PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN- When asked how Unilab Foundation engages their stakeholders to support their advocacies, Ms. Rhodora Palomar-Fresnedi, Unilab Foundation Executive Director, emphasized the importance of “craft, curate, and communicate” during her presentation for the Health Research Communicators Meeting on 9 August 2016 at Citystate Asturias Hotel.  

According to Fresnedi, knowing what story you want to tell is crucial in engaging stakeholders. In crafting a story, one should consider the possible reasons why people would want to hear a story. Likewise, one should be certain of the change that he/she wants his/her audience to make.

You can’t build a community if no one can associate with your conflict,” Fresnedi emphasized. To connect with their audience, Fresnedi cited that all programs of Unilab Foundation are research-based. 

To curate a story, Fresnedi advised to create a communication experience that will enable the people to become story tellers of their own.

Kapag maganda ang istorya, if you build the experience, hindi niyo na kailangang mangimbita [ng mga tao], sila ang pupunta sayo,” she explained. The message becomes positive when people write from the heart, she added.

Another aspect to consider is communicating the message. In every research, the researcher should identify his/her target audience, ways to reach them, and means to measure his/her success on engaging them. The researcher should have robust communication, foundation, and structure, Fresnedi explained.

Tell a story so compelling, others would want to write about it,” she ended.

The Health Research Communicators meeting is one of the pre-events of the 10th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) week celebration. With the theme “Research and Innovation for Health and the Environment,” the 10th PNHRS Week provided a platform for interaction, learning, and collaboration of different stakeholders in health research and development. 

This is about drugs — but not the kind that the new government is relentlessly waging a war against. Nevertheless, it’s something that could have a heinous effect.

It’s about our elderly unintentionally poisoning themselves and dying due to the overuse or misuse of drugs (medicines).

A few months ago, pharmacology and toxicology experts got together and took turns to enlighten the elderly on the factors that contribute to the altered effects of drugs among the senior population and share some tips on how to avoid drug poisoning during a forum aptly  themed “Bantay Kalusugan para kay Lolo at Lola: Tamang Paggamit ng Gamot at Iba Pa.”

Dr. Lynn R. Panganiban, professor, UP College of Medicine and consultant, NPMCC UP-PGH, notes, “Because of physiological changes, elderly people handle drugs differently, which can cause serious adverse health effects if not properly used.  Due to their poor eyesight, absentmindedness, and lack of awareness and understanding of the intended uses of drugs, the elderly are prone to adverse drug events (ADEs) or injuries resulting from the use of a drug. Social and economic factors such as vices, dietary preferences, and polypharmacy (the simultaneous use of multiple drugs) increase the risk to incidence of ADEs among the elderly, which can be avoided through the rational use of drugs.”

Here are some life-saving guidelines on preventing ADEs among the elderly, as prescribed by the experts:

1. The administration of medicines should be supervised.

2.  Pills should be stored in their original containers, or in pillboxes or organizers, to avoid the mixing of pills. (We keep my mother’s anti-cholesterol and other pills in little square pillboxes attached to each other and labeled from Sunday to Saturday. An empty box means the medicine for the day has been taken.)

3.  The labels on medicine containers should be retained and kept legible.

4.  Self-medication or buying medicines marketed as “wonder” or “miracle pills” with cure-all indications should be avoided at all costs.

5.  A list of medications currently taken should be kept and those that are no longer used should be discarded.

6. Polypharmacy (the use of two or more drugs together to treat a single condition or disease), especially of over-the-counter drugs, should be avoided.

The elderly are reminded to consult a doctor when new signs and symptoms appear and when thinking of taking an over-the-counter medicine.

To avoid accidental poisoning, elderly patients should request for a written treatment plan from their doctors. This should include: name(s) of the drug(s), dosage, indication(s), and instructions as to the manner of administration. Also make a note of the adverse effects to be monitored and the food to be avoided.

Noli Abinales, president of the EcoWaste Coalition, commended the NPMCC UP-PGH and PSCOT for paying close attention to overdose and poisoning cases involving the elderly, which often go unnoticed and unrecorded. Abinales expressed hope that our poison centers would get more budgetary support from the new administration for their efforts to uphold the right to chemical and pharmaceutical safety of vulnerable groups such as the elderly.
The top five toxicants affecting the elderly, according to NPMCC UP-PGH’s census of poisoning cases, are: pesticide (like Malathion), sodium hypochlorite (e.g., Zonrox), kerosene, benzodiazepine (e.g., Diazepam), and ethanol (e.g., alcoholic drinks).

source: Philippine Star

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan- The country’s health research community will once again celebrate the annual Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week on 10-11 August 2016 at the Citystate Asturias Hotel.

With the theme “Research andInnovation for Health and the Environment,” the 10th PNHRS Week will be hosted by the MIMAROPA Health Research and Development Consortium (MHRDC), together with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

The PNHRS Week provides a platform for interaction, learning, and collaboration of different stakeholders in health research and development.

“PNHRS [also] gives members of health research community opportunities to share information and experiences, voice their concerns, and contribute research-based solutions to health problems,” emphasized Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director.

Plenary and parallel sessions will revolve around key areas namely, innovation technologies in addressing climate change; science for safe water resources; information technology for health; ecosystem conservation; food protection and alternative functional foods; convergence in health and environment sustainable governance; government and community response to climate-induced health hazards and climate change pressures; and role of media in building health and environmental protection awareness and actions.

Topics to be featured are “Ethical Issues in Health and Health-related Research,” “Climate Change Hazard Adaptation Strategies for Health,” “Developing a National Research Program on Disaster Risk Reduction,” “Indigenous Health System and Environmental Pressures,” and “Research Fairness Initiative.” Student and Professional Research Competition will also be held.

PNHRS is an integrated national framework for health research in the country which aims to promote cooperation and integration of all health research efforts and stakeholders in the country to ensure that research contributes to evidence-informed health policies and actions. For more details about the event, please contact Ms. Ullyann Carticiano-Garcia at 837-7534 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


During FY 2004, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) decided to end the “General Exchange Program” and modified the “Inter-University Exchange Program” to implement it as new program called the “Joint Research Program”. The Joint Research Program (JRP) under the Joint Scientific Cooperation Program between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is a bilateral exchange program jointly conducted by Filipino and Japanese researchers in accordance with their mutual agreement on international scientific collaboration.

The JSPS-DOST bilateral exchange program aims to provide support for research to be jointly conducted by Japanese and Filipino researchers. 
Specifically, JRP aims to:

1.Contribute to scientific advancement by conducting bilateral research (including seminars) in the specific research field.
2.Provide opportunities for young researchers of Japan and the Philippines to meet, interact, and exchange ideas to build a robust S&T community in the region.

The Program is open to young Japanese and Filipino researchers in universities or research institutions based on a principle of equal partnership.


Duration of each Project

Each Project should run for a maximum of three (3) years, with an annual evaluation of the project to be conducted by the two organizations
Project Funding

JSPS will provide a set amount of funds (approximately 2.5 million yen per year) in support of each selected project.

DOST will also support each project with a set amount of funds as presented in the Line-Item- Budget (LIB) of the project proposal and approved by the DOST Executive Committee (DOST EXECOM). Approval of LIB is done during the project proposal review.

Japanese researchers will indicate, “desired funding from JSPS” in the JSPS-JRP application form. Filipino researchers will indicate “desired funding from DOST” in their proposal application. In this way, JSPS and DOST can judge that each principal researcher made the project proposal in close consultation with his/her counterpart researcher.


A. Eligibility of Proponent

1. Any Filipino scientists with proven competence may apply for GIA support of DOST, provided that projects are based in the Philippines and that Filipinos may benefit from the project.
2. The eligibility of project proponents shall be determined by the DOST Sectoral Council based on his/her readiness in terms of technical, managerial, and financial capabilities. As such the proponent shall submit documents/ proof of the following: credentials/proof of capability, track record, and endorsement of his/her institution. R&D program/project leader shall posses, at least, an MS degree in a relevant field.
3. Proponents should have no previous accountabilities with DOST.

B. General Criteria

1. Research topics should be within the DOST Priority Areas.
2. Capacity of the Proponent – competence of the proponent to undertake the project based on experience/ training and track record.
3. Scientific Merit – commitment to generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner.
4. Technical and Financial Feasibility – tenability of the undertaking both technically and financially.
5. Environmental Impact – project should not have adverse effect on the environment and public health.
6. Cultural Sensitivity – adaptability of the project to Philippine culture and tradition.
7. Reasonable Timeframe – duration of the project and its activities should be within reasonable limits or consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed activity.
8. Plans for Research Utilization – proposal should include plans on how R&D results will get to end-user/s.
9. Institution Capacity – commitment to upgrade/ modernize S&T facilities and database infrastructure.

C. Application Requirements

The Filipino proponent shall submit documents that are required by DOST Sectoral Councils. These shall include, among others, the following:

1. Complete proposal following the DOST Format (Form 1B, 2B, 2B-1 and 2B-2).
2. Detailed breakdown of the required fund assistance to indicate counterpart of the proponent’s institution and other fund sources, if any (Line-Item Budget).
3. Curriculum vitae of proponent/ proof of capability of proponent to undertake research.
4. Accomplishment reports and audited financial reports of previous DOST-GIA funded projects, if any.
5. Endorsement letter from head of institution of the proponent.
6. Research Contract specifically on the proposed Intellectual Property sharing scheme cognizant of DOST policies on IPR protection (refer to IPR Section).

Procedure for Selecting Projects

Simultaneous recruitment will be done in Japanese and Philippine universities and research organizations by JSPS and DOST, respectively. Japanese university researchers will submit their proposals to JSPS while their counterparts in the Philippines are to submit the same proposal to DOST. The proposal of the Filipino researcher should be endorsed by his/her agency head. It should be submitted following the application format of JSPS and the DOST format for Research and Development Project Proposal (DOST Form 1B, 2B, 2B-1 and 2B-2), including Line-Item-Budget (LIB).

JSPS and DOST will verify each other’s list of applicants before independently reviewing, evaluating and prioritizing the proposals. JSPS and DOST will mutually agree on which proposal/s to support for each fiscal year. 

For further inquiries, please contact:
DOST-JSPS Secretariat
Department of Science and Technology
Rm. 301, DOST Main Bldg.,
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave. 
Bicutan, Taguig City

Contact Details:
Telephone: (632) 838-8376, 837-2071 local 2001
Fax: (632) 838-8376
E-mail: 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.


Featured Links











Events Calendar

August 2018
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1