The 2015 Program Complementation Activities of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research Utilization Committee (RUC), has successfully completed the Regional Research Contest and Research Exhibit Caravan Program last February 27, 2015 at the Alumni Center of Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Inc., San Carlos City Pangasinan with the theme “Complementing Integrity in Health thru Standard and Quality Health Researches”. This contest aims to (1) provide professional and student researches as a good avenue for health research utilization and dissemination (2) strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions (3) promote quality health researches as parameters to quality, safe and efficient health care in this increasingly difficult health condition especially the marginalized communities and (4) tap potential researchers towards health both students and professional alike and bring out their maximum talents.
Less than 200 participants, whom are mostly students and professional attended the said activity. Participants were from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Northwestern University (NWU), Pangasinan State University (PSU), Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC), University of Northern Philippines (UNP),Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Inc. (VMUF), and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).Other participants (non-member institutions) were from Collegio de Dagupan, University of Pangasinan, Lorma Colleges and St. Paul Colleges (Vigan City). These participants, together with the R1HRDC Chair & Members were warmly welcomed by the Drum and Bungle Corps of VMUF. The program started with the ribbon cutting for the Research Exhibit Caravan and Poster Competition, followed by the invocation and Philippine National Anthem led by the Drum and Bugle Corps of VMUF. Dr. Ma. Lilia Posadas-Juan, University President delivered her welcome remarks and the response was given by Dr. Mercita Queddeng, Chairman of RUC. An inspirational message came from the woman behind the success of R1HRDC, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza. This was followed by the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation and token to Dr. Ma. Lilia Posadas-Juan by the chairman of the Consortium and other chairs from different committees.
During the Regional Research Contest, under Professional Category, out of the 69 entries submitted, only five (5) papers were qualified for the Oral Presentation and five (5) papers for Poster Exhibit Contest. Under the Student Category, in which more than 80 entries were submitted, and only six (6) papers and eight (8) papers were qualified for Oral Presentation and Poster Exhibit Contest, respectively simultaneous presentations were done during the contests. The members of the Technical Panel for the Oral Presentation (Professional Category) were Dir. Armando Ganal from DOST, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III from MMMHMC and Mr. David Livingstone Ramos from LNU while Dr. Rolando Navarro from UNP, Dr. Larguita Reotutar and RUC members were the technical panel members for the Poster Exhibit Contest. For the student category the Evaluators for Oral Presentation were Dr. Hilarion Maramba from R1MC, Dr. Geraldine Casipit from CHED and Dr. Unity H. Cortez from ITRMC while for the Poster Exhibit Contest, the members of the Technical Panel were Dr. Nora P. Benavides from PSU, Dr. Cecilia Villamor from DMMMSU and RUC members.
The Research Exhibit Caravan showcased four (4) completed research paper funded by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
The activity ended profitably with the awarding of winners and consolation prizes to the participants.