The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium, through the initiative of the Capacity Building Committee, held a Grounded Theory seminar at the College of Science AVR, University of the Philippines Baguio City on June 12, 2018. The activity aimed to orient and train the participants on the tenets of Grounded Theory as a research method or approach and a way of thinking about and conceptualizing data and to introduce them to a new perspective of looking at research. 

Participants, 68 in all, we’re not only graduate students but also faculty researchers from various local institutions.

The seminar was the consortium’s way of bringing Grounded Theory closer to a wider circle of researchers. Dr. Tove Giske, President of the Nurses Christian Fellowship International, Bergen, Norway, substantially tackled what Grounded Theory is, its historical and philosophical roots, the methods of preparations for a GT study, quality in data collections, analysis process, literature review, and how to write up findings for GT studies.

With great honor and pleasure to serve fellow advocates on health research, the Eastern Visayas Health Research & Development Consortium (EVHRDC) welcomed participants from the Department of Health Regional Office No. II for a Benchmarking Activity and Dialogue on Health Research Initiatives recently held at the DOST Regional Office VIII, Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte on June 26, 2018.

The visitors from DOH RO II were the Research Management and Development (RMD) Coordinator, Carissa Pagulayan, and Health Program Researchers, namely: Charmaine Barangan, Desiree Deray, Madeline Tamayo, and Dan Reyes.

Participants of the activity were the EVHRDC Research Management Committee (RMC) with Leonido Olobia as Chair, and members namely: Dr. Bayani Blas (RTRMF), Catherine Iglesias (CHED), and Dr. Amabel Ganzo (UPM-SHS).

Also in attendance were the EVHRDC Coordinator, Dr. Lucia Dauz, and the committee chairs of ERC and SOMEC, Dr. Jane Borrinaga and Josephine Hipe, respectively.

One of the highlights of the activity was the sharing of best practices from committee chairs and members of the different EVHRDC committees, of EVHRDC in general, and that of DOH RO8.

There were also presentations on the overview of EVHRDC, its accomplishments for CY 2017 and mid of 2018, as well as the targets for the second semester of the current year.

After the presentations and an open forum, the participants were taken for a tour to the EVHRDC ERC Office.

Grateful for the opportunity, the EVHRDC thanked the visitors for considering region 8’s consortium in their benchmarking activity.

EVHRDC and DOH RO2 are hopeful to undertake collaborative projects and activities in the future.

Palo, Leyte- “The sustained support and commitment expressed by the various stakeholders promises a successful celebration of this year’s nutrition month and the realization of our efforts to accelerate and improve the overall health and nutrition status of our children and the entire people in Eastern Visayas,” said by the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. during the Nutrition Month (NM) Stakeholders Meeting, held on 19 June 2018, at the PopCom Conference Room, PopCom Compound, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

Said expression came after the nutrition stakeholders from the local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, among others, conveyed their support and participation to the month-long activities which will be highlighted with motorcade and launching activities, thematic talks, nutri-contests, and food garden advocacies.

The nutrition month celebration is pursuant to Presidential Decree 491, or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974, which mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to spearhead the nationwide celebration of the Nutrition Month.

This year’s celebration, with the theme is “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin!”, underscores nutrition awareness through improved food access by increasing the number of households, schools, and communities engaged in food gardens. Specifically, the celebration aims to (1) encourage development of food gardens among families and in communities, schools, government offices, and workplaces; (2) mobilize various stakeholders to provide a fostering environment for sustainable food gardens; and (3) provide a platform to generate success stories of food gardens and recognize successful food gardeners.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) manager and nutrition stakeholder Eunice de Guia said that the celebration in July will not only give us awareness on the nutrition month’s theme, but will also ignite advocacies for a continued commitment in building a well-nourished community.

Non-governmental organization who provided and offered material assistance and support were from UNICEF, Plan International, World Vision, ADRA, Samaritan’s Purse, Zuellig Family Foundation, and Rotary Club of Kandaya.

In her closing message, the National Economic and Development Authority Chief Economic Development Specialist, Ma. Victoria C. Cuayzon, said that she can see a picture of success of the month long celebration with the overflowing support by the various stakeholders to celebrate the Nutrition Month in July.”

As initial activity, a Regional Nutrition Month Launching is scheduled on July 03, 2018 which will highlight gardening techniques lectures and will showcase successful organic vegetable gardening in the region. (NASLabordo, NNC8)

Department of Health (DOH) Nutrition Program Manager, Felicita Borata and National Tuberculosis Program Nurse Coordinator, Caryl Lapriza share some health information particularly on the Importance of Breastfeeding and the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis, to some Barangay residents of the 5 barangays in Quarry District of Tacloban City.

The barangay health forum which was initiated by the Philippine Information Agency, Leyte Provincial Office was held last June 11, 2018 at the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU).

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research and Development Committee (R&D) is now calling for research proposals that aims to address pressing and current health concerns in the region.

At least Php 500,000 in funding support from the Regional Research Fund of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will be used to support researches spanning National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals (using the PCHRD Detailed Research Format) with endorsement letter from the institution head and curriculum vitae of the proponent, on or before AUGUST 30, 2018. Proposals should be sent to Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information please click the link below.

Detailed Research Format

National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2022

Regional Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022

The Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 in coordination with the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), conducts blood donation activities today in celebration of the World Blood Donor Day.

The bloodletting is being held at the Sagkahan Community Center, this city, with blood donors coming from different line agencies particularly from the tri-bureaus under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The one day activity has the theme, "Be there for someone else, give blood, share life".

Dr. Nancy A. Bantog
 took her oath of office as the new Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology - Cordillera Administrative Region on June 13, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The ceremony coincided with the celebration of the 60 Years of S&T and Beyond. Being the newly appointed head of the said office (DOST-CAR), she shall assume responsibility as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium.