Very keen on realizing its objective of capacitating local researchers interested in health and health-related studies, the BCHRD conducted the Research Evaluation Training with the twofold goal of aiding the Research Proposal Evaluation Team in developing a tool for evaluating research proposals, and assisting researchers in fine-tuning their revised proposals.

The consortium’s Evaluation Team is composed of the Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics Review (ERC) Committees.  The research proponents invited to the training were those who participated inthe Research Methods Training conducted on January 29-31, 2013 at Bicol University, Legazpi City.

The Research Evaluation Training, held on February 27-28, 2013 in Naga City, at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel (USI) College of Nursing Lecture Hall, was the second phase of the Health Research Proposal Packaging Process (HRPPP), which the BCHRD is implementing; the Research Methods Trainingin January was Phase I of the process.

The Participants were: Prof. Sandy C. Lasa of USI, chairman of the ERC; other USI faculty- Profs Janet S. dela Cruz, Teresa B. Pambid, Glenda C. Icaro,  Mary Ann Tumbado, and Mr. Rhandy V. Salvani; Prof. Elma R. Peralta and Dr. Ma. Clara Ll. Rubino Faculty and Dean respectively of Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU); Dr. Yolanda L. Castroverde and Dr. Carmelita S. Baylon of the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC); Dr. Raul G. Bradecina, Profs. Ana L. Vargas, and Emelina R. Padayao of Partido State University (PSU); Dr. Nilo B. Romeroso of Ago Medical Center-Bicol Christian College of Medicine (AMEC-BCCM); Prof. Joyce S. Obis of University of Saint Anthony (USANT); Prof. Athena G.  Masip of Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL); researchers and BCHRD committee members who were part of the Bicol University delegation included Dr. Richard L. Bartolata (BUCN), Profs. Ida Francia H. Revale and Daile Meek Salvador-Membreve (BUCS), Profs. Michael Angelo D. Brogada and Aris J. Ordoñez (BUCS-CS/IT), Prof. Ma. Corazon R. Naz, (BUESC), Profs. Carina B. Orden and Dennis B. Gogola (BUTC), BCHRD Director Dr. Alma S. Banua, and the BCHRD Secretariat composed of Ms. Reizha O. Rito and Ms. Maria Vicenta Corazon B. Guidote.  Also present was Ms. Marie Jeanne “Gigi” B. Berroya, PCHRD-DOST Regional Project Officer for Region V.

Resource speaker for the activity was Dr. Godofreda “Jody” V. Dalmacion, M.D., MSc, MHPEd, FPOGS- a professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Assistant Director of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines (UP), Manila.  Dr. Jody earned the overwhelming respect of the participants with her sincere, pro-active approach.  The research proponents appreciated the one-on-one sessions they had with her, and her promise to read their revisions. Assisting Dr. Jody was her very able co-facilitator, Mr. Juan Carlo “JC” G. Remulla, R.N., a University Researcher at UP Manila- National Institutes of Health.

The two-day training/seminar involved pre- and post-tests, lectures, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals.

The training ended with setting of the deadline for submission of revised proposals to the BCHRD secretariat, (total of 5 proposals) and finalization of the R&D and ERC Standard Operating Procedures.


DATE: Sunday, 24 March 2013 15:22

The Human Resource Development Committee (HRD) of the Health Consortium in Western Mindanao recently concluded its 3-day Health Research Proposal Writeshop. The first of its kind in the region, it is geared to facilitate researchers with developing technically and ethically sound and fundable research proposals.

The 1st day begun with a series of plenary sessions to give the beginning researchers an idea of what the consortium is all about as well as the health concerns of the region which, was discussed by Dr. Ma. Agnes Z. Mabolo, RICU Chair and Medical Specialist of DOH-CHD 9, focused on the familiarization to ZCHRD, the NUHRA and RUHRA, and the health status of Region 9. Dr. Servando D. Halili, Jr., HRD Chair, continued the plenary sessions with a Lecture on Crafting the Research Problem.

In the afternoon, the qualified proposals were assigned their respective mentors to guide them through the 3-day activity following a format prescribed by ZCHRD as follows:

Research Title


Institutional Affiliation

1. An integrated interventional model for dengue prevention and control in Zamboanga City

Mr. Nur Eldeen M. Echeverria, MHSS

College of Nursing, Western Mindanao State University

2. Suicidal Risks among college students in Zamboanga City

Michel Vincent S. Calantas, MN

College of Nursing, Western Mindanao State University

3. Health Insurance enrolment coverage among informal workers of organized groups in Zamboanga

Ms. Ere Lee Q. Salang, RN

Research Center, Western Mindanao State University

4. Alternative plant-based medicine for dengue

Prof. Susan E. Montebon

College of Science and Mathematics, Western Mindanao State University

5. The lived experience of nurses on providing spiritual care to patients

Prof. Evelyn A. Luna

School of Nursing, Andres Bonifacio College

6. Evaluation of occupational health services among industrial workers in Zamboanga City

Mr. Roel F. Marcial

University Research Center, Universidad de Zamboanga

7. Risk profiling of Zamboanga City trauma patients treated or admitted at the emergency room of 6 tertiary hospitals in Zamboanga City

Jonathan John F. Tamin, MD

Zamboanga City Medical Center

Aside from the qualified proposals, walk-in participants were also grouped according to their institutional affiliation and were taught on how to write capsule proposals, which was facilitated by Mr. Bienvenido L. Gregorio, PhD as follows:

Research Title



Chat group approach to motivate couples to practice family planning

Prof. Rica Rose May A. Rubio

College of Nursing, Western Mindanao State University

DOH programs and services in the barangay health units in Zamboanga City

Ms. Concesa B.Gayo, Ms. Annalie M.Mitra, Ms. Marietta M.Lucas, and Ms.Darwina I. Halbi

College of Nursing, Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Teaching Manual for Community Health Nursing

Mr. Abraham Acero S. Castillo, Ms. Nihma Ilimin, and Mr. Mohammed Yahya Centi

Deparment of Nursing, Brent Hospital and Colleges, Inc.

Fitting in: A Study on Subanen’s Existing Healing Means through Green Medicines Mr. Jed Patrick M. Catalan

College of Nursing, Mindanao State University Buug


Day 2 commenced with R&D Chair Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento's lecture on the Quantitative aspect of the Health Research Methodologies followed by Dr. Servando Halili for the Qualitative aspect. The participants were asked to improve their proposals based on the lectures given. Ms. Wilma I. Santos of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) announced that the Call for Nominations to the Gruppo Medica and the Outstanding Health Researcher Award is now accepting nominations.

On the 3rd day, the participants were asked to present their work to a panel of critiques. The workshop ended with the critiques giving the participants two (2) weeks to revise their proposals still with the help of their respective mentors and re-submit to ZCHRD for the R&D Evaluation.

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Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:29

The Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A) conducted a Research Methods Workshop on February 5-8, 2013 at the Retreat and Conference Center De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. Dr. Melchor Victor G. Frias, IV, HRDCR IV-A Convenor,  challenged the participants in his welcome address to come up with their respective proposals after the workshop for funding, he also emphasized that the research should be directed to the priorities identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA). The activity was spearheaded by the consortium’s subcommittee on capacity building headed by Dr. Rommel L. Salazar. Consortium members Cavite State University, Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas, Department of Health-Center for Health and Development Region IV-A, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, De La Salle Lipa, Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center, Batangas Regional Hospital and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas were all represented.

Dr. Carmen Colabing and Prof. Kim Kochon explaining the mechanics of the workshop.

The workshop introduced participants to basic concepts on conducting health research. Lectures were given on topics such as: selecting research topics, formulating research objectives, designing a research and analyzing and interpreting research results. The seminar was structured in three activities: 1.) lecture-discussion; 2.) workshop and 3.) plenary sessions. The speakers were Dr. Carmen Tolabing and Prof. Kim Cochon of the University of the Philippines, College of Public Health. Dr. Frias also helped facilitate the discussions.

At the end of the workshop, the participants who were grouped according to their institutions were able to come up with draft proposals on disability among school-aged children, threatened abortion, health risk factors among adolescents, leptospira infection and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The groups will work on their proposals and literature review before the second capacity building activity which is a Research Protocol Writeshop. This will guide them in drafting and fine-tuning their final research proposals.

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Date: Thursday, 28 February 2013 01:39

The Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) organized a three-day Research Methods Training on January 29-31, 2013 with the following objectives: 1) Equip the participants with research methodologies; 2) Assist participants in refining the methodology of their research proposals; and 3) Assist the participants in packaging the research proposals, in preparation for the technical and ethical review by the consortium evaluators.

The training was facilitated by the Consortium Director Dr. Alma Banua and the PCHRD-DOST Regional Coordinator Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya. It was participated by the chairpersons and members of the BCHRD Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics Review (ERC) Committees, as well researchers from the different member-agencies of the consortium.  Doctors, nurses, and professors from the different schools, institutions, and agencies came all the way from as far as Catanduanes and Camarines Sur to join their local counterparts in Legazpi City.

The member-agencies of BCHRD represented during the training were: Catanduanes State University (CSU)- Dr. Alvin Ogalesco and Prof. Joel Olfindo; University of Saint Anthony (USANT)- Prof. Joyce Obis; Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU)- Ms. Elma Peralta; University of Nueva Caceres (UNC)- Dr. Carmelita Baylon and Dr. Yolanda Castroverde; Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC)- Ms. Salvacion Tablanza and Ms. Ma. Angela Concepcion Nolasco; Partido State University (PSU)- Ms. Emelina R. Padayao; Aquinas University (AUL)- Ms. Athena G. Masip; Bicol Medical Center (BMC)- Dr. Marla Litam; BRTTH- Dr. Marlyn Daguno and Ms. Bernardita Patacsil; and Department of Health (DOH)- Dr. Aurora Daluro, aside from BCHRD host agency Bicol University, which had participants from the College of Nursing- Dr. Richard Bartolata and Prof. Garry Grageda; College of Science- Profs. Ida Revale, Jocelyn Serrano, Joan Nace, Daile Meek Membrere and Mr. Michael Angelo Brogada; Tabaco Campus- Profs. Carina Orden and Dennis Gogola; and RDC- Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas.  Also present were the BCHRD Secretariat composed of Ms. Maria Vicenta Corazon Guidote, Ms. Reizha Rito, and Ms. Eunice Endrano.

The participants were privileged to have as resource speaker the in-demand and highly recommended Dr. Ophelia “Ophie” M. Mendoza, a PCHRD consultant and research expert. Dr. Ophie holds several degrees including Master of Science in Public Health (Biostatistics) and Doctor of Public Health (Biostatistics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and Master in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.  A researcher in her own right with a considerable number of researches to her name both here and abroad, it is only fitting that she would be recommended by no less than the PCHRD-DOST itself, to give lectures during seminars that it funds.

Needless to say, Dr. Ophie did not disappoint; evaluation from the participants all contained rave-reviews of how well she delivered the lectures which were very comprehensive, and how she was able to simplify even the most complicated topics.

The training followed a challenging daily lecture-workshop-plenary schedule that really squeezed the creative juices out of the committee members and researchers, who were all required to give presentations as well as evaluate each other’s outputs.  Dr. Ophie was on hand to assist the R&D and ERC committees in the critiquing.

 On the whole the BCHRD is happy with the fifteen (15) research proposals that were presented, and hopeful that with certain revisions, they will be ready to be submitted to the R&D and ERC committees for technical review, in preparation for submission to PCHRD for final consideration.  Further trainings will be held to give assistance to the researchers in the refinement of their proposals.


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Date: 03 February 2013 12:44