Clinched fist pose of FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno
and D-PUNCH members as a sign of determination
to ensure consumers’ safety.

To ensure consumer protection  against  hazardous health products, representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders led by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials  convened during the Consumer Protection Advocacy Forum  held recently at Hotel Estrella in Tacloban City. 

The advocacy forum primarily focused on FDA Licensing and Registration Requirements for Local Chief Executives and partner agencies in Eastern Visayas to avoid trade malpractice in the region. 

During the day’s event, different mechanisms in monitoring of unregistered health products in the market were likewise strengthened.

FDA officials and other stakeholders enlighten participants on their
programs and concerns during the open forum held right after the program.

In her message, FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno urged other stakeholders to help them in the enforcement of law to ensure public health and safety. 

“Tulungan nyo po kami at magtulungan po tayo, we need to make sure na nasusunod ang batas”, Puno said. “I am looking forward for more collaboration to insure public health and public safety”, she added. 

Puno also acknowledged the presence of D-Punch (D-PUNCH "Destroy Products Unfit for the Consumption of Humans") and PNP officials to help them explain the consequences in cases where there are violations of law. 

“Importante din po na nandito ang partners naming D-Punch at yung mga PNP officers natin, para after maexplain natin everything, it is important to know the consequences kapag hindi nasunod ang batas”, she further stressed.

FDA officials led by FDA Director General, Nela Charade Puno (center, in black and green attire) and other stakeholders recite
the Pledge of Commitment during the Consumer Protection Advocacy Forum held at Hotel Estrella in Tacloban City.


As a gesture of support to the programs of the FDA, a Pledge of Commitment led by FDA officials was likewise recited by the activity’s participants during said forum.

With the unwavering intent of promoting, implementing, and utilizing health researches in the region, the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium has lined-up various activities this coming June 2018.

First among the activities will be the Committee Chairs Meeting on June 1 wherein agenda includes but not limited to the deliberation of entries for the upcoming PNHRS 2018 and brainstorming for the consortium poster; while on June 8, the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) will hold its 2nd quarter meeting.

The EVHRDC will also conduct the Technical Report Writing Workshop for RRF funded researchers on June 26-28 in which the venue will be announced soon.

Aside from these activities with established schedules, the EVHRDC also aims to conduct the Capacity Building Committee (CBC) 2nd Quarter Meeting, Structure, Organization, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (SOMEC) Special Meeting, and Research Management Committee (RMC) 2nd Quarter Meeting before the end of the 2nd Quarter of 2018.

Determined to solve the Philippine health problems through health researches and developmental interventions, the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) has recently conducted an institutional visit to the Eastern Samar State University in Borongan, Eastern Samar (ESSU) on May 16, 2018.

Group of participants from the university and  representatives from different government institutions.


Participated in by officers and staff of the university as well as representatives from different government institutions, the one-day activity has focused on the call to submit research proposals not only from the said academic institution, but also from other groups or individuals who are health enthusiasts.


The health research proposals submitted after having been reviewed and approved, will then be funded by the consortium itself.

Person on the left, ESSU President, Dr. Edmundo Campoto expressing his opening message
and person on the right, Chair of EVHRDC RIC, Mr. Willard Riveral giving his welcome remarks.


In his message, ESSU President, Dr. Edmundo Campoto, expressed his gratitude for the effort done by the members of the EVHRDC Reseaerch Information Committee in considering the university as one of the active members of the consortium.


He also challenged his staff to continue coming up with health studies which could contribute to the advancement of knowledge on medical practices, thereby improving the quality of life of the people in the region.


Aside from the submission of research proposals, the occasion was likewise considered as an opportunity to hold the third quarter meeting of the Research Information Sub-Committee, where plans to sustain the information dissemination activities were discussed, particularly the conduct of the upcoming health research symposium.


The institutional visit was also part of the evaluation of  the research activities in the different institutions of the region aimed at protecting the rights and interests of researches involving human subjects.

Group photo of participants together with the RIC members and EVHRDC staff before the  said activity ends.


The EVHRDC is an organization which serves as a venue for inter-agency efforts geared towards health advancement and stability.


Harmonized Initiatives for the Spread of Good Nutrition (HIMSOG), a media group created by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), meets early today, May 18 at the NNC Regional Office VIII to discuss the plans for this year's scheduled media caravan and other health and nutrition - related activities ready for implementation.



The City Government of Tacloban has started the construction of ten (10)  drainage system projects in the city which are set to be finished this year.


The flood mitigation projects which include declogging activities are expected to solve the perennial flood problem in the city which could bring health hazard to the constituents.


The government interventions are made possible through the leadership of Mayor Christina Gonzales in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways.