From left to Right: Dr. Mary Lu Magno, Chair of Ethics and review Committee; Ms. Lucila Roja and Ms. Carina Rebulanan, representatives from PCHRD; Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, new R1HRDC Chair; Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Chair of Research and Development Committee; and Dr. Unity Cortez, Chair of Capability Building Committee conferred the plaque of recognition to Dir. Leonardo N. Quitos, Jr. (center).




The members of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)  recognized the sterling leadership of former consortium’s chair, Dir. Leonardo N. Quitos,  Jr., of the National Economic and Development Authority – Cordillera Administrative  Region (NEDA-CAR) in a Turn Over Ceremony of Region 1 Health Research and  Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Chairmanship and CY 2011 Performance Assessment  and CY 2012 Work Planning Workshop held last 19 January 2012, at the Nueva Segovia  Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC) Plaza, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur.

Dir. Quitos was formerly the NEDA 1 Regional Director before he was reassigned to NEDA-CAR last November 28, 2011. Serving as the longest chairperson of the consortium for eleven years, he had contributed in the growth and development of the R1HRDC by revitalizing its operation in 2000, crafting its operations manual (first RHRDC to develop among the RHRDCs across the country), pushed for the trainings of pool of health researchers in the region, chaired the Search Committee for Northern Luzon for the Best in Health Mentor Award of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for several years and among others. The officials of the consortium together with the representatives from the Philippine Council for Health Research and development conferred the plaque of recognition to Dir. Quitos.

Dir. Quitos although now reassigned at the NEDA Cordillera Administrative Region had still opened his service to the consortium especially in facilitating the conduct of team building activities for the R1HRDC.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) of Batac City, Ilocos Norte was installed as the new chair of the consortium via unanimous decision. She will be assisted by her co-chairperson, Dr. Leo B. Solis of the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF) of San Carlos Pangasinan.

The R1HRDC is the region’s steering body for health and health-related research and concerns. It serves as the regional arm of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) and it is mandated to strengthen the system of health research collaboration in the region to develop, enhance and capacitate institutions to engage in health research to help improve the health conditions of the people. To know more about the consortium you may contact the office of Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza at telephone number 077-792-3133/3144.

“The consortium will identify research proposals in line with biomedical and technology generation for next year”, said Dir. Leonardo N. Quitos Jr, the R1HRDC chairperson in the last Mancom Meeting held last 6 September 2011 at the NEDA Conference Hall, City of San Fernando, La union.

He stressed that in order to be in line with the thrust of the PCHRD, the consortium will have to prioritize identifying clinical studies and product based researches for its next research agenda formulation earlier of 2012. He also told that the consortium will invite and engage medical doctors of the region to provide proposals along the line.

Dr. Jose Orosa III, the R&D Committee Chairperson also supported the idea. He said that even though most of the researches identified for implementation this year are social researches, the consortium still managed to produce one product based research which is on the development of brown rice into baby foods by the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU). The proposal was identified by the PCHRD as one breakthrough study for brown rice in Luzon. The PCHRD through its R&D Division provides the necessary technical assistance to the proponent in repacking/improving the proposal.  

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