The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in cooperation with Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) successfully conducted the Phase II on the Capacity Enhancement on Health Research in Disaster Risk Reduction Management-Development of a Research Proposal, held at Pamulinawen Hotel, San Nicolas Ilocos Norte on March 6-8, 2018. Same participants for this event also participated the Phase I held on January 23-24,2018.

The 3-day seminar and workshop evolved on the development of the participants' capacity on the generation,translation and utilizing research findings for disaster risk reduction policies,programs and services using standard concepts, methods and frameworks. The event was led by Dr. Ofelia Saniel, Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, Dr. Juan Ma. Pablo R. Nanagas and Dr. Miguel Manuel Dorotan as speakers tackled topics based on their expertise. Dr. Saniel taught on the: Identification and Objective Setting;Descriptive Study Design;Analytic Study Designs; and Writing Research Proposals. Dr. Mendoza also imparted her knowledge on different topics like: Sampling designs; Sample size determination; Qualitative studies; Data collection methods and tools; Data Analysis; and preparation of budget and work plan. Dr. Nanagas talked about the Ethical concerns in DRRM research while Dr. Dorotan acted as one of the mentors/consultants during the workshops and plenary sessions.

The participants are expected to finish and submit their full blown research proposals as a product of these series of seminars, during the Phase III which will be scheduled sometime in April.


The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) conducted a Researchers’ Orientation on Proposal Development on March 20, 2018, at the CS-AVR, University of the Philippines Baguio City. This activity was spearheaded by the Research Management Committee (RMC), in collaboration with the Capability Building Committee (CBC) and Research Ethics Committee (REC).

A total number of 32 researchers from the different member institutions attended the said activity. The orientation focused mainly on the discussion of the documentary requirements, processes, and guidelines related to the Regional Research Fund (RRF) Mechanism. Dr. Annie Ekid (Chair, Research Management Committee) discussed the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA), a list of health research priorities which shall serve as the basis of the participants in coming up with research proposals. Likewise, Ms. Marian Sanchez and Prof. Celia Austria discussed the technical guidelines and ethical guidelines, respectively. The guidelines on the Line-item Budget Preparation was presented by Mr. Jake Olsim.

In the afternoon, the participants had a short workshop to identify topics and generate possible titles of their research interests. The workshop served as an opportunity for interdisciplinary, interagency collaboration among the researchers having similar research interests.

The conducted orientation is a preliminary activity in preparation for the upcoming writeshop series which will be conducted in April and May. Hence, the facilitators encouraged the participants to develop their identified research topics into capsule proposals for presentation and evaluation.

The presentation is divided into two parallel session, the proposal under the MNCHN and for the Non Communicable Disease, SDN, Health Promotion, Communicable Diseases.

The Parallel Session I (Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition) was evaluated by Dr. Rita Mae Ang-Bon (MO IV, Family Cluster Head), Mr. Dave Isidore Plopiňo (Nurse V, Family Planning Coordinator) and Dr. Jensy Ong (R&D Vice-Chair, BCHRD) and the Parallel Session II ( Non-Communicable Diseases, SDN, Health Promotion, Communicable Diseases) was evaluated by Dr. Evy Sarmiento (MO IV, Non-communicable cluster head), Ms. Windalyn Baluis (Nurse V, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator), Ms. Maita Mortega (Nurse III, SDN Coordinator), Ms. Myrna Rayala (SHPO, BHW Coordinator), Mr. Arnel Santiago (AA III, HOMIS Coordinator), Dr. Ma. Pamela Viñas (Education Supervisor, CHEDRO V), Aida Ruby Jeremias (Nurse V, TB- Coordinator), and Lilian Rose Contesa Encisa (SHPO, TB-HIV Coordinator). Most of the evaluators came from the program managers of Department of Health CHD-Bicol.

A total of 14 proposals was presented during the event. These researcher who presented their proposal was also the BCHRD Scholars for Bicol Heart Program, which help them on formuating and producing a quality and scientific sound proposal. Expecting that some of them will bagged their hard earned effort and time for their research proposal to be funded.

Before the formal strategic and operations plan started, representative from the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) through Mr. Nico Parungao presented the opportunites and announcement from the PCHRD.

Ms. Jean Cardino and Atty. Christian Rivero, from the Commission on Higher Education facilitated the planning. The group was divided accordingly to their designated committee. Each group worked harmoniously on their targets, plans and also the operations plan for 2018-2022. At the end of the event, each member has now its target tasks and plans for 2018. BCHRD continue its legacy to commit for people. A Major! Major! changed has come!

Here are the Programs that will help deliver the consortium's target.        

Eastern Samar, March 1, 2018 - The College of Nursing of the Eastern Samar State University-Main Campus conducted its 3rd Health Research In-House Review last February 28, 2018 at the College’ Audio Visual Room.
The College Dean, Dr. Flores B. Sta. Cruz conveying her words of welcome to the participants
Dr. Grace O. Manlapas, R&D Director, delivering her inspirational message

The activity commenced with the words of welcome delivered by the College’ Dean, Dr. Flores B. Sta. Cruz, which was followed by an inspirational message of the Director of the R&D Services, Dr. Grace O. Manlapas.

The activity was highlighted with the presentation of five research proposals to wit:

1. Extent of Utilization of Basic Health and Social Services Among Elderly in Eastern Samar
2. Lived Experiences of a Family Caregiver: A Phenomenology
3. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Schistosomiasis Prevention in Barangay Siha, Borongan City
4. Compliance to Newborn Screening in Borongan City
5. Basic Emergency Obstetrics Management Preparedness during Disaster: An Input to a Disaster Health Management Plan.

The panel of evaluators during the proposal review were Prof. Neil Alejandro Pinarok, Program Head, Biology Department, College of Arts & Sciences; Ms. Esther R. Bañar, Asst. R&D Director and Mr. Mark Bency M. Elpedes, School Nurse.

The R&D Director, Dr. Manlapas with the Panel of Evaluators, Ms. Esther R. Bañar,
Prof. Neil Alejandro Pinarok and Mr. Mark Bency M. Elpedes

The activity culminated with the awarding of the Certificates of Appreciation to the Panel of Evaluators and Certificates of Participation to the Proponents of the research proposals.

Different local health researchers in Region 02 together with the evaluators namely, Ms. Marilyn E. Crisostomo, Dr. Melfei E. Bungihan,
Dr. Jane Cabauatan, Dr. Ramelo Ramirez Jr., and Ms. Charmaine Barangan, during the first quarterly meeting of CVHRDC and research
proposal presentation, evaluation, and mentoring on January 29 - 31, 2018 at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 spearheaded the conduct of the first quarter meeting of the Cagayan Valley Health Research & Development Consortium (CVHRDC) and Research Proposal Presentation, Evaluation, & Mentoring at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, January 29 - 31, 2018.

The members of the said consortium meets quarterly to address the current health concerns of the region to come up with ideas and strategies that will improve the health status and quality of life of the people in Region 02.

CVHRDC aims to localize solutions to the region’s health needs by continuously extending their support to research enthusiasts through financial and provision of trainings and mentoring sessions to conduct research studies that will contribute in resolving problems in the healthcare system.

DOST Region 02 represented by Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, assistant regional director for Technical Operation Services, said that “consortia like CVHRDC were created to form S&T partnership between and among members not only for the good of individual institutions but for the benefit of the region as a whole”.

Their researches, she said, can be patented to be used for startup projects and be commercialized for the improvement of the economy of the region.

During his opening message, Dr. Brian Niño Galapia, vice chair for R&D Committee, he emphasized the role of the consortium which “provides support to health researchers through mentoring and funding their research studies as a way to encourage them to pursue higher learning and for them to continuously think of innovative ideas for health that will benefit the communities in the region.”

Dr. Julius T. Capili, CVHRDC executive director, presented the CVHRDC’s vision, mission, and goals and also introduced the core values, partner agencies, and research priorities of the consortium.

The consortium focuses on 11 health research priorities such as researches about Infectious and Communicable Diseases; Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction Management for Health and Climate Change Adaptation; Maternal and Child Health; Non-communicable Diseases; Drug Discovery and Development; Health Governance and Management; Health Financing; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Health Technology Development and Innovation; Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine; and lastly, Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.

A total of 15 health research proposals were presented, and evaluated, during the activity. Local researchers were advised to modify their research proposals based on the recommendations given during the mentoring sessions. They were also instructed to submit their revised research papers as soon as possible for further review and evaluation by the Research Management Committee Members.

In addition, Dr. Josephine D. Lorica, co-chair of CVHRDC Research Ethics Committee presented the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) for 2017 to 2021 to address the identified health needs of the region.

Furthermore, updates on CVHRDC’s accomplishments in 2017 and upcoming activities for 2018 was presented and discussed by Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang, DOST R02 science research specialist I. “Expect for more activities this 2018”, said Ms. Caraang as she encouraged all health researchers not to missed trainings and mentoring sessions that will be conducted by the consortium.

She mentioned that one of the major accomplishments in 2017 was the conduct of the 11th National Medical Writing & 4th Writeshop for young researchers joined by 33 participants nationwide.

Moreover, Ms. Carissa C. Pagulayan, nurse V of the Department of Health (DOH) Region 02 presented one of the main agenda of the meeting. She tackled about the research priorities of the said agency and according to her, they are willing to fund health researches that are align in their list of priorities.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) represented by Dr. Maria Theresa B. Mendoza, announced the submission of proposals & discussed their research priority areas while Mr. Zypher Jade G. Regencia, presented their R&D Agenda.

The meeting ended with an open forum to cater the concerns and clarifications from the researchers.