The Cagayan Valley Health Research Consortium concluded the two-day "Training on Animal Handling and Salik-Lakbay to Animal Laboratories" on June 16, 2023 at Cagayan State University, Carig Campus.
In the morning, Dr. Abelardo P. Bas-Ong and Ms. Mary Ann M. Santos facilitated the hands-on training including the proper handling of animals, injecting anesthesia, techniques in drug administration, different sites in biological sample collection, demonstration of basic necropsy and showed slides of prepared histopathological samples.
Meanwhile, in collaboration with the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care-Cagayan Valley Herbal Processing Plant (PITAHC-CVHPP), Plant Manager Mr. Brian B. Castrence led the afternoon's Lakbay-Aral which had given chance to participants the firsthand exposure to the integration of traditional and alternative healthcare practices and animal facility usage.
To further enrich the experience, Chief Dr. Gerly T. Zulueta of DA-Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Laboratory (DA-CVIAL) welcomed the party in their agency as she showed them the different automated equipments and techniques in animal agriculture that would enhance productivity and sustainability.
By blending theoretical knowledge with real-world applications, the event successfully equipped the participants with the essential S&T skills and understanding on animal care and welfare.
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“Let us strive to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct, ensuring that our research and laboratory practices reflect not only our scientific pursuits but also our compassion for all living beings," Engr. Mark Gil Hizon highlights in behalf of Regional Director Dr. Virginia G. Bilgera.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office II thru the initiative of the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) successfully conducted the Day 1 Training on Animal Handling and Salik-Lakbay to Animal Laboratories, June 15, 2023.

The participants, researchers, and medical practitioners were warmly welcomed as it was hosted by the Cagayan State University - Carig Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The training aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed for proper animal handling and management in research and laboratory settings and to promote ethical care and use of experimental species for scientific research and testing.

Dr. Julius T. Capili, CVHRDC Executive Director, acknowledged the participants during the preliminaries and warmly welcomed by CEO of CSU-Carig Dr. Arthur G. Ibañez.

While Ms. Reichell Ann P. Refuerzo, Regional Project Officer of CVHRDC from PCHRD, gave a message of support to the region. She emphasized the importance of researchers, regardless of age, ensuring the welfare and well-being of animals involved in health research, thereby ensuring their protection from any harm.

Moreover, the 1st day of training consisted of a series of informative lectures delivered by knowledgeable and experienced resource speakers namely Dr. Pastor C. Tumaliuan, Jr, Dr. Bryan Jerome R. Bassig, Dr. Ion James U. Mejia, Dr. Roel T. Calagui, Ms. Mary Ann M. Santos, and Dr. Kathlyn B. Cruz.

Thus, this training imparted a lot of knowledge on how to properly handle laboratory specimens where they will be put to test for the continuation of the training on Day 2, June 16, 2023. Similar training will be conducted for the students in the future.
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June 14, 2023 | The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office II thru the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) in collaboration with the Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO) conducted a Research Priority Setting Workshop at NGN Grand Hotel, Tuguegarao City.
Moreover, the latter agency was commissioned by Philippine Council for Health and Research and Development (PCHRD) to develop the National Unified Health Research Agenda(NUHRA) 2023 - 2028.
Consortium Members Institution have discussed important research priorities that will advance Research and Development (R&D) in our region. The workshop set regional research priorities. Identified the key areas to focus on through interactive sessions, brainstorming, and open dialogue. These discussions will guide future research to ensure sustainable and transformative change.
The top 10 Health Research Priority identified for the region are:
1. Reproductive, Maternal, Child, and Neonatal Health
2. Lifestyle-related Diseases/ NCDs
3. Mental Health and Substance Abuse
4. Health Systems Strengthening
5. Infectious Diseases
6. Environmental health
7. Health Economics
8. Health of Vulnerable Population and Indigenous Cultural Communities (IPs/ICCs)
9. Food Security and Safety
10. Drug Discovery
Thus, with these health research priorities stated, it will be the basis for the construction of the Region 02's Regional Unified Health Research Agenda 2023-2028.
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Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) just met with Batanes State College to discuss the findings of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) Review Ethics Board on their research proposal, thru zoom.
The meeting aimed to help the college revise their proposal and comply with ethical standards.
During the meeting, CVHRDC Executive Director Dr. Julius T. Capili shared his expertise and knowledge in research ethics, providing valuable insights and recommendations for the revision of the proposal.
Dr. Capili's extensive experience in research ethics has been instrumental in the success of CVHRDC's research programs. He has provided leadership and guidance to the consortium's members in the conduct of their research activities, ensuring that ethical standards are upheld and research outputs are of high quality.
CVHRDC and Batanes State College are both dedicated to advancing health research and development in the country. By working together and sharing expertise, they can ensure that their research projects will contribute to the improvement of health outcomes for the people of Region 2.
Stay tuned for more updates on CVHRDC's efforts to promote research excellence and innovation in Cagayan Valley and beyond!
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The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and the Department of Health – Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) is launching the “Research-driven Epidemiological Advancements and Catalysts for Health (REACH) Program”.

The REACH program will encapsulate the epidemiology-related research and development priorities of the DOH, as well as a platform for knowledge exchange and capacity building. Through this, the epidemiology and surveillance policies will be informed with different sets of evidence to ensure its relevance, comprehensibility, and sustainability among its end users. This collaborative engagement will also enable a platform for shared knowledge, experience, and expertise to better equip the assigned personnel with research and development as well as other technical skills.

In this call, the focus is on the following research topics:

  1. Implementation of the 2023 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) and Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) in the Philippines
  2. Research Study for Post-COVID Conditions in the Philippines


Interested proponents must prepare the following documentary requirements:

  • Detailed Research Proposal using the DOST form (DOST Form 2, with DOST Form 1 if program)
  • Work Plan schedule
  • Proposed Line-Item Budget (DOST Form No. 4) with counterpart funding from the Implementing Agency (15%)
  • Endorsement of Agency Head
  • Duties and Responsibilities of Each Project Personnel
  • Curriculum Vitae of Proponents

If applicable:

  • Ethics Clearance
  • Biosafety Clearance
  • IACUC clearance (for studies with animal tests)
  • BAI permit (for studies with animal tests)
  • Informed Consent Form (for studies with human subjects)
  • Case Report Form

All proposals will undergo in-house screening by PCHRD, and a technical evaluation by external reviewers, before the final approval of the DOST Executive Committee, PCHRD Governing Council, or the PCHRD Executive Director depending on the recommended total budgetary requirement of the proposal.

To join this call, interested researchers are to submit the requirements through PCHRD Project Management System (PMS) at until JUNE 30 2023. 

For any questions, clarifications, or assistance, you may contact Mr. Jay Vee C. Bartolome (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and copy to your e-mail Ms. Guidditta L. Gelera (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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