In light of the need to promote and disseminate the results of the finished researches, the consortium through the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) joined two different activities of its stakeholders this month of September.

A research caravan was conducted by the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) on September 8, 2019, in collaboration with the Philippine Nurses Association - Ilocos Sur Chapter. The vision and mission of the R1HRDC were presented as well as the findings of the DOST - PCHRD - R1HRDC funded research projects to encourage health professionals especially the nurses to engage in quality health research to improve the quality of life.

Another celebration is the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (for Region 1) on September 17-20, 2019 held at Centennial Arena, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with the theme, "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development". Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1,

the celebration was attended by their various stakeholders which showcased the significant scientific and technological breakthroughs that support inclusive socio-economic growth in the region. The exhibit area was divided into six (6) clustered groups following the sustainable development goals that featured Technology Exhibits, Technology Fora, Interactive Exhibits, and Technology Bazaar among others. Under the clustered groups on Aging Society, Health and Medical Care, the R1HRDC displayed posters of the 7 (Seven) funded and finished research papers. Most of the participants were not able to fully understand the scientific aspect of the exhibited researches, however, results were explained in simpler words they can understand and appreciate.

At the end of the activities, the participants manifested their eagerness to know more about the services that the consortium offers, especially the training on how to develop research proposals.

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) spearheaded a Training of Trainers on Basic Research Methods here at the El Cielito Inn on September 23-25.

This activity engaged twenty-eight (28) participants, mostly from the academic institutions, in a comprehensive three-day distributive learning process that builds their knowledge base and skills required to effectively train educators to deliver training/s on basic research. Likewise, it also aimed to further develop a pool of succeeding trainers for the capacity building activities on health research in the region and in the participants’ respective institutions.

The training workshop utilized the standardized basic research methods module course and teaching guide developed by the Philippine Council on Health Research and Development (PCHRD) through the commissioned project of Dr. Ophelia Mendoza (UP Manila).

CRHRDC Regional Coordinator Dr. Erlinda Palaganas said that training the trainers is important as it helps them impart their respective trainings more efficiently and effectively. It actually gives them an opportunity to work on their skills and core competencies and come out with something more exciting, innovative and unique methods, eventually benefiting the end-users, whether researchers and students.

This is the first time that the consortium held such kind of training in an effort to hone the skills of research educators, which will eventually lead to the production of more researchers and researches in the region.

Another institution in Davao Region is granted by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) with Level 1 accreditation. Last September 10, 2019, the Research Ethics Committee (REC) of Compostela Valley State College (CVSC) received the good news from PHREB for their compliance to national and international ethical guidelines in reviewing research involving human participants. PHREB Level 1 accreditation is given to institutions which reviews researches with minimal risk to participants and is applicable to newly constituted RECs with less than a year of operations.

Dr. Lilybeth Matunhay, REC Chair of CVSC, expressed her gratitude on this new achievement by the institution: “We are humbled of the accomplishment; however, this would not be made possible without you and Dr. Concha extending your generous time to help us. Congratulations to all of us and thank you REMB XI and PHREB for the recognition.”

Currently, the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board XI (REMB XI) is assisting various private and public institutions in Davao Region and its neighboring regions through mentoring and orientation. REMB XI is happy to assist any institutions and/or organization from application to PHREB accreditation. Do you need assistance? Contact, the REMB XI secretariat, Ms. Diane Calipes at (082)227-1313 or through email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A session on Ethics in Research was conducted during the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration on August 13, 2019, at The Luxe Hotel in this city.

Attending health professionals from both private and public sectors urge academes with research studies to establish a Research Ethics Committee (REC) within their schools.

The primary mandate of the REC is to protect human subjects in every research.

Issues such as gender abuse, bias, and discomfort among human subjects in conducting researches were raised.

Also raised during the session was the prevalent sampling of high school students as human subjects in almost all researches.

“Creation of RECs is the solution for protecting high school students in the research”, Dr. Paulo Maria N. Pagkatipunan of the UP College of Medicine said.

According to Dr. Pagkatipunan’s research, only four out of 10 schools have established RECs. Thus, close coordination with CHED is needed to reach out and encourage schools to adapt the establishment of REC.

The session was attended by more than 300 participants from the National Government Agencies, Public and Private Hospitals, and the Academe.

With the session concluded, it is hoped that the academe sector will embrace the establishment of REC to make firm the protection of every human subject involved in researches.

The PNHRS Week Celebration will be conducted at the Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City on August 13-16, 2019. There are sessions that are open to all and registration is free.

Written by Julie Anne H. Baculio | DOST-X

The Cordillera Region posted improvements in the health sector in 2018, according to DOH-CAR and Regional Social Development Sector Vice-Chairperson Director Amelita Pangilinan.

During the Kapihan on the State of the Region Address 2019, held on August 13, 2019,  Director Pangilinan reported that there was a reduction in the region’s number of maternal, neonatal and under-five deaths in 2018, compared to the figures posted in the previous year. 

She elaborated by saying that maternal deaths decreased by 3.2 percent from the 43 percent posted in 2017.  The same is also true for under-five and neonatal mortality rates which decreased by 1.4 and 0.1, respectively,  from the previous year’s figures.

In terms of nutrition, a reduction in the prevalence of overweight, wasting and stunting of children 0 to 5 years old was also noted.  Further, there was an increase in the proportion of Cordillera households who had access to a sanitary toilet facility.

The DOH chief also said the region has reason to look forward to further improvements in the region’s health status with the continued and intensified implementation of the following laws and government programs:

  1. Universal Health Care Law (RA 11223) which will improve access to health care services;
  2. National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP) which is expected to accelerate the demographic transition and maximize gains from demographic dividend
  3. First 1,000 Days Program and Operation Timbang which is aimed at reducing infant mortality and improving nutrition; and
  4. Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law which guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.

The Cordillera Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 provides that the desired overall outcome of the Sector on Social Development is to ensure that the region’s economic growth strategy results in improved quality of life and total human development of all Cordillerans. The plan, which is due for its midyear updating this year,  is operationalized through the six sectoral committees of the Cordillera Regional Development Council, which, aside from the Regional Social Development Committee, includes the Committees on Development Administration, Economic Development, Infrastructure Development, Watershed and Environmental Management, and Indigenous Peoples Concerns.

Written by Ma. Emelie Daquipil

With the theme “Achieving Health-related Sustainable Development Goals through Research and Innovation”, the Philippine National Health Research System celebrated a week-long annual activity on August 13 to 16, 2019 at the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro City. The theme of the PNHRS Week is part of the contribution of a bigger spectrum which is achieving the health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. One of the sessions of the PNHRS Week is the inter-regional consortium contest for poster and oral research both for Student and Graduate categories.

Davao Region takes pride that amongst the research contests and categories, four entries from last year’s winners during the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) Expo were shortlisted. Two of the shortlisted researches won 1st Prize during the contest. The research entitled “Utilization of Mango Seed Kernel for the Development of Antimicrobial Films” presented by Ms. Mary Grace L. Alimpolos from the University of the Philippines Mindanao won the 1st place under the Student Category for Oral Presentation. Her study is about the use of mango starch from mango seed kernels, a common waste from a mango processing plant. With the addition of carrageenan and carvacrol, a biodegradable packaging material that inhibits the growth of Escherichia coli was produced.

The research of the group of  Ms. Via Angela Bulangis from the University of the Immaculate Conception entitled “Isolation, Characterization, and In-Vitro HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitory Activity of Pectin Powder from the Peel of Calamansi” won the 1st place under the Student Category for Poster Exhibit. The study is about the usage of pectin powder isolated from the peel of Calamasi and determination of its 3 hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitory activity. 

Two young researchers from the University of Immaculate Conception were also able to make it in the shortlisted entries represent the Region namely: Ms. Nelyn Cadotdot who presented the research entitled "Investigation of Possible Inhibitory Action of Philippine Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) Serum on HIV-1 infectivity in-vitro to and After Attachment to human Peripheral Blood mononuclear cells" under the Oral Presentation - Graduate category and Ms. Charity P. Redaniel who presented the research entitled "Evaluation of the Anti-inflammatory Potential of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) and Pomelo (Citrus maxima) Leaf Extract through Lipoxygenase Inhibition with Emulsion-gel Preparation" under the Poster Exhibit - Graduate category

These awards only show that Davao Region continues to build its pool of experts through these young researchers. The consortium hopes that the present generation will continue to be champion in research dedicated to improving the health condition of the people.


On August 13-16, 2019, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) joined the annual 2019 Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. With the theme “Achieving Health – Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through Research and Innovation”, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) enjoined the different stakeholders from health research, academe, and policy makers to understand each of the sector's goal, to share their best practices as well as experiences in search for a better way to contribute, achieve and sustain health related SDGs.

Satellite Conference: August 13-14, 2019

Prior to the main conference, a Satellite Conference on August 13-14, 2019 was conducted. Topics include: Ethics in Research; Tracking and Reporting Research Data; National Medical Writing Workshop and Writeshop for Young Researchers; Campaigning towards AIDS-Free Society; ICT for Health Stakeholder’s Consultation; Refining Research Topics on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption; Gamutang Pilipino: Katuwang Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kalusugan (outputs will be used towards the development of the Universal Health Care); Practical Training for REC Staff; PAMJE Session: Authorship Controversies: Gift, Guest, and Ghost Authorship. Competition on the 3-minute Pitch to Policy Makers, Oral Research Contest: Professional and Student Category, and DOST – PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis in Natural Products Oral Presentation were also undertaken. Likewise, with the opening of poster exhibits on August 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM, which showcased most recent researches in the country from both student and professional categories, and consortium posters highlighting this year's celebration theme.

Main Conference: August 15-16, 2019
At the Main Conference, different subject matters regarding nationwide efforts in achieving health related SDGs were tackled. Topics includes: (1) The PNHRS Pillars: Strengthening Partnerships to Achieve Universal Health Care and Health-Related SDGs; (2) Defining a Research University – The session defined what a research university should be; (3) Progress on Health-Related SDGs: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and How Research and Innovation can Contribute; (4) Healthy and Resilient Communities: Revisiting Marawi – two years after the conflict/crisis in Marawi City, experts who are working on the improvement of the health and social welfare status of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) gathered and studied what has been done so far and what should be done in the future in order to address the needs of the IDP’s; and (5) Evidence-informed Policy Making in Health – revolved on how health researches can be translated into policy.

Awarding Ceremony
The PNHRS Celebration did not only provide platform for health stakeholders to convene and share knowledge but also gave chances for the 17 different regional consortia to showcase their recently finished researches. The R1HRDC once again proved their capability for bagging awards in different competitions.

ALLAN CORPUZ from Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, won the PNHRS Best Mentor in Health Research Award – Luzon Cluster, beating other nominees across Luzon area. This award is given every two years to recognize mentors in the field of health research who selflessly shares knowledge and skills, instills values and attitudes, and inspires those involved in the research process, thereby creating an enabling environment and contributing to capacity-building in research.

Last year, the PCHRD called for the nomination of the undergraduate thesis grant in natural products to all undergraduate students of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on indigenous plants within the region. The research must be completed within a year after receiving the grant worth Php50,000.00. After completion of the project and thorough evaluation from the technical panel of evaluators of PCHRD, the study entitled “NEUROPROTECTIVE ACTIVITY OF LUBIGAN (ACORUS CALAMUS FAM; ACORACEAE) IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE” by MS. MARIEL JOY TARLIT of Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, was qualified for the national level and won 2nd Place during the DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products Oral Presentation Contest.

Portraying this year's theme, along with the significant efforts of the consortium on achieving health-related SDGs especially on the good health and well-being of the people in region 1, the poster of R1HRDC was awarded as 3rd Place Best Consortium Poster.

Other entries of the consortium were national level qualifier on:
POSTER EXHIBIT CONTEST (PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY) - “Bactericidal Property of Ginger against Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), E. coli and Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase E.coli” presented by Dr. Mercita Q. Queddeng (co-project leader) of University of Northern Philippines.

POSTER EXHIBIT CONTEST (STUDENT CATEGORY) – “Vital Capacity Response of Bronchial Asthma Patients to Anulom Vilom Pranayama (AVP)” presented by Ms. Frances Eileen F. Madrid of Mariano Marcos State University.

3-MINUTE PITCH TO POLICYMAKERS – “Papaya and Guava Leaves Capsule: Modern Native Platelet Count Enhancer” by Dr. Holden Kirby Valdez of Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation.

As health research advocates, the more than 1000 participants of the event deserved to be praised because they are not only working as part of their job but also significantly contributing in uplifting the health status of the Filipinos – the real winners for this convention. #PNHRS2019