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2017-03-25 01:43

The Virginia-Ramirez Cruz Memorial National High School, in Brgy. Siling Bata, Pandi, Bulacan, has become the latest recipient of STARBOOKS in Bulacan at turn-over ceremonies attended by officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and school officials last February 13. 

STARBOOKS, or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-based Openly Operated Kiosk Station is an award-winning innovative project developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII-DOST). A virtual library in a box, it contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in text and video/audio formats.  As an added feature, it also contains the Encyclopedia Britannica as well as videos of livelihood technologies. Its stand-alone format makes it possible to access information even without an internet connection making it ideal for adoption by public elementary and secondary schools which cannot afford expensive internet services.  Local government units can also put up their own STARBOOKS in their public libraries.

DOST Asst. Secretary Manny Galvez and Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DOST Region III director and other guests witnessed the event hailed as a step towards improving science education in the country. In his message, Dir. Sicat expressed his hope that the installation of STARBOOKS in the school would get more students interested in science research as they now have a readily available source of information for their study.  He also encouraged other schools to put up their own STARBOOKS. Mrs. Emelita de Jesus, the school principal, accepted the unit on behalf of the school.

 The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) is now accepting papers that for the following research areas namely:  Health Technology Development, Health Financing, Health Service Delivery and Socio-Environmental Health Concerns.

Papers are accepted in two categories, namely: Oral Research Presentation and Poster Presentation for both 1) Professionals and 2) Students


The paper to be submitted for the Professional Category should be completed at least the year 2015; and 2016 for the student category.

Submit an extended abstract (1000 words) divided into five parts:

1) Introduction (including a brief and concise abstract

2) Objective

3) Methodology

4) Results and discussion

5) Conclusion

**Please include the title, headings and key words on the topic investigated 

Also, if applicable, please attach research authorization/clearance/permit

-For studies which involved humans:

ü  Ethics clearance

ü  National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) permit, if applicable

-For studies which used biological materials where genetic manipulation is involved or introduction of exotic or imported plants, microorganisms or animals:

ü  Biosafety permit

-For studies conducted on animals:

ü  Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) authorization

-For studies which covered the protected areas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR):

ü  Gratuitous permit


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CLHRDC plans to conduct similar capacity building activities next year.

 As part of its continuing efforts to improve the research capability of its member institutions,the Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium or CLHRDC recently held a seminar on project management at the DOST Region III conference room.

The seminar was aimed at providing researchers skills on how to manage a research project with particular emphasis on its financial aspect. Ms. Paula Jane De Leon of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DOST) discussed the administrative requirements of a research grant and the responsibilities of a project manager that will contribute to the successful implementation of the project. Other resource persons included Dr. Jean Guillasper of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology; Dr. Jacqueline Bagunu of Pampanga State Agricultural University and Dr. Reynaldo Bundalian, Jr. of the Angeles University Foundation who shared their best practices as project managers.

Also discussed during the seminar were the latest developments in the field of herbal medicine research. Mr. Paul Felipe Cruz, President of Herbanext Laboratories, Inc. was invited to talk on the topic in response to the growing number of research proposals related to drug discovery and development. Mr. Cruz shared his experience in establishing a certified natural products company. Through his talk, CLHRDC hopes that its members may also be encouraged to embark on a similar venture of developing herbal medicine and pursue it to eventual commercialization.



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