The Department of Health (DOH), through its AHEAD (Advancing Health through Evidence-Assisted Decisions) strategy, aims to inform the health sector’s global and national administrative and legislative policy agenda, create an equitable and enabling environment for health policy and systems researchers all over the country, and ensure the progressive realization of the envisioned research system.

With the continued commitment of DOH in training the next generation for health sector leaders, researchers, policy analysts, and program managers, they have partnered with the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research Development (DOST-PCHRD) in order to implement the DOH Research Fellowship Program.

The program is a two-year intensive Health Policy and Systems Research Fellowship intended for early career professionals who are considering a career in research. A pre-fellowship or internship is being made available for highly qualified applicants who demonstrate interest in health policy and systems research in the context of research to policy translation. Graduates of the internship program may proceed to apply to the fellowship program.


To develop capacity of Health Policy and Systems Research Interns in the process of research to policy translation


  1. Standard deliverables
    • Accomplishment report approved by the DOH supervisor every month
    • Back-to-Office report for all meetings/workshops attended
    • Technical report for all meetings/workshops organized
    • One brown bag session organized or facilitated every month
    • At least 5 memoranda every month
  2. Station-dependent, in addition to #1:
    • At least 2 policy reviews every month; includes drafting policy issuances as maybe needed, if deployed to Health Policy Division
    • At least 2 program strategy, and performance/plan analysis and budget analysis every month, if deployed to Health Planning Division
    • At least 2 position papers every month, if deployed to the Legislative Liaison Division


  1. Adhere to agency policies, procedures, and rules governing professional behaviour
  2. Be punctual, and work the required number of hours: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  3. Notify their supervisor if they are unable to attend
  4. Behave and dress appropriately to the particular workplace
  5. Respect the confidentiality of the workplace, its clients and its employees.
  6. If things are slow, take the initiative and volunteer for different tasks or other work.
  7. Discuss any problems with their supervisor and, if necessary, with the Internship coordinator at the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau
  8. Other technical tasks as may be required

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree, field of study must be on public health or any related area in the social and medical sciences; post-graduate degree is an advantage
  2. At least one (1) year work experience, previous work experience in DOH is a plus factor
  3. At least eight (8) hours of relevant training


  1. A genuine interest in health policy issues 
  2. Excellent English-language writing skills and the ability to present information in a variety of formats and styles for difference audiences
  3. Strong skills in planning, preparing and delivering remarks
  4. Strong organizational and administrative skills; with keen attention to detail
  5. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team with others
  6. Ability to develop work plans, set deadlines, work well with minimal supervision, prioritize assignments, and organize multiple projects and duties simultaneously while meeting deadlines
  7. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, know when to act independently and when to consult for advice on decision-making
  8. A willingness to carry out a wide range of activities, including both professional and logistical tasks
  9. Strong computer skills with familiarity with Microsoft Office, email clients, Internet research, and social networking tools
  10. Flexibility with respect to schedule, working hours, travel, and work assignments, including ability to work overtime or on weekends when necessary; reliable job attendance essential


Two years, non-renewable


For BS/BA degree holders: At least PHP 25,000.00 NETT

            For MS/MA degree holders: At least PHP 30,000.00 NETT

Expression of Interest:

Qualified applicants may file their application together with the following documents 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. orThis 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.:

  1. Cover letter addressed to:


Director IV

Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau

Department of Health

  1. Curriculum Vitae

Deadline of submission is on or before July 14, 2018. 

For queries, contact Ms. Juanita R. Valeza at 651-7800 local 1326/1328 or Ms. Ian Hannah C. Gozun at (02) 837-7537 local 2117.



Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST- PCHRD)

Philippine applicants are advised to check with the Council regarding the eligibility and requirements. Interested applicants may visit the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development website for the Grants-in-Aid and Call guidelines (


Research proposals may be submitted by Filipino applicants with the following as Implementing Agencies: 
Research and Development Institutions (RDIs)
CHED- accredited Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) 
State Colleges and Universities
Private/ non- governmental organizations with proven track record in R&D

The submitted project proposals shall undergo the evaluation process of DOST- PCHRD. Approved projects will be funded by the DOST- PCHRD accordingly and are subject to PCHRD rules and monitoring. 

Funding modalities 

The DOST – PCHRD shall finance the project expenditures as itemized in the approved line- item budget (LIB) following the DOST Grants-in-Aid guidelines. The grant will cover a maximum of PhP 5,000,000.00 provided that the Implementing Agency will contribute counterpart funding. The grant may cover partial or full cost of the project, both direct and indirect cost of the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) which shall include Personal Services (PS), Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) and Capital Outlay (CO) that are integral in the conduct of the study. All expenditure items in the LIB shall be in accordance with the Unified Account Code Structures (UACS), relevant provisions are as follows:

  Direct Cost

     Covers the expenses incurred by the implementing institution in executing the project considered indispensable to its operations. 

           I.    Personal Services
                Includes salaries, wages, honoraria, fees and other compensation to consultants and specialists who undertake specific activities requiring expertise and technical skills.

           II.   Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses
                   Includes traveling expenses, communication expenses, repair and maintenance of facilities/ vehicles, transportation and delivery services, supplies and materials, utilities, training and scholarship expenses, representation expenses, professional expenses, and expenses on advertising, printing and binding, subscription and survey. 
           III. Capital Outlay
This includes all equipment necessary for the implementation of the project, which shall be enumerated in the proposed LIB. Equipment shall still be subject to the evaluation of DOST PCIEERD, this also includes infrastructure that are integral part of the project and are crucial in the attainment of the project’s objective

     Indirect Cost

        Cost used to cover the overhead expenses by the implementing institution in managing and monitoring the project. The administrative and project management cost shall fall under this account. Similar to Direct Cost, the Indirect Cost can be broken down according to specific item under PS and MOOE. The total indirect cost of the project shall not exceed 7.5% of the total PS and MOOE of the project.


Prior to the submission of a full blown proposal, applicants are requested to submit a capsule proposal through the email addresses indicated below. Two (2) hard copies should be mailed to the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST- PCHRD), 1st floor, Saliksik Building, General Santos Avenue,  Bicutan, Taguig City 1631. All proposals are also required to be registered in the Project Management System (PMS: The capsule proposal should not exceed five (5) pages and should include the workplan and line- item budget. Institutions with shortlisted capsule proposals will then be requested to submit a full blown proposal. 

For more information, please contact:

Mary Ann I. Pacho
Science Research Specialist II
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Christine May D. Gaylan
Science Research Specialist I
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JASTIP-Net aims to strengthen the Japan-ASEAN research collaboration network, widen and deepen the coverage of JASTIP within the ASEAN region, and seek new collaborations for developing capacities, fostering partnerships and growing new endeavors into mature research projects.

Interested Applicants must choose one out of four research themes listed below:

  • Partnership, Networking and Integrated Approach
  1. Operational linkages among academic sector, government agencies, and private sectors in the ASEAN Member States and Japan.
  2. Study a strategy/policy to apply STI collaboration at a country/regional level to social implementation for achieving SDGs in the ASEAN region.
  • Energy and Environment Joint Laboratory
  1. Implementation Study of Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia
  • Bioresources and Biodiversity Joint Laboratory
  1. Studies on biodiversity in the ASEAN region contributing to the improvement of identification, collection and/or information.
  2. Sustainable utilization of bioresources for biorefinery, bioremediation, wood construction, food or medicine.
  3. Plant improvement for agroforestry systems and carbon sequestration contributing to the mitigation of and/or adaptation to climate change.
  • Disaster Prevention Joint Laboratory
  1. Innovative ideas on disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery technologies and policies peculiar to each ASEAN Member State.
  2. How to cope with trans-boundary disasters in the ASEAN region such as tsunami, flood, drought and haze.
  3. Understanding and quantitative evaluating disaster risks peculiar to the ASEAN Member States.

Application forms should be emailed directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposed budget should not exceed JPY 1 million (USD 9,200.00)

Deadline of applications for the first submission is on 21 July 2018, and the second submission is on 10 August 2018, 17:00 (Japanese Standard Time).

For complete application details, please visit



Science and technology sector celebrates another success with the President’s signing of the “Balik Scientist Act” on 15 June 2018.  The Republic Act No. 11035 strengthens the implementation of the Balik Scientist Program (BSP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by providing incentives to foreign-based Filipino scientists who will go back to the country to transfer knowledge and share expertise.

Established in 1975, the BSP aims to promote information exchange and accelerate the flow of new technology into the country through strengthening the scientific and technological human resource of the academe, public, and private institutions.

The law mandates DOST to invite Filipino scientists across the globe to return and serve as experts and consultants in improving the science and technology agenda of the country. The Department approves and awards short-term, medium-term, and long-term commitment of returning scientist.

Among the benefits and incentives a ‘Balik Scientist’ can enjoy include exemption from licensing or permitting requirements from the Professional Regulation Commission, accident and medical insurance coverage, reimbursement of baggage expenses related to scientific projects, and exemption from renouncing their oath of allegiance to the country where they took oath, among others.

Meanwhile, scientists who commit to long-term engagement program receive special relocation benefits, tax and duty exemption to importation of one motor vehicle, personal and household effects, and professional equipment, admission support to the preferred schools of their minor children, assistance in securing job opportunities for their spouses, and monthly housing or accommodation allowance.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), one of the implementing agencies of BSP, focuses on evaluating applicants for the health R&D sector. Since 2007, PCHRD was able to engage with 82 Balik Scientist specializing in various fields such as biochemistry, neuroscience, microbiology, and others.

Through this law, DOST and PCHRD hopes that more scientist will be encouraged to return and help aid the country in improving our S&T agenda through research and innovation.



Tuguegarao City – The University of Saint Louis (USL), through its Center for Health Research and Development (CHRD) and in collaboration with the School of Education, Arts, Sciences, and Health (SEASH) and the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC), held the Health Researchers’ Convergence 2018 with the theme “Treasuring Scholarly Works through Strengthened Evidence-Based Health Practices” on April 18-20 at USL’s Bulwagang Teodulfo Domingo.


The two-and-a-half-day convergence was participated by 195 health practitioners, faculty and students from higher education institutions (HEIs), hospitals, clinics, and a local government unit in Region 02.


Dr. Honorato R. Alzate, Director IV of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) RO2, stressed in his keynote address the increased productivity of the Region when it comes to presentation of health research results.


The director also emphasized the relevance of evidence-based practices or the so-called “research translation to policy and practice.”


Also during the opening ceremonies, Dr. Emmanuel James P. Pattaguan, USL Vice President for Academics, further set the tone of the convergence through discussing and facilitating interaction on the roles of HEIs in evidence-based health practices.


Moreover, Dr. Julius T. Capili, executive director of CVHRDC and dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) of Cagayan State University (CSU) Andrews Campus, discussed the significance of enforcing ethics in health researches.


The researchers under Professional Category were composed of medical technologists, nurses, a pharmacist, and educators. They were Karen Mae S. Alcantara, MSN; Archimedes O. Bayquen, RPh, MPH; Judy Mae M. Dimaya, MSN; Jonas Usbal Dupo, MSN; Reymel B. Magora, RMT; Jack M. Regala, RMT, MPH; Amiel F. Reyes, MSN; and Jonalyn P. Santos, MSN.


Some of the researches under the said category were: “Exploring the Perceptions of Nursing Students on the Effects of Climate Change to Health: Formulation of a Self-Assessment Tool”; “Knowledge and Extent of Agreement of Community Pharmacists’ Role in Immunization”; and “Nurses’ Knowledge, Implementation, and Attitudes towards Evidence-Based Practice in Al Dakhliyah Governorate, Oman: A Cross-Sectional Multi-Institutional Study.”


Meanwhile for Student Category, the researchers were: Jade Mar C. Clemente, Rucriz Serbeth Q. Guimmayen, Trixie Carla A. Laniog, Rell Genesis C.  Mandac, Mart Louie C. Oamil, Lyra Naveen A. Paudan, and Jedediah Faye D. Siniguian.


They are BS Medical Technology/Laboratory Science, BS Nursing, and BS Pharmacy students from CSU, Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines (MCNP), and USL.


Some of the researches presented under the Student Category were: “Awareness Level of Barangay Baliuag, Peñablanca, Cagayan on Department of Health Programs”; “Biological Evaluation of the Diuretic and Antiurolithiatic Activities of Talahib (Saccharum Spontaneum) Plant Extract”; and “Patient Safety Culture in Secondary Hospitals in Tuguegarao City as Described by Nurses and Patients.”


A total of 19 researches were presented: 9 in the professional category and 10 in the student category.


In addition to the presentations and exchange of ideas, the participants were enlightened on the approved and existing Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) 2017-2022 through the presentation of Dr. Melfei Estrada-Bungihan, chairperson of the CVHRDC Research Management Committee (RMC) who is also a faculty at Quirino State University (QSU).


Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) RO2, graced the closing ceremony by sharing on the agency’s Science and Technology programs. She also encouraged the health researchers to apply for grants from the agency for the constant advancement of science and technology in the Region.


Capping the convergence, the Best Oral Presentation award for each of the two categories was given to Professor Jack M. Regala for Hypoglycemic Effect of Guyabano (Annona Muratica Linn.) Fresh Peel Aqueous Extract in Glucose-Loaded Sprague Dawley Rats” and Mart Louie C. Oamil for “Status of District Hospitals in Cagayan Based on the Regulatory Standards Set by the Department of Health-Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (DOH-BHFS).” Both are from CSU.


The judges were: Dr. Capili; Dr. Estrada-Bungihan; Dr. Pattaguan; and, Mr. Darin Jan C. Tindowen, Head of the USL Center for Social Innovation, Local Knowledge and Education Research (CSILKER).


Written by: Dr. Eladio Martin S. Gumabay, University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao



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