Tacloban City, June 8, 2017 --- The Eastern Visayas Regional Health Research Consortium (EVHRDC) was formally established in the year 1994. As the health research and development hub of the region, the consortium has been active in conducting researches and capability building activities. It has become the structure through which PCHRD’s Institutional Development Programs were implemented and became the mechanism to encourage and promote regional health research activities. Since then, the ExeCom and the members of the committees have created guidelines, procedures, and protocols which serve as reference for transactions done and undertaken by the consortium. However, committees and members change from time to time as the consortium expands its activities and adapts to the complex, changing needs of the region.

To develop a common point of reference and stabilize the operations of the consortium in spite of the changing organizational structure of the organization, the EVHRDC ExeCom along with the other committees finally decide to develop a Manual of Operations. The MOP spells out the member agencies, the different committees including its functions, implementing procedures and other pertinent provisions in the conduct of various operations in the consortium. This initiative will enhance smooth and closer coordination among the member institutions.

Hence, a Writeshop on the Development of EVHRDC Manual of Operations have been launched on June 8, 2017 from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City to serve the abovementioned purposes.

The said event has featured Dr. Shiela M. Tante, PHSAE who will serve as a consultant in the development of the EVHRDC Manual of Operations. During the workshop, Dr. Tante presented the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) MOP which will serve as a guide and basis in crafting the provisions of the EVHRDC MOP. The said model MOP has been officially endorsed by the PCHRD as the as it embeds most of the needed provisions and other procedures relevant to the effective and organized operations of the Consortium.

The workshop has started on the organization of the Consortium Committees in terms of its Composition, Functions, Policy Statement, Key Result Areas, Performance Indicators and Procedures in carrying out its planned activities and functions. Each committee has been afforded time to brainstorm to finally come up with relevant provisions on the abovementioned areas. As they went through the in-depth discussions, new concerns have arisen which include the capabilities of each committee towards accomplishing the identified tasks based on the description of the functions, appropriate terminology of specific function or area, right alignment of the function to a committee, congruence of the functions to the PNHRS guidelines, among others. However, all ideas have been acknowledged from each member, then eventually a common ground has been established to come up with the final provisions.

At the end of the day, the assembly has developed a final template of the EVHRDC MOP which is comprehensive, organized and functional. The said template with specific committee functions and relevant procedures will be proofread and edited by the consultant. Furthermore, the modified output will be presented to the committee chairs again on June 23, 2017 for deliberation and eventually ratification. The body also came up to a realization of outstretching the dissemination of research information not just locally and nationally, but also internationally. The utilization of research outputs recommended by the body is also conceptualized and the goal of encouraging the novice and seasoned researchers to continue doing researches is also given priority.

The entire event was indeed productive as the goals were met and expectations have been achieved.

TACLOBAN City, June 9, 2017 --- Professionals, health ambassadors, leaders and students from various public and private educational and medical institutions and organizations filled the venue for the 2017 Regional Health Research Symposium (RHRS) at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel last June 9, 2017.

With the theme: “Eastern Visayas Health Research and Innovations: Empowering and Transforming Committees”, the event aimed to raise awareness for the various health-related concerns of the region as well as holding the research contests for Oral Research Presentation (Professional) and for Poster Exhibit Contest (Undergraduate).

A total of 16 research entries; 6 for the oral presentations and 10 for the poster exhibits, from schools all over the region like LNU, SSU, EVSU, ESSU, VSU, RTRMF and EVRMC were confirmed for the symposium.

This year’s RHRS was conducted earlier compared to last year’s event, which occurred last October 6 at Ormoc City, to give the winners of the event a chance to prepare their winning studies as possible entries for the Philippine National Health Research Week celebration this upcoming August.

Mr. Willard Riveral, chair of Eastern Visayas Health Research Development Consortium – Research Information Committe (EVHRDC-RIC), led the introduction of participants and presenters, while Dr. Jonida Gumakay delivered the welcome remarks in lieu of Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, who was not able to attend the event due to a prior speaking engagement in Manila.

EVRDC Executive Director Engr. Ernesto M. Granada presented the rationale of the activity, followed by an intermission folk dance to the movements of “Kuratsa” from Leyte National High School Students. The Keynote Speaker was introduced by Ms. Anicia P. Catameo, RPO of PCHRD.

Ms. Carina L. Rebulanan gave the message for the event, in place of erstwhile Keynote Speaker Dr. Jaime Montoya, who was in Korea. Presentation of the draft Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) followed which was done by Mr. Leonido D. Olobia, Chair of the EVHRDC-RMC.

The morning session concluded with the cutting of ribbon of the Posters Exhibit for the undergraduate entries, led by the different EVHRDC heads and participants of the said contest.

Meanwhile, the afternoon session was opened by the presentation of the mechanics of the contest and the introduction of the members of the Panel of Evaluators namely: (Oral Research Presentation - Professional Category) Dr. Noel R. Juban, Professor, UP Manila (Chairman); Dr. Jusie Lydia J. Siega - Sur, Professor, UPM SHS (Member); Mr. Leonido P. Olobia, Research Program Coordinator, DOH8 (Member); (Poster Exhibit Contest - Undergraduate Category) Sr. John Mary P. Fornillos, RSM Ph.D, Dean, College of Education, HIC (Chairman); Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, ARD-TO, DOST8, EVHRDC Executive Director (Member); Ms. Marilyn O. Radam, Senior SRS, DOST8 (Member).

For Professional Category, LNU topped the contest with the study entitled “Antibiotic-free farmed-raised shrimp: The safer and healthier diet choice.” The second and the third place were bagged by EVRMC for the study “Clinical Profile of Patients with First Onset Gastrointestenical Bleeding Admitted at EVRMC from January 1, 2010 to December 30, 2014”, and “Patterns of Chronic Disease admitted at the medical center after typhoon Yolanda,” respectively.

Tacloban City -- The worshop was spearheaded by Department of Health in cooperation with the Eastern Visayas Health Research & Development Consortium (EVHRDC), for the enhancement of the research proposals conceptualized by researchers during the Basic Research Methods Training, held on April 18-21, 2017 at the Ambassador Hotel, Tacloban City. The DOHRO8, with its Regional Director, and Chair of EVHRDC, Dr. Minerva P. Molon, and DOST8 Regional Director and co-Chair, EVHRDC, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla, joined efforts and resources for the success of said follow through activity.

Twenty five (25) research enthusiasts attended the workshop coming from the different state, universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region who participated during the abovementioned Basic Research Methods Training. The resource speaker was Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, Adjunct Professor of UP Manila, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Consultant of DOST-PCHRD. The training focused on the enhancement of data and information that should be included in the different parts of health research proposals, particularly in the introduction, objectives, review of related literature (RRL), methodology, data analysis and budget requirements.

During the Opening program, Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, the Consortium Director of EVHRDC, and ARD for Technical Operations of DOST8, gave the Welcome Message. In his message, he emphasized that the activity is a one-on-one mentoring of participants in the enhancement of health research proposals crafted during the Basic Research Methods Training. Following the PCHRD proposal format, said proposals conceptualized are expected to proceed to full blown proposals, for possible funding by EVHRDC. Lastly, that EVHRDC is thankful of the presence of Dr. Mendoza who is an expert on health research proposal preparation.

Further, during the Closing Program, the DOH Research Program Coordinator, Mr. Leonido P. Olobia led in the handing in of certificates to the resource speaker and participants, and gave the Closing Message. In his message, he stressed that EVHRDC is hopeful that the thirteen (13) proposals, as an output of the enhancement workshop, will be approved by the Review Committee of the Consortium. Indeed, everyone enjoyed the 3-day workshop knowing that it was the venue to focus on finishing their proposals, and of gaining more knowledge on health research proposal preparation.

Tacloban City, May 25, 2017 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with some academic institutions namely, the Philippine Normal University, Leyte Normal University and Southern Leyte State University, is now set to spearhead a research project for the education and health improvement of the indigenous peoples in Southern Leyte for year 2017.

During the preliminary meeting conducted by the four parties at SLSU, it has been discussed that the project, which was given the working title “Collaborative Research on Indigenous Peoples”, specifically targets the Mamanua tribe inhabiting the municipalities of San Juan and St. Bernard in Southern Leyte, while some members of the tribe also live in the highlands of the municipality of Hinunangan.

The research program is under the Education Sustainable Development (ESD) arm of UNESCO, of which aim is to provide a literacy scheme that targets a college education for the Mamanua. This will cover funding and other educational mechanisms for the tribe.

Meanwhile, prior to UNESCO collaboration, the Southern Leyte State University-San Juan (SLSU) and the Korean Food for the Hungry International (KFHI) from Korea have their partnership for more than six years, particularly on Child Development Program (CDP).

The partnership started in January 17, 2011 as reflected on the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Municipal Mayor of St.Bernard and the Campus Administrator of SLSU-San Juan.

The project is entitled Academic Enhancement Activity for CDP wherein the beneficiaries are the 8 barangays of the municipality of St.Bernard and one barangay from the municipality of San Juan.

The said activity is participated in by 256 recipients from kindergarten to high school.

It is noted that last year, the CDP beneficiaries increased from 256 to 429,to include eight (8) university scholars. The program’s main objective is to enhance students’ academic performance. It likewise includes medical and dental mission and summer bible school, bringing transformative education for societal transformation.