On August 7, 2013 as part of the 7th PNHRS Week Celebrations and Convention held at the Plaza Del Norte and Convention Center, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, thePCHRD convened all RHRDC Coordinators and Staff. The meeting was aimed at orienting new RHRDC Staff to what is PCHRD and its programs, and the roles of the RHRDCs (Regional Health Research and Development Consortium). It became a venue to meet all the workforce behind all RHRDCs and give updates on what is new at the PNHRS (Philippine National Health Research System).
Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of PCHRD, gave the Opening Message. He welcomed all participants thanking them for their attendance emphasising the importance of RHRDCs in the health research network. With the feeling of excitement he announced the enactment of the Republic Act No. 10532 “An Act Institutionalizing the Philippine National Health Research System”. He said that this is the realization of our dreams since 2007. Another good news he shared was the DOH funds downloaded to PCHRD for research and human resource development and the funds are increasing each year since 2012. Furthermore he informed that CHED also committed to infuse funds for research and development programs. With this, he challenged the RHRDCs to aggressively encourage the researchers of member institutions to submit proposals for funding. He also mentioned that now that there are already ”Tuklas Lunas Centers” in strategic universities like MSU, VSU and MMSU (3 SUCs more this year) the discovery of drugs from indigenous materials would already be hastened. Dr. Montoya also informed the body of the new challenge for the PNHRS being the host of the 2015 Global Forum for health Researches. He challenged the RHRDCs to prepare and participate by preparing papers for presentation or for poster exhibits. Around 60 countries are expected to join the Global Forum. In closing he thanked the RHRDCs for their unwavering support and encouraged an open communication lines between PCHRD and the regional offices.