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Ilan ang mga iyan sa mga sintomas ng Depresyon na ibinahagi ni Ms. Maria Jasmin R.Tagudar, RN, Development Management Officer III ng DOH-CVCHD sa kanyang pagtalakay sa usaping, Mental Health: A Growing Public Health Dilemma, kaugnay sa ika-apat na Annual Health Research Conference sa Isabela State University- Cauayan Campus nitong ika-27 ng Nobyembre, 2018.

Iginiit ni Ms. Tagudar na nararapat lamang na pagtuunan ng pansin ang Mental Health dahil ito ang sanhi ng Depresyon at maging ng Suicide.

Kabilang sa mga nabanggit n’yang sintomas nito ay ang labis na kalungkutan at kawalang pag-asa, pagbabago sa pamumuhay, at adiksyon sa alak o droga.

Pinayuhan din niya ang mga dumalo na makatutulong ang pagiging mabuti at aktibong tagapakinig sa mga kakilala nilang nakararanas ng depresyon; subalit higit umanong mainam ang “Self-Help” o ang pagtanggap ng nakakararanas nito sa kanyang pinagdadaanan upang mas epektibong matugunan ng mga eksperto.

Minungkahi niyang balansehin ang buhay at trabaho at magkaroon ng tamang pamamahala sa stress upang di tamaan ng depresyon.

To promote the advancement of knowledge and encourage the continuing education of researchers/ students/teachers, in research and innovation in health that will empower and transform communities in the region, the Department of Science and Technology Regional office 2 (DOST-02) thru the Cagayan Valley Health Research Development Consortium (CVHRDC) will be having its 4th Annual Health Research Conference with the theme :"Breaking Health Disparities, Bridging Health Equity, and Building Resilient Communities thru Health Research and  Innovation" on November 27-29, 2018 at Isabela State University- Cauayan Campus, Cauayan City, Isabela.

In view of this, the program encourages researchers/ research experts to submit their completed health research proposal for Poster Exhibit and Oral Presentation under the Professional and Student Category at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before November 13, 2018.

Topic of interests are the ff:

Area 1: Infectious and Communicable Diseases                                                                                                                                

Area 2: Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction Management for Health and Climate Change Adaptation         

Area 3: Maternal and Child Health                                                                                                                                                      

Area 4: Non-communicable Diseases                                                                                                                                                 

Area 5: Drug Discovery and Development

Area 6: Health Governance and Management 

Area 7: Health Financing

Area 8: Sexual and Reproductive Health

Area 9: Health Technology Development and Innovation

Area 10: Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine 

Area 11: Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods                                                                                                                                     



For the Professional Category:

  • Research paper from the CVHRDC member-institution and funded by the PNHRS (PCHRD-DOST; DOH; CHED and UP Manila) or from member-institutions of RHRDCs and/or other local and international funding institutions
  • Completed research project within the last 3 years, but not featured in the previous CVHRDC fora

For the Student Category:

  • Undergraduate thesis done within the last 2 years but not featured in the previous CVHRDC fora
  • Research entries from institutions within or outside the consortium

Documentary Requirements:

  • Research presentation- One (1) hard and electronic copy of the research paper. It should be presented just like a manuscript for journal submission.
  • Poster exhibit- One (1) hard and electronic copy of abstract
  • Applicable research authorization/clearance/permit
  • For studies which involved humans
  • Ethics clearance
  • National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) permit
  • Biosafety clearance
    • For studies which used biological materials where genetic manipulation is involved or introduction of exotic or imported plants, microorganisms or animals
  • Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) authorization

                        For studies conducted on animals

  • Gratuitous Permit
    • For studies which covered the protected areas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts is on or before November 13, 2018
  • Notice of acceptance will be sent out on or before November 19, 2018

The qualified research projects will be selected based on the following set of criteria:

  • Provides solution to priority health problems identified in the RUHRA
  • Technical soundness
  • Research results provided new ideas/knowledge leading to health policies and action
  • The output, outcome and the impact of the study have a relevant contribution to society and economy



  • There will be a plenary session for the presentation of the qualified research projects during the PNHRS Week celebration
  • The time allotted to present the research project is fifteen (15) minutes only
  • The format of presentation is as follows:
  • In PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 10 slides which contains the following: (1) Project Description, (2) Objectives of the Project, (3) Methodology, (4) Results, (5) Conclusion, and (6) Recommendation
  • Font StyleBlack Arial FontFont Size-20
  • The principal investigator MUST be the presenter during the contest proper
  • There will be a 10-minute question and answer session after each presentation-- one question each will come from the three (3) judges and one (1) question from the audience
  • The criteria for judging will include the following:



  • The principal investigator MUST be the presenter
  • Content
    • The poster should include the name of researchers and institution
  • It should give a brief description of the research in layman’s language
  • It should cite reasons why such project was developed or why the study was conducted; the study’s potential benefits in terms of its impact on health and quality of life, science or technology contributions or socio-economic benefits
  • The poster may exhibit the highlight of the study in a picture or colored presentation  (not smaller than 16”x 20”)
  • Form
    • One poster panel will be allowed per entry
  • Poster size should be 2ft width by 4ft height
  • Use of tarpaulin is recommended
  • Mounting Materials
  • Participants are expected to bring their own adhesives and other mounting materials to ensure that the posters stay in place during the duration of the exhibit
  • Criteria for Judging:


For the official copy of the guidelines just go to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/101CKzi4yOo_0L2kBbDeLme50JyFjy_Gx/view?usp=sharing

For other details, please contact:

Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang

Phone: 09214103469/09264990796

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Two (2) research studies have been approved for funding under Regional Research Fund Grants of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) through the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC). These studies are both spearheaded by the University of the Philippines Baguio entitled:

1. “Quantification of Antibiotic Resistance Genes of Enterobacteriaceae from an Organic Farm and Their Products in Benguet” by Dr. Roland Hipol (UP Baguio)

2. "Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance Pollution in the Balili River" by Dr. Ronie Calugay (UP Baguio).

"Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by Dr. Roland Hipol (right) and Dr. Ronie Calugay (left)."

Last November 13-14, 2018, HERDIN on Tour was conducted on four member-institutions in Butuan City; Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT), Butuan Doctors College (BDC) and Caraga State University (CSU). It was attended by institutions’ academe researchers, students and librarians.

On November 15, 2018, personnel from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), namely Ms. Kristine Dominique Zamora, Ms. Jeverly Prinicipe and Ms. Kaye Angela Alondra, introduced and trained the institution’s researchers and consortium secretariat on how to register their health research projects to HERDIN, among other activities.

The consortium participated in the HERDIN training in part of its efforts to help in the cultivation of health research in the Philippines specifically in Caraga region, and to strengthen its collaboration with the PCHRD and with its member - institutions. 

The participants already encoded several of their health studies to HERDIN, and more of the member-institutions’ and consortium’s health-related research projects can be expected in the HERDIN database in the months to come.

HERDIN is considered as the national health research repository of the Philippines, providing easy access to more than 50,000 citations and bibliographic information from published and unpublished healh researches in the country. 

DOST RO2 Head drives CVHRDC closer to communities

"Gusto ko by 2019 and beyond we keep in touch with the community, mas magiging meaningful ang consortium kung ang impact ay mapupunta sa ating citizentry", said DOST RO2 Dir. Sancho A. Mabborang in the first day of Cagayan Valley Research Health and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) Strategic Planning for 2019-2022 held at Country Inn Hotel and Restaurant, Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, November 7, 2018. 

Dir. Mabborang said that the members should distinguish their niche aligned with the RUHRA or Regional Unified Health Research Agenda and RDP or Research and   Development Plan to address major health problem in the country.

On the other hand, Executive Director of Angeles University Foundation Dr. Roberto Pagulayan emphasized the need for the integration of Patent, International   Publications, and Research to Policy Outcomes in the consortium.

Furthermore, PCHRDC-DOST Specialist Anicia P. Catameo reiterated that the consortium should follow the direction and conduct more activities to support their niche.

"Dapat continuous ang ating capacity building in doing our research proposals", said Miss Catameo.

Meanwhile, the Director guaranteed that he will support all their activities and assured that each university will be aided in their R&D.


from left to right: Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya, Dr. Larguita Reotutar, Dr. Marivic Alimbuyugen, Rev Fr Alfredo V. Corpuz, Dr Mayrose L. Quezon, Dr Marita Reyes, Mr. Ariel Bacani, Dr Michael MArtin Baccay, Dr Maria Paz Virginia Otayza, Ms Anita Criste, Ms Lucila Roja and Atty Bernie Francis Constantino

The Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – Region 1 (REMB-1) together with the Committee on Standards and Accreditation (CSA), in partnership with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, conducted for the first time ever a two-day Accreditation Training and Workshop on How to Accredit Research Ethics Committees on October 23-24, 2018, at the Board Room, Main Building of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte. The activity was primarily aimed at relating the roles and functions of REMB with the PHREB mandate and to rationalize the accreditation process according to the PHREB policies, accreditation standards and classification of RECs. 

Dr. Marita Reyes of the National Ethics Committee (NEC), served as the trainer for the training-workshop. Dr Reyes refreshed the participants on the REMB functions and gave a comprehensive lecture on the accreditation policies and standards for RECs. She emphasized the need to effectively employ the principles based on the National Ethical Guidelines which is considered as the bible of all ethics committees in the country.

The two sets of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) from the University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City, Ilocos Norte and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, were used by the participants who were divided into two groups. The two groups were composed of three (3) REMB members and (2) CSA members. The groups checked on the completeness of the documentary requirements and evaluated the SOPs. Although it was only a training, the results of the evaluation of the applications of the RECs of the two institutions served as basis for the findings that were transmitted to them for compliance.

Furthermore, during the latter part of the training- workshop, the members of the REMB-I showed their full support and supervision every time the CSA conducts an accreditation. They also expressed their gratitude to PHREB and PCHRD for the conduct of the said training-workshop.

Emphasis, impact, do’s and don’ts in preparing a research proposal are just some of the topics for module 2 of the Mentorship Program. Module 2 of the mentorship program commenced last October 8 to 10, 2018, at the Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City. The Regional Health Research and Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) invited one renowned researcher in the Philippines who is an expert in the field of Chemistry and Biology and a Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist awardee to facilitate the Mentorship Program. The moderator, Dr. Jonel P. Saludes, is a seasoned researcher who is a member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Chemistry and an Associate Vice President for Research in the University of San Agustin, Iloilo.

Module 2 did not only focus on the methodologies, but the moderator prepared an intensive one-day course on the essential elements in preparing a proposal for a grant. Some of the key elements of a research proposal are the title and abstract which must be aligned in the priority areas from the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022 of DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, the introductory paragraph that should engender enthusiasm on the ideas of the mentees, the objective must have well-defined endpoint, and a repetitive reminder of the moderator to always be clear and concise. After the lecture, Dr. Saludes suggested to re-write the entire proposal from introduction to objectives of the study. The following day, the mentees were given the chance to sit down with Dr. Saludes for a one-on-one critiquing. The third day continued the one-on-one for the fifth mentee thereafter a presentation for the revised proposal for critiquing of the moderator and peer was done. After module 2, the mentees are expected to submit their draft output for the 2nd Module to their respective mentors for review and comments and final output must be sent to RHRDC XI secretariat as basis for Module 3.

The 3rd Module for the Mentorship Program is scheduled on November 7-9, 2018.3

By: Mabel Diana M. Calipes