The Cordillera Region posted improvements in the health sector in 2018, according to DOH-CAR and Regional Social Development Sector Vice-Chairperson Director Amelita Pangilinan.

During the Kapihan on the State of the Region Address 2019, held on August 13, 2019,  Director Pangilinan reported that there was a reduction in the region’s number of maternal, neonatal and under-five deaths in 2018, compared to the figures posted in the previous year. 

She elaborated by saying that maternal deaths decreased by 3.2 percent from the 43 percent posted in 2017.  The same is also true for under-five and neonatal mortality rates which decreased by 1.4 and 0.1, respectively,  from the previous year’s figures.

In terms of nutrition, a reduction in the prevalence of overweight, wasting and stunting of children 0 to 5 years old was also noted.  Further, there was an increase in the proportion of Cordillera households who had access to a sanitary toilet facility.

The DOH chief also said the region has reason to look forward to further improvements in the region’s health status with the continued and intensified implementation of the following laws and government programs:

  1. Universal Health Care Law (RA 11223) which will improve access to health care services;
  2. National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP) which is expected to accelerate the demographic transition and maximize gains from demographic dividend
  3. First 1,000 Days Program and Operation Timbang which is aimed at reducing infant mortality and improving nutrition; and
  4. Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law which guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.

The Cordillera Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 provides that the desired overall outcome of the Sector on Social Development is to ensure that the region’s economic growth strategy results in improved quality of life and total human development of all Cordillerans. The plan, which is due for its midyear updating this year,  is operationalized through the six sectoral committees of the Cordillera Regional Development Council, which, aside from the Regional Social Development Committee, includes the Committees on Development Administration, Economic Development, Infrastructure Development, Watershed and Environmental Management, and Indigenous Peoples Concerns.

Written by Ma. Emelie Daquipil

With the theme “Achieving Health-related Sustainable Development Goals through Research and Innovation”, the Philippine National Health Research System celebrated a week-long annual activity on August 13 to 16, 2019 at the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro City. The theme of the PNHRS Week is part of the contribution of a bigger spectrum which is achieving the health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. One of the sessions of the PNHRS Week is the inter-regional consortium contest for poster and oral research both for Student and Graduate categories.

Davao Region takes pride that amongst the research contests and categories, four entries from last year’s winners during the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) Expo were shortlisted. Two of the shortlisted researches won 1st Prize during the contest. The research entitled “Utilization of Mango Seed Kernel for the Development of Antimicrobial Films” presented by Ms. Mary Grace L. Alimpolos from the University of the Philippines Mindanao won the 1st place under the Student Category for Oral Presentation. Her study is about the use of mango starch from mango seed kernels, a common waste from a mango processing plant. With the addition of carrageenan and carvacrol, a biodegradable packaging material that inhibits the growth of Escherichia coli was produced.

The research of the group of  Ms. Via Angela Bulangis from the University of the Immaculate Conception entitled “Isolation, Characterization, and In-Vitro HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitory Activity of Pectin Powder from the Peel of Calamansi” won the 1st place under the Student Category for Poster Exhibit. The study is about the usage of pectin powder isolated from the peel of Calamasi and determination of its 3 hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitory activity. 

Two young researchers from the University of Immaculate Conception were also able to make it in the shortlisted entries represent the Region namely: Ms. Nelyn Cadotdot who presented the research entitled "Investigation of Possible Inhibitory Action of Philippine Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) Serum on HIV-1 infectivity in-vitro to and After Attachment to human Peripheral Blood mononuclear cells" under the Oral Presentation - Graduate category and Ms. Charity P. Redaniel who presented the research entitled "Evaluation of the Anti-inflammatory Potential of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) and Pomelo (Citrus maxima) Leaf Extract through Lipoxygenase Inhibition with Emulsion-gel Preparation" under the Poster Exhibit - Graduate category

These awards only show that Davao Region continues to build its pool of experts through these young researchers. The consortium hopes that the present generation will continue to be champion in research dedicated to improving the health condition of the people.


On August 13-16, 2019, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) joined the annual 2019 Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. With the theme “Achieving Health – Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through Research and Innovation”, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) enjoined the different stakeholders from health research, academe, and policy makers to understand each of the sector's goal, to share their best practices as well as experiences in search for a better way to contribute, achieve and sustain health related SDGs.

Satellite Conference: August 13-14, 2019

Prior to the main conference, a Satellite Conference on August 13-14, 2019 was conducted. Topics include: Ethics in Research; Tracking and Reporting Research Data; National Medical Writing Workshop and Writeshop for Young Researchers; Campaigning towards AIDS-Free Society; ICT for Health Stakeholder’s Consultation; Refining Research Topics on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption; Gamutang Pilipino: Katuwang Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kalusugan (outputs will be used towards the development of the Universal Health Care); Practical Training for REC Staff; PAMJE Session: Authorship Controversies: Gift, Guest, and Ghost Authorship. Competition on the 3-minute Pitch to Policy Makers, Oral Research Contest: Professional and Student Category, and DOST – PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis in Natural Products Oral Presentation were also undertaken. Likewise, with the opening of poster exhibits on August 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM, which showcased most recent researches in the country from both student and professional categories, and consortium posters highlighting this year's celebration theme.

Main Conference: August 15-16, 2019
At the Main Conference, different subject matters regarding nationwide efforts in achieving health related SDGs were tackled. Topics includes: (1) The PNHRS Pillars: Strengthening Partnerships to Achieve Universal Health Care and Health-Related SDGs; (2) Defining a Research University – The session defined what a research university should be; (3) Progress on Health-Related SDGs: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and How Research and Innovation can Contribute; (4) Healthy and Resilient Communities: Revisiting Marawi – two years after the conflict/crisis in Marawi City, experts who are working on the improvement of the health and social welfare status of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) gathered and studied what has been done so far and what should be done in the future in order to address the needs of the IDP’s; and (5) Evidence-informed Policy Making in Health – revolved on how health researches can be translated into policy.

Awarding Ceremony
The PNHRS Celebration did not only provide platform for health stakeholders to convene and share knowledge but also gave chances for the 17 different regional consortia to showcase their recently finished researches. The R1HRDC once again proved their capability for bagging awards in different competitions.

ALLAN CORPUZ from Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, won the PNHRS Best Mentor in Health Research Award – Luzon Cluster, beating other nominees across Luzon area. This award is given every two years to recognize mentors in the field of health research who selflessly shares knowledge and skills, instills values and attitudes, and inspires those involved in the research process, thereby creating an enabling environment and contributing to capacity-building in research.

Last year, the PCHRD called for the nomination of the undergraduate thesis grant in natural products to all undergraduate students of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on indigenous plants within the region. The research must be completed within a year after receiving the grant worth Php50,000.00. After completion of the project and thorough evaluation from the technical panel of evaluators of PCHRD, the study entitled “NEUROPROTECTIVE ACTIVITY OF LUBIGAN (ACORUS CALAMUS FAM; ACORACEAE) IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE” by MS. MARIEL JOY TARLIT of Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, was qualified for the national level and won 2nd Place during the DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products Oral Presentation Contest.

Portraying this year's theme, along with the significant efforts of the consortium on achieving health-related SDGs especially on the good health and well-being of the people in region 1, the poster of R1HRDC was awarded as 3rd Place Best Consortium Poster.

Other entries of the consortium were national level qualifier on:
POSTER EXHIBIT CONTEST (PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY) - “Bactericidal Property of Ginger against Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), E. coli and Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase E.coli” presented by Dr. Mercita Q. Queddeng (co-project leader) of University of Northern Philippines.

POSTER EXHIBIT CONTEST (STUDENT CATEGORY) – “Vital Capacity Response of Bronchial Asthma Patients to Anulom Vilom Pranayama (AVP)” presented by Ms. Frances Eileen F. Madrid of Mariano Marcos State University.

3-MINUTE PITCH TO POLICYMAKERS – “Papaya and Guava Leaves Capsule: Modern Native Platelet Count Enhancer” by Dr. Holden Kirby Valdez of Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation.

As health research advocates, the more than 1000 participants of the event deserved to be praised because they are not only working as part of their job but also significantly contributing in uplifting the health status of the Filipinos – the real winners for this convention. #PNHRS2019

The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST V) in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and S&T networks/consortia in the region will conduct the 2019 Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (BRICE) on 08-10 October 2019 in Naga City, back-to-back with the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) Celebration.

BRICE is conducted every other year, alternately with the National Invention Contests and Exhibits (NICE) pursuant to Section 4 of Republic Act No. 7459, also known as “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines”. As a regional competition, BRICE recognizes outstanding inventive and creative works in five (5) categories namely: Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model (UM); Outstanding Industrial Design (ID); Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award) in two (2) sub-categories: government-funded and private-funded; and
Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College Students. Also, BRICE serves as qualifying round and the regional champions compete during NICE in November of the following year. Qualified inventors, individual designers, makers and professional/student researchers are required to submit their BRICE entries together with the following
documents, completely filled-up, signed by contestant/s and notarized entry forms (one copy each) to DOST V, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City on or before 06 September 2019, 5:00 p.m. Note: Pre-Screening of Entries is set on 09 September 2019. Only the owners of qualified entries shall be notified for their participation in BRICE (final evaluation by the Board of Judges).

For Invention, UM, ID, and Creative Research (Likha Award) categories:
○ RIC Form No. 1 (Entry Form)/Annex 1
○ RIC Form No. 2 (Waiver Form)/Annex 3
○ Copy of letters patent or UM/ID registration (as applicable)
○ One (1) Page Abstract, description/drawings, pictures and certificates

For Student Creative Research (Sibol Award)
○ RIC Form No. 3 (Entry Form)/Annex 2
○ RIC Form No. 4 (Waiver Form)/Annex 4
○ One (1) Page Abstract, description/drawings, pictures and certificates

Postal Address: Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City, 4500, Philippines

Tel No. (052) 742-091

E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Requirements for Creative Research Category (Likha Award) and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award)
- Notarized Certification that their work is their own, new and original
o RIC Form No. 5 (Certification for Likha Award)/Annex 5
o RIC Form No. 6 (Certification for Sibol Award)/Annex 6

BRICE Rules, Criteria and Required Forms are available at DOST V website: For further details, please advise concerned office personnel and customers to visit/contact DOST V, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City, tel. no. (052) 742-0911 and the Provincial Science and Technology
Center (PSTC) nearest them. (Dr. P.O. Lucena, DOST V)

The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium will be conducting a series of training/workshop this 3rd and 4th quarter of 2019. In this connection we would like to invite participant/s from member institutions to attend the following activities:

  1.  Training on Data Management for Researchers with Ongoing Health Researches - August 19-21, 2019

The Training on Data Management for Researchers with Ongoing Health Researches is scheduled on August 19-21, 2019, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the DOST Regional Office VI, Training Room. The training aims to assist researchers with on-going projects in data management, which include data collection, instrument formulation, data encoding, data processing, data interpretation, and data presentation.

We will accommodate 15 participants and acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please confirm your participation by filling-out the form on this link: on or before August 14, 2019.


  1. Workshop for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Research Ethics Committees - August 27-28, 2019

The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) in cooperation with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) will be organizing a Workshop for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Research   Ethics Committees on August 27-28, 2019 (venue to be advised). This is a follow-up activity to the previously conducted Basic Research Ethics Training last April 2019. The activity aims to assist institutions who are planning to establish their Research Ethics Committee in developing their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

We will accommodate 30 participants and acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please confirm your participation by filling-out the form on this link: on or before August 19, 2019.


  1. Training Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for Health Researchers - October 15-18, 2019

The Training Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for Health Researchers is scheduled on October 15-18, 2019, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the DOST Regional Office VI Training Room. This four-day training aims to equip health researchers in the region with the fundamental elements of a qualitative approach to research and its application in health research. This training will involve lectures, a review health research studies that demonstrate different qualitative research methods, fieldwork, and presentations.

The consortium will accommodate 10 participants and acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please confirm your participation by filling-out the form on this link: on or before September 30, 2019.

To prepare and guide the researchers for a good proposal, the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) facilitated a two-day simultaneous ethics training namely: Basic Research Ethics Training and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Workshop on July 1 to 2, 2019 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City.

The Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) aims to introduce the basic principles of protecting human participants. There were 42 attendees from various RHRDC XI member institutions who actively participated during the training. The trainers for BRET are Dr. Angeles T. Alora and Dr. Angelica Francisco from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). The training consists of lectures, group work activities and the most exciting role-playing of the participants.

Meanwhile, the SOP writeshop intends to help develop a Standard Operating Procedures Manual for existing Research Ethics Committees (REC) and improve the quality and consistency in the operational activity of the institutions which will serve as guide in the review process of the proposals. There were 10 member institutions who attended the workshop and these institutions have their intent in applying for PHREB accreditation after thorough polishing of their draft SOPs. The trainers for the SOP workshop were Dr. Marita VT. Reyes and Dr. Josephine Lumitao of PHREB.

While the primary purpose of research is to generate new knowledge, the goal is also to protect the rights and interests of the participants. Protecting humans is naturally a universal knowledge. Hence, majority of our laws are for the protection of rights, safety and welfare of individuals.

Davao Region has been one of the most active regions in crafting and implementing good researches for the benefit of the Mindanaoans. In crafting good research, it must be both scientific and ethical.

True enough that a research participant must be safeguarded as what Jean Bernard stated: “Experimenting on human beings is morally necessary and necessarily immoral”.

The CHRDC-Capacity Building Committee (CBC) successfully conducted a three-day Basic Research Methods Training cum Research Proposal Development Writeshop for health researchers of Caraga last June 3-5, 2019.

The training aimed to equip health researchers of the consortium member institutions to develop well-constructed research proposals that are in line with the standards and guidelines set by the consortium. A total of 25 trainees participated in comprising faculties and staff from different state university colleges (SUCs), higher education institutes (HEIs) and government agencies of the region. Dr. Ofelia P. Saniel, professor emeritus from UP Manila with expertise in public health and epidemiology and Ms. Karen B. Burdeos of the Center Director of Mathematical and Statistical Computing and Research Center (MSCRC) of Caraga State University were the resource persons.

The training covered 12 various topics in research proposal development.  The topics discussed include epidemiologic and experimental studies, sampling designs and how to write an effective research proposal. As an output, the participants were able to collectively produced ten capsule research proposals. These proposals were presented during the plenary session. The trainees also developed an appropriate study design corresponding to the research objectives that they have formulated. The lectures were supplemented with workshops.

Ms. Lyra A. Viajar, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga supervisor and CHRDC Capacity Building Committee chair ended the training with a warm message to the participants, inspiring them to continue to pursue health research.

All of the capsule research proposals will be evaluated by the Research Management Committee (RMC) if it is aligned with the regional research priorities.