from left to right: Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya, Dr. Larguita Reotutar, Dr. Marivic Alimbuyugen, Rev Fr Alfredo V. Corpuz, Dr Mayrose L. Quezon, Dr Marita Reyes, Mr. Ariel Bacani, Dr Michael MArtin Baccay, Dr Maria Paz Virginia Otayza, Ms Anita Criste, Ms Lucila Roja and Atty Bernie Francis Constantino


The Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – Region 1 (REMB-1) together with the Committee on Standards and Accreditation (CSA), in partnership with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, conducted for the first time ever a two-day Accreditation Training and Workshop on How to Accredit Research Ethics Committees on October 23-24, 2018, at the Board Room, Main Building of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte. The activity was primarily aimed at relating the roles and functions of REMB with the PHREB mandate and to rationalize the accreditation process according to the PHREB policies, accreditation standards and classification of RECs. 

Dr. Marita Reyes of the National Ethics Committee (NEC), served as the trainer for the training-workshop. Dr Reyes refreshed the participants on the REMB functions and gave a comprehensive lecture on the accreditation policies and standards for RECs. She emphasized the need to effectively employ the principles based on the National Ethical Guidelines which is considered as the bible of all ethics committees in the country.

The two sets of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) from the University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City, Ilocos Norte and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, were used by the participants who were divided into two groups. The two groups were composed of three (3) REMB members and (2) CSA members. The groups checked on the completeness of the documentary requirements and evaluated the SOPs. Although it was only a training, the results of the evaluation of the applications of the RECs of the two institutions served as basis for the findings that were transmitted to them for compliance.

Furthermore, during the latter part of the training- workshop, the members of the REMB-I showed their full support and supervision every time the CSA conducts an accreditation. They also expressed their gratitude to PHREB and PCHRD for the conduct of the said training-workshop.


Emphasis, impact, do’s and don’ts in preparing a research proposal are just some of the topics for module 2 of the Mentorship Program. Module 2 of the mentorship program commenced last October 8 to 10, 2018, at the Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City. The Regional Health Research and Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) invited one renowned researcher in the Philippines who is an expert in the field of Chemistry and Biology and a Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist awardee to facilitate the Mentorship Program. The moderator, Dr. Jonel P. Saludes, is a seasoned researcher who is a member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Chemistry and an Associate Vice President for Research in the University of San Agustin, Iloilo.

Module 2 did not only focus on the methodologies, but the moderator prepared an intensive one-day course on the essential elements in preparing a proposal for a grant. Some of the key elements of a research proposal are the title and abstract which must be aligned in the priority areas from the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022 of DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, the introductory paragraph that should engender enthusiasm on the ideas of the mentees, the objective must have well-defined endpoint, and a repetitive reminder of the moderator to always be clear and concise. After the lecture, Dr. Saludes suggested to re-write the entire proposal from introduction to objectives of the study. The following day, the mentees were given the chance to sit down with Dr. Saludes for a one-on-one critiquing. The third day continued the one-on-one for the fifth mentee thereafter a presentation for the revised proposal for critiquing of the moderator and peer was done. After module 2, the mentees are expected to submit their draft output for the 2nd Module to their respective mentors for review and comments and final output must be sent to RHRDC XI secretariat as basis for Module 3.

The 3rd Module for the Mentorship Program is scheduled on November 7-9, 2018.3


By: Mabel Diana M. Calipes


The DOST- CRHRDC recognizes the vital role of the research mentor 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.

The Best Mentor Award recognizes excellence in mentorship that instills passion among researchers, redounding to enhanced relevance and productivity in health research.

For the guidelines of the Best Mentor in Health Research Award 2018, click here.


LEGAZPI CITY-The DOST through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) initiated a program called Tuklas Lunas as an effort to discover safe and effective natural alternatives to allopathic medicine in partnership with the academe, and the industry to screen marine, microbial and plant species for pharmacologic activities. To expand the coverage of the Tuklas Lunas researches across the country taking into account the Philippines' rich biodiversity, the PCHRD plans to establish more Tuklas Lunas Development Centers (TLDCs), with Region V as one of the target sites. 

With this, the DOST-PCHRD Tuklas-Lunas Program Team headed by  Dr. Amelia P. Guevarra, Chair of the Technical Advisory Group, Ms. Melissa Bulao, Tuklas Lunas Program Coordinator and Mr. Aldrick B. Verano, project management officer conducted institutional visits to Department of Science and Technology V (DOST V), University of Santo Tomas- Legazpi (UST-Legazpi) and  Bicol University (BU) last October 8-9, 2018 to discuss possible collaboration, repackaging and expansion of the scope of the proposal as the program following the project proposal submitted by Dr. Lilibeth A. Cajuday, a professor of Biology department of the Bicol University. 

The said meeting was attended by the president of Bicol University and BCHRD Chairperson, Dr, Arnulfo M. Mascarinas, Dr. Jocelyn Serrano, dean of BU-College of Science, Dr. Lilibeth A. Cajuday, project leader of the study submitted, Prof. Michael Montealegre, BCHRD director, Dr. Rafaelita Lucena, DOST V representative, BUCS faculty and staff as well as DOST V and BCHRD staff. 

During the said meeting, the objectives and the process of drug research under the Tuklas Lunas Program were discussed by Ms. Melissa Bulao followed by the presentation of the project proposed by Dr. Lilibeth Cajuday and the presentation of the Manpower and Facilities of the Bicol University relevant to the program. Comments of the Tuklas Lunas advisory team were given after. The visit was ended with a tour of the natural science laboratory of the Bicol University.


LEGAZPI CITY-The DOST through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) initiated a program called Tuklas Lunas as an effort to discover safe and effective natural alternatives to allopathic medicine in partnership with the academe, and the industry to screen marine, microbial and plant species for pharmacologic activities. To expand the coverage of the Tuklas Lunas researches across the country taking into account the Philippines' rich biodiversity, the PCHRD plans to establish more Tuklas Lunas Development Centers (TLDCs), with Region V as one of the target sites. 

With this, the DOST-PCHRD Tuklas-Lunas Program Team headed by  Dr. Amelia P. Guevarra, Chair of the Technical Advisory Group, Ms. Melissa Bulao, Tuklas Lunas Program Coordinator and Mr. Aldrick B. Verano, project management officer conducted institutional visits to Department of Science and Technology V (DOST V), University of Santo Tomas- Legazpi (UST-Legazpi) and  Bicol University (BU) last October 8-9, 2018 to discuss possible collaboration, repackaging and expansion of the scope of the proposal as the program following the project proposal submitted by Dr. Lilibeth A. Cajuday, a professor of Biology department of the Bicol University. 

The said meeting was attended by the president of Bicol University and BCHRD Chairperson, Dr, Arnulfo M. Mascarinas, Dr. Jocelyn Serrano, dean of BU-College of Science, Dr. Lilibeth A. Cajuday, project leader of the study submitted, Prof. Michael Montealegre, BCHRD director, Dr. Rafaelita Lucena, DOST V representative, BUCS faculty and staff as well as DOST V and BCHRD staff. 

During the said meeting, the objectives and the process of drug research under the Tuklas Lunas Program were discussed by Ms. Melissa Bulao followed by the presentation of the project proposed by Dr. Lilibeth Cajuday and the presentation of the Manpower and Facilities of the Bicol University relevant to the program. Comments of the Tuklas Lunas advisory team were given after. The visit was ended with a tour of the natural science laboratory of the Bicol University.

In its continuing effort to reach out to more people and communities in the countryside to promote the activities and projects of the consortium, the CLHRDC joined in the Regional Science and Technology Week held on August 1-3, 2018 at the Bulwagan ng Kanlahi, Tarlac City and spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology Region III.  The RSTW is held annually to highlight the achievement and contribution of the science and technology sector as it relates to national development. This year’s theme is "Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity." CLHRDC distributed flyers and other souvenir items to the participants.


Fig. 1 CLHRDC Staff accepted the certificate of participation as one of the exhibitors during the celebration.


Fig. 2 CLHRDC booth highlighting the accomplishment of DOST- PCHRD funded projects of the consortium

Earlier this year, during the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)-Capacity Building Committee (CBC) meeting, one of the identified initiatives that the committee should undertake is the development of standard training materials. Thus, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in cooperation with Symmetrix Research Consultancy Co., through its project leader Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, conducted a regional consultative meeting in developing standardized training modules for the Basic Research Methods (BRM) course last September 4-5, 2018 at the Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City.

The consultative meeting was attended by the chairs/members of the Capacity Building Committee (CBC) and Research Management Committee (RMC) with the consortium coordinator/project staff of all the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) in the country. The objectives of the regional consultation were: (1) to share experiences of RHRDCs in the conduct of the BRM course; (2) to elicit suggestions from the RHRDCs regarding various aspects of the standardized modules like the scope/content, training design and selection and training of trainers at the regional level; and (3) to identify and address potential issues that will be met with the use of the standardized module. The meeting also became the platform for productive exchange of information and open discussion to address the lack of standardized modules on BRM course which can be used by the RHDCs for their training activities.

The 2-day meeting consisted of regional presentations with an open forum, presentation of results of the inventory of existing training materials used by RHDCs, group work with presentation of outputs, discussions of outputs and synthesis of result of the regional consultation. The meeting ended successfully and this will surely benefit every member institutions.