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The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) lived up to its mandate to be a potent force in implementing health research activities in 2014

Thru the joint efforts of the four working committees: Research Management (RMC), Capacity Building (CBC), Research Utilization, Information and Communication (RUICC) and Ethics Review (ERC); it made significant strides to strengthen the system of collaboration among health-related institutions in the region and to develop and enhance their capacity to undertake health research projects for the benefit of the local population.

 

1. RESEARCH MANAGEMENT

Ia. Call for R&D Concept Papers

The call for proposals was made a year round activity by the Consortium by the RMC. A total of eight (8) proposals were submitted to the consortium and were sent to the RMC and Ethics Committee for evaluation.

 

Ib. Approved Proposals 

Three (3) proposals were endorsed to the Department of Health – Center for Health Development III (DOH-CHD3) these are:

1.Health Seeking Behavior of Families Identified as Poorest by National Household Targeting System – Poverty Reduction (NHT-PR) in Region III – Wesleyan University Philippines (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

2.Assessment of Out-Patient Benefit Package of PhilHealth in Region III – Wesleyan University Philippines (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

3.Perinatal Beliefs and Practices of Aeta Mothers in Central Luzon – Wesleyan University Philippines (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

Another call for proposals made last July and September, generated a total of sixteen (16) proposals.

II. Project Monitoring

For 2014, the following projects were monitored:

1. Hospital Waste Management of Government/ Public and Private Hospitals in Region III – Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

2. The Anti-Hyperglycemic Properties of the Ethyl Acetate and Hexane Extracts from Kondol Leaves (Benincasa hispida Cogniaux) – Angeles University Foundation and Pampanga Agricultural College (Approved for funding by PCHRD)

3. Kinect-Operated Bed: Innovative Posture Detection and Bedsores Preventing Device – Systems Plus College Foundation (Approved for funding by PCHRD)

4. Health Seeking Behavior of Families Identified as Poorest by National Household Targeting System – Poverty Reduction (NHT-PR) in Region III – Wesleyan University Philippines (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

5. Assessment of Out-Patient Benefit Package of PhilHealth in Region III – Wesleyan University Philippines (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

6. Perinatal Beliefs and Practices of Aeta Mothers in Central Luzon – Wesleyan University Philippines (Approved for funding by DOH-CHD3)

The study entitled: Shift work and Sleep Disorders among Hospital Pharmacists (funded by Phillip Morris) by Angeles University Foundation was completed last year.

2. CAPACITY BUILDING

I. Seminar on Project Identification and Proposal Writing

The seminar was held at University of the Assumption last May 15, 2014. It was meant to enhance the quality and productivity of research endeavors in Region III through submissing quality research proposals for external funding.

Researchers were assisted in identifying the priority research areas that they can pursue thru the discussion of the RUHRA and NUHRA by the resource speaker, Dr. Roberto C. Pagulayan. Also, they were guided on improving the quality of their research proposal by satisfying the given criteria for evaluation in the regional and national level.

    

Fig.1.Dr. Pagulayan shares his knowledge with the participants during the Seminar on Project Identification and Proposal Writing

 

 II. Training on Basic Research Methods

The 3-day training was held at Pampanga Agricultural College, Magalang, Pampanga last August 6-8, 2014. It aimed to equip researchers with the knowledge and skills in writing research proposals with the appropriate objectives, study designs and statistical tools in data analysis.

     

III. Training on Data Processing and Analysis

The Training on Data Processing and Analysis was held on November 22-23, 2013 at Pampanga Agricultural College, Magalang, Pampanga.

Dr. Ophelia Mendoza was again the resource speaker for the training. She is noted for being an author of a number of epidemiology books. She gave lectures on data processing and analysis, data entry and editing and the different statistical tools. She also emphasized the importance of using the correct statistical tool in the interpretation of research data especially in quantitative research.

Fig.3. Dr. Mendoza and the participants during the Training on Data Processing and Analysis

IV. Seminar-Workshop on Writing for Publication

The Seminar-Workshop on Writing for Publication was held at Tarlac State University – Lucinda Campus, Tarlac City last November 7, 2014. It aimed to help researchers improve their research papers into journal-level submissions. Specifically, it provided the guidelines on the appropriate structure and style of presenting the content of their paper. Dr. Jose Ma. C Avila, Editor-in-Chief of Acta Medica Philippina was the resource speaker.

   

Fig.4. Photos taken during the Seminar-Workshop on Writing for Publication

3. RESEARCH UTILIZATION, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

I. Information Dissemination Campaign 

One of the roles of the Research Utilization, Information and Communication Committee is to disseminate the on-going projects and activities of the CLHRDC. As part of their undertakings, the committee carried out promotional activities through publication of articles in regional/provincial newspaper/s, uploading of CLHRDC articles in websites of member institutions, press releases in local newspapers and guestings on radio stations in the region specifically in Bataan, Zambales and Pampanga. 

   

Fig. 5 CLHRDC articles in websites and publications of member institutions

   

Fig. 6 Press releases in local radio stations in the region specifically in Bataan and Pampanga

II. Webpage Development/Management

The CLHRDC website, http://region3.healthresearch.ph/ is constantly being updated with articles, pictures, news and events. Based from the Data Analysis of RHRDC Individual Performance, CLHRDC is one of the active consortia in terms of website updating. The Consortium currently ranks first as of November 2014 for its efforts to this RHRDC undertaking.

Fig.7 Regional Performance in Webpage Management

 III. Technology Forum

The forum with the theme: “Regional Forum on Inventions and ICT in Health” was held at the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) in Cabanatuan City last April 29, 2014. It aimed to provide the participants with possible research areas in ICT applications in health.

   

Fig. 8 Dr. Pagulayan and Mr. Mariano during their talk on Innovations and ICT in Health

IV. Symposium on Health Research Projects in Region III

The Symposium was held at Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF) in Angeles City last May 30, 2014. Completed researches from CLHRDC member- institutions were presented and judged in three categories, namely, Oral Research Presentation, Professional and Student Categories and Poster Research Presentation, Student Category. 1st and 2nd placers on both categories of the Oral Research Presentation earn the right to represent the region in the 8th Philippine National Health Research System Week Celebration in August.

The following were declared winners in their respective categories:

• Oral Research Presentation Professional Category

1st place - Dr. Neil C. Tanquilut, (PAC)

Hypoglycemic Activity of Antidesma bunius L and Mollugo oppositifolia L Fresh and Alcoholic Extracts in the db/db Diabetic Mouse Model

2nd place - Prof. Erwin C. Mina, (TSU)

Risk Evaluation of the Toxicity of Tubang Amerikano (Jathropa multifida Linn.) Leaf Extract

3rd place - Dr. Remedios D. San Jose (PAC)

Gross and Histopathological Evaluation of Selected Internal Organs of Alloxan–Induced Diabetic Rats (Rattus norvegicus) Treated with White Gourd Melon (Benincasa hispida Cogn.) Extract

• Oral Research Presentation Student Category

1st place - Jeuz Koz A. Geluz, et al. (AUF)

Detection of Potential Anti-Quorum Sensing Activity in Common Santan (Ixora chinensis Lam.) Leaf Extracts on Pseudomonas aeruginosa

2nd place - Mara Louella P. Sangilan, et al. (AUF)

Determinaton of the Anti-Angiogenic Activity of White Angel (Holorrhena antidysenterica) Leaf Extract Using Chorioallontoic Membrane Assay

3rd place - Daniel Ian M. Berber, et al. (BPSU)

      Electronic Medical Record Using RFID Technology

• Poster Research Presentation (Student Category)

1st place - Johnna N. Oliveria, et al. (BPSU)

    Blood Glucose Monitoring System with SMS Technology

2nd place - Lei Vanette Alangui (AUF)

The Efficacy of Basil (Ocimum bacilicum) and Bay (Laurus nobilis) as Repellent against Common Houseflies (Musca domestica)

   

Fig. 9 Contestants during the Oral and Poster Research Presentations

4.  ETHICS REVIEW

I. Organization of Institutional Ethics Review Committee

Letters were sent to member institutions requiring them to constitute their own Ethics Review Board. Of the 14 institutions, six (6) have an existing ERB.

A copy of the guidelines for establishing IERC from PHREB was given to those who haven’t established their IERC to strengthen their research capacity.

5.  CLHRDC General Activities

I. 8th PNHRS Week Celebration

The 8th PNHRS Week Celebration was held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City last August 12-14, 2014.

CLHRDC submitted entries both in the professional and student research categories and were able to bring home distinguished awards and citations.

Table 7. Summary of CLHRDC’s participation during the 8th PNHRS Week

 

Activity

CLHRDC entry

Participant

Institution

Consortia Exhibit Contest

A poster entry from CLHRDC was mounted

CLHRDC

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Poster Exhibit Contest (Professional Category)

1.   Hypoglycemic Activity of Antidesma bunius L and Mollugo oppositifolia L Fresh and Alcoholic Extracts in the db/db Diabetic Mouse Model

 

2.   Risk Evaluation of the Toxicity of Tubang Amerikano (Jathropa multifida Linn.) Leaf Extract

Dr. Neil C. Tanquilut

 

 

Prof. Erwin C. Mina 

Runner-up

 

Pampanga Agricultural College

 

 

 

Tarlac State

University

Oral Research Presentation (Student Category)

1.    Determination of the Anti-Angiogenic Activity of White Angel (Holorrhena antidysenterica) Leaf Extract Using Chorioallontoic Membrane Assay

Mara Louella P. Sangilan, et. al

 

Runner-up

Angeles University Foundation

 

Poster Exhibit Contest (Student Category)

1.     Detection of Potential Anti-Quorum Sensing Activity in Common Santan (Ixora chinensis Lam.) Leaf Extracts on Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Jeuz Koz A. Geluz, et. al

Runner-up

Angeles University Foundation

 

 

   

Fig. 10 The delegates during the PNHRS Week Celebration

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