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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.

 

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.

To promote cooperation and integration of all health research efforts and stakeholders in the region, the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) adopts the Philippine National Health Research System’s (PNHRS) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System. The PNHRS M&E System seeks to ensure that health researches carried out in the country contribute significantly to evidence-based policies and actions. An orientation on the said monitoring tool took place during the Special Executive Committee (ExeCom) Meeting on 02 June 2022 via zoom.

 

The ExeCom Meeting also discussed the adoption of the consortium’s guidelines on the collection and utilization of its trust fund. Lodged at the Leyte Normal University, the EVHRDC Trust Fund aims to support and finance the consortium’s programs and activities geared towards strengthening the research capabilities of member institutions, among others.

Further, the committee reviewed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) among member institutions on the use of laboratory services. The MOU grants preferential access, discounts on laboratory fees, and privileges on the use of advanced laboratories by member institutions, especially for the conduct of biotechnological research.

The country’s health research community will be celebrating the PNHRS Week on August 8-12, 2022 in Clark Pampanga. The PNHRS Week is celebrated every second week of August.

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.

EASTERN VISAYAS- With a clear intent on discussing accomplishments, status, and challenges in the implementation of major PPAs under the School Health division, the Bureau of Learning School Services Division held a regional/cluster consultation series in DepED- Region 8, last May 30, 2022.

The 5-day event, which was exclusively attended by the implementing units (regional and division focal persons and participating schools) of HDHCP, SBFP, and other LSP-funded activities, mainly aimed to (1) determine the status of the major PPAs including fund utilization and accomplishments at the field offices and school; (2) identify and analyze issues and challenges in program implementation; (3) determine the effectiveness of policies and guidelines on program delivery, institutional arrangements, fund allocation, and utilization; and (4) Recommend action points for improvement and harmonization of PPA implementation.

The said event proved to be a success, as it provided a leeway for the coordinators under the central office to visit some project sites that the region is currently working on in progress, while simultaneously being used as the venue for the consulting activities.

Over 13 School divisions were monitored and considered, in selecting those schools that implement major strategic programs that support the development of learners (i.e. improvement of health and nutritional well-being, and assurance of optimum wellness).

These strategic programs included the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP), School Dental Health care Program (SDHCP), School Sports Development Program, and Learners Support Program (LSP)