About the conference

In these trying times, the work of our researchers became more important. With the theme “Mobilizing Quality Health Researches Amidst the Challenges of COVID19”, R1HRDC will hold its first virtual Regional Health Research Conference to convene professional and student researchers in the region to learn from each other’s work, to further strengthen the health research community. This conference also aims to recognize and give awards to researchers and their works with potential to address current and pressing health concerns locally and nationally.

Spearheaded by the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1 as the online host, the initiative was made to reach the consortium’s stakeholders during this time of global pandemic without compromising each other’s health condition.


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In light of the urgent need to find the cure/ vaccine to fight COVID-19 and other needs to address current health challenges, the impact of research is once again emphasized. Thus, the R1HRDC – Research Management Committee conducted online review and shortlisting of submitted research proposals on August 13, 2020, via google meet platform.

Eight (8) research proposals were given to the RMC members prior to the online meeting to review the technical aspects and feasibility of the proposals. Among the topics reviewed were:

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The Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH)
Call for Applications 2020


As we  acknowledge the restrictions that COVID-19 has imposed upon us has made the process difficult, please note that we are extending the nomination period for GCARSIH up to 21 September 2020. This will give extra time to allow innovators to complete their nominations and allow further promotion of the award. This extension shall also postpone the selection of winners to October 2020



The Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH) aims to recognize the outstanding social innovations that address persistent, societal and health systems challenges. Through the innovators’ experience, we can better understand why and how social innovations create impact, and discover the keys to scale up or integrate these effective interventions into the larger health system.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked us all around the globe when we first learned about the disease that led to the closing of borders among countries, cities, provinces, and even barangays. It disrupted daily work and lives, it threatened humanity, tested the ability of our healthcare workers to fight the ghost like disease and tested our leaders’ capability to protect its people. It forced every people to conform to the so called “new normal” – staying at home, practising physical distancing, wearing of face mask, washing hands frequently and among others.

As a health research and development consortium which is task to facilitate global, national and local health needs by means of generating new and innovating existing knowledge, this pandemic will not hold nor stop the R1HRDCs operations.

Through the technical review board, which oversees and monitors the development and implementation of all research projects, the consortium was able to fund 2 research projects this year despite the COVID-19 menace. First, is the research project entitled “Assessment of Organizational Cultures Health Workforce in DOH-Retained Hospitals in Region 1” by Dr. Marvin T. Munar of Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, San Fernando City, La Union. The second research was entitled “Hearing Screening Protocol among Pupils with Special Healthcare Needs in Ilocos Norte” by Dr. Joy Alvarez of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. In addition, the TRB also reviewed research proposals for possible funding earlier this year.

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The Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), is implementing the HERDIN Plus online learning program. This program aims to provide online instruction for research institutions on how to manage and disseminate their research outputs using the HERDIN Plus System.

Part of the program is an online training activity starting September 2020. At the end of the training, research institutions are expected to consistently contribute their research outputs using the System.

Below are the requirements for the online training:

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The 2020 Joint Research Project Call for Proposals between DOST and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China is now open!
In pursuit of cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China, we are calling for mutually beneficial and collaborative project proposals in any of the following identified priority areas:
1. Health
2. Agriculture
3. Renewable Energy

A total of eight (08) new projects will be approved during this call for proposals. DOST will provide an annual funding of up to Php 8,000,000.00 for each approved research project, while MOST will provide an annual funding of up to RMB 1,000,000.00 for the Chinese counterpart. Each project should have a maximum duration of two (2) years.
For reference, below is the timeline for the 2020 DOST-MOST JRP Call for Proposals:
Deadline for submitting applications: 26 June 2020
Exchange lists of applications that meet the eligibility requirements: By the end of June 2020
Exchange of respective review results: By the end of September 2020
Selection decision and announcement: By the end of October 2020
Start of project: From January 2021 to December 2022
Submission of final reports: Upon completion of each project
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