Other young consortium in the country look up to R1HRDC as a developed consortium and some makes R1HRDC as their path of benchmarking activities. While it is overwhelming and a pride to the consortium, the Management Committee never cease to plan for activities that will develop the capacity of the organization. Last July 4, 2018 the Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium, Ilo-ilo City, headed by Dr. Alice Joan Ferrer welcomed the R1HRDC for an educational tour.

 Overall Chairperson Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, spearheaded the tour together with other key persons of R1HRDC namely: Dr. Jose B. Orosa III (R&D Chair), Dr. Unity H. Cortez (CBC Chair), Dr. Hilarion Maramba Jr. (ERC Chair), Dr. Mercita Queddeng (RUC Chair), Ms. Lucila Roja and Ms. Wilma Santos (PCHRD Representatives), Ms. Maingelline Vivit (MMSU-TLDC Representative), Ms Ana Gay Ranga (R1HRDC Secretariat) and Ms Maria Virginia Ulit (R&D Secretary). The group learned about the framework of the scholarship program that they are implementing. This immersion activity opened a door to observe the culture of Western Visayas as well as their experiences in training and mentoring amateur researcher to come up with a good quality health research proposals worthy of funding. Today, this scholarship program has already produced and completed eight (8) research projects and there are still on going.

 As such, the R1HRDC is very willing to make a policy/resolution to adopt also a scholarship program. This is to enhance the potential of the consortium to develop researchers for the region. This will provide an opportunity for our aspiring researchers to hone their skills and help them grow as professional researchers. While doing the entire process of research, the researcher will be provided with a mentor to properly monitor and guide the scholars.

 On top of it, it is hoped that upon the implementation of this scholarship program, funded research and research enthusiasts will grow in region 1.


 All smiles from the visiting team of Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) together with the officials from Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC). @Ilo-ilo City—July 4, 2018

Membership expansion is important and critical to the success of every organization for it is a sign of growth and maturity. The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) and Regional Ethics Monitoring Board 1 (REMB-1) simultaneously visited institutions in Pangasinan on May 22, 2018 to promote their services in the field of health research.


Through the years, R1HRDC have been a partner to many academes and health institutions in the region and it is continuously striving to reach every research enthusiast. The team is composed of Dr Leo B. Solis, Ms Ana Gay Ranga of R1HRDC and Ms Lucila Roja from PCHRD who visited institutions of Drug Treat and Rehabilitation Center in Dagupan City and Philippine College of Science and Technology in Calasiao.


Meanwhile, the visiting team of the recently established REMB-1 is composed of Ms Anita Criste, Mr Ariel Bacani and Ms Liezel Biag who visited Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation in San Carlos City and Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City. This is to encourage the institutions to establish their Ethics Review Committee (ERC), check their activities, undergo for accreditation and to promote the activities of REMB-1 being the arm of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) in the region.


This institutional visit is one of the many ways and activities of both offices in order to strengthen ties between them and their stakeholders.




The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research and Development Committee (R&D) is now calling for research proposals that aims to address pressing and current health concerns in the region.

At least Php 500,000 in funding support from the Regional Research Fund of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will be used to support researches spanning National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals (using the PCHRD Detailed Research Format) with endorsement letter from the institution head and curriculum vitae of the proponent, on or before AUGUST 30, 2018. Proposals should be sent to Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information please click the link below.

Detailed Research Format

National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2022

Regional Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022

Last March 23, 2018, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) – Research Utilization Committee organized the Regional Research Conference with the theme: “R1HRDC Bolstering People’s Quality of Life through Health Research” in Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. The conference aimed to (1) Provide a platform for professionals and students for health research dissemination and utilization; (2)Strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions; (3)Communicate skills and updates on data knowledge and management; and (4)Support, encourage and nurture scholarly work of student and professional researchers.


Below are the list of winners for the research contest.

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The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in cooperation with Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) successfully conducted the Phase II on the Capacity Enhancement on Health Research in Disaster Risk Reduction Management-Development of a Research Proposal, held at Pamulinawen Hotel, San Nicolas Ilocos Norte on March 6-8, 2018. Same participants for this event also participated the Phase I held on January 23-24,2018.

The 3-day seminar and workshop evolved on the development of the participants' capacity on the generation,translation and utilizing research findings for disaster risk reduction policies,programs and services using standard concepts, methods and frameworks. The event was led by Dr. Ofelia Saniel, Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, Dr. Juan Ma. Pablo R. Nanagas and Dr. Miguel Manuel Dorotan as speakers tackled topics based on their expertise. Dr. Saniel taught on the: Identification and Objective Setting;Descriptive Study Design;Analytic Study Designs; and Writing Research Proposals. Dr. Mendoza also imparted her knowledge on different topics like: Sampling designs; Sample size determination;Qualitative studies;Data collection methods and tools; Data Analysis; and preparation of budget and work plan. Dr. Nanagas talked about the Ethical concerns in DRRM research while Dr. Dorotan acted as one of the mentors/consultants during the workshops and plenary sessions.

The participants are expected to finish and submit their full blown research proposals as a product of these series of seminars, during the Phase III which will be scheduled sometime in April.

The Participants and Speakers showing their smiles on the success of the Seminar/Workshop during the closing ceremony

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products.The program aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number of research and later on build a pool of researchers/experts specializing in the field. It supports the Drug Discovery and Development Program of the DOST-PCHRD which aims to develop safe, effective and affordable alternative drugs from the country's natural resources.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products in the current school year. All nominees in Region 1 must submit the following documents to the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Secretariat:

(a) duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal,

(b) endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university/college dean,

(c) soft copy of the proposal (MS Word Format),

(d) hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper,

(e) certificate of plant authentication,

(f)  appropriate clearances,

(g) curriculum vitae of the students and adviser using the prescribed form.

Nominations with incomplete requirements will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries.

A thesis grant amounting to Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00) will be given to two (2) thesis proposals per region. And after completion of the study, six (6) finalist will be chosen to present their research during the Philippine Health Research System Week (PNHRS) Week celebration wherein three (3) winners will be selected. The cash prizes include P30,000.00 for the first prize winner, P22,000.00 for the second prize winner and P15,000.00 for the third prize winner.

Deadline for submission of nominations to R1HRDC is on May 25, 2018. For other queries, you can contact Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga, R1HRDC Secretariat with mobile number 09308817266/09778031747 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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