The R1HRDC Capacity Building Committee (CBC) launched its MEGA TRAINING PROGRAM which was primarily envisioned to enhance the capacity of R1HRDC to come up with better health researches which will strengthen the knowledge and delivery of health services pertaining to two (2) pressing health issues/concern identified in the region: Teenage Pregnancy and Mental Health. Also, it aimed to support the capability of researchers to conduct the whole cycle of research activity from inception to utilization of the intended beneficiaries of the results of the research activity. This program was divided into three (3) phases, whereby, the Phase 1, “Development of Research Proposals”, was conducted on December 17-18, 2018 at El Cielito Hotel, Baguio City and was participated in by 28 researchers in the region.


The two day activity focused on identifying similar and related topics pertaining to the two stated health issues, their direct and indirect causes, risk factors, clinical outcomes, effects on the family and community, economic burden, socio cultural impact, control and prevention, management/treatment, and rehabilitation. Speakers for this training/workshop were Dr. Marvin T. Munar, Dr. Roderico Ramos, Dr. Unity Cortez, Dr. Christine Aguilar and Dr. Ivy Palma. During this stage, the participants were encouraged to develop proposals in a collaborative approach between and among agencies. Through the leadership of the Chair, Dr. Unity Cortez, the CBC will come up with at least 10 proposals from each topic to be given to the participants.


The participants from the first phase are required also to participate on the next two phases which will be done this year. In order to do that, the CBC will come up with a Memorandum of Agreement before the second phase starts. This MOA will be between the researcher’s agency and the R1HRDC to agree and commit these researchers to finish the program and finish their research paper.


The phase 2 of this Mega Training Program will be the Coaching and Mentoring Stage whereby mentors will be provided to the researcher/s to guide them on the entire research process and for them to come with a better research outcomes. This mentorship program is one of the fruits of the benchmarking activity conducted by the R1HRDC Management Committee last year 2018 at Western Visayas HRDC.


DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products



A. Two (2) thesis proposals will be selected per region who will receive a grant amounting to a maximum of Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00).

B. A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between the students, adviser, head of institution, and DOST-PCHRD.

C. The thesis fund will be deposited to the bank account of the thesis adviser and will be liquidated with corresponding receipts after completion of the study.

D. The grant must be expended based on the approved line item budget.



All undergraduate students of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health, and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products may apply. The proposed thesis study must use plants indigenous in the region. The project must be completed a year after receiving the grant.



Applicants should submit the following documents to the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC):

A. Duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal

B. Endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university college dean

C. Soft copy of the proposal (MS Word Format)

D. Hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper

E. Certificate of plant authentication

F. Appropriate

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 Establishing ERC and SOP Writing Training

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Ethics Research Committee in cooperation with the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board 1 (REMB-1) spearheaded the Orientation on How to Establish ERC and SOP Writing Training and Workshop on November 8-9, 2018 at Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The activity aimed to educate the participants about the importance of ethics in research, give key points on how to establish their own ERC, and to teach them how to develop their ERC’s own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which is one of the major requirement when applying for accreditation. It was led by the region's very able speakers who are expert in the field of ethics, Dr. Maria Paz Virginia K. Otayza, Dr. Michael Martin Baccay, Prof. Ryan Dean Sucgang and Dr. Mayrose L. Quezon.


On the first day of the training, Dr. Otayza tackled topics on the importa

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REMB-1 First Ever Accreditation Training

The Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – Region 1 (REMB-1) together with the Committee on Standards and Accreditation (CSA), in partnership with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, conducted for the first time ever a two-day Accreditation Training and Workshop on How to Accredit Research Ethics Committees on October 23-24, 2018, at the Board Room, Main Building of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte. The activity was primarily aimed at relating the roles and functions of REMB with the PHREB mandate and to rationalize the accreditation process according to the PHREB policies, accreditation standards and classification of RECs. 


Dr. Marita Reyes of the National Ethics Committee (NEC), served as

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As a way of helping our researchers on how to accurately and appropriately analyse their research findings, the R1HRDC Capacity Building Committee spearheaded the conduct of DATA ANALYSIS Training and Workshop on September 26-28, 2018 at Hotel Veniz, Baguio City, with the aide of the very able lecturer Ophelia Mendoza, DrPH, adjunct professor from the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of the Philippines, Manila.


The 3-day training evolved on the following topics:

(1) understanding the basic concepts and principles in the application of statistical tools for data analysis particularly in: computing and interpreting health indicators; describing data by means of constructing tables and graphs and applying measures of central tendency, dispersion and location; making statistical inference through estimation and hypothesis testing; and investigating relationships between variables; and

(2) Identify the most appropriate statistical tools needed for the analysis of the data and meet the objectives of the research proposals they are developing.

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Earlier this year, during the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)-Capacity Building Committee (CBC) meeting, one of the identified initiatives that the committee should undertake is the development of standard training materials. Thus, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in cooperation with Symmetrix Research Consultancy Co., through its project leader Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, conducted a regional consultative meeting in developing standardized training modules for the Basic Research Methods (BRM) course last September 4-5, 2018 at the Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City.


The consultative meeting was attended by the chairs/members of the Capacity Building Committee (CBC) and Research Management Committee (RMC) with the consortium coordinator/project staff of all the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) in the country. The objectives of the regional consultation were: (1)to share experiences of RHRDCs in the conduct of the BRM course; (2)to elicit suggestions from the RHRDCs regarding various aspects of the standardized modules

Read more: Standardization of Training Modules Used in Basic Research Methods Courses Conducted by RHRDCs

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