National Unified Health Research Agenda

NUHRA serves as the country’s template for health research and development efforts specifying the areas and topics needed to be addressed in a 5-year scope.


Find out how you can participate in the health research-related opportunities of the four implementing agencies.


By virtue of Proclamation No. 1309, the PNHRS Week is celebrated every second week of August.

Regional Health Research Systems

The regional health research consortia in all the regions of the country mirror the PNHRS framework at the regional level

Philippine Health Research Ethics Board

PHREB is the national policy making body in health research ethics.

Monitoring Tool

To ensure that the system is more responsive and inclusive, the PNHRS Monitoring Tool was developed.

Implementing Agencies

Four institutions commit to support PNHRS to achieve its vision of creating a vibrant, dynamic and responsible health research community.

Technical Working Committees

The six TWCs were aligned with the research themes based on the country’s health needs.

PNHRS Milestones

Take a look at PNHRS accomplishments since its inception.


15 Apr 2021 07:53 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) together with the Department of Health (DOH) organized an online Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training program in preparation for the conduct [ ... ]

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08 Apr 2021 03:34 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products provides fund support to all undergraduate students who will conduct their thesis on natural products. The program aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number [ ... ]

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24 Nov 2020 03:48 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC) is set to feature some of the latest advancements and breakthrough technologies in health that were supported by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health [ ... ]

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20 Oct 2020 04:25 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
UN names PH health research council Director Jaime Montoya as one of 15 scientists to author 2023 Global SDG Report

UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD)  as one of the 15 eminent scientists to draft the [ ... ]

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07 Oct 2020 01:33 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
VCO a potential antiviral agent against COVID-19 — Filipino research

Filipino experiments revealed evidence that virgin coconut oil may be a means to defeat COVID-19.

“There are still alternative solutions against COVID-19 aside from vaccines. Although further investigation is needed before we develop a possible prevention [ ... ]

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07 Sep 2020 04:44 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The current landscape of COVID-19 vaccine initiatives in the country is still dynamic - as discussions are still ongoing with potential partners. Here are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccine initiatives, as addressed by the [ ... ]

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07 Oct 2020 01:53 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
R1HRDC 1st Virtual Regional Health Research Conference

About the conference

In these trying times, the work of our researchers became more important. With the theme “Mobilizing Quality Health Researches Amidst the Challenges of COVID19”, R1HRDC will hold its first virtual Regional Health Research Conference [ ... ]

Regional Updates
07 Oct 2020 01:47 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
IPC eTURO features Caraga on Universal Health Care Implementation amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

The eHealth Training on Unified Resources Online (eTURO) project initiated by the Institute of Philippine Culture – Ateneo de Manila University and DOST – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST – PCHRD) has been providing online [ ... ]

Regional Updates
07 Oct 2020 01:41 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
Philippine Research Ethics Board conducts Basic Research Ethics Training for CHRDC members

The Philippine Research Ethics Board (PHREB) in partnership with DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), conducted a 2-day online training on Basic Research Ethics last 23 & 24 September 2020. The training aimed to capacitate [ ... ]

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04 Nov 2019 01:34 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
CHRDC prepares for 2019 Caraga Health Research Forum

In preparation for the 2019 Caraga Health Research Forum, CHRDC conducted a Joint Committee Meeting last October 21, 2019 at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City. It was attended by fifteen members representing each sub-committee of the consortium namely, Research [ ... ]

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23 Oct 2019 03:12 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
NNC 8 capacitates LGUs to integrate nutrition in the development plans

PALO, LEYTE - A total of about 120 local government units in Eastern Visayas is now equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to effectively integrate nutrition of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) programs and projects in the updating [ ... ]

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23 Oct 2019 03:08 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
Here's what you missed during the 9th Health R&D Expo

It has been nine successful years of celebrating and sharing health research results to partner institutions and health enthusiasts. The 9th Health R&D Expo, an annual activity spearheaded by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium [ ... ]

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13th PNHRS Week Celebration

12th PNHRS Week Celebration

Dr Iris Thiele Isip Tan

NUHRA 2017-2022

Dr Phyllis Awor

Dr Francois Bonnici

Dr Belen Dofitas


National Lung Month: Tuberculosis as a persistent health concern in the Philippines
20 Sep 2019 02:25

Tuberculosis claims more lives than HIV/AIDS.
Despite being a preventable and curable disease, tuberculosis or TB kills an average of 70 Filipinos daily according to the Department of Health.  It is considered [ ... ]

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CDO hosting national research summit
08 Aug 2019 02:23

CAGAYAN de Oro City will be hosting the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration which happens every second week of August.

The PNHRS is designed to hold parallel and plenary [ ... ]

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WHO scientist to speak at PCHRD 36th yr celebration
05 Mar 2018 07:04

Dr. Bernadette Ramirez, World Health Organization’s (WHO) scientist, will deliver the keynote address at the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (PCHRD) 36th anniversary celebration [ ... ]

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Agapay project develops robotic arm prototype for stroke patient rehab
29 Jan 2018 01:33

The Agapay Project has developed a robotic device to provide accessible healthcare options to all Filipinos.

The initiative by De La Salle University to design and develop cost-effective robotic exoskeletons [ ... ]

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DLSU student develops robotic arm for stroke rehab
18 Jan 2018 02:43

An engineering student from De La Salle University (DLSU) has developed a wearable robotic arm that can be used in the therapy of stroke and accident victims. 

Paul Dominique Baniqued told ANC's Future [ ... ]

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PHL Science dept bares 5 major achievements in 2017
08 Jan 2018 01:10

Research and technology assistance are the major highlights of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for 2017.  Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) [ ... ]

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