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.

Every year, the health research community unites and exchange ideas to improve the health status in our country. This year, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in association with Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium organized the celebration of the 12th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week held on August 6-9, 2018 at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, Baguio City with the theme “Research and Innovation for Equity in Health”.

The weeklong celebration evolved on talks and discussions about ways on how to address current and pressing health issues and concerns. It is also during this time that regional consortia showcase their funded research papers through a research competition. Criteria for judging includes, but not limited to the importance of the project, innovativeness, addresses real health and health related problem, and has the potential to be converted into policy, product and service. With that, the Region 1 HRDC team had an excellent performance in this recently concluded event.

  • Holden Kirby M. Valdez, RN, MPH, PhD from Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF), San Carlos City Pangasinan, bagged the First Place Award – Poster Exhibit Contest – Professional Category for his paper entitled Anti-Thrombophenic Activity of Formulated Papaya (Carica Papaya) and Guava (Psidium Guajava) Capsule on Sprague Dawley (Rattus Norvegicus) Rat.
  • Ukoba Obatavwe, from Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF), San Carlos City Pangasinan, bagged the Second Place Award – Poster Exhibit Contest – Student Category for his paper entitled Antiproliferative Property of Bryophyllum Pinnata (Lam.) Oken. Leaf Extract on Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines.
  • Jimmy G. Catanes, RPh, MPH, MDM, PhD, from Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF), San Carlos City Pangasinan is a finalist for the Research Presentation (Professional Category) with his paper entitled Cancer Chemopreventive Activity of the Characterized Bioactive Alkaloid Extract from Sorgum Bicolor.
  • Special Award for the Best Consortia Website Award was given only to the Region 1 HRDC Website for their continuous improvement and update on the latest happenings within the region.
  • The R1HRDC – Ethics Review Committee (ERC) is now Level 1 Accredited by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). As such R1HRDC ERC can now make an independent review and decision regarding research proposals in accordance with the rules set for level 1 ERCs.

The R1HRDC team headed by the Chairperson Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza promised to continue and improve its operations to support every goal of PCHRD and PNHRS in delivering upgraded health status in the nation.


Other young consortium in the country look up to R1HRDC as a developed consortium and some makes R1HRDC as their path of benchmarking activities. While it is overwhelming and a pride to the consortium, the Management Committee never cease to plan for activities that will develop the capacity of the organization. Last July 4, 2018 the Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium, Ilo-ilo City, headed by Dr. Alice Joan Ferrer welcomed the R1HRDC for an educational tour.

Overall Chairperson Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, spearheaded the tour together with other key persons of R1HRDC namely: Dr. Jose B. Orosa III (R&D Chair), Dr. Unity H. Cortez (CBC Chair), Dr. Hilarion Maramba Jr. (ERC Chair), Dr. Mercita Queddeng (RUC Chair), Ms. Lucila Roja and Ms. Wilma Santos (PCHRD Representatives), Ms. Maingelline Vivit (MMSU-TLDC Representative), Ms Ana Gay Ranga (R1HRDC Secretariat) and Ms Maria Virginia Ulit (R&D Secretary). The group learned about the framework of the scholarship program that they are implementing. This immersion activity opened a door to observe the culture of Western Visayas as well as their experiences in training and mentoring amateur researcher to come up with a good quality health research proposals worthy of funding. Today, this scholarship program has already produced and completed eight (8) research projects and there are still on going.

As such, the R1HRDC is very willing to make a policy/resolution to adopt also a scholarship program. This is to enhance the potential of the consortium to develop researchers for the region. This will provide an opportunity for our aspiring researchers to hone their skills an

d help them grow as professional researchers. While doing the entire process of research, the researcher will be provided with a mentor to properly monitor and guide the scholars.

On top of it, it is hoped that upon the implementation of this scholarship program, funded research and research enthusiasts will grow in Region 1.

The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium, through the initiative of the Capacity Building Committee, held a Grounded Theory seminar at the College of Science AVR, University of the Philippines Baguio City on June 12, 2018. The activity aimed to orient and train the participants on the tenets of Grounded Theory as a research method or approach and a way of thinking about and conceptualizing data and to introduce them to a new perspective of looking at research. 

Participants, 68 in all, we’re not only graduate students but also faculty researchers from various local institutions.

The seminar was the consortium’s way of bringing Grounded Theory closer to a wider circle of researchers. Dr. Tove Giske, President of the Nurses Christian Fellowship International, Bergen, Norway, substantially tackled what Grounded Theory is, its historical and philosophical roots, the methods of preparations for a GT study, quality in data collections, analysis process, literature review, and how to write up findings for GT studies.