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

Last April 16-19, 2018, the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) together with the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP) conducted a joint accreditation visit at Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH).

After having been Level 2 Accredited in 2017, the BRTTH endeavors to achieve Level 3 Accreditation this 2018 – the highest award given among Research Ethics Committees (RECs) in the country. Concurrently BRTTH aims to be SIDCER* Recognized by FERCAP – a project of the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Training and Research Programme in Tropical Diseases for Asia and the Western Pacific.

The purpose of the visit was to assist the BRTTH Institutional Review Board (IRB) in reviewing its practices and appraise its performance against the PHREB standards for accreditation and SIDCER standards for recognition Joint PHREB-SIDCER Team was composed by: DR. CRISTINA E. TORRES – Survey Coordinator, DR. MILAGROS M. VIACRUCIS – Lead Surveyor, DR. SONIA E. BONGALA – Surveyor, Prof. TERESITA DE GUZMAN - Surveyor, Part of the accreditation-survey was also to provide training for aspiring Research Ethics Committees to become PHREB accredited. Trainees came from three participating agencies: Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Department of Health Regional Office V, Bicol Medical Center.

After completion of recommendations, the awarding for the PHREB Level III Accreditation will be at Baguio City in August 2018 during the PNHRS Week Celebration, while for the FERCAP-SIDCER Recognition, it will be held at Taiwan by November 2018.

Written by BRTTH-IRB

The Philippine National Health Research System Capacity Building Committee (PNHRS CBC) organized a regional consultative meeting with the Chairs of the Capacity Building Committee of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDCs), and RHRDC Regional Project Staff last 19-20 April 2018 in Xenia Hotel, Clark, Pampanga.

During the meeting, Dr. Rommel Salazar, HRDCR IV-A CBC Chair shared his Committee’s Strategic and Operational Plan for 2018. As the Luzon Cluster Representative at PNHRS CBC, he was also tasked to present the PNHRS CBC proposed strategies. Also present during the meeting were Ms. Carina Rebulanan, Chief of Institution Development Division of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) who presented the meeting objectives and Mr. Paul De Leon, Chief of Research Development and Management Division- PCHRD who presented the PNHRS National Unified Health Research Agenda. Dr. Vicente Belizario, Jr., Chair of PNHRS CBC discussed the overview of the PNHRS CBC. He also served as the moderator during the first day of meeting while Dr. Elvira Dayrit, Consultant of PNHRS CBC consolidated the PNHRS Strategic Plan.

The gathering provided a platform for exchange of information and open discussion which ensure alignment and harmonization of plans on capacity building for health research system.