The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) is now calling for the submission of research paper to be included in oral and poster presentation during the 2017 R1HRDC Regional Research Conference on May 25, 2017 to be held at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Batac City Ilocos Norte. With the theme " R1HRDC Bolstering People's Quality of Life through Health Research and Dissemination" which aims 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.

For interested proponent, kindly send your research paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And for other queries, you can reach us through this cellphone number 09308817266 and look for Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga the R1HRDC Secretariat c/o Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.



Tacloban City, March 3, 2017 - The National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), a major document produced by the Research Agenda Committee (RAC) of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), serves as the country’s template for health research and development efforts. NUHRA was developed, with the health research priorities perceived as relevant to the country’s public health situation particularly addressing the health issues of the poor and disadvantaged segments of the population. It is regularly updated to account for recent developments, new directions and thrusts. The updating takes into consideration the United Nation Millennium Development Goals, Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan, National Health Plan, and the National Science and Technology Plan. The Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes, Incorporated (AIHO) is commissioned by the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in the crafting of the NUHRA for 2017-2022.

In this context, the Consultants from AIHO, namely: Ms. Edith Rose Santos, Visayas Cluster Project Coordinator, and Mr. Willard Riveral, Regional Coordinator, payed a courtesy visit to the EVHRDC ExeCom Chair, Dr. Minerva P. Molon (Regional Director, DOHRO8) and Co-Chair, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla (Regional Director, DOST8), on March 3, 2017; 9:00am. The visit was intended to formally discuss the conceptualization and project brief of the PNHRS’s NUHRA 2017- 2022: Preparation, Advocacy, Monitoring, and Evaluation”.

After the discussions, the AIHO requested the attendance of the EVHRDC ExeCom Chair, Co-Chair, Project Coordinators and staff to attend the briefing on NUHRA and RUHRA development on March 14, 2017, at the Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City. The Regional Consultation is scheduled on the 3rd week of April 2017 in Tacloban City.

Tacloban City, March 3, 2017 – As an offshoot of the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) funded research study entitled “Assessment of the Sanitary Conditions and Food Handlers’ Practices of Public and Private High School Canteens in Eastern Visayas, Philippines”, the Department of Health Regional Office VIII (DOH RO8) in coordination with the study's Lead Investigator Mr. Pet Anthony Pascual and Leyte Normal University (LNU) conducted a “Feedback Forum on Food Safety Research and Training of Food Handlers in Selected Schools in Eastern Visayas” last March 1 – 2, 2017 at the DOH RO8 Conference Room, Bgry. Candahug, Palo, Leyte. The activity aimed to disseminate evidence-based information and use these strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

The activity has three objectives. First, to distribute evidence-based results to food handlers and promote insight on good practices that would ensure the safety and level of protection of the students. Second, to disseminate evidenced-based information to Health Officials which can aid in implementing new programs regarding food safety and third is to provide training to food handlers on food safety to contribute to the general welfare of the people.


The two-day activity was attended by 40 participants from 22 selected public and private schools in Eastern Visayas, composed of teachers, school canteen managers and personnel. The participants were formally welcomed by Dr. Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, Assistant Regional of DOHRO8.

The dissemination of results acquired from the study was briefly presented by Mr. Pet Anthony Pascual, Lead Investigator of the study. He emphasized the need to give serious attention to food handling practices. Other resource persons of the activity were Dr. Sonia C. Cabahit, Head of Food and Drug Administration Region VIII (FDA RO8) and Ms. Felecita R. Borata, Nutrition Program Manager, DOH RO8. Dr. Cabahit presented and discussed FDA Regulations on Food Safety. On the other hand, Ms. Borata presented the DOH Nutrition Program to demonstrate the importance of natural nutrition in complementary health care. Before the day one of the activity ended, a feedback forum was conducted for sharing opinions and recommendations.

On the second day, Mr. Emmanuel E. Lagdamen, RSTL-SRSII of the Department of Science and Technology Region VIII (DOST RO8) gave an Orientation and Training on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to increase food handlers’ knowledge on the importance of their role on food safety preparation. Updates on Environmental and Occupational Health Program was also presented by Engr. Percival De Paz, EOH Program Manager of DOH RO8 to address the incidence of occupational diseases and work-related diseases and injuries among workers through health promotion and protection in all workplaces.

The successful two-day activity was capped off with a closing remark by Dr. Nestor C. Sedanza, Vice-President for Research and Extension of LNU.

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research and Development Committee (R&D) is now calling for research proposals that are aimed 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) includes:Drug Discovery and Development,Development of Diagnostic Kits for Priority Diseases,Genomic and Molecular Technology,Functional Food,Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices and Chronobiology.And for Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA):Local Governance,Health Needs of Special Group,Bio-medical Research and Climate Change.

Interested proponents are expected to submit their research proposals in capsule or full blown on or before June 30, 2017. The Following format is required for the submitted proposals: (1) Project Title, (2) Project Leader, (3) Significance of the Proposal, (4) Methodology, (5) Expected Output/s and (6) Line Item Budget.

Proposals should be sent to Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga c/o Mariano Marcos Memorial hospital and Medical Center or be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For other queries, you can also reach Ms. Ranga @ 09308817266 or 077- 617-1517.

Call for Proposals for EVHRDC Funding

Tacloban City, February 24, 2017 --- The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) is geared towards generating more research outputs that will promote Health policy formulation, enhance health program performance, as well as improve clinical practices in various hospitals and health Institutions in Eastern Visayas.

In this context, the “Call for Proposal Forum” was spearheaded by the DOH-RO8, in collaboration with the EVHRDC on February 23, 2017, Villa Lolita Apartelle, Tacloban City and was attended by 46 representatives from various hospitals and medical institutions in the region.

The activity commenced with an orientation on EVHRDC, and updates on approved and funded health research projects as of December 31, 2016, which was presented by Ms. Joy Sunneth Bacalla. The call for proposals, emphasizing on the format and process flow of the capsule proposals to be submitted, was discussed briefly by Ms. Joyce Hebreo.


The forum was indeed successful, and considered as a venue to promote EVHRDC, as most of the participants knew for the first time that a dynamic consortium existed. The activity also lit a fire of encouragement for each participants to formulate health related projects. Participants were encouraged to submit their capsule proposals on or before June 30, 2017 and address the submission to Dr. Menirva P. Molon, Regional Director, DOH-RO8, or to the Secretariat, EVHRDC, c/o DOST Regional Office No. 8, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Lucia P. Dauz, EVHRDC Coordinator, Ms. Joy Sunneth Bacalla, Science Res. Specialist (SRS) of DOST8, at cellphone no.09954882395 or at telephone no. (053) 323-7110, OR Mr. Leonido B. Olobia, RMC Chair, and Ms. Joyce Hebrio, Nurse II of DOH RO8, at cell number 09751401847.