Tacloban City, May 25, 2017 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with some academic institutions namely, the Philippine Normal University, Leyte Normal University and Southern Leyte State University, is now set to spearhead a research project for the education and health improvement of the indigenous peoples in Southern Leyte for year 2017.

During the preliminary meeting conducted by the four parties at SLSU, it has been discussed that the project, which was given the working title “Collaborative Research on Indigenous Peoples”, specifically targets the Mamanua tribe inhabiting the municipalities of San Juan and St. Bernard in Southern Leyte, while some members of the tribe also live in the highlands of the municipality of Hinunangan.

The research program is under the Education Sustainable Development (ESD) arm of UNESCO, of which aim is to provide a literacy scheme that targets a college education for the Mamanua. This will cover funding and other educational mechanisms for the tribe.

Meanwhile, prior to UNESCO collaboration, the Southern Leyte State University-San Juan (SLSU) and the Korean Food for the Hungry International (KFHI) from Korea have their partnership for more than six years, particularly on Child Development Program (CDP).

The partnership started in January 17, 2011 as reflected on the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Municipal Mayor of St.Bernard and the Campus Administrator of SLSU-San Juan.

The project is entitled Academic Enhancement Activity for CDP wherein the beneficiaries are the 8 barangays of the municipality of St.Bernard and one barangay from the municipality of San Juan.

The said activity is participated in by 256 recipients from kindergarten to high school.

It is noted that last year, the CDP beneficiaries increased from 256 to 429,to include eight (8) university scholars. The program’s main objective is to enhance students’ academic performance. It likewise includes medical and dental mission and summer bible school, bringing transformative education for societal transformation.

Tacloban City, May 17, 2017 - The RxBox1000 is the continuation of the successful nationwide implementation of the RxBox100 project from the previous years. The current project aims to deploy 1000 RxBox devices nationwide in which 88 is allotted for the Eastern Visayas region. The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office VIII spearheaded by the Regional Director and Project Leader Dir. Edgardo Esperancilla, CESO II, is the implementer of the project in the region in partnership with UP Manila National Telehealth Center and Department of Health Regional Office VIII. The national coordinator is the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office IVA.

The project aims to deploy RxBox devices and implement the use of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) such as Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) and Integrated Clinic Information System (iClinicSys) with telemedicine to provide better access to life-saving health care services in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide.

The RxBox is a telemedicine device capable of capturing medical signals through a built-in medical sensors, storing data in an electronic medical record and transmitting health information via internet to a clinical specialist in the Philippine General Hospital or Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) for expert advice. The device is composed of five (5) medical sensors that includes a Tocometer/Fetal Heart Rate Monitor, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Blood Pressure Monitor, Pulse Oximeter, and a Temperature sensor. It is a medical device that can be used for diagnostic procedures as well as an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) which can be utilized for the storage and referral of clients’ medical records. The presence of these technologies in the community will hopefully reduce child mortality (MDG 4), improve maternal health (MDG 5), and detect non-communicable diseases which consequently lead to better health for all Filipinos.

RxBox1000 project implementation has commenced in the region and based on the assessment conducted by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 8 and the corresponding provincial offices, the following is the breakdown on the number of municipalities that were identified to be recipients of RxBox1000 in the region: Leyte-37, Biliran -3, Southern Leyte-10, Samar-8, Eastern Samar-17, and Northern Samar-13. The RxBox will be deployed to the respective Rural Health Unit (RHU) of the municipalities identified. Currently, pre-deployment activities of the project is initiated in the region which includes site validation, site data gathering and Local Government Unit (province and municipality) coordination/orientation and the deployment is to follow after the orientation and trainings if stakeholders in the RHU. The message of using technology to advanced quality healthcare in the country is shared in these activities.

Tacloban City, May 4, 2017 - Now on-going is the conduct of Regional Consultation on National Unified Health Research Agenda/ Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA/RURHA) for CY 2017-2022 at Hotel Rodolfo, Tacloban City from May 4 to 5, 2017.

The activity is being spearheaded by the DOST Philippine Council for Health Research & Development (DOST-PCHRD) in cooperation with the Eastern Visayas Health Research & Development Consortium (EVHRDC). The PCHRD commissioned the Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO) for the development of NUHRA and RUHRA 2017-2022.

Present in the activity are the different personalities of stakeholders involved, particularly Ms. Annie Catameo, Regional Program Officer of PCHRD, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Regional Director, DOST8 & EVHRDC Co-Chair, Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, EVHRDC Director, Dr. Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, ARD, DOHRO8 and Mr. Leonido P. Olobia, Regional Research Program Coordinator, DOHRO8 & EVHRDC-RMC Chair.

Engr. Esperancilla gave his Opening Remarks highlighting EVHRDC’s stronger efforts to develop priority proposals for funding. Dr. Minerva P. Molon, the Regional Director of DOHRO8, and Chair, EVHRDC will provide her message before the end of the afternoon session.

Ms. Pearl Tumlos of the Research Management Division of PCHRD provided a brief introduction of the PNHRS as well as the introduction of the Research Agenda Committee (RAC) of the PNHRS which spearheaded the development of the NUHRA for 2017-2022.

Dr. Miguel Dorotan, Project Manager for the NUHRA Development discussed in detail the process of RUHRA/NUHRA Development. As mentioned, the 2-day activity which will involve workshops and plenary sessions will be a priority listing of the researchable topics in health for the next 6 years (2017-2022). The RUHRA document will serve as a live document for the region which will take into consideration relevant and emerging topics for health research.


The Eastern Visayas Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC), in its commitment to promote and empower health research activities in Region 8, will be conducting 2017 Regional Health Research Symposium to be held on June 13-14, 2017 in Tacloban City. This year, the symposium is anchored on the them "Eastern Visayas Health Research and Innovations: Empowering and Transforming Communities". Among the highlights of the activity is the region-wide contest for Oral Research Paper Presentations (Professional Category), Poster Exhibits (Professional and Undergraduate Category) and Poster Making contest.

Electronic copies of papers are expected to be submitted on or before May 5, 2017 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the preliminary evaluation and judging. See attached photo for the qualification and format.