Committed to fulfill its project in capacitating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to overcome difficulties in establishing their RECs and to achieve accreditation, the Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office 1 (CHED-RO1) and CHED Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) sponsored an online Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) on November 15-16, 2021.


A total of 30 participants who are researchers, research advisers, and ethics committee members, attended the said training from ten (10) HEIs offering graduate and health programs. The speakers were Dr. Marita V. Tolentino-Reyes and Dr. Carl Abelardo T. Antonio from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) – Committee on Information, Dissemination, Training and Advocacy (CIDTA).

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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.


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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.

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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).

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