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The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium is currently hosting the Balik Scientist Program engagement of Balik Scientist Dr. June Bryan de la Peña, a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first leg of his engagement, Dr. de la Peña together with the EVHRDC Secretariat, conducted a consultation with the officials and Research Directors of the Samar State University on November 23, 2022. Dr. de la Peña visited the different laboratories of SSU and provided recommendations on how they could maximize their impressive research facilities in conducting research work that could benefit the region.
On the next day, he visited the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus for a Science Outreach Activity and consultation.  The Forum entitled "How I Became a Neuroscientist" was attended by very active students from Grades 8-11. The activity ignited the interest of many students to consider neuroscience as possible career path. This was followed by a consultation with the PSHS faculty and researchers where Dr. de la Peña discussed possible areas for collaboration and gave recommendations on the research topics that the faculty and students could work on using the school's available resources. Dr. de la Peña will be visiting more member institutions of the consortium in order to achieve one of the main objectives of this BSP engagement, which is to establish a strong collaboration among EVHRDC member institutions and open channels for resource sharing to nurture the research culture in Eastern Visayas.

The Department of Education Region 8 will launch the School Based Fee School-BasedSBFP) this SY 2022-2023 starting August. It will serve 190,831 beneficiaries all over the region . The program will cater to all incoming Kindergarten and Grade I to 6 students who are “wasted” and “severely wasted” based on the recent SBFP report.

According to Cesvi Foundation, wasted children refers to those with weight that are too low for their height, and their bodies waste away. Wasted young children have high risk of dying.

To address the concern on wasting, the program shall provide nutritious foods for at least 120 feeding days.

The program will cover only public schools. Further, students who have moved to Grade 7 are no longer part of the program.

Through the years, SBFP has been addressing hunger among school children and encouraging learners to enroll, contributing to the improvement of the nutritional status. Aside from also providing nourishment for their growth and development, and helping boost their immune system, the program also enhances and improves their health and nutrition values.

SBFP is one of the six flagship program of “OK sa DepEd” under the Bureau of Learning Support Services, School Health and Nutrition Division. Other programs include: 1. Medical, Dental and Nursing Services, 2.National Drug Education Program, 3.Wash in School, 4. Reproductive Health, and 5. Mental Health.


The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC), spearheaded by the chair of the Capacity Building Committee (CBC), Dr. Virgildo E. Sabalo, conducted a two-day Data Analytics and Statistics Training last July 18-19, 2022 via Zoom and Facebook live. A total of 150 researchers from various member institutions joined the activity.

Mr. Norberto Milla served as the resource speaker of the activity. His talk focused on the various statistical software such as JASP, R and RStudio on how to use it while researchers are conducting their scientific research. Moreover, it can also help them in providing speedy and accurate results.

The participants were divided into three groups in which they were given different data sets and tasked to analyze it using the software. ach group presented their group outputs to the body.

 Mr. Norberto discussed the Role of Statistics software in research.

Tacloban City- In its efforts to disseminate programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) of the Eastern Visayas Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) and its member institutions, the consortium, through the Research and Utilization Committee (RUC) and Capability Building Committee (CBC), conducted a one-day training workshop on health news and features on July 20, 2020.

RUC members, representatives of DOST units, and consortium members participated in the virtual activity, where they were welcomed by the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and the DOST Regional Director Engr. Ernesto Granada

Ms. Framelia V. Anonas, the Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST PNRI, was the Resource Person for the said workshop. A number of news articles developed by the participants were enhanced during the critiquing activity.


Region VIII will host the Philippine National Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration in August 2023. In order to discuss the different preparations needed in hosting this event next year, the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium conducted a meeting on July 07, 2022 via Zoom.

The group discussed the possibility of a hybrid format next year, with both face-to-face and virtual sessions. The group also discussed the different sessions and contests to be offered. Also presented were initial plans on the different committees to be created for the event. Lastly, the group agreed that next year’s celebration should also highlight the different eco tourist spots in Region VIII to entice local tourists to visit the region.

The meeting was attended by the Region VIII delegates who will join the PNHRS Week Celebration this year on August 08-12, 2022 at Clark, Pampanga. The delegates will benchmark the different sessions offered in this year’s celebration and use their learnings in the preparation of next year’s event. The group will reconvene after attending this year’s conference and start the planning sessions before the current year ends.

Dr. Lucia P. Dauz, consortium director, showed the different sessions offered in this year’s PNHRS Week Celebration and discussed the applicable sessions that the consortium may offer next year as the host.