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.
The EVHRDC project entry from the Eastern Visayas State University, entitled "Larvicidal Potential of Selected Plant Extracts" by Dr. Josephine A. Ibalarrosa, Dr. Elisa C. Operarion, and Dr. Manuel L. Pacaña, bagged the Bronze Award for the 2013 PNHRS Week Scientific Paper Contest (Professional Category, Poster Contest). The winner received a Plaque of Recognition and a cash prize of P7,000.00 and P2,000 as National Qualifier.
The contest was held during the 2013 Philippine National Health Research System Week Celebration held at the Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, last August 7-9, 2013.
The study investigated the effects of the ethanolic extracts of four medicinal plants collected in Leyte against Aedes larvae and identified the best plant extract that eliminated 100% of the larvae on study. Standard WHO bioassay tests were used to evaluate the efficacy of these plant extracts. The extract from the whole plant of bulak manok (Ageratum conyzoides) had the greatest Larvicidal activity because it killed 100% of the Aedes larvae at concentrations 7000 and 5000 ppm and 96.6 % mortality at 3000 ppm after 24 hrs exposure. Cosmos leaf extract was found also effective with mean mortality rates of 100, 95.3 ppm and 88.6 % for 7000, 5000 and 3000 ppm, respectively. This was followed by marigold (Tagetes erecta) leaf extract with mean larval mortality of 98.9 % , 97.9 and 57.7 % at 7000, 5000 and 3000 ppm, correspondingly. The least effective was the seed-under-leaf (Phyllantus nirun) which showed a mean larval mortality of 52.2 %, 40 and 27.7 % at 7000, 5000 and 3000ppm, respectively.
There were 30 papers submitted from regional qualifiers and only 12 were declared national level finalists of which the 1st 6 were for oral presentation and the next 6 were for poster exhibits. Another EVHRDC entry qualified as national finalist for poster exhibits was the project from RTRMF entitled “ The Antimicrobial Property of some Indigenous Plants in Region 8 by, Dr. Dennis R. Esquivel, Dr. Bayani L. Blas and Mr. Agripino B. Limpiado, Jr. (By Ms. Mae Anne D. Reyes, DOST8)
EVHRDC members attended the 31st PCHRD Anniversary celebrations held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Metro Manila last March 18, 2013. The one day event was focused on the theme "People at the Center of Health and Health Research" with former Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo G. Romualdez,Jr., as the keynote speaker. To welcome the guests, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, started thanking everyone who attended the ceremonies and to all partners who have strived hard in achieving the goals of the council and the health research system as a whole. He also happily announced that the Philippines will be hosting the forthcoming "2014 Global Forum for Health Research".
A message was given by Secretary Mario G. Montejo, DOST Secretary, where he congratulated PCHRD on its 31st year of unwavering efforts to develop the health research system. He mentioned some initiatives of DOST on health. He focused on gadgets with its application accessible through the internet. On of this is the RX Box, which allows consultation through the net where doctors in the hinter barangay could seek assistance from doctor specialists through email or through texting. Another message was delivered by Secretary Enrique T. Ona, DOH Secretary, who stressed on the sustainability of the program "Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Health Care". He stressed that it is important to gather evidences of success as these are crucial in policy making. Furthermore, he stressed that the Philippines can learn from best practices in other countries and with some modifications apply these learnings. On of the new initiatives towards mobilizing funds for research was done by downloading these funds to PCHRD who managed the funds. Another DOH initiative is the establishment of a Health Research Hub at DOH currently chaired by Dr. Ernesto Domingo. This will hopefully capacitate DOH staff to conduct research and eventually manage its own research funds to the fullest.
The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) had formally awarded the Tuklas Lunas Center Program to the Visayas State University, Visca, Baybay City, Leyte. This was done during 31st PCHRD Anniversary at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, CCP Complex, Metro Manila. Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, together with Sec. Mario G. Montejo, DOST and Sec. Enrique T. Ona, DOH, handed the plaque to Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President and Dr. Edgardo Tulin, VP and Center In-Charge.
Tuklas Lunas refers to the drug discovery research and development program, initiated by PCHRD in its desire to provide solutions to the countries' medical needs. Through this program, PCHRD aims to establish a Drug Discovery Database which will store information on all researches conducted on natural products. This will serve as a tool in guiding researchers as to which plant/animal species have the potential for further studies leading to the discovery of new drugs.
The first Tuklas Lunas Center was awarded to Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. (By Ms. Mae Anne D. Reyes, DOST8, EVHRDC Coordinator)
Health Research and Development Information Network (HERDIN) database is the national health research repository of the Philippines.
The Philippine Health Research Registry (PHRR) is a publicly accessible database of all health researches and clinical trials being conducted in the country.
A system that geographically represents ovicidal indices of all public schools throughout the Philippines using the google map overlay.
Drug Discovery Research Database is a website for research project monitoring of basic sciences with the aim of finding drug candidates from the Philippines with potential therapeutic activity.