The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) in partnership with the Department of Health RO3 successfully conducted the 1st Central Luzon Health Research Forum with the theme, “Translational Research: Addressing Health Inequities in Central Luzon” last April 25-26, 2017 at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic Freeport Zone. The forum provided a platform to link institutions engaged in or with interest in health research activities to explore ideas on topics that impact regional as well as national needs.

Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Regional Director of DOST III and Chairman of CLHRDC, who was also a member of the panel of evaluators stressed the need to align health research projects with the 10- point development agenda of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that proposals geared towards the priority areas identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) has better chances of being approved for funding. “We should be thinking of the research output as something that will benefit not only the people we serve but also our institutions, our families and ourselves. The products of our minds should be economically viable, sustainable and beneficial”, Dr. Sicat added. He also announced that the Region III will be hosting the Philippine National Health Research System Week next year.

Researchers from higher education institutions, local government units, public and private hospitals participated in the competing and non-competing categories. In addition, authors of published research papers presented their studies and shared their experience in publishing in reputable journals. Researches presented ranged from health technology development, health financing, health service delivery and socio-environmental health concerns.

The following were declared winners in the professional and student categories. The 1st and 2nd placers in both categories will represent Region III in the upcoming Philippine National Health Research Systems (PNHRS) Week Celebration in August.

Oral Research Presentation (Professional Category)

1st place – Ivy Joyce A. Buan and Danilet Vi M. Mendoza (NEUST)
Computational Study of Bioactive Components of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linn.), Luyang Dilaw (Curcuma longa linn.) and Lagundi (Vitex negundo) as Inhibitor against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1)

2nd place – Jacqueline V. Bagunu, et al. (PSAU)
Isolation and Molecular Identification of Lactic Acid bacteria (LAB) from Nile Tilapia (Oreo-chromis niloticus) as Potential Pathogen Antagonist

3rd place – Kay Ann J. Tongol, et al. (WUP)
Assessment of the Antioxidant and Cholesterol- Lowering Activity of Artocarpus ovatus Blanco (Moraceae) Leaf Extract

Geraldine C. Sanchez, et al. (PSAU)
Hypocholesterolemic Effects of ICRISAT-bred Pigeon pea Dried Leaves fed in White Mice Fed with High Cholesterol Diet

Oral Research Presentation (Student Category)

1st place – Aileen A. Gutierrez, et al. (AUF)
Determining the Anti-angiogenic and Cytotoxic Activity of the Crude Ethanolic Extract from Saccharum spontaneum linn (Talahib) on Duck Eggs and Human Breast Cancer Cells Lines (MCF7)

2nd place - Kayeslyn Jill F. Sanchez, et al. (AUF)
The Effectiveness of Short Messaging Service (SMS) as a Strategy to Improve Adherence to TB Service in Angeles City: A Randomized Control Study

3rd place - Ruiza U. Ismael, et al. (AUF)
In Vitro Cytotoxicity of Allamandra Cathartica L. Leaf Ethanol extract against A549 Human Lung Adenocarcinoma

Aside from the forum, the event also served as an avenue to strengthen linkages among public and private research institutions in Central Luzon.

CLHRDC is committed in generating health- related researchers to help improve the health conditions of the people in Central Luzon and will continue its effort to improve and encourage more collaborative health research projects in Region III.

12 research areas that seeks to address health-related concerns in Central Luzon were identified during a consultation workshop spearheaded by Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) last April 27-28,2017 in Angeles City.

Together with the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), the activity was facilitated by the Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO), a non-stock, non-profit, public health consulting firm that was commissioned by the PCHRD-DOST to assist regional health R&D consortium in coming up their respective regional R&D agenda. Following the National Guidelines for Health Research Prioritization developed by the PNHRS, workshop participants were able to identify the following Health Research Priorities during the consultation:

1.Nutrition and Safety
2. Maternal and Child Health
3. Technology and Innovations for Health
4. Sexually and Reproductive Health (e.g adolescent)
5. Health Service Delivery and Health Workforce
6. Financial Risk Protection
7. Communicable Diseases (STI, HIV and AIDS, TB, vector-borne disease and other emerging and reemerging disease)
8. Disaster Risk Reduction Management for Health
9. Diseases of Urbanization and Industrialization (Environmental Health, Mental Health)
10. Health of Aging Population
11. Health Research Governance
12. Indigenous People's Health

The draft document which will later become the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda was formulated with inputs from multi-sectoral participants from government agencies like Department of Health RO3, Department of Science and Technology III, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Provincial Health Office and the Commission on Population Region III, Higher Education Institutions like Angeles University Foundation, Republic Central Colleges, University of the Assumption, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Wesleyan University, Bulacan State University and Pampanga State Agricultural University, as well as Government Hospitals such as Mariveles Mental Hospital, and other organizations such as Integrated Midwives’ Association of the Philippines and Pampanga Medical Society.

Similar consultation workshops were also held in the different regions of the country. The consolidated output from these consultations will be incorporated into the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and will be launched in the upcoming PNHRS Week Celebrations in August 2017 at the PICC. It will also be disseminated through newsletters, publications, organizations’ official websites and a formal document that will be sent to all the stakeholders. It is envisioned to be monitored and revisited every two (2) years for the progress and status of the set priorities.

To motivate the target stakeholders in promoting productivity and innovation through research, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research and Utilization Committee (RUC) conducted a regional research conference held on May 25, 2017 at Teatro Ilocandia, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City Ilocos Norte with the theme:"R1HRDC Bolstering People's Quality of Life through Health Research and Dissemination". Headed by Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Chairman, R1HRDC and Dr. Mercita Q. Queddeng, Chairman, RUC, the conference aimed to: (1) provide platform for professional and student researches for health utilization and dissemination (2) strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions (3) support, encourage and nurture scholarly work of student and professional researcher.The keynote speaker was Dr. Prima Fe R. Franco, OIC President of Mariano Marcos State University.
More than three hundred (300) participants from different member institutions/agencies attended the said conference.

Winners during the competition were the following:

Professional - Oral Presentation

Award Research Name Author/Presenter Institution
1st Place Status of Voluntary Blood Donation Program and Services in the Philippines Red Cross Pangasinan Chapter Dr Catherine DG. Torio Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation
2nd Place Challenges Encountered by the Relatives of Clients with Alzheimers Disease Sharon Orcajo Lyceum Northwestern University
3rd Place Morpho-cytoxicity of Ethanolic Crude Extracts of Nuclea Orientalis (L) Lin on Allium cepa (L) Roots Ms Maingeline B.Vivit Mariano Marcos State University

Professional - Poster Presentation

Award Research Name Author/Presenter Institution
1st Place In Vitro Evaluation of the Antifungal Properties of Cotton Fabric Treated with the Ethanolic Extract of Propolis from Apis mellifera against Tricophyton Rubrum Mr Ramoncito Gabriel O.Paragas, et. al Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation
2nd Place Phytochemical Screening and In Vitro Evaluation of the Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activity of Nuclea orientalis (L) Lin Ms Maingeline B.Vivit Mariano Marcos State University
3rd Place Formulation, Quality Control and Stability of a Polyherbal Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Mr Pocholo A. Trinidad Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

Students - Oral Presentation (Medical) Category

Award Research Name Author/Presentor Institution
1st Place MMSU Disaster Framework: Integrating Physical Therapists in the Resiliency of Ilocos Norte Francis Clarence C. Chua, et. Al Adviser Dr Cheryll Didi Nellie N. Obra

Mariano Marcos State University
2nd Place IMCI Mobile Application as an Alternative Tool for Healthcare Providers Nicole Kaye C. Mondero, et al Adviser Mr Milencio Milan

Don Mariano Marcos State University
3rd Place Hospital-Based Healthcare Professionals Awareness, Knowledge, Attitude and Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Practices in Tertiary Hospitals in Ilocos Norte Alana M. Sambrano, et al Adviser Ms Julie Ann Gattoc

Mariano Marcos State University

Students - Oral presentation (Herbal) Category

Award Research Name Author/Presentor Institution
1st Place The Analgesic Effectiveness of Piper Betle L. (Piper betle) and Jatropha Curcas L. (Purging Nut Tree) Liniments for Arthritic Pain Parida Joy C. carpio, et. al Don Mariano Marcos State University
2nd Place Platelet Augmentation Activity of Suma from Pinili, Ilocos Norte: Munno-munnot (Clausea sanki), Ngarusangis (Ehretia microphylla) , Barsanga (Eluesine Indica) and Ilocos White Bawang (Allium sativum) Lois Lyn Gacosta, et. Al Adviser Ms Janelyn V. Rojas

Mariano Marcos State University
3rd Place Nutraceutical and Toxicological In Vitro Analysis of Standardized Schizophyllum commune for Capsule Formulation Princess Aira Carbonel
Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

Students - Poster Presentation Category

Award Research Name Author/Presentor Institution
1st Place Anti-acne Tyrosinace Inhibition Activities of Propolis Produced by Philippine Stingless Bee (Trigona biroi) Esther Faith Gabriel, et. Adviser Ms Angelica May DC Mendoza Mariano Marcos State University
2nd Place Vermicidal Property of Star Gooseberry (Phyllantus acidus) Fruit Extract Vaithalingam Kalachelvan, et. al University of Northern Philippines
3rd Place In Vivo Analysis of the Anthelmintic Property of Calabash (Bignoniaceae cresentia cujete L.) Fruit Extract in Syrup Form Aftab Miya Ansari, et. al
Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

Members of the Technical Panel of Evaluators who served as judge in assessing the significance and quality of the researches were: Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Chairman,R&D; Dr.Ederlyn A. Cadorna from UNP; Dr. Ricardo S. Guanzon, Chairman, Research Committee MMMH&MC (Professional Category), Dr. Hilarion H. Maramba Jr.,Chairman, ERC; Dr. Cynthia P. Lopez from LNU; Dr. Lori Marseli De Castro from NWU (Student-Medical Health Category); Dr. Mercita Q. Queddeng, Chairman, RUC; Dr. Amelia Dumaoang from DOH; Ms. Remedios Mangoba from MMMH&MC (Student-Herbal Category); Dr. Corazon G. Pardo; Dr. Solita Evangeline Banez; Prof. Loreen Cayabyab (Poster Category-Student and Professional).Facilitators during the contest were Dr. Marlou Savella from UNP, Dr. Cecilia Villamor from DMMMSU and Ms. Ma. Lyn P. Cortez from VMUF.

The Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) recently unveiled its new logo during the 2nd Annual Central Visayas Health Research and Innovation Conference held last June 21-22, 2017 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. 

Designed by Nikko P. Dajao, the logo was chosen from approximately more than 60 designs submitted to the consortium for consideration.

The new CVCHRD depicts the four island provinces of the region – Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, being revealed and brought into the global health research platform.

The look of the new CVCHRD logo highlights bands of formidable networks & linkages which represent the consortium's mission. Symbolized by the microscope, the visual identity depicts the consortium’s commitment to advance health knowledge through collaborative and multidisciplinary research development. Adding impetus is the winged staff with two serpents wrapped around it, known as the Caduceus, the symbol for health with which CVCHRD is committed to uphold. 

The logo also stays true to its roots by featuring the organization's founding year. Furthermore, it is illustrated in color blue which embodies the values of truth, wisdom and stability essential for the consortium’s vision of being the key catalyst in the generation of health research.

Tacloban City, June 9, 2017 --- Medical-related, disaster-preparedness, and other community-based researches dominated the Oral Research Presentation entries for the 2017 Regional Health Research Symposium at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel in Tacloban City last June 9.

A total of 6 professional entries from various schools and medical institution all over the region were presented in front of an audience, mainly composed of health professionals, academicians, researchers, and students. Here were some of the studies that made it to the cut:

Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) produced three entries, all of which are medically-related studies within its center. Its first study focused on the Clinical Profile of Patients with First Onset Gastrointestenical Bleeding Admitted at EVRMC from January 1, 2010, to December 30, 2014. The study determine the demographic profile of patients with the said disorder, enumerated its clinical features and diagnostic work-up, identified co-morbidities and determined the status upon discharge of patients. The study was conducted by Dr. Sherylene A. Molon, Dr. Zyneil Proto B. Brazil, and Dr. Ma. Victoria R. Alli.

EVRMC also provided research on the Patterns of Chronic Disease admitted at the medical center after typhoon Yolanda. The study found out that there was an increase in the total number of admissions of patients with chronic medical conditions, coronary artery disease being at the top probably because of the poor compliance to medications due to financial problems and accessibility to maintenance medications. The paper was authored by Dr. Mary Yolanda L. Gimena, Dr. Gerlane Lym L. Gernale, Dr. Al R. Navales and Dr. Jose Carlo Del Pilar.

The third entry of the center was about the Clinical Characteristics of Infant Pediatrics Patients Ages 2 to 59 Months Old with Septicemia, admitted at the clinics from 2011 to 2015. The study concluded that the profile and clinical characteristics of pediatric patients with septicemia influence the diagnoses and management for a favorable clinical outcome. Dr. Kristen Mae B. Avila-Yu authored the paper.

Leyte Normal University (LNU), meanwhile had two entries for the oral competition but only the study “Antibiotic-free farmed-raised shrimp: The safer and healthier diet choice” was presented. The study provided compelling evidence that production of antibiotic-free shrimp is achievable with poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) substratum. This strategy will not only assure provision of shrimp with superior nutritional value but also safe product fitting both local and international consumption. This first-placer paper was conducted by Gladys Ludevese-Pascual, Joseph Leopoldo Laranja, Edgar Amar, Peter Bossier, Peter De Schryver and Pet Anthony Pascual.

Samar State University (SSU) and Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) both provided a lone entry for the oral part of the research competition.

SSU’s entry in the contest authored by Sherrie Ann Cananua-Labid centered on the idea of Predicting Antenatal Care Utilization in the Philippines: A Chi-Squared Automatic Interaction Detector Analysis. Findings revealed that the most significant socio-demographic factors influencing ANC utilization of reproductive women age 15 to 49 in the country are the region where a woman resides, religious affiliation, the wealth quintile a woman belongs and her educational attainment. The study recommends that policymakers, health providers, should intensify efforts to address differentials between these groups of women, to widen the campaign of at least four antenatal visits during pregnancy and to increase the number of health professionals in the country.

Last but not the least was the study “Disaster Preparedness Among Health Workers in District Hospitals in Eastern Samar” conducted by Maria Lynne C. Parambita, Flores B. Sta Cruz and Ammy Evilynda C. Cesista. The study aimed to determine the disaster preparedness among health workers in district hospitals in Eastern Samar both in pre- and post-disaster management.