To ensure the implementation of the 2017-2018 Operational Plans of the EVHRDC, the ExeCom along with the Committee Chairs initiate a general assembly among the member institutions to collectively evaluate the extent of implementation of its planned programs and initiatives as stipulated in the said operational plans. A Mid-Year Assessment and Planning activity has been conducted on July 26, 2017 in Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.

The activity aims to assess the overall status and direction of the organization which include the implementation of the committee functions and planned activities for the current year as well the organization’s fiscal management.

Majority of the member institutions were represented by its heads and representatives which have been formally acknowledged by Ms. Rachelle Arape, EVHRDC Staff and eventually formally welcomed by Dir. Edgardo Esperancilla, Co-Chair of EVHRDC ExeCom.  In his message, he stressed the achievement of Cuba, a third world country like the Philippines which managed to become a world leader in the field of medicine. He also urged the participants to indulge in researches and projects which address the health needs of the region. Finally, he gave his salutations to Dr. Edgardo Tulin, President of VSU for the “Most Outstanding Research Administrator Award” he just received during the 2018 National Science & Technology Week (NSTW) held at the World Trade Center, Pasay City on July 17, Tuesday. Furthermore, Dr. Tulin also gave his welcome message and reassurance of VSU’s cooperation in the implementation of research activities of the consortium.

After the opening program, the committee chairs have presented the accomplishment reports covering from January to July, 2018. The reports of the committees; Research Management Committee, Research Information Committee, SOMEC, CBC, ERC, and RIC have eventually given a vivid picture to the members on what has to be done and accomplished in the next 5 months of the CY: 2018-2019. The secretariat also provided a comprehensive presentation on the details of the utilization and management of the budget afforded to each committee. 

Furthermore, committee meetings have also been facilitated by the secretariat to enable the 5 committees of the consortium to review its operational plans and targets, and eventually present its new plans to maximize utilization of the available resources with consideration on the time left to implement those.         




After a series of deliberations with the team and consultations with the experts, the consortium has finally completed its manual of operations (MOO) which has been officially launched on July 26, 2018 in Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City during the conduct of the Mid-Year Assessment and Planning.

The MOO embeds the implementing procedures and other pertinent provisions and mechanisms in the conduct of the various operations of the consortium.  Its primary purpose is to develop a common point of reference and stabilize the operations of the consortium in spite of the changing organizational structure thus enhancing smooth and closer coordination among the member institutions.

The creation of the MOO has been initiated last July 8, 2017 thru a writeshop which have been participated by the different committee members with Dr. Sheila M. Tante, PHSAE as the resource person and consultant as well. The creation of the chapters and provisions of the manual has been based on the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) MOP that has been officially endorsed by the PCHRD as it embeds most of the needed provisions and other procedures relevant to the effective and organized operations of the Consortium. After the said activity, several committee meetings and consultative workshops have been conducted to finalize the said manual.    

Prior to the official presentation of the new MOO to public, a ceremonial signing of the supplemental memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the ExeCom Members and the Heads of the member institutions has been facilitated. The said MOA stipulates the amendments on the membership registration which are reflected to Article VI Section 1 of the manual. Also, another MOA signing has taken place during the activity which involve the new recruited member institutions, namely, the Philippine Science High School represented by Director Reynaldo B. Garnace; San Lorenzo Ruiz College of Ormoc represented by Dr. Dunatilla Y. Roma, and Saint Peter’s College of Ormoc represented by. Mr. Mark Anthony Malinao & Ms. Ronalie Clemente. The new members were officially welcomed by the ExeCom and the other members.

The activity was highlighted with a video presentation featuring the journey of the consortium with its significant milestones towards the completion of the manual. After which, the Co-Chair of the Execom, Dir. Edgardo Esperancilla together with the members, Dr. Maura Cristobal, CHED Regional Director, and Dr. Edgardo Tulin, VSU President formally bestow a copy of the MOP to the heads of the member institutions.

Moreover, an orientation seminar on the implementing guidelines of the said MOO will be conducted to enlighten the members of the contents of the said MOO.

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar – Samar State University (SSU) performed the “duck, cover and hold” technique again during the 2nd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) held at SSU.

Starting with an introductory, SSU’s DRRMC Officer Mr. Juniel B. Tagarino oriented the faculty about NSED, earthquake, and what to do before, during and after one.

He stated that we need to strengthen efforts on disaster risk reduction specifically earthquake hazards since the Central Samar Lineament starts from Darahuway Guti crossing SSU to the upland – in other words, SSU lies on a fault.

Launched with the hashtag #BidaAngHanda, the drill started at 2 PM being simultaneous. The faculty followed the technique on the first alarm.  They evacuated to the open area (front of the SSU Gymnasium) when the evacuation alarm sounded. Facilitators did the head count and reported to the president, as instructed during the orientation.

Representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Provincial DRRM Office, City DRRMC, and Philippine Red Cross-Western Samar Chapter were present during the drill and gave comments and advices after.

Concluding the event, Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, SSU president and DRRMC manager, emphasized the importance of the drill, stating further that the faculty should orient the students on the first day of classes for the latter to be ready during earthquakes given SSU’s topographical location.

NSED is a quarterly activity organized by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to test the preparedness of government units during earthquakes.

Catbalogan City – Samar State University (SSU), in cooperation with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Catbalogan City, the Provincial Government of Samar, and the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), conducted a two-day Facilitators’ Training on Mental Health, Psychological First Aid (PFA), and the Katatagan Module at the SSU Audio-visual Center (AVC), July 13-14. 

The two-day facilitators’ training is a response to the May 8 fire incident in the coastal community of Catbalogan City, Samar, which burned at least 300 houses.

 Studies have shown that some individuals affected by disasters may be at risk of developing long-term mental health problems. Interventions from trained facilitators may deliver preventive measures or programs to develop resilience skills among individuals, families, or groups, as well as help them cope with stress and anxiety.

 “Before any intervention is given, it is deemed essential to ensure that the emergency responders and volunteers are fully equipped with the necessary skills to properly address and support mental and emotional needs and well-being of those affected by emergency situations or disaster. Thus, this two-day facilitators’ training on PFA and the Katatagan Program was proposed,” said Ms. Junelle Guerra, one of the proponents and an SSU College of Graduate Studies faculty member.

The opening program was attended by the University President, Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, who gave the opening remarks; the Catbalogan City Mayor, Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan, who delivered an inspirational message; and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, Hon. Van A. Torrevillas, who also gave an inspirational talk.

The training covered topics such as Introduction to Mental Health and Basic Facilitation Skills, Psychological First Aid, and the Katatagan Program. Simulations were also given emphasis to give the facilitators an interactive and first-hand experience of how to facilitate victims of disasters.


Under the Research Center for Culture and Social Issues through the Career Guidance Office, Mrs. Mae Cañal, Registered Guidance Counselor and by Ms. Guerra spearheaded the training sponsored by PAP, Catbalogan City Government, and Samar Provincial Government.

Catbalogan City – As Samar State University (SSU) intensifies its thrust on resiliency, the university radio DYSY 102.9, through its head, head, Mrs. Joan J. Baclay, invited officers from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to talk on fire prevention on the program “Andam Ako. Ikaw, Andam Ka Ba?” (I am Ready. Are You?) at the university radio station.

As part of disaster risk reduction, DYSY raised questions on (VERIFY THESE: the common causes of fire in Catbalogan [or Samar preferably], and preventive measures) to (name of officer/s), position.

According to the officers, the common cause of fire in Catbalogan, even nationally, is related to electricity. This is due to substandard wiring/connections and lack of maintenance and monitoring.

They advised to turn off the main switch in houses if there is no one, and to avoid overnight charging of gadgets as preventive measures.

BFP also asked for the drivers to cooperate by giving way to them during fire response to prevent delays.

When at a fire, people should drop on the floor to prevent suffocation.

BFP also conducts first aid trainings in barangays, one of the year-round activities.

Infomercials related to disaster risk reduction, produced by BSEd (Bachelor of Secondary Education) English students, were aired during the program.

Mrs. Baclay stated that the infomercials are also ways of SSU to remind the citizens their responsibilities in the society and to effectively convey message necessary to equip the community on resiliency.

After the program, the station received a text message from Jane, a listener in Zumarraga.

Thanking DYSY, she stated further, “Dako po ine na bulig labi na gud na waray kami didi fire station. (This is a big help to us especially that we do not have a fire station here.)”