Fr. Alfredo Corpuz, was chosen as the Luzon Cluster Winner – Undergraduate Category of the 2021 Best Mentor in Health Research Award. Concurrently, he was also been selected as the National Winner for the 2021 Best Mentor in Health Research Award of the same category from among the other 4 (Four) cluster winners.

Last April 2021, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) announces their Call for Nominations for the 2021 Best Mentor in Health Research Award which recognizes excellence in mentorship that results in productivity of mentees in health research. It recognizes the vital role of the research mentors who selflessly share knowledge and skills, instill values and attitudes, and inspire those involved in the research process, thereby creating an enabling environment and contributing to capacity-building in research. Awardees were selected per cluster (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR) and categorized according to their mentees (Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Junior/Early Career Researchers).


Worthy to the award, Fr. Corpuz is a faculty member and presently the assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. He is a long-time member of the R1HRDC Ethics Review Committee. A graduate of Bachelor of Sacred Theology, BS in Nursing, BS In Medical Technology, and MS in Medical Technology. Moreover, he had conducted several researches and published both locally, nationally, and internationally and an active researcher in the field of health research funded by various credible funding government agencies.

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Through the initiative of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) – Capacity Building Committee (CBC), the Best Performing Partner Institutions and Individuals in Health Research for CY 2021 in Region 1 were recognized during the consortium’s 4th quarter Management Committee Meeting last December 22, 2021, online via zoom video conferencing.


Among the awardee’s, in no particular order, were:




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On August 13, 2021, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and its Mental Health Research Advisory Group launched the manual titled, “Quality Mental Health Research in the Philippines: Conceptualization, Design, and Methods." The purpose of this document is twofold: first, to serve as a working manual to guide mental health researchers in the submission of their proposals to PCHRD and other research organizations and to record the rich discourse on mental health concepts and research framework generated from the write shop conducted last 2020.


The PCHRD is planning to hold dissemination activities in the regions by 2022 to promote the recently-released research manual and to capacitate researchers in the development of mental health proposals for possible funding.


Mental health researchers are invited to participate in the said activity and accomplish the google form link: on or before 14 January 2022.


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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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