The R1HRDC continuously equips its veterans and amateur researchers with skills and knowledge that would strengthen their capabilities as researchers. Thus, the R1HRDC through its Capacity Building Committee (CBC) and Ethics Review Committee (ERC) conducted a simultaneous training workshops entitled “Training Course on Basic Research Methods” held on November 21-23, 2017 at Hotel Veniz, Baguio City and “Good Research Practice Training” held on November 22-23, 2017 at Dagupan Village Hotel, Dagupan City Pangasinan.

The CBC, headed by Dr Unity H. Cortez, Chairperson and Engr. Ismael Gurtiza, Vice Chair, conducted the 3-day Training Course on Basic Research Methods. This was led by the competent resource speaker Dr. Ophelia M. Mendoza with dexterity on proposal writing and qualitative research. Dr. Mendoza is an adjunct professor at the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in University of the Philippines. She is also a consultant on different projects related to public health and a retired professor from the same university where she is presently affiliated. She taught the participants who are mostly new on the field of research on the development of capsule research proposal, hence, giving them critical insight into their own decision making process.

Another training conducted by ERC headed by Dr Hilarion H. Maramba, Chairperson, in cooperation with the Philippine Health research Ethics Board (PHREB) is the Good Research Practice Training with an initial aim that researches funded by the consortium should be conducted to the highest achievable standards of research practice to ensure the integrity of research outputs, and to prevent research misconduct. The first resource speaker was Dr Ricardo Manalastas Jr, a member of the National Ethics Committee Ad Hoc Committee for the revision of the National Ethical Guidelines and the Chairperson on PHREB Committee on information dissemination, training, and advocacy. He is also an obstetrician gynecologist at Philippine General Hospital and a professor at the UP Manila College of Medicine. The second speaker was Professor Fatima A. Castillo, a professional lecturer in Political Science in UP Manila, UP Centennial professor, a visiting researcher in the institute of social and health sciences, and a social researcher with a numerous published researches. The 2-day seminar includes topics on Ethical Research; Scientific Soundness; Principles on Non-maleficence, Beneficence, Autonomy and Informed Consent and Principle of Justice; Social and Behavioral Research; Conflict of Interest; National, International and REC Controls; Procedures on the Research Ethics Committee Review of Protocols; the Principles, Standards and Guidelines on Good Clinical Practice. In addition, there were also role playing activities conducted by the participants portraying real scenarios on the conduct of researches involving human participants. Aside from the entertainment factor of the activity is the recognition of participants about the DOs and DONTs, how to avoid and how to correct common ethical issues experienced by the researcher and their human subject.

With these two activities, the whole R1HRDC is looking forward to cater more researchers with good quality research projects in the near future.







In coordination with Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Philippines. R1HRDC Conducted a Seminar/Workshop on Patent Drafting for Inventors, Academe and Researchers

To protect the ideas, invention, discoveries of our local  researchers, such idea stemmed from the request of the researchers, heads and member institutions who are conducting research proposals, the R1HRDC through its Capability Building Committee conducted a seminar workshop on intellectual property rights held last October 2-4, 2017 at El Cielito Hotel Baguio City.

This 3-day event was led by the able resource speaker Engr. Emmanuel Mendoza, the Area Manager for IP Field Operations from Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines. He imparted his knowledge about the rules and procedures on how to protect patents, copyrights, trademarks and other forms of IPRs, as well as the RA 10055 or the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009. The lecture gave emphasis on the exclusive IP rights to produce, the opportunities that includes sales, licensing, various types of strategic business partnerships or alliances and the possible establishment of joint ventures locally and internationally.

It was participated in by 30 capable and aspiring researchers from the different stakeholders of the consortium such as the academe and health institutions throughout the region, thereby protecting their rights and properties.

This kind of training is a good avenue in encouraging our health researchers to create valuable ideas in developing a study that they can call their own.

 Lead by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, was the conferment of awards to the Gawad Career Executive Service Honorees and to 26 individuals and 4 groups that made up the roster of finalists in the 2017 Search for Outstanding Government Workers, at the Rizal Hall Malacañang Palace on Sept 20, 2017.

The award, spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission aims to “recognize members in the Career Executive Service (CES) for exemplary performance and significant contributions, particularly in the areas of innovation, information and communication technology, social services, administrative reforms and public policy.” Distinguished recipient of this award is Dr Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Medical Center Chief II of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center and also the Chairman of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC). She took home a plaque with the Presidential Seal, a medal and prize money amounting to PhP100,000.00.

In order to qualify for this prominent award, the nominee will need to pass the validation process and the selection of winners shall have three levels. The first or pre-screening level shall be done by the CESB Secretariat to ensure adherence to criteria and completion of documents. The second level shall be done by a group of previous years’ winners of the GAWAD CES who will short-list from among the nominees the finalists for in-depth validation. The third and final level shall be done by the Committee on Awards which will select the winners for the year’s GAWAD CES from among the validated finalists.

This rigid process is no joke for only a few is being selected to receive the award. In the year 2015, there were only 5 awardees while only 3 receives the award for the year 2016.

To quote on the article published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer dated September 20, 2017, stating the reasons why Dr Otayza was granted the prestigious award says, “For developing the Innovative Health Assistance Financing System, which has lightened the burden of the sick while fostering one’s responsibility for health; for her successful endeavour on Global Standard Health Care and Acquisition of Equipment, which enabled Mariano Marcos Hospital to become a specialized reference center in Northern Luzon; and for spearheading the creation of a comprehensive human health resource development that led to the establishment of the Mariano Marcos State University College of Medicine, as well as the maintenance of the accreditation of training of the different clinical departments and the creation of Family Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Departments.

During his speech, the President commended the honorees calling them “the men and women of goodwill” and “brilliant and innovative”. He also encouraged and reminded his fellow civil servants to “reduce the case of graft and corruption to the most minimal level” if not “totally eliminated”.

Photos of the awarding ceremony were also published by the same publication dated September 24, 2017. Congratulations!




The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC), once again proved its research capability by way of bagging awards, competing against other seventeen (17) consortia within the country during the 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)  Week celebration held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City on August 24-25, 2017.

Under the PosterExhibit Contest,the “Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Device in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Filipinos Seen in DOH Tertiary Hospital: A Pilot Study” with authored by Dr Ja P.Malvar and Dr Jose B. Orosa III of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, and IMCI Mobile Application as an Alternative Tool for Health Care Providers" authored by Nicole Kaye Mondero, Carl Ernestine Bayot, Angelica Barba and Miriam Ferreria of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, were awarded as 2nd place for professional and student categories, respectively.

Another remarkable grant is the Gold Award of R1HRDC Website for consistently updating the website, featuring the consortium's accomplishments, providing news and information for the public.

An extra pride for the consortium is Dr Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, PNHRS Research Agenda Committee Chair and R1HRDC Chair, for being the resource speaker of “Investing in the Implementation of the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2022” during the plenary sessions. In addition, Ms Marcia Abadilla-Fellizar of MMMH&MC, author of the study, “Child Abuse Victims seen at MMMH&MC – Women and Child Protection Unit: An In-Dept Clinical Study” stood out for being one of the finalists in the Professional Oral Research Paper Presentation.

The success of the consortium was due to combined immeasurable team efforts of the R1HRDC personnel along with its stakeholders. The passion and dedication to research work surely help in improving the health outcome for the betterment of the community especially within the region.



To blot another year of success, the country’s health research community commemorated its 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week on 24-25 August 2017 at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. It is a gathering of different stakeholders in health research and development to contribute research-based solutions to health problems.

With the theme “Research and Innovations in Health: Empowering and Transforming Communities,” this year’s celebration emphasizes the roles, challenges, and opportunities of health research and innovation in reaching, empowering, and transforming the Filipino communities.

Pre-conference sessions such as Ethics, Society of Health Research Communicators (SHARE) Assembly, Research Workshop, eHealth Summit, National consultation on the development of Technical Review Board Manual, meeting of various PNHRS Committees, Meeting of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia Secretariat, and Health Research and Development for Disaster Program Review were also made on 22-23 August 2017 at Hotel Jen Manila.

Plenary and parallel sessions was also made that revolved around key areas including National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), Drug Addiction and Mental Health, Islands of Wealth and Wellness, Health of Marawi: the Psychosocial and Health Concerns of Internally Displaced Persons in areas with armed conflicts, presentation of contributed papers such as 6A: Alternative Gender-Aware Indices for Measuring Poverty: Implications for Healthcare for the Poor and Innovative Strategy Towards Sustainable Control and Elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines.

This 4 day event was joined by over 1,300 participants from all over the country reaching its aim of providing a platform for the different stakeholders in health research and development to interact, learn from each other, share information and experiences, voice their concerns, and to add research-based solution to health problems.


MHRDC and R1HRDC Chairs and Members


The MIMAROPA Health Research and Development Consortium (MHRDC), the youngest regional health research consortium in the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) visited the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) on June 27-29, 2017 to benchmark the best practices that made the latter consortium succeed.

A meet and talk session that was held at Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) in Batac City Ilocos Norte in which the R1HRDC's organizational structure was discussed together with how the consortium runs the organization in a resilient, effective and efficient manner that made it become a well established one. They also visited the Tuklas Lunas Center situated at Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

Participants from MIMAROPA region were composed of Prof. Marissa Pontillas (Chair, MHRDC),Dr. Patrick Regoniel (Director, MHRDC), Mr. Marvin Plata (Chair, ERC), Dr. Romeo Lerom (Chair, R&D), Dr. Diosdado Zulueta (Chair, CBC), Dr. Virginia Alkiate, Ms. Sol Theresa Logo, Mr. Hagari Toyokan, Mr. Justine Byla-ay (CHED MIMAROPA), Ms. Sabrina Elechosa (SRS II, DOST-PCHRD),Mr.Jezreel Sarabia (member,ERC), Ms. Rhoda Lyn Ramos (DOST MIMAROPA-Project Staff), Ms. Angela Kaye Reyes, Ms. Janet Cayabyab and Ms. Angelie SOngco (DOH-MIMAROPA).

Imparting the strategies and techniques from region 1 were Dr.  Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, chair R1HRDC, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, chair R&D, Dr. Mercita Queddeng, chair RUC, Dr. Hilarion H. Maramba Jr.,chair ERC with members Dr. Larguita Reotutar, Dr. Marivic Alimbuyuguen and Ms. Anita Criste and Ms. Lucila Roja from DOST-PCHRD.

This undertaking along with the support of the R1HRDC and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is one of MHRDC's ways to achieve their mission to be the catalyst of change not only in research but also in the health of the MIMAROPA Region.

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