In preparation for the 2019 Caraga Health Research Forum, CHRDC conducted a Joint Committee Meeting last October 21, 2019 at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City. It was attended by fifteen members representing each sub-committee of the consortium namely, Research Management, Ethics Review, Capacity Building, and Research Utilization. Ms. Anicia Catameo from the Philippine Council on Health Research and Development (PCHRD) was also present.

Discussions on the finalization of the forum’s activity flow, speakers, invitees, and contest and presentation entries were the highlights of the meeting.

This year’s forum is set to happen on November 5-6, 2019 at Father Saturnino Urios University, and will be participated by various institutions in the region especially those engaged in health research. The two-day activity will include plenary sessions on health updates and innovations, and parallel presentations for health researches in Caraga.

Included also in the agenda were the upcoming Strategic and Operational Planning, third quarter accomplishments, and selection of a new Capacity Building Committee (CBC) Chair where Mr. Frederick Amihan, ES II of CHED- Caraga, was chosen.

PALO, LEYTE - A total of about 120 local government units in Eastern Visayas is now equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to effectively integrate nutrition of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) programs and projects in the updating of Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and the Local Development Investment Program (LDIP) Fiscal Year 2020-2022.

The planning workshop on integrating nutrition in the PDPFP, CDP and LDIPs was conceived primarily to: (1) increase the understanding of provincial/city/municipal teams on the alarming problem of malnutrition in the country and its impact on national and local development, and the need to scale up nutrition in their plans and budgets by effectively making the case of why and how to invest in nutrition; (2) effectively integrate PPAN programs and projects in the updating of PDPFPs, CDPs and LDIPs FY 2020-2022;(3) further strengthen the capacity for factoring nutrition in the overall preparation of PDPFPs, CDPs and LDIPs FY 2020-2022 among development stakeholders; and (4) In the process of integrating nutrition in the updating of PDPFPs, CDPs and LDIPs FY 2020-2022, formulate local nutrition action plans for these local government units.

The government have strengthened the implementation of nutrition related programs through its policy issuances in 2018and 2019. The DILG and DBM issued national policies supporting nutrition actions at the local level – DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-42 dated 26 March 2018: Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Plan of Actionfor Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued two policies: (1) National Budget Memorandum No. 130 dated 13 April 2018: Budget Priorities Framework for the Preparation of the FY 2019 Budget Proposals under Tier 2, to guide departments and agencies in the crafting of their Tier 2 budget proposals and (2) Local Budget Memorandum No. 77 and 77a: FY2019 Internal Revenue Allotment and Guidelines on the Preparation of the FY 2019 Budgets of Local Government Units to prescribe guidelines in the preparation of the FY 2019 budgets of LGUs, identify priorities in the use of the IRA and other local resources. Republic Act 11037: “MasustansyangPagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act”, provides for a comprehensive national feeding program for undernourished children in public day care, kindergarten and elementary schools. Republic Act 11148:“Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” instructs national government agencies and local governments to scale up health and nutrition actions to secure the health and nutritional well-being of mother and children in the first 1000 days.

It has been nine successful years of celebrating and sharing health research results to partner institutions and health enthusiasts. The 9th Health R&D Expo, an annual activity spearheaded by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI), was conducted on October 3 to 4, 2019 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The health R&D expo is a venue to educate participants on completed and innovative health researches for utilization in Davao Region and in the Philippines.

This year, topics such as Biodiversity and Natural Products in Mindanao, Qualitative Research, and Sustainable Development Goals were conferred during the plenary sessions. Simultaneous oral and poster competitions for graduate and undergraduate categories were also the highlights of the R&D Expo. All of these plenaries were in line with this year’s theme: Achieving SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being through Research and Innovation. The theme is part of the contribution of a bigger spectrum which is achieving the health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the year 2030.

RHRDC XI will continue to strengthen the research culture and capacitate its member institutions to harness new knowledge, innovations and technologies in improving the health conditions of the people in Mindanao.