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 importance of ethics in research, ERC compositions and functions, and how to establish ERC. Likewise, Dr. Baccay presented the PHREB accreditation policies, and the first chapters of ERC SOP namely: review of REC functions, management of initial and post approval procedures, review procedures and meeting procedures. Further, Prof. Sucgang talked on how to organize and present SOP, documentation, and archiving.


On the second day, the participants made their initial SOP with the creation of their ERC's vision, mission, objectives, structure and composition and presented it to the body. It was critiqued by the lecturers and suggestion arose to make their output better. In the afternoon, Dr. Quezon made a talk on how to apply for ERC accreditation to PHREB through the REMB-1.


This training was one of the ways of both the REMB-1 and R1HRDC ERC to promote the creation of institutional ERCs and to address the problem of the region with only three (3) accredited ERC. It is expected that by next year, more institutional ERC will be established and eventually apply for accreditation.

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 the trainer for the training-workshop. Dr Reyes refreshed the participants on the REMB functions and gave a comprehensive lecture on the accreditation policies and standards for RECs. She emphasized the need to effectively employ the principles based on the National Ethical Guidelines which is considered as the bible of all ethics committees in the country.


The two sets of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) from the University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City, Ilocos Norte and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, were used by the participants who were divided into two groups. The two groups were composed of three (3) REMB members and (2) CSA members. The groups checked on the completeness of the documentary requirements and evaluated the SOPs. Although it was only a training, the results of the evaluation of the applications of the RECs of the two institutions served as basis for the findings that were transmitted to them for compliance.


Furthermore, during the latter part of the training- workshop, the members of the REMB-I showed their full support and supervision every time the CSA conducts an accreditation. They also expressed their gratitude to PHREB and PCHRD for the conduct of the said training-workshop.



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.


This training is the second phase of the series of workshops conducted on how to do a research project. The first wave which was the Basic Research Methods Course was conducted last November 2017 and the last phase which is the Training on Technical Report Writing is set early next year with a condition that the participants of the first two trainings will submit a full blown research proposal.

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

Every year, the health research community unites and exchange ideas to improve the health status in our country. This year, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in association with Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium organized the celebration of the 12th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week held on August 6-9, 2018 at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, Baguio City with the theme “Research and Innovation for Equity in Health”.


The weeklong celebration evolved on talks and discussions about ways on how to address current and pressing health issues and concerns. It is also during this time that regional consortia showcase their funded research papers through a research competition. Criteria for judging includes, but not limited to the importance of the project, innovativeness, addresses real health and health related problem, and has the potential to be converted into policy, product and service. With that, the Region 1 HRDC team had an excellent performance in this recently concluded event.


  • Holden Kirby M. Valdez, RN, MPH, PhD from Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF), San Carlos City Pangasinan, bagged the First Place AwardPoster Exhibit Contest – Professional Category for his paper entitled Anti-Thrombophenic Activity of Formulated Papaya (Carica Papaya) and Guava (Psidium Guajava) Capsule on
Read more: Region 1 HRDC Bring Home Awards from the 12th PNHRS Week Celebration

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