Mentoring in Research and Development is in for an effective program/project implementation
The “Big Brother Concept” in Research and Development (R&D) has been adopted in various public and private entities towards an effective program/project implementation. This is usually done by mentoring/coaching involving two (2) or more proponents/implementer in the country. Through a partnership in health R&D, mentoring/coaching for example is led by a big school (known for its track record and earned accreditations) together with another school whose R&D work is in progress, just starting or has limited capacity/capability to do R&D.
In the Bicol Region, the Ago Medical and Educational Center – Bicol Christian College of Medicine (AMEC-BCCM) has undertaken the Twinning Project in collaboration with the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila. AMEC-BCCM was the former base institution of the Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) from 2007-2011.
Recently, BCHRD conducted the Training on Health Proposal Packaging cum Writeshop. A total of thirty (30) professors/researchers and member-representatives attended this three-day training held on 21-23 July 2014 at Alvi’s Restraurant, Daraga, Albay. Dr. Ophelia Mendoza and Dr. Evangeline Amor served as resource speaker and mentor respectively, both are Consultants and Research Experts of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD). The training facilitators were Ms. Gigi Benosa, Regional Consortium Coordinator, DOST-PCHRD and Dr. Marlyn Daguno, Chair, BCHRD Research and Development Committee (RDC).
Seven (7) health proposals were presented/ critiqued by the resource speaker/mentor and the RDC members. These proposals upon completion of requirements will be endorsed by BCHRD to DOST-PCHRD for evaluation, approval, funding and possible implementation in 2015.
BCHRD now based at Bicol University (BU), Legazpi City from 2011 to date, leads in health R&D in the region. It is composed of higher education institutions (state/private universities and colleges), government/private hospitals and national government agencies. BCHRD is chaired by Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, BU President with Dr. Alma G. Banua, as the Consortium Director.
DOST-PCHRD supervises the seventeen (17) health consortia in the country including BCHRD. (Dr. P.O. Lucena, DOST V)