Thursday, October 27, 2016

PCHRD evaluates 26 research proposals in Caraga

A total of 26 research proposals were evaluated during the Workshop on Framework for Disaster Research: Capacity Enhancement for Disaster Research in Health, headed by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City on September 26-27, 2016.

The two-day workshop was attended by participants coming from the different institutions in Caraga. From the lectures presented by the resource speakers, the participants were able to formulate research proposals anchored on the two main contexts-disaster and health. Participants coming from the same institutions were grouped together while others presented individually.

   Dr. Ophelia Saniel of UP Manila discussed the major concepts in disaster research in health.

During the first day, Dr. Ofelia P. Saniel, UP Manila professor from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and at the same time, a member of HIV/SAIDS Asia Pacific Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group, gave the course orientation. She also discussed to the participants the different frameworks and its major features, used in disaster research in health.

   Former DOH Undersecretary presented the frameworks in DRR and Disaster Research in the Philippines.

Together with Dr. Saniel were Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, the former Undersecretary of the Department of Health and Coordinator of Emergency and Ambulatory Services in UP Manila and Dr. Jessie B. Manuta of the Experts Advisory Panel Foundation for the Philippine Environment. Dr. Herbosa discussed the topic on Philippine National Disaster Risk Management Plan while Dr. Manuta talked on the Relief and Recovery and Risk Reduction Frameworks.

The workshop would not be completed without exercises for the participants. In different groups, they were asked to analyze two research articles: “A Community-bases Gastroenteritis Outbreak After Typhoon Haiyan, Leyte, Philippines, 2013” and “A Snapshot of Catastrophic Post-Disaster Health Expenses After Typhoon Haiyan”. They were tasked to identify the hazard, nature of hazard, the event, the structural damage and the functional damage reported on the research results. A representative from the group then presented their output and was evaluated by the mentors and other participants.

PCHRD scheduled the Phase 2 of the workshop on October 24-26, 2016 in the same venue to have the presented research proposals modified. 

   Participants with the resource speakers after the two-day seminar workshop.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Call for Participation: 11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for Young Researchers

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Department of Science and Technology – Region 2, in collaboration with the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), will be holding the 11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 30-31 January 2017 in Batanes. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal.

Researchers from the consortium member-agencies are requested to participate in the said workshop. The workshop is designed for researchers in health and health social sciences, aged 35 years old and below, who have recently completed a research paper/project and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. Interested researchers may submit the following requirements via e-mail to with subject “Writing Workshop 2017” on or before 31 October 2016:

1. Application forms (incomplete forms will not be considered)
2. Abstracts
3. Draft Journal Manuscripts
4. Conforme slip

Twenty (20) researchers will be selected from nominees of all regional consortia, in addition to Region 2 participants, and granted free workshop registration, accommodation and meals during the two-day workshop, and assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation. However, participants should shoulder their travel expenses. Please find attached workshop flyer or visit the DOST-PCHRD website: for complete details. Should you have any concerns, you may reach our staff, Carla P. San Diego, at telephone number: (02) 837-7534 or e-mail address:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

PCHRD-DOST emphasizes on developing the capacity of young researchers in doing disaster research for health

As part of the ongoing bid of the Philippines to position itself as the global hub for global health innovations and disaster risk reduction, the Philippine Council for Health and Development in partnership with the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium will hold a Workshop on Framework for Disaster Research: Capacity Enhancement on Disaster Research in Health on September 26-27, 2016 at the Almont Inland Resort.

The two-day workshop aims to train young researchers from the regions on disaster frameworks on research for health developed by the President The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Dr. Marvin Birnbaum and featured during the Forum 2015.

Nominees must be less than 35 years old and have background in and/or show interest on basic and disaster research. Faculty or graduate students may participate as pair of Junior-Senior researchers. Interested nominees with only Bachelor of Science degrees or have not yet published may join but must at least possess knowledge in research method.  

Deadline of submission of nominees is on September 9, 2016. Please send/email the curricula vitae of your nominees to Mr. Richmond Acosta at For inquiries you may contact him at (02) 837-7534 or at +639369575474.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dr. Capangpangan wins 1st place in the Inter-Regional Oral Paper Presentation (Professional Category)

Dr. Rey Yunson Capangpangan, Associate Professor of the Caraga State University made the CARAGA proud when he receives the 1st place for Inter-regional Oral Paper Presentation (Professional Category) on the recent 10th Philippine National Health Research System Week Celebration on August 9-12, 2016 at the Citystates Asturias, Puerto Princesa Palawan.

This year’s celebration focuses on the role of research and innovation for the health and the environment.

Out of fifteen completed research papers submitted to the PCHRD for Oral Paper Presentation (Professional Category) and after various screening, the following were selected to present the results of their study in the said celebration:
1.) Detection and Sequential Enrichment of Glycopeptdes and Phosphopeptides as Cancer Biomarkers by Fuctionalized NH2/ZIC HILIC-type Magnetic Nanoprobes by Dr. Rey Capangpangan of CARAGA Region
2.)  Isolation of the Cytotoxic, Angiogenic and Antitumor Compounds from Trichaleurina celebica by Dr. Maribel Matias of Region II
3.) Bioactive Constituents of Centrosema pubescens Benth. Inhibitory to Culex quinquefasciatus Larvae by Prof. Erwin C. Mina of Region III
4.) Modified Sheep Blood Agar-Based Medium as an Alternative Culture Media for the Cultivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by Dr. Narciso Tapia of Region VII
5.) Factors Contributing to Maternal Deaths in a Referral Hospital in a Philippine Province: A Modified Three-Delay Model by Prof. Amiel Bermudez of National Capital Region
6.) Clinical and Metabolic Profile of Male-to-Female Transgender in Zamboanga Peninsula-Dr. Alex Y. Pang of Region IX

Even though concerns were raised by the judges for Dr. Capangapangan’s paper especially the cost which is the down part of the study and further questioned how the entire process be different from the classical way of determining biomarkers, and lastly about the specs for magnetic separation/ if sequential magnetization is done, the proponent well-defended his paper and takes home a total of   P20, 000 cash prize for a truly deserved win.