The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products.The program aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number of research and later on build a pool of researchers/experts specializing in the field. It supports the Drug Discovery and Development Program of the DOST-PCHRD which aims to develop safe, effective and affordable alternative drugs from the country's natural resources.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products in the current school year. All nominees in Region 1 must submit the following documents to the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Secretariat:

(a) duly accomplished prescribed research proposal 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 clearances,

(g) curriculum vitae of the students and adviser using the prescribed form.

Nominations with incomplete requirements will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries.

A thesis grant amounting to Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00) will be given to two (2) thesis proposals per region. And after completion of the study, six (6) finalist will be chosen to present their research during the Philippine Health Research System Week (PNHRS) Week celebration wherein three (3) winners will be selected. The cash prizes include P30,000.00 for the first prize winner, P22,000.00 for the second prize winner and P15,000.00 for the third prize winner.

Deadline for submission of nominations to R1HRDC is on May 25, 2018. For other queries, you can contact Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga, R1HRDC Secretariat with mobile number 09308817266/09778031747 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resource Speakers and Participants in Region 1

According to a study, the Philippines is among countries with most at risk of disasters. Yet only few researches regarding disaster is being done. In order to fulfill the year’s goals, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) with the assistance of Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC), started its Capacity building on health research in disaster Phase 1: Orientation to Concepts and Principles on January 23-24, 2018 at the Northview Hotel, Laoag City. This activity aims to equip the young researchers in Region 1 with the basic foundation in the field of disaster research.

To make them knowledgeable on the principles to disaster risk reduction (DRR) it is essential that the participants understand what a “disaster” actually means, define the concepts of disaster risk, hazard, vulnerability and capacity.  It is important also to differentiate hazard from disaster because it often causes confusion and has been the subject of debates. It is also essential to researchers to understand of disaster in both social and natural science perspectives.

This initial stage of training was imparted by the strongly able speakers: Dr. Miguel Manuel Dorotan, Dr. Ofelia Saniel, and Dr. Ophelia Mendoza. The Phase II and Phase III of the training is scheduled on March 6-8 and April 3-4, 2018, respectively, by the same participants who attended the Phase I. At the end of the three trainings, the participants will be able to communicate knowledge and understanding on mitigation techniques and procedures, disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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