September 24, 2018- Ms. Sabrina Arra P. Elechosa, SRS II together with Sylvia N. Ocon, Admin Officer from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) conducted an institutional visit and orientation to students and thesis adviser of the College of Allied Health Sciences, Cagayan State University- Andrews Campus regarding Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Undergraduate Thesis Grant on Natural Products offered by PCHRD.


Included and discussed in the MOA are the Liquidation and Financial Assistance, proper utilization of the budget, and the deadline for the submission of the completed study.

The DOST- PCHRD provides fund support to all undergraduate students who will conduct their thesis on natural products. The program aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number of researches, eventually building a pool of researchers/experts specializing in the field.

The program supports the Drug Discovery and Development program of DOST-PCHRD which aims to develop safe, effective, and affordable alternative drugs from the country’s natural resources.

Thesis grants will be given to two (2) undergraduate entries per region. A competition will be held to selected qualified students to recognize innovative work on natural products after completion of the project.

Out of the three (3) undergraduate theses submitted to DOST-PCHRD, two (2) were given the grant amounting to P50, 000.

Title of granted undergraduate theses are “Effect of ointment Made from Dugtong Ahas (Parameria laevigata) Aqueous Bark Extract on the Burn Wounds on Sprague Dawley Rats” and “Effect of Don Juan (Andrographis paniculata) Leaf Aqueous Extract to the Glucose Level of Alloxan- Induced Diabetic Sprague Dawley Rats” . 

In pursuit of the Administrative Order 2017-0015, DOH is tasked to articulate the national health research agenda and ensure the provision of sufficient resources and logistics to attain excellence in evidenced-based interventions for health. As co- lead of the Philippine National Health research System (PNHRS) with the Philippine Council for Health research and Development, DOH is mandated to ensure the operation and strengthening of AHEAD with HPSR- Advancing Health through Evidence- Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and System Research.

The Department of Health Region 02 (DOH-R02) thru the Research Management and Development Unit in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology Region 02 (DOST-R02) thru the Cagayan Valley Health Research Development Consortium (CVHRDC), will be conducting its first ever Regional Health Research Summit with the theme “Advancing Health System Strategies through Research” on December 7, 2018.

The program encourages researchers/ research experts to submit their completed health research proposal for Poster Exhibit and Oral Presentation under the Professional and Student Category at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before October 12, 2018.




For the Professional Category:

  • Research paper form the CVHRDC member- institution and funded by the PNHRS (PCHRD-DOST; DOH; CHED and UP Manila) or from member –institutions of Regional Health Research Development Consortium (RHRDC) and/or other local and other international funding institution.
  • Completed research project within the last 3 years

For the Student Category:

  • Undergraduate thesis done within the last 2 years
  • Research entries from institutions within or outside the consortium

Documentary Requirements:

  • Research Presentation – electronic copy of the research paper. It should be presented just like a manuscript for journal submission.
  • Poster exhibit – electronic copy of abstract
  • Applicable research authorization/ clearance/ permit
  • For studies which involved humans

Ethics Clearance

  • National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Permit
  • For studies which used biological biological materials where genetic manipulation is involved or introduction of exotic or imported plants, microorganisms, or animals
  • Biosafety clearance
  • For studies conducted on animals
  • Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) authorization
  • For studies which covered the protected areas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • Gratuitous Permit

The qualified research projects will be selected based on the following set of criteria:

  • Provides solution to priority health problems identified in the RUHRA
  • Technical soundness
  • Research results provided new ideas/knowledge leading to health policies and action
  • The output, outcome and the impact of the study have relevant contribution to society and economy
  • Notice of Acceptance will be sent out on or before November 2, 2018.


Mechanics for the Oral Research Paper Presentation

  • There will be an OPEN FORUM for the presentation of the qualified research projects during the 1st Regional Health Research Summit
  • The time allotted to present the research project is twenty (20) minutes only
  • The format of presentation are as follows:
  • In PowerPoint presentation with maximum of 10 slides which contains the following:
  1. Project Description
  2. Objectives of the Project
  3. Methodology
  4. Results
  5. Conclusion
  6. Recommendation
  • Font Style: BLACK ARIAL FONT
  • Font Size: 20
  • The principal investigator MUST be the presenter
  • There will be a 10-minute question and answer session after each presentation


Mechanics for the Poster Exhibit Contest

  • The principal investigator MUST be the presenter


  • The poster should include the name of researchers and institution
  • It should give brief description of the research in layman’s language
  • It should cite reasons why such project was developed or why the study was conducted; the study’s potential benefits in terms of its impact on health and quality of life, science or technology contributions or socio-economic benefits
  • The poster may exhibit the highlight of the study in picture or colored presentation ( NOT smaller than 16” x 20”)


  • One poster panel will be allowed per entry
  • Poster size should be 2ft width by 4ft height
  • Use of tarpaulin is recommended


For clarifications, you may contact the RDMU at No’s (078) 304-6523, 09155588345, and 09298148555 or thru email add: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the actual attachment coming from the DOH Region 2 just click:

Source: Department of Health Regional Office 02 (DOH- R02)



Know the common blood diseases and nutrients for healthy blood

Blood plays important functions for the body. Composed of plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, blood circulates through our body and transports oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removes waste from the cells.

As we celebrate Blood Diseases Month by virtue of the Proclamation No. 1833 declared by the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009, here are some common blood diseases and ways to keep your blood healthy:

Common blood diseases

  • Anemia, the most common blood disorder in the general population, is a condition in which the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein inside the red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

A person with anemia experiences shortness of breath, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, headache, chest pain, dizziness, pale skin, and insomnia.

In treating anemia, the primary aim is to increase the number of healthy red blood cells in the body. Depending on the type of anemia, common treatment for anemic persons includes iron supplements intake, change of diet, blood transfusions, and chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant.

  • Hemophilia is a genetic disorder which affects the blood's ability to clot due to low levels of blood-clotting proteins.

Signs and symptoms of hemophilia varies on the levels of clotting factor. People with mild deficiency may bleed after a surgery or trauma, while in severe cases, spontaneous bleeding occurs.

There is no cure yet for this condition. The only treatment available for hemophilia is replacement therapy wherein, concentrates of clotting factor VIII (for hemophilia A) and IX (for hemophilia B) are slowly dripped or injected into the vein. This helps in replacing the defective clotting factor of the blood.

  • Leukemia is a type of cancer which affects the blood and bone marrow. The cancer happens when the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells overpower the healthy blood cells and continue to increase and occupy more space, making it hard for healthy white blood cells to function normally.

Leukemia comes with two different types- acute and chronic.  Acute leukemia grows rapidly while chronic leukemia grows slowly.  

The causes of leukemia are still unknown. However, there are some factors that increases the risk of developing the cancer such as exposure to radiation and chemicals like benzene, cigarette smoking, hair dyes, family history of the same case, and genetic disorders such as down syndrome. Early signs of this condition include weight loss, fevers or chills, frequent infections, bone and joint pain, bleeding and bruising problem, tiredness, and weight and appetite loss.

Treatment for this condition depends on the type of leukemia and the person's health treatment capability. Types of treatment involves chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immune therapy, stem cell therapy, and surgery.

Nutrients for healthy blood

Changing your lifestyle especially your diet could help keep your blood on track and healthy.  Foods rich in iron, vitamin B-12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and vitamin B-9 are essential in order for your blood to function well.

Iron is an important nutrient that increases the production of red blood cells. Food rich in iron are red meat, organ meat, beans, cereals, tofu, dark chocolate, and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and cabbage.

Vitamin A is essential in normal development of stem cells into red blood cells. It is also needed for the immune system to function normally and actively. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, tuna fish, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and dark leafy green vegetables such as kale and lettuce.

Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin which supports glucose and protein metabolism. It also supports the production of hemoglobin, a protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Vitamin B6 is essential in nurturing and maintaining blood health. This vitamin can be found in chicken, bananas, tomatoes, whole grains, nuts, green beans, liver, and fish.

Vitamin B-9 or folic acid helps in protein metabolism and RNA/DNA production and repair. It is vital in making red blood cells. Best sources of folate include nuts, dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, lettuce, and edible greens such as asparagus, beans, and breads.

Vitamin B12 keeps nerve tissues healthy and sustain blood cell production. Animal products such as fish, red meat, eggs, and dairy products like milk and cheese naturally contains vitamin B-12

Blood diseases could be very dangerous especially if not treated properly and immediately. Celebrating Blood Diseases Month serves as an avenue to raise people’s awareness and understanding of blood-related diseases.

In support with its advocacy of disseminating health research information, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development invites medical and research institutions and practitioners, universities, laboratories, and other partner institutions to publish their researches and other health-related information in Health Research and Development Information Network (HERDIN), an online database that enables online publishing, exchanging, and dissemination of quality health information in the Philippines.

For more information HERDIN and other blood-related researches, visit HERDIN’s website at


Source:  American Society of Hematology (As written by Basierto, L.( 2018, September 18). September is Blood Diseases Month. Retrieved from

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in collaboration with the Gruppo Medica Inc. (GMI) and the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 DOST-PCHRD- Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.

This Award is given to provide motivation for students, with the technical guidance of their faculty adviser, to view undergraduate thesis as an excellent opportunity to contribute to national interest. The Award recognizes relevant and innovative research works on herbal medicine that can lead to practical and/or commercial applications.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Arts and Sciences who have completed their thesis projects on medicinal plants in the current school year. Nominations must be made by the students’ faculty adviser using the attached prescribed nomination form. Please take note that any alteration on the nomination form is not allowed. All nominees must submit the following requirements together with the nomination form: (1) one soft copy and hard copies of the thesis report, (2) plant authentication certification and (3) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) certification for researches involving animals and/or Ethical clearance from the Ethics Review Committee for researches involving human participants. Nomination with incomplete requirement will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries. A maximum of three (3) thesis projects are allowed per institution.

The Gruppo Medica Inc. will be giving a cash prize of P60,000.00 for the first prize or (P42,000 for the student, P12,000 for the mentor and P6,000 for the school), P40,000 for the second prize winner (P28,000 for the student, P8,000 for the mentor and P4,000 for the school) and P20,000 for the third prize winner (P14,000 for the student, P4,000 for the mentor and P2,000 for the school).

Deadline for submission of nomination to the consortium is on May 20, 2016. The nominees will be reviewed and short-listed by the consortium. The short-listed nominees will be submitted to PCHRD not later than May 27, 2016.

A copy of the guidelines including the nomination form can be downloaded at section/Awards and Recognitions/2016 DOST-PCHRD- Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine



For inquiries and submission of nomination forms, you may contact Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang, CVHRDC Staff at (078) 396-0546/304-8654, c/o DOST Regional Office No. 02, # 2 Dalan na Paccorofun, Corner Matunung St., Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.





The Newton Fund is an Emerging Powers Research and Innovation Fund of £375 million over five years to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging powers.

Through the Newton Fund, the United Kingdom (UK) will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. The Fund forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and its primary focus is to develop partner countries innovation and research capacity for long-term sustainable growth.

By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programs with a research and innovation focus, the UK will build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships with partner countries. This will support the continued excellence of the UK research base and innovation ecosystem and act as a golden key to unlock opportunities for wider collaboration and trade.


The Royal Academy of Engineering's Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) program aims to build capacity of researchers for entrepreneurship and commercialization of their research. A wider benefit of the programme will be the creation of international networks of innovators and technology entrepreneurs.

The program is aimed at researchers within the partner country who are in the process of developing a business proposition for their innovation. A select cohort will benefit from a focused period of training in the UK, access to expert mentors, and opportunities for international networking. In the short term, they will develop a commercialization plan for their innovation. In the long term, they will benefit from on-going support at their home institution, and access to an international network of peer innovators and mentors, in taking their commercialization plan forward.

The LIF program is an initiative under the Newton Fund of the UK government. For more information on the Newton Fund Programmes, please see


Royal Academy of Engineering Department of Science and Technology Asian Institute of Management
As the UK's national academy for engineering, it brings together the most successful and talented engineers to advance and promote excellence in engineering, for the benefit of society. This is the premiere science and technology body in the Philippines charged with the twin mandate of providing central direction, leadership and coordination of all scientific and technological activities, and of formulating policies, programs and projects to support national development. The institute is an Asian pioneer in leadership and management education. It brings its history and expertise in leadership and management training to science and innovation in the LIF program.


The LIF Program is a multi-phase program to be delivered over a 12-month period from September 2015 to August 2016. It is a multi-sectoral partnership among the top institutions, in the UK and the Philippines, in the fields of science, innovation and leadership management.

The Fellowship is open to any Filipino scientist, researcher or innovator who is in the process of developing a business proposition for their technology or innovation. While the most ideal candidate is one who has had experience in testing their idea in the market, candidates who are at the cusp of commercialization will benefit greatly. 

The Philippine Government's Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will invite application from their pool of scientists, researchers and inventors. One of DOST's planning councils, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), shall be the DOST's primary implementing and monitoring arm throughout the program. ​


A cohort of 10-15 researchers (Leaders in Innovation fellows) from the partner country will be selected based on the excellence of their research, the potential of their idea for commercialization, and their potential in taking the idea forward.

Qualified applicants shall undergo a competitive screening process that involves the submission and presentation of their idea/proposition to a panel of experts from the DOST, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

A rigorous scoring mechanism shall be used inclusive of criteria, such as:

  • ​Excellence, novelty and/or effectiveness of the proposed innovation;
  • Feasibility and market potential of the proposed innovation;
  • Estimate distance to market of the proposed innovation (investment readiness);
  • Track record of the candidate (including technical and non-technical capabilities);
  • Entrepreneurial potential and commercial awareness of the applicant;
  • Expected benefit(s) of the innovation to the Philippine's economy

From a shortlist of candidates, the top 10-15 applications shall be selected as Fellows of the program.


The selected fellows will be invited to attend an 8-day residential program in the UK, arranged and supported by RAE. To prepare the fellows for their coursework in the UK, the fellows will undergo a 3-day preparatory course designed to help the fellows orient their commercialization effort and enhance their entrepreneurial skill set. It will cover topics such as:

  • Elements of business
  • Market segmentation and positioning
  • Operational Feasibility
  • Financial Viability


After successfully completing the launch program, the fellows shall attend the 8-day residential program at RAE.

Week 1 will consist of a training program in innovation leadership, delivered by expert trainers, and based on existing training programs of the Academy for UK researchers. The course will focus on skills and knowledge in:

  • Understanding the market and customer needs;
  • Business modelling and developing a business plan;
  • Types of investment and opportunities;
  • Presenting and pitching to investors and customers;
  • Marketing and marketing channels;
  • Networking skills;
  • Negotiation skills;
  • Leadership and team building

Importantly, over the course of the week, there will be time for each fellow to develop their own business plan, while receiving guidance and mentorship from members of the Academy's Enterprise Hub. The week will conclude with an activity where researchers pitch their revised business plans.

Week 2 (days 6-8) will allow the fellows to apply the skills and knowledge they have developed in week 1 and gain direct experience of a UK-based technology driven organization. Fellows will be split into small groups and assigned to a project proposed by the organization. Facilitated by expert trainers, the project will involve tackling a genuine market challenge or opportunity faced by that organization.

During the programs, the fellows will benefit from opportunities to network with mentors, representatives of technology driven organizations, and each other.

All participants in the LIF program will automatically join an international network of innovators and mentors clustered around the Academy's Enterprise Hub.


Upon their return to the Philippines, the fellows shall undergo a landing program to contextualize their learnings abroad through simulations, lecture and case studies. For 3 days a month, for 6 months, the fellows shall attend the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program handled primarily by AIM. It shall cover topics such as:

  • Marketing and Brand Management
  • Product Design and Development
  • Accounting and Finance for Start-Ups
  • Forecasting and Valuation
  • Fund Raising and Negotiations
  • Business Set-up

The program is designed to tackle the general areas of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Operations, Financial Management. It shall culminate in a Final Defense and Demo Day, where they showcase their product and pitch for their business.

Fellows who complete this program will be awarded a post-graduate certificate by the institute.




Fill up the online application form and submit until November 9, 2015 at 9:00 am.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join the webcast info session hosted by AIM on October 29, 2015, 9:30 am at the FPH Caseroom (G/F, AIM). Those shortlisted will be asked to prepare a pitch deck (preferably in powerpoint) for a formal presentation to the screening panel in November 2015 (date to ba announced). More details shall be emailed to you to confirm your pitch schedule.


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