The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) celebrated its 10th anniversary last April 25-26, 2018 at the Royce Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, served as the highlight of the milestone event. The successful conduct of the 2nd Central Luzon Health Research Forum organized in collaboration with the Department of Health-Regional Office 3 with the theme, "CLHRDC @ 10: A Decade of Better Health, Better People thru Collaborative Health Research and Innovations". The forum aimed to link institutions engaged in or with interests in health research activities that could impact on regional as well as national health needs.
Fig. 1 Dr. Caesar Cassion delivered his welcome and opening remarks
Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, Regional Director of DOH-RO3 mentioned in his speech during the forum that investment in Health Research and Development, means fostering innovation through creation or enhancement of public policies, including organizational standards, regulatory, procurement, and service delivery networks. He added that thru Fourmula 1 + it is envisioned that Filipinos will be the healthiest people in Southeast Asia by 2022 and Asia by 2040. This strategic thrust is expected to impact the populace favourably. He also extended his deepest appreciation to CLHRDC for its leadership of collaborative health research initiatives for the past 10 years.

Mr. Paul Ernest N. De Leon, Chief SRS, Research and Development Management Division of PCHRD-DOST, read the message of Dr. Jaime Montoya, the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of Department of Science and Technology (PCHRDDOST). Mr. De Leon also spearheaded the launching of the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022. Mr. De Leon mentioned that the current NUHRA 2017-2022 was developed through bottom-up approach via the 17 regional consultations and top-down consultations via review of research agenda of individual government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Universal health care via FOURmula 1+ was presented by Dr. Maria Eloisa C. Vidar, Medical Officer IV of the DOHRO3. Dr. Vidar emphasized that FOURmula 1+ for health reforms are now packaged into four distinct components that include Health Service Delivery, Health Regulation, Health Finance and Good Governance in Health.

To promote ethically sound research outputs, Dr. Reynaldo DL. Bundalian Jr, Chair of the CLHRDC-RMC discussed the Health Research Regulatory Requirements for the guidance of the participants who attended the forum.

The forum was attended by more than 175 participants from higher education institutions, local government units, non-government organizations, and DOH-retained hospitals. Presentation of Completed Research Papers published in reputable journals and the CLHRDCs accomplished projects were presented.

As part of its commitment, the CLHRDC will continue to promote and strengthen collaboration that will enhance the research culture among member institutions that will help improve the well-being of the people in Central Luzon.

Baguio City - Chief executives and designated representatives from the member institutions come together in a remarkable demonstration of commitment and support to CRHRDC during the Governing Board meeting held on June 1,2018 at theManduto Café and Restaurant, Sta. Lucia Road, Baguio City.
During the said meeting, updates were disseminated to the members in preparation for the upcoming 12th Philippine National Health Research System Week, which will be hosted by Region CAR.

Likewise, the newly elected and appointed officers took their oath before the Governing Board members.

Application Requirements:

  1. Letter of application addressed to the WVHRDC Executive Director (free format)
  2. Endorsement/nomination letter from head of WVHRDC member institution (free format)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (max of 4 pages)
  4. Letter of plans and commitment to complete the training and its requirements
  5. Two-page outline of the research proposal. The proposal should describe a health problem the applicant would like to address. The chosen topic of the applicant should be in line with the 2017-2022 Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) set by the WVHRDC. You can check the RUHA at this link http://region6.healthresearch.ph/index.php/about-us-2

The requirements must be submitted in a sealed envelope, by registered mail, with delivery confirmation or by private courier service or hand-delivered to:

ALICE JOAN G. FERRER, Ph. D.
Executive Director
Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium
Department of Science and Technology VI
Magsaysay Village, La Paz, Iloilo City

Or through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject format Training_Awards2018_Institution_Last Name_Date Submitted. The documents must be sent as PDF.

Deadline of Submission for the 3rd Call is 5:00PM on June 11, 2018.


The Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) chose its new set officers for 2018 to 2021 at Manuel J. Santos Hospital Board Room, June 4, 2018.

MJ Santos Hospital Director Dr. Terence Anthony S. Vesagas remains as the Chairperson of the committee. Elected with him as officers are Mr. Tarcisio B. Candog Jr, Vice-chairperson; and Dr. Joycelyn C. Jumawan, Secretary.

Consortium Director Dominga D. Mallonga presided the election process and administered the oath-taking of the elected officers together with other ERC members namely: Dr. Reinerio M. Durano Jr—PhilHealth; Ms. Kimberly E. De Rama—Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU); Dr. Joel Arturo S. De Jesus—Philhealth and Mr. Paul Ritchie G. Pelos—Butuan Medical Center (BMC).

Prior to the election and oathtaking ceremony, Dir. Mallonga also presented the accomplishments of the consortium last year including the budget this year. She then suggested for more bench marking, activities and trainings to be conducted or attended related to ethics in order to utilize the budget.

Just this year, the committee is now composed of seven (7) members coming from the member-institutions of the consortium.


The mandate of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) for promotion of quality, safe, effective/beneficial, accessible, and acceptable traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) products, technologies, and modalities, as well as for the protection of the Philippine traditional medicine (PTM) is strengthened by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) in 2012 that PITAHC is a research institution whose budgetary affairs shall now be under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The PITAHC Board of Trustees, in its meeting of October 2015, affirmed that PITAHC thrust is indeed in research and that manufacturing is not a thrust. The Board likewise affirmed that PITAHC shall continue its advocacy and training functions as well as the accreditation functions.

In line with the thrust and agenda of the Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care 2017-2022 formulated in achieving the first outcome namely robust body of knowledge in aid of policy, programs development, and products development for the promotion of quality, safe, effective/beneficial, accessible, and acceptable traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) products and services, and for the conservation of our cultural heritage on Philippine traditional medicine.

The purpose of this call for proposal is to stimulate the academe, government agencies and the private sectors to focus their efforts, innovative ability and resources to develop research proposals concentrating on T&CM to be able to bring about changes to improve the health and lives of people in order to address the gaps the current landscape of health research. PITAHC encourages the development of research proposals that are innovative and effective which can contribute to the overall health outcome in the country and address the present need of the dynamic health landscape of the Philippines.

PITAHC has defined the activities in six research clusters, namely:

1. Documentation of our cultural heritage on Philippine traditional medicine
2. Research and development on safety, efficacy/benefit, and quality of natural products
3. Clinical research on safety and efficacy/benefit of T&CM modalities
4. Policy, systems, and standards research
5. Socio-cultural research
6. Knowledge management

For more info, visit https://bit.ly/2JdkjWh or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also call them at (082) 224 5322

Source: PITAHC DAVAO

Vying for awards in the upcoming 2018 PNHRS Week Celebration to be held in Baguio City on August 6-9, the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) conducted Committee Chairs' Meetings last May 21 and June 1 at the Conference Room, DOST-8 Building, Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

Present in the meeting were Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, Consortium Director and presiding officer, Dr. Lucia P. Dauz, Consortium Coordinator, Dr. Jane Borrinaga, Ms. Josephine Hipe, Mr. Leonido Olobia, Dr. Virgildo Sabalo, and the EVHRDC Secretariat: Ms. Rachelle Mae Arape, Mr. Garret Jay Salvacion, Ms. Jessamay Mercado, and Mr. Jeffrey Hinampas.

Among the agenda of the meeting was to deliberate and finalize regional entries for the Oral Research Paper Presentation and Poster Exhibit Contests for both Professional and Student categories.

Nominations for the regional entries of the Professional category came from the completed research projects funded through EVHRDC.

For the student category Poster Exhibit Contest, submission of research papers is until June 6, 2018 (Wednesday). Entries can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Membership expansion is important and critical to the success of every organization for it is a sign of growth and maturity. The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) and Regional Ethics Monitoring Board 1 (REMB-1) simultaneously visited institutions in Pangasinan on May 22, 2018 to promote their services in the field of health research.

Through the years, R1HRDC have been a partner to many academes and health institutions in the region and it is continuously striving to reach every research enthusiast. The team is composed of Dr Leo B. Solis, Ms Ana Gay Ranga of R1HRDC and Ms Lucila Roja from PCHRD who visited institutions of Drug Treat and Rehabilitation Center in Dagupan City and Philippine College of Science and Technology in Calasiao.

Meanwhile, the visiting team of the recently established REMB-1 is composed of Ms Anita Criste, Mr Ariel Bacani and Ms Liezel Biag who visited Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation in San Carlos City and Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City. This is to encourage the institutions to establish their Ethics Review Committee (ERC), check their activities, undergo for accreditation and to promote the activities of REMB-1 being the arm of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) in the region.

This institutional visit is one of the many ways and activities of both offices in order to strengthen ties between them and their stakeholders.