Eldeen M. Echeverria, MHSS

College of Nursing, Western Mindanao State University

2. Suicidal Risks among college students in Zamboanga City

Michel Vincent S. Calantas, MN

College of Nursing, Western Mindanao State University

3. Health Insurance enrolment coverage among informal workers of organized groups in Zamboanga

Ms. Ere Lee Q. Salang, RN

Research Center, Western Mindanao State University

4. Alternative plant-based medicine for dengue

Prof. Susan E. Montebon

College of Science and Mathematics, Western Mindanao State University

5. The lived experience of nurses on providing spiritual care to patients

Prof. Evelyn A. Luna

School of Nursing, Andres Bonifacio College

6. Evaluation of occupational health services among industrial workers in Zamboanga City

Mr. Roel F. Marcial

University Research Center, Universidad de Zamboanga

7. Risk profiling of Zamboanga City trauma patients treated or admitted at the emergency room of 6 tertiary hospitals in Zamboanga City

Jonathan John F. Tamin, MD

Zamboanga City Medical Center

Aside from the qualified proposals, walk-in participants were also grouped according to their institutional affiliation and were taught on how to write capsule proposals, which was facilitated by Mr. Bienvenido L. Gregorio, PhD as follows:

Research Title



Chat group approach to motivate couples to practice family planning

Prof. Rica Rose May A. Rubio

College of Nursing, Western Mindanao State University

DOH programs and services in the barangay health units in Zamboanga City

Ms. Concesa B.Gayo, Ms. Annalie M.Mitra, Ms. Marietta M.Lucas, and Ms.Darwina I. Halbi

College of Nursing, Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Teaching Manual for Community Health Nursing

Mr. Abraham Acero S. Castillo, Ms. Nihma Ilimin, and Mr. Mohammed Yahya Centi

Deparment of Nursing, Brent Hospital and Colleges, Inc.

Fitting in: A Study on Subanen’s Existing Healing Means through Green Medicines Mr. Jed Patrick M. Catalan

College of Nursing, Mindanao State University Buug


Day 2 commenced with R&D Chair Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento's lecture on the Quantitative aspect of the Health Research Methodologies followed by Dr. Servando Halili for the Qualitative aspect. The participants were asked to improve their proposals based on the lectures given. Ms. Wilma I. Santos of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) announced that the Call for Nominations to the Gruppo Medica and the Outstanding Health Researcher Award is now accepting nominations.

On the 3rd day, the participants were asked to present their work to a panel of critiques. The workshop ended with the critiques giving the participants two (2) weeks to revise their proposals still with the help of their respective mentors and re-submit to ZCHRD for the R&D Evaluation.

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Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:29

The Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A) conducted a Research Methods Workshop on February 5-8, 2013 at the Retreat and Conference Center De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. Dr. Melchor Victor G. Frias, IV, HRDCR IV-A Convenor,  challenged the participants in his welcome address to come up with their respective proposals after the workshop for funding, he also emphasized that the research should be directed to the priorities identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA). The activity was spearheaded by the consortium’s subcommittee on capacity building headed by Dr. Rommel L. Salazar. Consortium members Cavite State University, Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas, Department of Health-Center for Health and Development Region IV-A, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, De La Salle Lipa, Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center, Batangas Regional Hospital and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas were all represented.

Dr. Carmen Colabing and Prof. Kim Kochon explaining the mechanics of the workshop.

The workshop introduced participants to basic concepts on conducting health research. Lectures were given on topics such as: selecting research topics, formulating research objectives, designing a research and analyzing and interpreting research results. The seminar was structured in three activities: 1.) lecture-discussion; 2.) workshop and 3.) plenary sessions. The speakers were Dr. Carmen Tolabing and Prof. Kim Cochon of the University of the Philippines, College of Public Health. Dr. Frias also helped facilitate the discussions.

At the end of the workshop, the participants who were grouped according to their institutions were able to come up with draft proposals on disability among school-aged children, threatened abortion, health risk factors among adolescents, leptospira infection and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The groups will work on their proposals and literature review before the second capacity building activity which is a Research Protocol Writeshop. This will guide them in drafting and fine-tuning their final research proposals.

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Date: Thursday, 28 February 2013 01:39

The Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) organized a three-day Research Methods Training on January 29-31, 2013 with the following objectives: 1) Equip the participants with research methodologies; 2) Assist participants in refining the methodology of their research proposals; and 3) Assist the participants in packaging the research proposals, in preparation for the technical and ethical review by the consortium evaluators.

The training was facilitated by the Consortium Director Dr. Alma Banua and the PCHRD-DOST Regional Coordinator Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya. It was participated by the chairpersons and members of the BCHRD Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics Review (ERC) Committees, as well researchers from the different member-agencies of the consortium.  Doctors, nurses, and professors from the different schools, institutions, and agencies came all the way from as far as Catanduanes and Camarines Sur to join their local counterparts in Legazpi City.

The member-agencies of BCHRD represented during the training were: Catanduanes State University (CSU)- Dr. Alvin Ogalesco and Prof. Joel Olfindo; University of Saint Anthony (USANT)- Prof. Joyce Obis; Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU)- Ms. Elma Peralta; University of Nueva Caceres (UNC)- Dr. Carmelita Baylon and Dr. Yolanda Castroverde; Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC)- Ms. Salvacion Tablanza and Ms. Ma. Angela Concepcion Nolasco; Partido State University (PSU)- Ms. Emelina R. Padayao; Aquinas University (AUL)- Ms. Athena G. Masip; Bicol Medical Center (BMC)- Dr. Marla Litam; BRTTH- Dr. Marlyn Daguno and Ms. Bernardita Patacsil; and Department of Health (DOH)- Dr. Aurora Daluro, aside from BCHRD host agency Bicol University, which had participants from the College of Nursing- Dr. Richard Bartolata and Prof. Garry Grageda; College of Science- Profs. Ida Revale, Jocelyn Serrano, Joan Nace, Daile Meek Membrere and Mr. Michael Angelo Brogada; Tabaco Campus- Profs. Carina Orden and Dennis Gogola; and RDC- Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas.  Also present were the BCHRD Secretariat composed of Ms. Maria Vicenta Corazon Guidote, Ms. Reizha Rito, and Ms. Eunice Endrano.

The participants were privileged to have as resource speaker the in-demand and highly recommended Dr. Ophelia “Ophie” M. Mendoza, a PCHRD consultant and research expert. Dr. Ophie holds several degrees including Master of Science in Public Health (Biostatistics) and Doctor of Public Health (Biostatistics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and Master in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.  A researcher in her own right with a considerable number of researches to her name both here and abroad, it is only fitting that she would be recommended by no less than the PCHRD-DOST itself, to give lectures during seminars that it funds.

Needless to say, Dr. Ophie did not disappoint; evaluation from the participants all contained rave-reviews of how well she delivered the lectures which were very comprehensive, and how she was able to simplify even the most complicated topics.

The training followed a challenging daily lecture-workshop-plenary schedule that really squeezed the creative juices out of the committee members and researchers, who were all required to give presentations as well as evaluate each other’s outputs.  Dr. Ophie was on hand to assist the R&D and ERC committees in the critiquing.

 On the whole the BCHRD is happy with the fifteen (15) research proposals that were presented, and hopeful that with certain revisions, they will be ready to be submitted to the R&D and ERC committees for technical review, in preparation for submission to PCHRD for final consideration.  Further trainings will be held to give assistance to the researchers in the refinement of their proposals.


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Date: 03 February 2013 12:44

Health Research  and Development Area

Specific Research Concerns/Topics

Lifestyle Related Diseases



*Factors Affecting Substance Abuse

*Impact of Diet and Exercise on Health

Quality Health Education

*In* Integration of Health Education in BEC


Occupational and Environmental Health Risks


*Health Impact of Pesticide Exposure

*Health Impact of Mining Industries

*Climate Change and Health


Health Policies/Legislations

*Nature of Health Policies and Its Implementation in the Local Government Units


Mental Health

*Incidence and care of Mentally- Challenged Children


Local Health System


*Functionality and effectiveness of Local Health Boards in Health Promotion and Development

*Referral System

*Best Practices in Health Care Financing Scheme


Traditional Health Care Practices/ Norms


*Health Practices and Health Seeking Behavior among Indigenous and Cultural Communities

*Delivery Practices among IP mothers

*Alternative Medicines


Public Health Issues - Infectious Diseases


*Management of Dengue


*TB incidence among teachers


Health of Special Population




*Mothers and Children

*Elderly People

*Physically Challenged People


Access to  Basic Health Services



*General Population


*Delivery Practices among IPs.


Health Emergency Management

*Health Emergency Preparedness of LGUs


HALAL Practices and Health

*Halal Practices Among  Food Establishments

*Verification of Halal-ness of Halal-labeled products

*Halal Practices and Incidence of Diseases

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Dated Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:23