Participants,Speakers and Facilitators during the Regional Consultation


As part of the methodology for developing the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), through its partner organizations,conducted a two day regional consultation in region 1 entitled "Organizing Consultative Workshop Towards the Development of the Philippine National Health Research System's Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) 2017-2022.The consultation was held on May 23-24, 2017 at the Northview Hotel, Brgy. Nalbo Laoag City,Ilocos Norte facilitated by the Healthdev Institute.

This consultation was part of the larger effort in developing the NUHRA 2017-2022, which specifies the areas for health research that need to be studied.The regional consultation served as the venue for all relevant stakeholders to create the Regional Unified Research Agenda (RUHRA) priorities.

Participants who attended the said consultation were member and non-member institutions of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) to wit: National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP), Pangasinan Medical Society (PMS), Panpacific University North Philippines (PUNP), Northern Christian College (NCC),Northwestern University (NWU),Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU),Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC), Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Inc.(VMUF), Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC),Commission on Higher Education (CHED),Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH),Philippine Information Agency (PIA),Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU),National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), University of Northern Philippines (UNP) and Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC).

Speakers during the regional consultation were Dr. Miguel Antonio Salazar and Mr. Teddy S. Dizon bothe from the Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO) Inc. and Mr. Paul Ernest De Leon from PCHRD-Research and Development Management Division. On the 1st day, topics discussed were: Introduction to the PNHRS and the NUHRA,Orientation to the NUHRA and RUHRA agenda setting priorities,Inputs:Technical Papers and Regional Situationer,Brainstorming session and plenary.On the 2nd day,topics were: Setting Criteria for Prioritization,Prioritization Exercise,RUHRA 2017-2022:Results of Prioritization,Planning for RUHRA dissemination,funding monitoring and Evaluation of the Regional Consultation.

After thorough review and deliberation of the group,there were eight (8) priority areas created for region 1 under the RUHRA and these were the following: (1) Triple Burden Disease (2) Health of the Vulnerable Populations (3)Drug Discovery and Development (4) Health Technology and Development (5)Food Safety and Nutrition (6) Health Governance and Policies (7) Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals and (8) Health Financing.

The consultation became a good venue for interaction and improved the relations between and among the participants.


The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) is now calling for the submission of research paper to be included in oral and poster presentation during the 2017 R1HRDC Regional Research Conference on May 25, 2017 to be held at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Batac City Ilocos Norte.  With the theme " R1HRDC Bolstering People's Quality of Life through Health Research and Dissemination" which aims to (1) provide platform for professional and student researches for health utilization and dissemination (2) strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions (3) support, encourage and nurture scholarly work of student and professional researcher.

For interested proponent, kindly send your research paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And for other queries, you can reach us through this cellphone number 09308817266 and look for Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga the R1HRDC Secretariat c/o Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)  thru the Research and Development Committee (R&D) is now calling for research proposals that are aimed to address pressing and current health concerns in the region.

At least Php 500,000 in funding support from the Regional Research Fund of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will be used to support researches spanning National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) includes:Drug Discovery and Development,Development of Diagnostic Kits for Priority Diseases,Genomic and Molecular Technology,Functional Food,Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices and Chronobiology.And for Regional Unified Health  Research Agenda (RUHRA):Local Governance,Health Needs of Special Group,Bio-medical Research and Climate Change.

Interested proponents are expected to submit their research proposals in capsule or full blown on or before June 30, 2017. The Following format is required for the submitted proposals: (1) Project Title, (2) Project Leader, (3) Significance of the Proposal, (4) Methodology, (5) Expected Output/s and (6) Line Item Budget.

Proposals should be sent to Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga c/o Mariano Marcos Memorial hospital and Medical Center or be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For other queries, you can also reach Ms. Ranga @ 09308817266 or 077- 617-1517.

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