The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) through the support of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the Strategic Planning 2019-2022 at the Summit Hotel, Marasbaras, Tacloban City from September 24-26, 2018.

A series of workshops included diverse topics on role clarification, problem analysis, review of vision and mission, Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) strategic objectives, identifying performance indicators, setting of annual performance targets, annual operations planning, setting of prioritization criteria, annual prioritization of Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA), and identifying priority topics.

DOH Research Program Coordinator and Chair of the EVHRDC Research Management Committee (RMC) Mr. Leonido P. Olobia congratulated the consortium for the three awards garnered during the 12th PNHRS Week Celebration. He also emphasized the contribution of the consortium in advocating the health-related researches in the regional and national health goals.

“I would like to congratulate those who gained awards during the 12th PNHRS Week Celebration. To further develop the health researches in the region, it is suggested that the EVHRDC has to have its own publication journal to showcase the health-related researches and address these to the community in solving health-related problems”, Mr. Olobia said.

DOST Regional Office VIII Assistant Regional Director Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, in his welcome remarks, highlighted the importance of making a strategic plan to identify solutions to health problems in the region.

“We should address the current health problems in the region and come up with a comprehensive analysis and hopefully, we will come up with a strategic plan that identifies solutions to health problems in Region 8”, Engr. Granada said.

Dr. Zhamir Umag, a Master in Public Management with major in Health Research Development and a Doctor in Medicine, spearheaded the workshop activities as the Resource Person in making a strategic plan. Dr. Umag also took part as the Planning Facilitator during the Region 10 Strategic Planning. He assisted the consortium in writing up with a new Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2022. The process involves the participation of all members and chairs of the committees including the Research Information Committee (RIC), Ethics Review Committee (ERC), Research Management Committee (RMC), Capability Building Committee (CBC), and the Structure Organization Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (SOMEC). The process of planning was also assisted by Dr. Teddy S. Dizon.

Dr. Virgildo E. Sabaldo, Chair of the EVHRDC CBC, also served as the resource speaker. He presented the PNHRS Strategy Map and presented the review on the vision, mission and core values of the consortium.

One of the highlights during the planning was the revision of the vision and mission of the consortium. Indeed, everybody was sharing each other’s ideas having one purpose which is to improve the processes and systems of the consortium necessary for the advocacy and support of the health research culture not just in the region but also to the national and global health goals.

Mr. Olobia, in his closing remarks, expressed his gratitude to all the committees, facilitators, organizers, guests and the resource speakers who joined the planning and congratulated  everyone in coming  up with a strategic plan for the period 2019-2022 from the three-day workshop.

“Personally, I would like to thank everybody for attending this three-day workshop in making our new strategic plan for the period 2019-2022. Indeed, it was a very intensive brainstorming and a productive planning activity. Thank you so much”, Mr. Olobia told.

Mr. Olobia also gave a rundown of the workshops accomplished within the three-day activity. He also highlighted the new vision of the consortium which is “A transformative health research consortium in Eastern Visayas geared towards the attainment of local and national health goals”.