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DOST VIII's Regional Director Garners Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award
DOST VIII's Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award during the Pasidungog/ Awarding Ceremony of the Civil Service Commission's Search for Outstanding Government Workers last October 24, 2018, at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, for his exemplary performance as a visionary leader and public servant.
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DOST VIII's Regional Director Garners Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award
DOST VIII's Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award during the Pasidungog/ Awarding Ceremony of the Civil Service Commission's Search for Outstanding Government Workers last October 24, 2018, at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, for his exemplary performance as a visionary leader and public servant.
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In photo: Dr. Rufino E. Mengote, ARD of FAS led his unit in planting pechay and squash.

Women holding multiple roles both in household and in their day jobs are having less or no time taking notes of their health and well-being. Their preoccupation to these responsibilities has made it hard for them to remain well-conditioned to continue juggling all the roles they have including dismantling systemic inequalities which hinder access to economic, social and political opportunities.

In line with this and in the nationwide observance of the celebration of the women’s month, the GAD (Gender and Development) Program of DOST VIII in its aim to enable an environment where employees appreciate and discuss gender-related issues, launched an intervention program which would encourage men and women in the organization to involve themselves in a gardening management activity that would in turn develop consciousness on the importance of nutrition and taking due attention to overall well-being.

The units in the regional office- FAS, TO and RSTL were allocated a certain area where they can plant vegetables including pechay , squash, and okra. There were also fertilizers provided.

The health and nutrition program also aims to develop teamwork, and promote shared responsibility among the employees.




HIV/AIDS orientation conducted among Philippine Information Agency employees by the Quezon City Government. 

The Philippines has been reported to be one of the fastest growing worldwide in terms of rate of increase in infections of HIV/AIDS with a reported 56,275 cumulative cases since 1984 by the Department of Health AIDS Registry. The same data shows, however, that the Philippines is also a low-HIV-prevalence country, with less than 0.1 percent of the adult population estimated to be HIV-positive.

According to Quezon City Public Health Department Medical Officer Dr. Angel Mendoza, the increase in the Philippines’ yearly status on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases rise to about 170 percent. As of November 2018, approximately one to two Filipinos are diagnosed as positive in an hour.  The medical practitioner conducted an HIV/AIDS orientation to employees of the Philippine Information Agency courtesy of its Human Resource and Development Division.

Mendoza said the city’s high percentages of Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) are those in the age range of 15-24 year old.

“These are mostly students and those working in different industries,” he said, adding that they may be prone to experience discriminatory acts in the workplace, in their learning institutions, and even while availing some form of insurance coverage, simply because the level of awareness of some individuals are still on the low side.

He said the fight against HIV/AIDS has been made more difficult due to the latest industrial developments like easier access to social media that may have contributed to an increased number of unprotected sex and eventually, to the virus spread.

The irresponsible sharing of some social media posts online also contributes to the confusion as commonly read HIV-related stigma content relating to HIV transmission, as well as hoax medicinal remedies to HIV/AIDS can be easily shared.

These are the kinds of information we would want to contain and stop from disseminating, he said.

Mendoza said being misinformed about HIV such as its symptoms, prevention, and treatment may contribute to the rapid spread of infection among the young population.

The official shared that in the Philippines, Quezon City has the highest number of PLHIV diagnosed garnering 64 percent, followed by Caloocan City with 7 percent.

“The only way to know your status is to get tested. HIV testing is recommended as a standard care for all sexually active individual to ensure HIV prevention as well as immediate treatment and care,” Mendoza said.




Last 27th of February 2019, the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) conducted a turn-over of financial grant for Ms. Inish Cris Mesias at the Office of the Vice-President for Instructions in VSU Main Campus, Baybay, Leyte cum Monitoring of RRF-funded Project of Dr. Lilibeth Miralles in VSU Alangalang Campus.

Ms. Mesias of VSU Main Campus will be undertaking her research project entitled "Assessment of the Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens from Meat-Based Street Foods in Selected Cities of Leyte."

The turnover was graced by Dr. Beatriz Belonias, Vice President for Instruction and
OIC-Office of the President at the time, Ms. Inish Cris Mesias, the researcher,
and the EVHRDC Team: Dr. Lucia P. Dauz, Ms. Rachelle Mae B.
Arape, and Ms. Jessamay C. Mercado.

The turnover was followed by the project monitoring for the study of Dr. Lilibeth G. Miralles entitled "Community risk factors on the Occurrence and Prevention of diarrhea outbreak in Eastern Visayas: A case-control study."

(L-R) Present during the monitoring meeting was the co-investigator of Dr. Miralles
– Ms. Alena Gonzaga, Ms. Mercado, Ms. Arape, Dr. Manuel Rona – Dean of College, Dr. Dauz, and Dr. Miralles.

With only a few minor problems encountered, Dr. Miralles gave satisfactory updates on the technical and financial aspect of her research project and informed the team on her next steps towards the completion of the research project.

Tacloban City-The first built human milk bank in the Visayas was inaugurated on February 28, 2019, at the Reproductive Health and Neonatal Center, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), Tacloban City.

As part of the UNICEF’s commitment of building back better after Super Typhoon Yolanda, human breastmilk will now be available not only in usual time but also during and after disasters. UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition Dr. Wigdan Magdani said that in an area prone to disaster, high incidence of infant mortality is recorded.

With the state of measles outbreak, Department of Health, Assistant Regional Director Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino calls for a multi-sectoral campaign on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is more than nutrition, it is a good life-saving method, ARD Sabalberino added.

Breastmilk is the best food offered to infants with all the nourishment needed in the first six (6) months of life. Accordingly, it is safe, clean, easily-digestible and in most cases the only available ready food from the mother.




In its commitment to maintain the efficiency of the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) and to address relevant health-related issues and concerns through health research, the Department of Health – Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-EVCHD) spearheads the conduct of the two-day RUHRA Consultation with Stakeholders, in partnership with Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC), at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City on February 19-20, 2019.

The participants of the activity are composed of representatives from different member institutions of the EVHRDC, Provincial Health Offices (PHOs), Municipal Health Offices (MHOs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Hospitals, Health Institutions, and Research Coordinators/Directors of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). 

The EVHRDC Coordinator, Dr. Lucia Dauz, introduced the EVHRDC and presented the EVHRDC Directions and the Health Research Opportunities in Eastern Visayas. 

Dr. Dauz emphasized the need for cooperation and coordination among the participants in order to achieve the main objective of the activity: the updating of the priority topics or researchable areas which will be the basis in approving proposals for funding by the EVHRDC. 

Mr. Leonido Olobia, the Research Coordinator of the DOH-EVCHD, spearheaded the review, discussion, and brainstorming on the different research agenda in Region 8, which was actively participated by the representatives from the different stakeholders.

There are 21 priority topics for RUHRA 2017-2022: Service Delivery, Communicable Diseases, Maternal and Child Health, Health Technology Development, Health Care Financing, Health Governance, Health Knowledge Management, Environmental Health, Lifestyle Diseases, Disaster Risk Reduction & Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Reproductive Health & Family Planning, Nutrition, Mental Health Problems, Health Infrastructure, Traditional and Alternative Health Medicine, Health Promotion, Health Regulation, Drug & Substance Abuse, Gender & Development, Geriatrics, and Disability.

Among these 21 topics, the body agreed to remove Health Infrastructure from the list of priority research areas; hence, 20 topics are left in the updated RUHRA 2017-2022.

The activity concluded with a call for proposals and presentation of the DOH capsule proposal and PCHRD full-blown proposal formats for those who are interested to engage in research activities with EVHRDC.