DOST 02 Chief anchors CVHRDC in three major areas

"Drug discovery and development, Invention of functional foods, and Research on Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation"

These are the three major areas that DOST 02 Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang stressed to the participants in the opening of three-day 4th Annual Health Research Conference dubbed "Breaking Health Disparities, Bridging Health Equity and Building Resilient Communities thru Health Research and Innovation", held at Isabela State University-Cauayan Campus, November 27, 2018.

Dir. Mabborang said that this is the best time to conduct researches because there is sufficient funding where they could resource from.

"Money now is not a problem; the quality proposal rather", the director said.

He also believes that despite the minimal number of researchers from participating universities, they could still strive to come up with mature and potential outputs for commercialization researches and innovations.

“Your institution can do this. We have the pool of Human Resources, however not of the equipment and facilities. Still, we have to level up”, he reiterated.

“If it doesn’t benefit the citizenry, I call it less meaningful”, he reminded the researchers as he ended his speech.

Said conference is attended by about 70 faculty-researchers and students in the region.

The Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) participated in the recent Consultation Meeting on the Guidelines for the Gelia Castillo Award for Social Innovation in Health (GCASIH) Luzon Cluster last November 19, 2018, at Lewis Grand Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga. The activity was spearheaded by Foundation for the Advancement of Clinical Epidemiology, Inc. (FACE, which was commissioned by the DOST-PCHRD).

GCASIH aims to recognize outstanding models of social innovations that address persistent, societal and health systems challenges. The Award also acknowledges the innovators at the frontlines. Through the innovators’ experience we can better understand how and why social innovations are impactful, the factors enabling their success and the lessons that can be gleaned from their experience to scale it more broadly in the larger health system. 

The award is open to all on-going social innovation programs or projects developed by Filipinos for the Filipinos. The entry must be implemented only in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, CVHRDC was represented by Dr. Melfei E. Buhingan- CVHRDC Research Management Committee Chair and Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang- SRS II, CVHRDC Project Support Staff.

With this, CVHRDC encourages all institutions in the region to be more passionate in rendering their service especially in finding solutions that will address the current gaps in healthcare.

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DOST RO2 Head drives CVHRDC closer to communities

"Gusto ko by 2019 and beyond we keep in touch with the community, mas magiging meaningful ang consortium kung ang impact ay mapupunta sa ating citizentry", said DOST RO2 Dir. Sancho A. Mabborang in the first day of Cagayan Valley Research Health and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) Strategic Planning for 2019-2022 held at Country Inn Hotel and Restaurant, Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, November 7, 2018.


 Dir. Mabborang said that the members should distinguish their niche aligned with the   RUHRA or Regional Unified Health Research Agenda and RDP or Research and   Development Plan to address major health problem in the country.

 On the other hand, Executive Director of Angeles University Foundation Dr. Roberto     Pagulayan emphasized the need for the integration of Patent, International   Publications, and Research to Policy Outcomes in the consortium.

 Furthermore, PCHRDC-DOST Specialist Anicia P. Catameo reiterated that the consortium should follow the direction and conduct more activities to support their niche.

 "Dapat continuous ang ating capacity building in doing our research proposals", said   Miss Catameo.

Meanwhile, the Director guaranteed that he will support all their activities and assured that each university will be aided in their R&D.



Title of Study: Characterization of Podocarpus costalis (Airus) and its Therapeutic Potential against CANCER and DIABETES-induced Hyperlipidemia

Just in: Director Sancho A. Mabborang approved and committed P3M for funding of a quality research led by Batanes State College President Alfonso Cholo R. Simon.

"This serves as a drive and inspiration to other researches to conduct high-end studies such as this..we expect for good results", the Director said.

Trivia: "Unique to Philippines' northernmost province Batanes, Arius-- also known as the Batanes fruit, Batanes berry, or Batanes pine—grows too in mainland Luzon. But it does not fruit in Luzon nor in other areas outside of Batanes."

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