The PNHRS has come up with the System of Monitoring and Evaluation (SOME) of the Research and Researchers, Consortium and Institution. The main goal is to help the PNHRS monitor and evaluate the research, researchers, consortium and institution’s progress in their on-going activities/ researches/projects, and to help in making it easier to determine if their activities/ researches/projects are still aligning with the Goals and Visions of the PNHRS.

The authors of the new forms in SoME are Dr. Merlita Opeña and Dr. Ophelia Saniel. They have explained that the four forms are to be used in determining the progress of each research, as well as their respective researchers. The four forms are still to be reconstructed as per suggestions of the representatives of each region. The Four Forms shall be endorsed upon revision.




During the DOH V Research Quarterly Meeting, BCHRD director, Prof. Michael Montealegre was invited to present the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) of Region V. The said meeting was attended by members of DOH-V research committee members and BCHRD director and staff last September 15, 2017 at the 7 degrees Grill and Restaurant, Legazpi City.

The said meeting was conducted to create a venue for collaboration and partnership with the regional consortium and DOH V in strengthening the health researches in the region. The BCHRD represented by Director Montealegre shared to the DOH members the new program strategies such as the Bicol HeaRT and B1oSHARE. He further presented a proposal to the DOH V entitled, " Bicol HeaRT: Bicol Regional Health Research Systems Fund Initiative" wherein BCHRD shall be calling for proposals on health services (based on RUHRA 2017-2022) while the DOH V shall provide funding of the approved proposals.

As a strategy to encourage regional researchers and stakeholders to support health R & D activities in the region, the DOH Regional Office V provides support for regional research projects through a mechanism called the Bicol HeaRT: Bicol Health Research Training and Development Program. This initiative is recognized as a strategy to encourage and inspire researchers in the region to be actively involved in research projects involving health financing, health service delivery, and DOH programs and projects (operational research projects) while being mentored by research gurus in the field of biostatistics, research methodologies, research ethics, among others. The experience obtained from implementing simple yet relevant health research projects is expected to build up capabilities of individual researchers in designing, implementing and managing health research projects. Once the researcher has been able to develop a track record, and given the availability of facilities, the researcher will be encouraged to apply for the larger scale research project/program grant initiative also available in DOST-PCHRD (through its Research and Development Management Division), DOST, DOH, CHED, as well as other national and international funding agencies.

The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) recently participated in the 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) week held on August 24-25, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. This year’s celebration focused on the theme, “Research Innovations in Health: Empowering and Transforming Communities,” to highlight the challenges and roles of health research in empowering and improving the health status of Filipinos especially those living in marginalized communities.

As part of the celebration, plenary and parallel sessions were held to address different topics such as Drug Addiction and Mental Health, Islands of Wealth and Wellness, The Health of Marawi and the Contributed Papers such as Alternative Gender-Aware Indices for Measuring Poverty: Implications for HealthCare for the Poor and Innovative Strategy Towards Sustainable Control and Elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines.

The celebration also served as venue to showcase and recognized exemplary health researches done by students and professional researchers from different regions through oral and poster presentations. Dr. Jacqueline V. Bagunu of Pampanga State Agricultural University, bagged 3rd place in the poster exhibit contest with her study entitled: “Isolation and Molecular Identification of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) from Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) as Potential Pathogen Antagonist”, while Ms. Ivy Joyce A. Buan of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, presented her study: “Computational Study of Bioactive Components of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linn.), Luyang Dilaw (Curcuma longa linn.), and Lagundi (Vitex negundo) as Inhibitor against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) in oral research category.

The CLHRDC- Ethics Review Committee was also awarded with a Level 1 accreditation by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), which permits it to review research proposals that have minimal risk to participants. Other CLHRDC member institutions like Tarlac State University also received their Level 1 accreditation while Angeles University Foundation’s Level 3 license was renewed which allows them to review research proposals involving clinical trials. In addition to this, CLHRDC was also recognized for having the most updated official website among the health consortia.

With these milestones, CLHRDC is inspired all the more to deliver quality health-related researches as it continues to exert more of its capabilities to improve and encourage stronger collaborative health research projects that will improve the general health status of people and communities in Region 3.



To strengthen and enhance the research capacity of its member- institutions, the Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) thru its Capacity Building Committee (CBC) recently conducted a Research Proposal Writeshop on Drug Discovery and Development and Biomedical Devices Development last June 28-29, 2017 at Imerex Plaza Hotel in Angeles City.

Together with the CLHRDC- Research Management Committee (RMC), the activity was aimed at improving the quality and productivity of health-related research endeavors in Region III through the submission of quality research proposals for funding. It also served as a venue to address issues usually encountered during the review of submitted research proposals such as misaligned objectives as well as to discuss new trends in writing research proposals like the use of Mendeley database as a reference manager tool. Dr. Reynaldo Bundalian Jr., Chair of CLHRDC-Research Management Committee, spearheaded the 2-day training together with Dr. Bella G. Panlilio, Chair of CLHRDC-CBC. Other resource persons were Dr. Al D. Biag of Holy Angel University, Dr. Neil C. Tanquilut of Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Mr. Wilfredo F. Sibal of Department of Science and Technology III who shared their experiences and best practices in research proposal writing.

As a major output of the said activity, the participants were requested to prepare and present their respective draft proposals for evaluation. 14 proposals were submitted, composed of 12 proposals for drug discovery and another 2 for biomedical devices. Through this activity, CLHRDC hopes to encourage its member institutions to submit more research proposals for funding.

This activity was also followed two weeks later by the Basic Research Ethics Training which took place last July 12-13, 2017, also at Imerex Plaza Hotel, Angeles City. Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas and Dr. Evangeline O. Santos of Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) spearheaded the 2-day training. It was attended by 28 participants from 13 institutions composed of members of their respective Institutional Ethics Review Committees (IERCs). The training was intended to capacitate participants in evaluating research proposals that involve human or animal subjects and the importance of adhering ethical norms in research.

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC), once again proved its research capability by way of bagging awards, competing against other seventeen (17) consortia within the country during the 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)  Week celebration held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City on August 24-25, 2017.

Under the PosterExhibit Contest,the “Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Device in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Filipinos Seen in DOH Tertiary Hospital: A Pilot Study” with authored by Dr Ja P.Malvar and Dr Jose B. Orosa III of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, and IMCI Mobile Application as an Alternative Tool for Health Care Providers" authored by Nicole Kaye Mondero, Carl Ernestine Bayot, Angelica Barba and Miriam Ferreria of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, were awarded as 2nd place for professional and student categories, respectively.

Another remarkable grant is the Gold Award of R1HRDC Website for consistently updating the website, featuring the consortium's accomplishments, providing news and information for the public.


An extra pride for the consortium is Dr Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, PNHRS Research Agenda Committee Chair and R1HRDC Chair, for being the resource speaker of “Investing in the Implementation of the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2022” during the plenary sessions. In addition, Ms Marcia Abadilla-Fellizar of MMMH&MC, author of the study, “Child Abuse Victims seen at MMMH&MC – Women and Child Protection Unit: An In-Dept Clinical Study” stood out for being one of the finalists in the Professional Oral Research Paper Presentation.

The success of the consortium was due to combined immeasurable team efforts of the R1HRDC personnel along with its stakeholders. The passion and dedication to research work surely help in improving the health outcome for the betterment of the community especially within the region.

To blot another year of success, the country’s health research community commemorated its 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week on 24-25 August 2017 at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. It is a gathering of different stakeholders in health research and development to contribute research-based solutions to health problems.
With the theme “Research and Innovations in Health: Empowering and Transforming Communities,” this year’s celebration emphasizes the roles, challenges, and opportunities of health research and innovation in reaching, empowering, and transforming the Filipino communities.

Pre-conference sessions such as Ethics, Society of Health Research Communicators (SHARE) Assembly, Research Workshop, eHealth Summit, National consultation on the development of Technical Review Board Manual, meeting of various PNHRS Committees, Meeting of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia Secretariat, and Health Research and Development for Disaster Program Review were also made on 22-23 August 2017 at Hotel Jen Manila.

Plenary and parallel sessions was also made that revolved around key areas including National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), Drug Addiction and Mental Health, Islands of Wealth and Wellness, Health of Marawi: the Psychosocial and Health Concerns of Internally Displaced Persons in areas with armed conflicts, presentation of contributed papers such as 6A: Alternative Gender-Aware Indices for Measuring Poverty: Implications for Healthcare for the Poor and Innovative Strategy Towards Sustainable Control and Elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines.

This 4 day event was joined by over 1,300 participants from all over the country reaching its aim of providing a platform for the different stakeholders in health research and development to interact, learn from each other, share information and experiences, voice their concerns, and to add research-based solution to health problems.