The Combined 2014 R1HRDC Promotional Activities: (Research Exhibit Caravan, Regional Research Contest & Research Dissemination Forum) was held on July 18, 2014 at the AVR Room of Don Mariano Marcos Sate University in Bacnotan La Union with the theme, “Strengthening Collaboration thru Research and Innovation in Health”.

More than 70 participants attended the activity which consists mostly of students and some professionals from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) – Batac City, University of Northern Philippines (UNP) – Vigan City, Don Mariano Marcos State University (DMMSU) – La Union and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF) of Dagupan City.

At around 8:00 A.M., registration of all participants and attendees was conducted for documentation purposes. Afterwhich, Dr. Rudy P. Bareng of the Northwestern University (NWU) – Laoag City, led the invocation followed by the Philippine National Anthem. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Ana Gay Ranga, the R1HRDC Secretariat presented all the participants followed by the welcome remarks of the RUC Chairperson, Dr. Mercita Q. Queddeng. Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula, SUC President IV and DMMMSU President gave his keynote address thereafter.

During the Regional Research Contest, a total of nine (9) entries qualified in the Poster Competition. In the Oral Presentation, under Professional Category, four (4) entries qualified. While in the Student Category, seven (7) entries qualified. The members of the technical panel of evaluators were Engr. Armando Ganal, to which he served as the Chairman of the said event, Dr. Unity Cortez and Dr. Hilarion Maramba served as the panel of evaluators and critics of the Research Dissemination Forum. All winners of the competition will represent the Consortium in 2015 PNHRS Week Celebration.

During the Research Dissemination Forum, the University of the Northern Philippines, duly represented by Prof. Clarita Cariaga, presented their funded research output entitled “Patterns of Dengue Infection in Region I” as part of the other R1HRDC Promotional Activities.

In the afternoon, the Research Exhibit Caravan showcased four (4) DOST-PCHRD R1HRDC funded research projects.

The activity ended successfully with the awarding of winners and consolation prizes to the participants. A very inspiring closing remarks was delivered by Dr. Flordeliza Bobiles, RUC member (ITRMC) while Ms. Remedios Mangoba of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center – Nursing Staff served as the emcee of the activity.

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