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 bicolorĀ 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.