Tacloban City, April 21, 2017 -- The Eastern Visayas Health Research Development Consortium (EVHRDC) in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) Region 8, has conducted for its third year, the Basic Research Methods Training last April 18 to 21, 2017. This was held at the Ambassador Hotel in Tacloban City.

The training was participated in by member institutions with submitted capsule research proposals and other possible research topics. Dr. Ophelia Mendoza of University of the Philippines, College of Public Health, and consultant for Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Consortium (PCHRDC) was the resource speaker of the activity.

In a statement given by Mr. Leonido Olobia, Research Program Manager for DOH 8 and chair of the executive committee of EVHRDC, he said that the purpose of the basic research methods training is to enhance the research knowledge and skills of potential research proponents who would eventually submit capsule research proposals for possible funding of the consortium.

Almost half of the training participants have already submitted capsule proposals, hence, the training would likewise help them improve their efforts in accordance to PCHRDC format.

Last year, there were about 18 health proposals submitted, of which nine were approved and funded. These are all products of the second basic research methodology training.

For this year, it is expected that the training would help make more approved health research proposals in the region, based on the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

The five-year RUHRA (2017 – 2021) is currently being updated for the region and organizers of the training has a list of potential titles submitted to consortium member institutions for possible health research proposals.

During the training, the participants were asked to formulate health proposals based on the priority programs on public health, particularly communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, local health system particularly referral system and Inter Local Health Zone, HFEP, RLED, health promotion campaign, food and drug administrations, and priority clinical health researches for hospitals in the region such as the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC).

The health proposals that were presented during this year’s basic research methods training were likewise focused on research topics pertaining to evaluation on the implementation of dengue control policies and ordinances, food insecurity among families, nutritional status of children, effects of wound healing properties from blue crabs, occupational and home health hazards, non – communicable health diseases practices, fish preservative practices, eating preference of school children, and evaluation of health programs.

According to Dr. Mendoza, this year’s training is unique from the previous basic research training methodology because of the variety of health research proposals that focused on evaluation of policies and ordinances, case studies, communicable and non-communicable diseases, cross sectional studies and also qualitative researches. These proposals will be evaluated for funding by the executive committee of EVHRDC.

Participants for the training include Cherryl Adulante and Josie Rose Pilapil of Samar State University (SSU), Rona Alcera and Sarah Delorino of University of Eastern Philippines (UEP), Maria Dulce Alibangbang and Fermina Gensonof Visayas State University(VSU) – Tolosa , Garry Adriano of Department of Education, Elmer Ayuson of LPH – PHO, Jason Baldesco, Alena Gonzaga, and Lilibeth Miralles of Visayas State University (VSU) – Alang-alang, Monna Liza Bosqueand Annabelle Hufalarof Southern Leyte State Universtiy (SLSU).

Other trainees were identified as Miraluna Caturan of College of Maasin, Fideliza Cojuangco, of Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) Ladie Ann Conde of PhilRootcrops – VSU, Annievel Del Pilar of NCC Region 8, Kathrina Destura of Divine Word Hospital, Ray Dominic Ladera of Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), Clive Ivan Mercado of St. Scholastica College of Tacloban, Inish Chris Mesias of DFST – VSU, Rolando Quilantang Sanitary Inspector of Ormoc City, Shiela Tante Epidemiologist from Alang-alang Leyte, and Gracia Verona of University of the Philippines, Tacloban.

The four-day training was facilitated by DOH and EVHRDC officials and personnel headed by Mr. Leonido Olobia, Program Manager for Research of DOH and Executive Committee Chair of EVHRDC, Dr. Lucia Dauz, EVHRDC Coordinator, Dr. Ernesto Granada, Assistant Director of DOST, Region 8, and staff and Secretariats Ms. Joy Sunneth Bacalla, Ms. Mary Joyce Hebrio and Mr. Jeffrey Hinampas.

The United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) Conference for 2017 is hosted by the City Government of Catbalogan City, Philippines. It has at least ten different activities conducted simultaneously at various venues in the City of Catbalogan. One of these activities is the holding of S&T fair which is co-facilitated by the Samar State University (SSU), Department of Education (DepEd 8), Department of Science and Technology (DOST 8) and the Eastern Visayas Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (EVCIERD).

This event is expected to be participated by researchers and exhibitors mostly from Region 8, and some parts of the country. This year's event has theme "Kauswagan Kalibutan: Creating Connection for Sustainable Societies".

The S&T Fair consists of exhibits, poster and paper presentation. A total of eight booths, more than 60 research posters, fifteen research presentation, a robotic showcase/exhibit and at least three keynote speech is at stake for everyone. The fair focuses on projects related to Climate Change and Adaptation; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Alternative Energy and Science and Technology Innovations; and Robotics for Environment.

Visit the UCLG-ASPAC Conference 2017 Website and the UCLG-ASPAC Catbalogan 2017 Facebook for more information.

For the Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research & Development (CVCHRD)

A P10,000 Cash Award and Certificate awaits the winning entry

Should be original;
Should be in a high resolution image format;
Should represent the Vision-Mission of the consortium;

CVCHRD is the key catalyst in the generation of health research necessary for the equitable delivery of health services in the region.


Develop and maintain network of institutions from various sectors of society through joint commitment, sharing of resources, and collaborative working relationships

The acronym “CVCHRD” and the established year, “1985” should be written prominently within the logo in a simple font type.
The image, name and contact number of the designer must be submitted not later than 2 June 2017 to the CVCHRD Secretariat email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The winning entry will be announced on 22 June 2017 during the 2017 Central Visayas Health Research and Innovation Conference.
The winning entry becomes the property of CVCHRD and may be modified by CVCHRD in any way to fit its purpose.
For further inquiries, please contact the Secretariat, Mr. Cham S. Gomez or Ms. Krissette Grace F. Campilan at DOST VII, Lahug S&T Complex, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City at (032) 414 – 7477.

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.