To strengthen the capacities of the local planning core team, the National Nutrition Council VIII trained thirty-six (36) nutrition advocates particularly the nutrition action officers, municipal planning officers, budget officers and nutritionist dietitians on nutrition program management (NPM). The training course on nutrition program management was conducted from 17 to 21 September 2018 at the Ocean View Hotel, Tolosa, Leyte.

The NPM, a yearly training for nutrition officers and advocates provided discussions to include: (1) Understanding Food and Nutrition, (2) Advancing Core Values and Skills of Nutrition Workers, and (3) Integrating Nutrition Program Management in Local Governance and Development System. This year, the training included emphasis on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, an integral plan of the Philippine Development Plan.  Further, to provide a clearer picture on the implementation of PPAN, the participants were also oriented on the DILG Circular No. 2018-42 and DBM Local Budget Memorandum No. 77. The training workshop provided the local government units with the menu of nutrition related interventions through the identification of strategies and programs preferred for funding, and particularly, to intensify quality nutrition through the implementation of PPAN 2017-2022. 



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”.

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A new study published in the Sept. 6, 2018 issue of Cell Metabolism revealed that increasing time between meals made male mice healthier overall and live longer compared to mice who ate more frequently. Scientists from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reported that health and longevity improved with increased fasting time, regardless of what the mice ate or how many calories they consumed. National Institute of Aging Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. stated that this study showed that mice who ate one meal a day thus, had longest fasting period lived longer and had better outcomes for common age-related liver disease and metabolic disorders.

Mice with longer fasting times (green) and shorter times when food was available (red) had better health outcomes and longevity than mice who were allowed to eat around the clock. – Image credit NIA IRP.

"Increasing daily fasting times, without a reduction of calories and regardless of the type of diet consumed, resulted in overall improvements in health and survival in male mice," said Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D., the lead author and chief of the Translational Gerontology Branch of the NIA Intramural Research Program. "Perhaps this extended daily fasting period enables repair and maintenance mechanisms that would be absent in a continuous exposure to food."

The researchers say their findings are encouraging for future studies on how these types of time-restricted eating patterns might help humans to maintain healthy weight and reduce some common age-related metabolic disorders.



The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 8 through Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium- Research Information Committee (EVHRDC-RIC) visits Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) Main Campus  for an Institutional Visit and Call for Proposals cum Special meeting on September 19, 2018 at SLSU Student Center Plenary Hall, SLSU Main Campus, Sogod, Southern Leyte. 

Photo opp of EVHRDC Team with the Southern Leyte State University participants

A total of 34 participants attended the said activity which comes from the main and external campuses of SLSU composing of faculty and staff of the university. A total of 7 distinguished guests and speakers from EVHRDC-RIC also spearheaded the activity in promoting the agenda on promoting health-related researches.

The EVHRDC promotes health and medical-related researches on various state universities and colleges in the Region 8 and encourage faculty members of the university to submit capsule research proposals based on health research agenda and priorities for possible funding. 

Dr. Francis Ann R. Sy, SLSU’s Vice President for Research, Development and Extension giving her opening remarks and encouraging the faculty members of the SLSU Community to produce health researches and be funded by the EVHRDC. 

Dr. Francis Ann R. Sy, SLSU’s Vice President for Research, Development and Extension encouraged the faculty members of the SLSU Community to produce not just the utility models (UMs) but also patentable researches because money is not a problem since there are funding agencies like DOST through EVHRDC who can source out funds in supporting the conduct of such deserving research proposals.

Mr. Willard N, Riveral, Chair of EVHRDC-RIC, presenting the RUHRA 2017-2022. 

Mr. Willard N. Riveral, Chair of EVHRDC-RIC, presented the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) 2017-2022 highlighting the identified health research priorities which guides SLSU faculty researchers and funders alike in the development of more relevant health research in the region. Priorities have looked at nutrition, mental health, environmental health, and gender and development among others.

Interested researchers attentively listen to the process of submitting capsule proposals. Indeed, the activity gave the faculty members of the university an eye-opener in conducting research studies with high impact to the society especially in solving various health problems in the country. The SLSU community was indeed blessed and thankful to have EVHRDC in advocating and supporting the health research culture in the Philippines.

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.