Every year, the Philippine Science High School conducts the National Competitive Examination (NCE), a one-time screening examination to determine the qualifiers for PSHS scholarship.  They are now accepting applicants for this year’s NCE, which will be held on 19 October 2019.


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The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research Utilization Committee (RUC), once again spearheaded the 2019 Regional Research Conference on May 22, 2019 at Northwestern University, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with this year’s theme: “Research Outputs as Inputs towards Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Life”. It aimed to: (1) develop and strengthen health research network thru health research conference; (2) encourage researchers to conduct quality research with the highest ethical standard that contribute to the improvement of the quality of life; and (3) equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and values for effective and efficient adoption and utilization of health research.

The highlight of the event is the oral presentation and poster exhibit contest of completed research papers which was divided into 2 (two) categories: Student and Professional. On March 4, 2019, the RUC has called for the submission of completed papers which was screened and assessed by the Research Management Committee (RMC). Out of 90 (30 from professionals and 60 from students) submitted papers, the following researches emerged as winners during the said conference:

Professional Category (Oral Presentation)





1st Place

Out of the dark: An Engaged Journey of Substance Abuse Clients towards Therapeutic Community

Jayson D. Bautista, RN, MAN

DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Dagupan City, Pangasinan

2nd Place

White Caps and Cyber Bullies: The Lived Experiences of Nurses who are Victims of Social Media Shaming

Rodney Odesson Raguindin, RN, MAN, Ed.D

Lyceum Northwestern University – Dagupan City, Pangasinan

3rd Place

Residents’ Environment Safety for Fall Prevention in a Long Term Facility

John Francis A. Paraoan, RN, MAN

Catalino Pe Benito, RN

Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte


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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) continuously provides assistance to relevant R&D endeavors to push the development of local and appropriate technologies with socio-economic benefits for the people. This is to ensure that new knowledge and information are generated to increase productivity and ensure quality products and processes in the country.

Please be informed that the Call for Proposals for CY 2021 funding and implementation under the DOST Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Program is now open. We enjoin you to submit proposals that are aligned with the priority areas under the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA) 2017-2022. We strongly encourage proposals that the forge linkage between the government, academe and the industry sector to ensure the development of demand-driven technologies and most important projects that will ensure the transfer of technologies developed from completed R&D projects funded by DOST-GIA.

For your guidance, below are deadlines for submission of proposals:

Proposed Budget Deadline of Submission
more than 100 Million April 30, 2019
more than 50 Million  May 31, 2019
Below 50 Million June 30, 2019


All proposals written in the prescribed DOST format should be submitted to the office of the Undersecretary for R&D on or before the given deadline. You may also email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The HNRDA and DOST forms may be downloaded via the following links:


Below is the list of required documents for reference and guidance. Please note that submissions that do not conform with the prescribed format and with incomplete attachments will not be entertained. Thank you.

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Announcement: RRC to be Moved on May 22, 2019

The 2019 R1HRDC Regional Research Conference was re-scheduled from May 16 to May 22, 2019 at same venue, Northwestern University, Airport Road, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

The Management and the in-charge committee, Research Utilization Committee would like to express their sincerest apology for this inconvenience and hope that everyone will come and witness this one of the biggest gatherings of health advocates and researchers in the region.

Research Management Committee ON THE GO

As part of their major role, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Research Management Committee conducted the Oral Presentation, Review and Evaluation of Proposals on March 21, 2019 at Eurotel Baguio City. A total of Eight (8) research proposals were reviewed during the day by five (5) technical reviewers and experts namely: Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Dr. Edelyn Cadorna, Dr. Mayrose L. Quezon, Dr. Lori Marseli De Castro and Dr. Adriano Esguerra.


Prior to the oral presentation, a screening or shortlisting of the received proposals was conducted on January 24, 2019 by the technical panel of evaluators at MMMH&MC Batac City. Out of 13 proposals that were received for the 1st quarter of 2019, 6 potential papers were selected to proceed on the said oral presentation plus 2 proposals which were already on its second wave of oral presentation reflecting their compliance on the given comments and suggestions.

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The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium – Research Utilization Committee (R1HRDC-RUC) started the year by conducting the back to back Health Research Dissemination Forum with Applied CPD Units (for Nurse only) in collaboration with the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) Nursing Division and University of Northern Philippines (UNP).


The application of CPD Units resulted in numerous interested nurses all over the region, thus, the forum was divided into 2 (Two) Phases to accommodate the participants. With the theme “Restructuring R1HRDC Health Research Dissemination Forum towards Relevant Professional Needs, the Phase 1 which is for the Provinces of La Union and Pangasinan, was on January 26, 2019 held at DBM Conference Hall, San Fernando City La Union, which catered to more or less 160 registered nurses. While on February 9, 2019, the Phase 2 of the forum was conducted at UNP, Vigan City with the theme “Research Outputs: Inputs to Evidenced Based Nursing Practice”, which ended up accommodating almost 80 nurses from the Provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

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