To promote the consortium which is to funding viable health related research proposals, Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) conducted an Institutional Visit and Call for Proposals last September 18, 2018 at the Naval State University, Hostel Function Room.

Most of the participants who attended the activity were from NSU, spearheaded by the VP for Research along with the Deans, Program Chairpersons, and Directors for extension, GAD, Guidance, DRRM, Research chairpersons from different Colleges and University Clinic Staff. On the other hand, the participants from other agencies are from the Public Health Offices which includes the Prov. Program Coordinators, Hospital Staff, ILHZ representative, PIA, NGOs (PNA & Biliran Medical Society) and from DepEd Biliran.

“The purpose of this visit is to orient the interested researchers from NSU which is an active member of EVHRDC and other agencies which impart to health research on the funding mechanism for the research proposals to qualify for the grant”, Dr. Sherrie Ann C. Labid, Research Director of Samar State University stated.

Furthermore, she also added that this is basically to disseminate to the member institutions the profile, accomplishments and direction of the EVHRDC.

Institutional visit was already conducted to some State Universities in Region VIII, namely Samar State University (SSU) and Eastern Samar State University. This is also the first health related consortium who visited NSU.

Moreover, a special meeting was conducted by the EVHRDC Research Information Committee (RIC). The meeting was presided by the chair of the committee, Mr. Willard N. Riveral. Updates on the conduct of EVHRDC Strategic Planning 2019-2022 and Planning for the conduct of 2018 Regional Health Research Congress was raised during the special meeting of the committee.

Dagami South Central Principal with Regional Office and Division Office Staff

DepEd Regional Office VIII launched the Philippine Anti Cavity Campaign (PACC) last September 11, 2018 at Leyte Division, particularly at Dagami South Central School. This was started as a program with 1000 pupil recipients. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Municipal Mayor Hon. Abundio I Delusa, Dental Officer of Leyte Division Dr. Elmer Albert Cuevas and Regional Medical Officer Dr. Ma. Elsa N. Gerona. Also present were the District Supervisor, School Heads, teachers and parents of the children beneficiaries.

        Activities undertaken are the following:

  1. Oral Health Education
  2. Dental check-up (Oral Urgent Treatment)
  3. Toothbrushing Drill
  4. Topical Application of Flouride

The activity was highlighted with the distribution of toothbrush and toothpaste to the pupils. This was in cooperation of Colgate Palmolive Inc. which aims to minimize tooth carries or even zero of our learners. Other school beneficiaries of the region are the following: Abuyog BV Closa Central School, Burauen South Central School, Palo II Central School, Calubian South Central School, San Jose Central School in Tacloban City and San Policarpio Central School in Calbayog City.

Stage preparation prepared by Dagami South Central School Mayor Abundio I. Delusa distributing the toothbrush and toothpaste to the learners.

Villaba, Leyte, August 19 (PIA) – With the need to address the health needs of the majority of people in the Eastern Visayas region particularly in far-flung barangays, the Department of Health (DOH) has extended the services of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center or EVRMC through the opening of the Villaba Polyclinic at Barangay Cabungahan in Villaba, Leyte.

In a groundbraking ceremony led by the DOH Director, Dr. Minerva Molon and EVRMC Chief, Dr. Salvador Evardone held August 17 at the said barangay, it was learned that the 25 million worth polyclinic which will be funded by the Department of Health, is an extended facility of the EVRMC.

DOH Director, Minerva Molon (in pink) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Villaba Polyclinic at Barangay Cabungahan, Villaba, Leyte.

The polyclinic will be constructed in a 1.5 hectare land donated by the Veloso family through the efforts of Congressman Vicente Veloso of the third District of Leyte.

In her message, DOH Director Molon said, “this polyclinic is a good venue to bring health services to remote barangays”. “This will likewise address the sentiments of the people who find it hard going to some other hospitals just to seek medical help”, she added.

Similarly, Dr. Evardone of EVRMC stressed, “I will see to it that once this polyclinic is done, it will be equipped with needed health facilities, and manpower will likewise be provided”. “We will surely make plans just to augment the services of the said facility”, Evardone said.

Meanwhile, Congressman Veloso emphasized, “it has been my vision and a promise to my constituents to put up a hospital in the area, so that people in the nearby barangays and municipalities would not spend much time and resources going to some places just to access immediate medical attention”. “I proposed this polyclinic with the services of a hospital, considering that hospitals are far from the area. The nearest hospital is in Tabango, Leyte which is just an infirmary, while going to EVRMC on the other hand is too far and no regular transportation is available”, he further bared. Veloso also added the polyclinic will start its operation as an out-patient hospital and it will cater to the medical needs of the people not only in the third district but also those in the second and fourth districts of Leyte, as well as those in Biliran Island.

Together with the groundbreaking ceremony which was witnessed by some health officials and representatives from government institutions and local government units, was the turn-over of the Deed of Donation of the Lot which will be the site of the health facility. (GTT/PIA Leyte)

Every second of August, the health research community celebrates the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week.

The theme of this year's 12th PNHRS Week celebration is "Research and Innovation for Equity in Health," set last August 6-9, 2018 at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, Baguio City.

The conference will serve as the platform for participants to discuss the current situation, challenges, and advancements related to improving health and equity through reinforced health research and innovation in the regions and local communities.

The conference is organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development in collaboration with the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium.

The EVHRDC Team headed by Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Co-Chair Person of EVHRDC and Regional Director of DOST8 showcase their excellent performance and garners three (3) awards from different contest during the weeklong celebration.


Oral Research Presentation (Professional Category)

Charlie E. Labarda, MD, MDM from University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences won as the 3rd Placer for his paper entitled "Analysis of the Health Status of ST Haiyan Affected Communities in the Island of Leyte".


Consortium Poster Exhibit Contest

Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) won as the 1st Place.


Capacity Building Committee Best Practices Poster Exhibit Contest

3rd Place

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, August 8 (PIA) – As it recently marked the “Dengue Awareness” month, the Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas (EV) once more urged the public to always observe “Four S”(4S) strategy in order to stamp out “Dengue” or its possible outbreak.

The “4S strategy” is still proven the best way to prevent Dengue.  It stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; Seek early consultation whenever symptoms are observed; do Self-protective measures like wearing pajamas and long-sleeved shirts; and, Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

A DOH-8 report, bears that the intensified anti-dengue campaign in the recent past, ­­­ reduced the dengue cases to 1,779 for the period January 1 to July 7, 2018, from 2,283 cases recorded during the same period last year, majority of which came from the Leyte province.

During the same period, an outbreak occurred in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, with 61 cases and 2 deaths.

The Health department further warned public not to ignore the symptoms of the disease, rather act on it at once.

Some people, especially children and teens, may not experience symptoms in mild cases.  Usually, Dengue symptoms begin in four to seven days after being bitten by the Dengue-infected mosquito, the warning said.

In most Dengue cases, the Health department further informed that, patients recover their health a week after symptoms occur while other cases worsen or become life-threatening as clot-forming cells in the bloodstream drop. The situation may result to severity of the case, called severe Dengue hemorrhagic fever or the so-called Dengue shock syndrome. (ldl/gtt/PIA-Leyte with reports from the Department of Health)