The R1HRDC through the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) conducted an online Training on Writing Effective Policy Briefs on August 24-25, 2021, joined by a total of 34 participant – researchers. Dr. Shiela V. Siar, Director/Manager of Research Information Department – Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), was tapped as the resource speaker.
The 34 participants are from the different Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), universities, and hospitals in Region 1. They are varieties of new and seasoned researchers in the field of health research.
The topics that were discussed includes: (1) Policy brief and its characteristics; (2) Basic structure of a policy brief; (3) Sources of topics for policy briefs; (4) Preparing a policy brief based on the results of a study or data gathered; and (5) Techniques on how to write clear and concise policy.
The first ever online celebration of the 14th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week with the theme “Health R&D in the New Normal: Moving Towards Universal Health Care”, hosted by the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) was participated in by 16 Regional Consortia all over the country on August 9-13, 2021
Maximizing the benefits of virtual conferences, Satellite Sessions were conducted for 4 days prior to the main event. The South Luzon Cluster concentrated on the theme “Financing for National Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness” on August 3, 2021. The Region 1 HRDC, together with the Cagayan Valley VHRDC, Central Luzon HRDC, and CAR HRDC belonged to the North Luzon Cluster Satellite Session on August 4, 2021 that focused on the thematic area “Strengthening the National Health Research System’s Capacity for Response and Research”. On August 5, 2021 the Visayas Cluster was tasked to roll out topics focusing on the learnings achieved during the COVID-19 with the theme “Enhancing Regional Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies”. The last satellite session on August 6, 2021 which is anchored with the theme “Ensuring Good Governance and Accountability in the New Normal” was handled by Mindanao Cluster.
The Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office 1 (CHED-RO1) and CHED Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) conducted an Online Orientation-Seminar on the Establishment and Accreditation of Research Ethics Committee (REC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) on May 25, 2021, with the aim of capacitating HEIs and researchers to overcome difficulties in establishing and subjecting their RECs and IACUCs for accreditation.
In a recent survey done by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office 1 and Regional Ethics Monitoring Board-1 (REMB-1) chaired by Dr. Mayrose L. Quezon, there were only seven (7) higher education institutions with established institutional Research Ethics Committees (RECs) out of thirty-six (36) higher education institutions (HEIs) offering graduate and health program. Two (2) of which are accredited by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). Meanwhile, only three (3) out of eleven (11) HEIs conducting animal studies have Laboratory Animal Facilities that are registered with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) recognizes the vital role of the research mentor who selflessly shares knowledge and skills, instills values and attitudes, and inspires those involved in the research process, thereby creating an enabling environment and contributing to capacity-building in research.
The Best Mentor Award is offered biennially to recognize and reward mentors in health research who have built the capacities of researchers in the health sector and, in the process, propelled significant advances in the Philippine National Health Research System’s (PNHRS) thrusts as identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).
Awardees will be selected per cluster (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR) and categorized according to their mentees (Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Junior/Early Career Researchers). Also, national winners will be chosen for each category who will be awarded during the PNHRS Week Celebration.
Best Mentor Award recognizes excellence in mentorship that results in productivity of mentees in health research.
Who can nominate
The nominating party may be any of the following:
head of the nominee’s institution or immediate supervisor
Self-nomination is not allowed.
Who can be nominated
must be a Filipino citizen
must be with appropriate or relevant academic qualifications
must be actively involved in mentoring researchers/students or colleagues for at least 3 years
has a good track record as a researcher in terms of any of the following: publication, product development or policy formulation
professionally involved in health research activities either as a research program/project leader, principal and co-principal investigator, mentor/adviser/trainer, or author/co-author
actively involved in any health research activities in the last 5 years such as conduct of research training and extension work, paper presentations, fund generation, research promotion and networking, research agenda setting, and capacity-building activities
*Winners are ineligible for subsequent nominations, while non-winners are still eligible for nominations if they submit a new set of documents but not for consecutive calls of nomination