A three-day training on Technical report Writing was conducted by the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Capability Building Committee (CBC) last November 8-10, 2016 at the Hotel Veniz, Baguio City.

The training course objectives for the participants were successfully attained at the end of the traning as follows : (a) to be able to differentiate technical writing from creative writing (b) to know the general guidelines in writing the different parts of a technical paper (c) to know the different methods of referencing (d) to be exposed to the requirements of various editorial bodies in publishing the research report in medical journals; and (e) to know the general guidelines in making an oral presentation of a technical report.

Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, a former professor from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was the training's learning provider. Dr. Mendoza assisted the committee to capacitate more the researchers in the region in coming up with a meaningful and quality research papers through her proficiency and experience in doing tremendous researches.

Participants who attended the training were from Northwestern University (NWU), Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC), University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Ilocos Training and Region Medical Center (ITRMC), Don Mariano Marcos State University (DMMMSU), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital (DDVMH) and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF). Most of the participants completed the series of workshop/training conducted by the CBC, from the Training Course on Basic Research Methods, Training on Data Analysis up to the Training on Technical Report Writing.

As per training evaluation of participants, they requested the committee to continue their plans to support researchers to develop their ability in doing meaningful research projects.

As part of the plan of Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) this year, the conduct of 2017 Operational Planning was held on October 25,2016 at the Board Room of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, City of Batac Ilocos Norte in conjunction with the 3rd Management Committee meeting.

Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Chairman R1HRDC, Dr. Leo B. Solis, Vice Chairman R1HRDC, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Chairman on Research and Development Committee (R&D), Dr. Mercita Queddeng, Chairman on Research and Utilization Committee, Ms. Lucila Roja and Ms. Samantha Sevilleno both from Philippine Council on Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and other R1HRDC members from different institutions/agencies attended the said activity.

Before the conduct of the highlight of the said Operational Planning, which is the Work and Financial Plan for CY2017. The following representatives from different institutions presented their reports and studies. Ms. Sevilleno on the Balik Scientist Program of the PCHRD, followed by the presentation of Regional Research Fund (RRF) progress report by Dr. Ja P. Malvar on his study entitled " Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Device in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Filipinos: A Pilot Study, Ms. Marcia A. Fellizar on her study entitled "Child Abuse Victim Seen at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center-Women and Child Protection Unit: An In-Depth Clinical Study, Mr. Jimmy G. Catanes on his study entitled "Cancer Chemopreventive Activity of the Characterized Bioactive Alkaloid Extract from Sorgum bicolor and Mr. Holden Kirby Valdez on his study entitled "Anti-Thrombocytophenic Activity of Formulated Papaya (Carica papaya) and Guava (Psidium guajava) Capsule on Sprague Dawley (Rattus norvegicus) RAT. Afterwhich, the group conducted the committee performance assessment and work planning.

The event ended successfully with the presentation of each committee's planned activities for CY2017.

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