The Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) organized a three-day Research Methods Training on January 29-31, 2013 with the following objectives: 1) Equip the participants with research methodologies; 2) Assist participants in refining the methodology of their research proposals; and 3) Assist the participants in packaging the research proposals, in preparation for the technical and ethical review by the consortium evaluators.

The training was facilitated by the Consortium Director Dr. Alma Banua and the PCHRD-DOST Regional Coordinator Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya. It was participated by the chairpersons and members of the BCHRD Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics Review (ERC) Committees, as well researchers from the different member-agencies of the consortium.  Doctors, nurses, and professors from the different schools, institutions, and agencies came all the way from as far as Catanduanes and Camarines Sur to join their local counterparts in Legazpi City.

The member-agencies of BCHRD represented during the training were: Catanduanes State University (CSU)- Dr. Alvin Ogalesco and Prof. Joel Olfindo; University of Saint Anthony (USANT)- Prof. Joyce Obis; Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU)- Ms. Elma Peralta; University of Nueva Caceres (UNC)- Dr. Carmelita Baylon and Dr. Yolanda Castroverde; Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC)- Ms. Salvacion Tablanza and Ms. Ma. Angela Concepcion Nolasco; Partido State University (PSU)- Ms. Emelina R. Padayao; Aquinas University (AUL)- Ms. Athena G. Masip; Bicol Medical Center (BMC)- Dr. Marla Litam; BRTTH- Dr. Marlyn Daguno and Ms. Bernardita Patacsil; and Department of Health (DOH)- Dr. Aurora Daluro, aside from BCHRD host agency Bicol University, which had participants from the College of Nursing- Dr. Richard Bartolata and Prof. Garry Grageda; College of Science- Profs. Ida Revale, Jocelyn Serrano, Joan Nace, Daile Meek Membrere and Mr. Michael Angelo Brogada; Tabaco Campus- Profs. Carina Orden and Dennis Gogola; and RDC- Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas.  Also present were the BCHRD Secretariat composed of Ms. Maria Vicenta Corazon Guidote, Ms. Reizha Rito, and Ms. Eunice Endrano.

The participants were privileged to have as resource speaker the in-demand and highly recommended Dr. Ophelia “Ophie” M. Mendoza, a PCHRD consultant and research expert. Dr. Ophie holds several degrees including Master of Science in Public Health (Biostatistics) and Doctor of Public Health (Biostatistics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and Master in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.  A researcher in her own right with a considerable number of researches to her name both here and abroad, it is only fitting that she would be recommended by no less than the PCHRD-DOST itself, to give lectures during seminars that it funds.

Needless to say, Dr. Ophie did not disappoint; evaluation from the participants all contained rave-reviews of how well she delivered the lectures which were very comprehensive, and how she was able to simplify even the most complicated topics.

The training followed a challenging daily lecture-workshop-plenary schedule that really squeezed the creative juices out of the committee members and researchers, who were all required to give presentations as well as evaluate each other’s outputs.  Dr. Ophie was on hand to assist the R&D and ERC committees in the critiquing.

 On the whole the BCHRD is happy with the fifteen (15) research proposals that were presented, and hopeful that with certain revisions, they will be ready to be submitted to the R&D and ERC committees for technical review, in preparation for submission to PCHRD for final consideration.  Further trainings will be held to give assistance to the researchers in the refinement of their proposals.


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Date: 03 February 2013 12:44

Health Research  and Development Area

Specific Research Concerns/Topics

Lifestyle Related Diseases



*Factors Affecting Substance Abuse

*Impact of Diet and Exercise on Health

Quality Health Education

*In* Integration of Health Education in BEC


Occupational and Environmental Health Risks


*Health Impact of Pesticide Exposure

*Health Impact of Mining Industries

*Climate Change and Health


Health Policies/Legislations

*Nature of Health Policies and Its Implementation in the Local Government Units


Mental Health

*Incidence and care of Mentally- Challenged Children


Local Health System


*Functionality and effectiveness of Local Health Boards in Health Promotion and Development

*Referral System

*Best Practices in Health Care Financing Scheme


Traditional Health Care Practices/ Norms


*Health Practices and Health Seeking Behavior among Indigenous and Cultural Communities

*Delivery Practices among IP mothers

*Alternative Medicines


Public Health Issues - Infectious Diseases


*Management of Dengue


*TB incidence among teachers


Health of Special Population




*Mothers and Children

*Elderly People

*Physically Challenged People


Access to  Basic Health Services



*General Population


*Delivery Practices among IPs.


Health Emergency Management

*Health Emergency Preparedness of LGUs


HALAL Practices and Health

*Halal Practices Among  Food Establishments

*Verification of Halal-ness of Halal-labeled products

*Halal Practices and Incidence of Diseases

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R & D Activities

  1. Conducted Technical review of proposals submitted for funding under RRF.
  2. Three (3) proposals from MSU were granted financial assistance in the total amount of Php 600,000.00.
  3. Conducted Strategic Planning Workshop on November 26-29, 2012 in GSC.
  4. Crafted the Strategic Plan for CY 2013-2015 and the Action Plan for CY 2013.

Capacity Building Activities

  1. Sent three (3) participants from the member-agencies of HRDC XII to attend the Training on Animal Care and Utilization at UP NIH in September 2012.
  2. Three participants were oriented  and trained by UP NIH applying the  laws that govern the use of animals in research. They became knowledgeable about ethical issues in the conduct of research involving animals which the consortium can now refer to when evaluating proposals.
  3. Sent five (5) participants from HRDC XII to attend the PNHRS Assembly last August 2012 in Manila.
  4. Participants were able to interact with the representatives from other consortia throughout the country. They were also clarified on the operations of the consortium and encouraged them to submit proposals and support activities of the consortium that will redound to their own benefits.


Info-dissemination Activities

  1. Disseminated information for Call of Proposals for submission to HRDC XII
  2. Health researchers submitted capsule proposals to avail of the DOH funding support which was coursed through the PNHRS/PCHRD-DOST.

ARMM Health Research Consortium Reorientation Meeting and Strategic Planning Workshop
December 17-19, 2012 at El Manuel Convention Center, Cotabato City.
































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Dated: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:00