The Strategic Planning Workshop of  Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) was held last April 19, 2016 at the Surfvill Resort, Sitio Malingay Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte with Dr. Maria Linda G. Buhat, Assistant Director of the Nursing Services at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC), East Avenue, Quezon City as the facilitator.

Several participants of the planning workshop were from VMUF, R1MC, ITRMC, DMMMSU, DOST, UNP, NWU, MMMH&MC and PCHRD.

The planning started with the presentation of the new Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Strategy Map and Performance Scorecard including the new Vision, Mission and Core Values presented by Ms. Merlita Opena, Chief SRS, RICUD of the Philippine Council on Health Research and Developement (PCHRD), as these were the important areas needed in strategic planning. Dr. Buhat then, discussed her lectures on Strategic Planning which cover the Balance Scorecard, SWOT Analysis, PESTLE Analysis and Mackinsey7 topics. According to the facilitator, Strategic Planning is intended to accomplish three important tasks: (1) to clarify the outcomes that an organization wishes to achieve (2)to select the broad strategies that will enable the organization to achieve those outcomes and (3) to identify ways to measure progress.

In order to achieve the Strategic Plan goals, Dr. Buhat challenged the participants to accomplish and present their committee's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT), followed by the Three Year Strategic Plan as their output.

The planning was ended successfully with the presentation of committee's SWOT and Three Year Plan.

The R1HRDC held a Regional Research Contest last February 24, 2016 at the Dr. Salvador T. Duque Fieldhouse, Lyceum Northwestern University, Dagupan City, Pangasinan and the winners are the following:

Professional Oral Presentation:





1st Place

Mr. Gerly Mark Redoble


Domestic Violence and Coping Mechanism of Women in the 1st District of Ilocos Sur

2nd Place

Ms. Danica Ines Ramil


Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus) Peel for Potential Use as Herbal Supplement

3rd Place

Ms. Stephanie Jae Castro


Knowledge and Compliance to the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Input to a Quick Reference for Mothers


Professional Poster Contest:





1st Place

Ms. Angelica May Dela Cruz Mendoza


Hypolipedemic Effect of the Lyophilized Fruit Pulp of Guyabano, Annona muricata Linn. (Fam. Annonaceae) in Therogenic Diet Induced Hyperlipidemia in Albino Rats 

2nd Place

Dr. Ann Kathleen  S. Vallo &

Mr. Mark July  Xander A. Segundo


Phil. College of Science & Technology

The Needs of the Elderlies in Barangay Ambonao, Calasiao Pangasinan

3rd Place

Mr. Alexis Aguinaldo


Health Information Sources Related to Antimicrobial Resistance and its Influence to the Beliefs and Attitudes of the Public towards Antibiotic Use In La Union


Student Oral Presentation (Qualitative)





1st Place

Scherry Andrea G. Asuncion

Phoebe Angelique Bustillos

Roanne Allyza M. Ducusin

Reyjoyce Novales

Mylene Palacio

Jamaliah G. Radia

Lorma Colleges La Union

I Know, I Check, My Balls are Okay


2nd Place

 Dayana Claire B. Soriano

Creamly Sarmiento

Libby M. Rosario

Sofia Pagdanganan

Marikris E. Rempillo

Janice B. Roldan

Marienez Pizarro

Marvin Q. Acosta 


 A Journey of A Nurse Trainee Facing Daily Struggles and Challenges of Volunteerism


3rd Place

Romalyn C. Cumlat

Kurt Justin Felix

Queenie Anne I. Juan

Mae Joy D. Manglalan

Amadeus Mangligot

Frans Wesley Prudencio


Divine World College of Laoag

Lived Experience of Stoke Patients in Laoag City


Student Oral Presentation (Quantitative)





1st Place

Michlelle Cayabyab

Naomi Joy Bito

Lea Marie Itorma

Regine Tolentino

Jesicca Zacarias 


Comparative In -Vitro Dissolution Profiles of Selected Commercial

Levofloxacin 500 mg Tablets and its Generic Counterparts

2nd Place

Jan Mark Antiga

Jumielyn Caress Cardenas

Emelyn Joy D.Cuaresma

Emmanuel Gene Hermano

Ma. Ji Kavel J. Mallari

Starry Nurita 


Prevalence Of Peripheral Arterial Disease (Pad) Among Employees Of The University Of Northern Philippines With Diabetes, Hypertension And Obesity

 3rd Place

Ma. Johara F.Yohanon

ZharaGissele R. Martinez 


 Banana Stalk Fibers as Dental Floss



Student Poster Contest





1st Place

Harvy Rosario

Jennie Santos

Maria Arly Naoe


 Antidepressant Effect of Makahiya

(Mimosa pudicaLinn.:Fam.Fabaceae) Aqueous Leaf Extract


 2nd Place

 Ms. Kariza Tavares

Ms. Raquel De Guzman


In-Vitro Antimicrobial Efficacy of Some Indigenous Medicinal Plants against Skin Infections among Farmers in Tubao, La Union

3rd Place

 Jeremy Moreno

Kara Kristen Nolasco

Jessa Marie Rojas


Anti- Microbial Property of Damong-Maria (Artemesia vulgaris) Leaf Extract Against Staphyloccocus Aureus and Excherichia Coli

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in cooperation with Gruppo Medical, Inc. (GMI) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 DOST-PCHRD- Gruppo Medical Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.

The award is given to provide motivation for students, with the technical guidance of their faculty adviser, to view undergraduate thesis as an excellent opportunity to contribute to national interest. The Award recognizes relevant and innovative research works on herbal medicine that can lead to practical and/or commercial applications.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Arts and Sciences who have completed their thesis projects on medicinal plants in the current school year. Nomination must be made by the students’ faculty adviser using the prescribed nomination form. Please take note that any alteration on the nomination form is not allowed. All nominees must submit the following requirements together with the nomination form: (1) one soft and hard copies of the thesis report, (2) plant authentication certification and (3) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) certification for researches involving animals and/or Ethical clearance from an Ethics Review Committee for researches involving human participants. Nominations with incomplete requirements will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries. A maximum of three (3) thesis projects are allowed per institution.

The Gruppo Medica, Inc. Will be giving a cash prize of P 60,000.00 for the first prize winner (P 42,000 for the student, P 12,000 for the mentor and P 6,000 for the school), P 40,000 for the second prize winner (P 28,000 for the student, P 8,000 for the mentor and P 4,000 for the school) and P 20,000 for the third prize winner (P 14,000 for the student, P4, 000 for the mentor and P2, 000 for the school).

Nominations should reach the consortium not later than May 20, 2016 but the consortium encourages concerned colleges/universities to submit all nominations on or before May 16, 2016 to the R1HRDC Secretary Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga c/o Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte with telephone number 077-617-1517 or 09308817266.

A copy of guidelines and nomination form will send to your respective institutions/agencies for your reference.

A Basic Training in Good Clinical Practice for Investigators and Ethics Review Committee Members co-organized by the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) and Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) was held on December 12-13, 2015 at the 5th Floor Function Hall of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH & MC), City of Batac, Ilocos Norte.

The 37 participants who attended the training are mostly Medical Practitioners, Researchers and members of Ethics Review Committee from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), Northwestern University (NWU), Northern Christian College (NCC), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC).

The general objective of the training is to be able to apply Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Health Research Ethics Guidelines and Principles (HREGP) in the performance of specific research roles. The specific objective is to apply GCP and international guidelines, as well as national guidelines and regulations in the conduct of clinical research.

14 topics were discussed during the training. Dr. Marita V. Reyes, Dr. Jacinto Blas Mantaring, Dr. Lilia Valledor and Prof. Edlyn Jimenez were the main resource speakers/facilitators of the said training.

During the first day of training, Ms. Edlyn Jimenez discussed Topic #1: International Guidelines and Principles of Research Ethics, Dr. Reyes discussed Topic #2: National Guidelines and Principles, Topic #3: History and Principles of GCP and Topic #5: Role of Ethics Committee, Dr. Mantaring discussed Topic #4: Role of Investigator and Dr. Villador discussed Topic #6: Role of Sponsor and Topic #7: GCP and Audit Inspection. Exercises were given by Ms. Jimenez and Dr. Villador after all the topics were discussed.

On the second day, Dr. Mantaring discussed Topic #8: Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials, Topic #9: Ethical Issues in Observational vs. International Clinical Research and Topic #10: Vulnerability in Health Research, Dr. Valledor discussed Topic #11: SAE Reporting, Addressing Risks in Protocol Implementation and Topic #12: Conflict of Interest followed by Topic #13: Confidentiality Issues in Health Research and Topic #14: Informed Consent discussed by Ms. Edlyn Jimenez. Right after the lecture, Dr. Valledor and Ms. Jimenez administered the Workshop regarding the Research Protocol Issues followed by a post test.

The training ended with the awarding of certificates to the lecturers/speakers and participants.

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