The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Ethics Research Committee in cooperation with the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board 1 (REMB-1) spearheaded the Orientation on How to Establish ERC and SOP Writing Training and Workshop on November 8-9, 2018 at Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The activity aims to educate the participants about the importance of ethics in research, give key points on how to establish their own ERC, and to teach them how to develop their ERC’s own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which is one of the major requirement when applying for accreditation. It was led by the regions very able speakers who are expert in the field of ethics, Dr. Maria Paz Virginia K. Otayza, Dr. Michael Martin Baccay, Prof Ryan Dean Sucgang and Dr Mayrose L. Quezon.

On the first day Dr Otayza tackled topics on the importance of ethics in research, ERC compositions and functions, and how to establish ERC. Likewise, Dr Baccay presented the PHREB accreditation policies, and the first chapters of ERC SOP namely: review of REC functions, management of initial and post approval procedures, review procedures and meeting procedures. Prof. Sucgang talked on how to organize and present SOP, documentation, and archiving.

On the second day, the participants made their initial SOP with the creation of their ERCs vision, mission, objectives, structure and composition and presented it to the body which was critiqued by the able lecturers and even suggested on how to make their output better. In the afternoon, Dr Quezon made a talk on how to apply for ERC accreditation to PHREB through the REMB-1.

This training was one of the ways of both the REMB-1 and R1HRDC ERC to promote the creation of institutional ERCs and to address the problem of the region with only three (3) accredited ERC. It is expected that by next year, more institutional ERC will be established and eventually apply for accreditation.

DOST 02 Chief anchors CVHRDC in three major areas

"Drug discovery and development, Invention of functional foods, and Research on Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation"

These are the three major areas that DOST 02 Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang stressed to the participants in the opening of three-day 4th Annual Health Research Conference dubbed "Breaking Health Disparities, Bridging Health Equity and Building Resilient Communities thru Health Research and Innovation", held at Isabela State University-Cauayan Campus, November 27, 2018.

Dir. Mabborang said that this is the best time to conduct researches because there is sufficient funding where they could resource from.

"Money now is not a problem; the quality proposal rather", the director said.

He also believes that despite the minimal number of researchers from participating universities, they could still strive to come up with mature and potential outputs for commercialization researches and innovations.

“Your institution can do this. We have the pool of Human Resources, however not of the equipment and facilities. Still, we have to level up”, he reiterated.

“If it doesn’t benefit the citizenry, I call it less meaningful”, he reminded the researchers as he ended his speech.

Said conference is attended by about 70 faculty-researchers and students in the region.

Health Equity, raised among CVHRDC members

“The absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically.” (World Health Organization) shared First speaker, Dr. Reygene M. Caratiquit to the participants of the 4th Annual Health Research Conference in ISU-Cauayan City, November 27, 2018.

Municipal Health Officer Dr. Caratiquit of Dinapigue, Isabela distinguished the difference between health equality and equity.

“Equity is giving everyone what they need while Equality is treating everyone the same”, quoted Dr. Caratiquit.

Moreover, he encouraged the participants to as well apply equity in their researches by giving more urgency to conduct R&D to the people who are deprived of comfort and health services particularly in the challenged areas.

Dalawang linggo ka na bang di makatulog? Nawawalan ka ba ng ganang kumain at mabilis ng makalimot?

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
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  • 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:

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.