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

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

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

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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.

Student and Professional Podium Presentation…A Showcase of knowledge and expertise in Health Research and Innovation Jose Mari Louis G. Alforque, RN, MN, DScN The Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) in collaboration with the Cebu Normal University celebrated its 3rd Annual Central Visayas Health Research and Innovation Conference with the theme Research and Innovation: Linking Theory and Practice on May 06 – 09, 2018 at Cebu Normal University.

Day 2 of the event is the Health Forum on Biotechnology held at the Tandang Sora Hall, Cebu Normal University. Simultaneously, Student Podium Presentation and Professional Podium Presentation is held at the EMMA Hall and the CN Amphitheater, respectively. The podium presentations provide the venue for active researchers to present their research output. Research conference presentations allow a researcher to present the data and significant findings of his study, showing the many stages of development (e.g. preliminary findings, recently collected data, or data that is pending to be published).

The American Psychological Association (2018) during the Psychological Science Agenda in November 2007 advocated that one of the many advantages from research conference presentations is the avenue to advocate for the science or body of knowledge that one is representing. A representation of the field of interest allows researches from other disciplines, policy-makers, and the public will be made aware of the innovations in research emerged and being generated in a particular subfield. Further, the APA pointed out that as scientist and as researchers, we have the intellectual and social responsibility to share the our research findings with people outside the discipline we are representing for the purpose of increasing the visibility and availability of the research conducted and be able to reinforce knowledge and learning among interested individuals. The pool of researches for presentation is a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research studies. The winners of the podium presentation (both student and professional) will be awarded on May 09, 2018.

The researches presented in the Student Podium Presentation are the following: 1.)Religiousity and Level of Peer Pressure and its influence on the Engagement of Pre-Marital Sex among College Students of a University in Cebu City for the Academic Year 2017-2018; 2.) Level of Awareness on Electronic Cigarette Smoking among Young Adults in Tisa, Labangon, Cebu City; 3.) Anticoagulant Activity of Sea Hare (DolabelleAuricularia) Methanol Egg Extract in Icr Mice (Musmusculus); 4.) Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior of the residents of Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City Toward Tuberculosis and Tuberculosis Testing; 5.) Test for Antibacterial Property of Chromolaenaodorata (Hagonoy) Leaf Extract; 6.) Toxicity Evaluation of Cebu Cinnamon (CinnamomumCebuenseKosterm.) Leaf Extracts using Brine Shrimp Lethality Assay (Bsla) and Earthwrom Assay; 7.) Growth Inhibition and Relative Shortening of Telomere Length