The Ermita Health Science Community (EHSC) was formally organized in 1984 when a MOA was signed by thirteen member institutions, namely:
- University of the Philippines - Manila;
- Food and Nutrition Research Institute;
- De La Salle University;
- Emilio Aguinaldo College;
- Medical Center Manila;
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila;
- Philippine Christian University;
- Industrial Technology Development Institute;
- St. Paul's College of Manila;
- Philippine Women's University;
- Manila Doctors Hospital;
- Environmental Management Bureau; and
- Eye Referral Center.
The general objective of the EHSC was to help solve the health problems of the Philippine population. The specific objectives were:
- To establish a system for effective sharing and utilization of physical, funding and manpower resources among member-institutions;
- To promote effective collaboration and coordination among member-institutions in the conduct of researches in health and nutrition and the allied'sciences;
- To develop and strengthen manpower resources;
- To promote the effective dissemination and proper utilization of health research findings;
- To develop effective and harmonious working relationship between and among health workers and research institutions within the Ermita Health Science Community
- To establish linkages among researchers and research institutions outside the Ermita Health Science Community
There were seven standing committees formed, namely: Research Coordination, Manpower Committee, Research Utilization, External Liaison, Finance and Administration, Membership, and Ways and Means.
The EHSC expanded by accepting seven new member-institutions and became the Metro Manila Health Science Community (MMHSC) in 1992. The following were the additional members:
- University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center;
- University of Santo Tomas - Faculty of Medicine and Surgery;
- Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation;
- Manila Central University - Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation;
- Research Institute for Tropical Medicine;
- Manila Health Department; and
- Our Lady of Fatima University - College of Medicine
The revised by-laws of MMHSC expanded the general objective to establish a system of coordination and sharing resources aimed at the promotion of research in order to help solve the health problems of the Philippine population. The most significant amendment was the addition of a specific objective, which was to promote and/or advocate policies and programs related to health and health research.
The MMHSC's major activities comprised mainly of seminar-workshops aimed at training personnel of its member institutions on different aspects of health that were considered high priority at that time, most notable of which were on: medicinal plants, tuberculosis, food safety, toxic and hazardous wastes, disaster management, protection of social and moral environment, epidemiology, and ethics in health research. Dialogues with possible funding agencies were also held for purposes of gathering funds for health research and development (R&D).
In 1995, theMMHSC was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to assume a legal personality to be able to access grants from various sources. It was however beset with a few major challenges that led to its inactivity.
As the country's response to the global call for the establishment of the country's specific national health research systems, the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) was established. The PNHRS is a convergence strategy pursued by the Department of Science and Technology, through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOSTTPCHRD), the Department of Health through the Health Policy development and Planning Bureau (DOH:HPDP), the CoIIlIIli'ssion on Higher Education (CHED) and the Nationa1 Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila (UPM-NIH). PNHRS mission is to create and sustain an enabling environment for health research towards evidence informed health and health-related policies and actions.
In line with the vision and mission of the PNHRS, Regional Health Research and Development Consortia were organized in all regions of the country. The Consortia aim to link health research institutions together to complement and share resources for health R & D. At present, fifteen (15) regional consortia have been established and are currently operational. Vigorous efforts are currently underway towards re-organization of the MMHSC to assume the role of the National Capital Region - Health Research and Development Consortium (NCR-HRDC) with UP Manila as lead convenor.
The legal mandate of MMHRDC emanates from Article II, Section 13 of Republic Act 10532, otherwise known as "An Act Institutionalizing the Philippine National Health Research System", which provides for the creation of regional health research systems "that shall mirror the PNHRS framework in all the regions of the country, forming a network of regional research consortia."
It furthermore provides for the addressing of concerns "relating to health research agenda, development of human resource in health research, conduct of researches, dissemination of research results, research utilization, resource mobilization, leadership and management."
As a consortium, the NCR-HRDC will offer various benefits to its member-institutions through opportunities for strengthening research capacities through mentoring and twinning arrangements, complementation and sharing of resources, access to various human resource and institutional development grants as well as collaborative opportunities through local and international linkages.
As part of PNHRS, the NCR-HRDC exemplifies partnerships and collaboration among member-institutions fostering an active sense of community towards strenthening and sustaining networking within the NCR and with other local and international partners.
Let us all join forces to strengthen the system of alliance and partnership to improve the health condition of the Filipino people ...
"Linking Partners in Health Research in the National Capital Region"'
Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium. Metro Manila Health Science Community (Brief History). 22 June 2009
Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) .Manual of Operations for committee members and chairpersons. 22 September 2014