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To support the national vaccination drive of the government, the Department of Education (DepEd) launched Vacc2School: Ligtas na Bakuna, Para sa Balik-Eskwela! campaign for its teaching and non-teaching personnel.

Vacc2School campaign aims to inform, educate, and engage the Department’s stakeholders in promoting the vaccination drive and other related policies to mitigate COVID-19. The campaign was also contextualized to support the BIDA Solusyon Plus sa COVID-19 campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) in the education sector.

“I am encouraging everyone, especially the teachers, and other education personnel to participate in this campaign, and make informed decisions on vaccination to further intensify and advance our chances of safely returning to school,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, who recently received the vaccine herself, said.

“We would like to encourage our teachers to vaccinate themselves because it is not only a matter of protecting your personal rights, it is also a matter of protecting the lives and health of children which is also entrusted to our care,” she added.

Recently, the President and the IATF approved the request of Secretary Briones to include frontline personnel in basic education under Priority Group A4.

With the guidance of the NVDP, DepEd will participate in three levels: (1) as recipients or beneficiaries of the vaccine, (2) as members of the different task group on vaccination, and (3) as champions for advocacy of the immunization program.

Several advocacy campaigns are on ongoing in the different areas of deped to discuss salient matters on vaccination activities.

At present DepEd Task Force Memorandum 421 encourages region to do master listing of DepEd personnel for COVID-19 vaccination in their respective LGUs.

On June 1-4, 2021, a 4-day training entitled The Basic Research Methods Training was conducted via Zoom attended and conducted by the member institutions of Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium. It aims to provide basic knowledge and skills in health research methodologies to researchers. Furthermore, it aims to generate more research project proposals aligned with the 2017-2022 Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

On its first day, the training kicked off with a prayer and the singing of the National Anthem lead by Ms. April Rose Amor, an EVHRDC staff. Then everyone was welcomed with the opening speech from the OIC Regional Director of DOH-EV CHD, Dr. Exuperia B. Sabalberino. After which, Dr. Virgilio Sabalo, the EVHRDC CBC Chair explained the need for this training while Mr. Raymond Campo, an EVHRDC Staff, presented the DOST 6Ps and the updated 2017-2022 RUHRA. The training then commenced with the sequence: Engr. Michael Manguerra from De La Salle University talked about the opportunities and challenges of Biomedical Engineering, Mr. Leonido Olobia presented the sub-module entitled “Overview of the Reasearch Process” which tackled about the characteristics of the research process, and Dr. Willard N. Riveral from Biliran Province State University presented the sub-module entitled “Defining the Research Problem” after lunch break. At 2:30 in the afternoon, the Question and Answer session took place before Workshop 1 and day 1 of the training ended by 5pm.

The second day of the 4-day training started with a prayer and housekeeping rules setting by Ms. Amor. And so, sub-module 3 entitled “Establishing the Theoretical and Empirical Basis of the Research” was presented by Sr. John Mary Formillos an RMC/TRB member. She presented an overview of the two-step process which aims to establish both the theoretical and empirical basis for the objectives formulated and the variables investigated. Then Dr. Fidelita Dico of DOH-EVCHD discussed the sub-module 4 bearing the title “Epidemiologic and Experimental Studies”. After lunch, RUC Chair Dr. Sherrie Ann Labid shared about the different “Sampling Designs” which is sub-module 5. She presented the applications of sampling in health research. A large part of the module was spent in describing the steps in implementing the different probability sampling designs. At 2:30 again in the afternoon, another Question and Answer session was conducted and another workshop as well.

And on the third day, it started exactly the same as the previous ones. Then it progressed on to Mr. Leonid Arado of PIT presenting the sub-module on “Sample Size Determination” which was about myths and misinformation. He presented the actual factors to be considered when computing for the sample size of surveys where subjects were selected using a probability sampling design. The next topic, “Qualitative Research” was discussed by Prof. Esther Bañar of Eastern Samar State University. And to top off the day, Prof. Ferdinand Abocejo comprehensively discussed about “Data Collection” and later on, “Data Analysis”. 

And finally, the fourth and final day of the training was opened with a prayer and a setting of expectation. As the event progressed brilliantly, Dr. Sarah Delorino, Co-Chair of EVHRDC ERC shared about the sub-module 10 which was “Ethics on Health Research. Then Dr. Lucia Dauz tackled sub-module 11 entitled “Administrative Aspects of Research”. She talked about the steps and activities involved in addressing both administrative aspects of the research process. And finally, for the last sub-module “Writing the Research Proposal”, we had Ms. Josephine Hipe, Chair of EVRHDC SOME to discuss said topic. Q and A with a workshop followed the discussions.

After the training ended, Ms. Anicia P. Catameo, the OIC of Institution Development from PCHRD delivered a message purposely to inspire and further motivate researchers to do better in the future. Then Ms. Jean Gay O. Ragub, EVHRDC Coordinator awarded certificates to the magnificent resource speakers. And finally, DOST 8 Regional Director and the EVHRDC Execom Co-Chair, Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, delivered a closing message which acknowledged the efforts of the trainers and the enthusiasm of the participants.



Participants to the Call for Proposals pose for a commemorative photo. Pictured are only a portion of the participants who attended. 

Researchers from the different member institutions of the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC), were briefed about the procedures and requirements for submission of health research proposals during the Call for Proposals held last April 30, 2021, via zoom.

Organized by the said consortium, the activity was aimed at promoting  health research and likewise encourage interested researchers to submit capsule proposals for possible funding.

Members of the EVHRDC Secretariat and experts from the different member agencies of the consortium served as resource persons during the forum.

During the activity, Mr. Raymond Campo of the EVHRDC secretariat gave the overview of EVHRDC highlighting its different major activities and accomplishments. Ms. Mae Anne Reyes, OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations of the DOST Regional Office VIII, presented the updated Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) and provided the steps on how to submit a proposal to the Consortium. The RUHRA is a compendium of the priority health research areas of the region and serves as one of the basis for funding of research proposals.

Meanwhile, Dr. CatalinoP. Dotollo, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) VIII and member of the EVHRDC Technical Review Board, presented the technical review process, whileDr. Jane R. Borrinaga, Chair of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) Institutional Ethics Review Committee and Chair of the EVHRDC Ethics Review Committee (ERC), explained how the review of the ethical aspect of a proposal is conducted. On the other hand, Ms. Anicia P. Catameo, Regional Project Officer from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), discussed the Regional Research Fund, the funds used to support the implementation of health research projects in the region. In her presentation, Ms. Catameo emphasized that all proposals submitted to the Consortium must be technically and ethically sound for them to be endorsed for funding consideration.

Interested researchers were advised to submit their capsule proposals on or before May 10, 2021.

Around 36 participants from the different national government agencies, state universities and colleges, and other member institutions joined the forum. 

With the Call for Proposals conducted, the EVHRDC expects an increase in submission of fundable health research proposals for the region. (MC-NEDA)

TACLOBAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- The Department of Health - Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-EV CHD) is encouraging all HIV-AIDS patients to submit themselves for screening, so as to be treated and avoid further transmission.

In an interview with the DOH Regional Surveillance Nurse and Program Manager for HIV-AIDS, Boyd Roderick Cerro, during the Suruswerte ha PIA hosted by PIA 8 Regional Director Olive Tiu, it was learned that there are at least 1,214 diagnosed HIV-AIDS cases in the Eastern Visayas region as of February 10, 2021.



PALO, LEYTE, April 20 - The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC), has updated, through a Zoom Conference on March 11-12, 2021, the 2017-2022 Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) of the Eastern Visayas region.

Spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) 8–Center for Health Development in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 8, the activity was aimed to cater to the research priorities of the region’s stakeholders composed of representatives from the different local government units and State Colleges and Universities. (SUCs)

While the research needs seem dynamic, some topics may no longer be responsive during the present situation, hence, a RUHRA consultation and updating with the research stakeholders was conducted.

The EVHRDC Coordinator Jean Gay Ragub, emphasized that the setting of the RUHRA is being conducted annually not only to determine and update the health research priorities of the region, but likewise create a list of areas for health researches that need to be studied, thereby developing an advocacy and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Plan.

During the said conference, Mr. Teddy Dizon who is a Consultant from the Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO), presented the Health Research Agenda Setting and the AIHO developed Guidelines for Health Research Prioritization from different national and international frameworks. The guidelines were presented according to the three phases: the preparatory, implementation and post-implementation phase, of which each was given emphasis as to importance.

In order to guide the participants and ensure alignment of the regional level with the national level, Mr. Dizon presented the three research priorities from the DOH, DOST and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). He also informed that the updating of RUHRA was based on the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda; Medium Term Health Policy and Systems Research Agenda, and; the National Unified Health Research Agenda.

With the above-mentioned activity, the EVHRDC came up with the Updated 2021 Regional Unified Health Research Agenda, namely: Mental Health, Communicable Diseases, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Occupational Health and Food Safety, among others.

It is noted that the DOST, in consultation with government and private research and development institutions, prepared the Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HNRDA) 2017-2022. This is to ensure that results of Science and Technology endeavors are utilized in areas of maximum economic and social benefit for the populace. It determines the specific priority research topics to be done by all Regional Health Research and Development Consortia. The formulation of the HNRDA is also in line with the DOST’s mandate of providing central direction, leadership and coordination of the scientific and technological efforts in the country. (ARA-DOST)