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The 14th Forum for Ethics Review Committees in the Asia and Western Pacific (FERCAP) International Conference and 1st Philippine Health Research Ethics Board National Conference 2014 was held last November 23 – 26, 2014 at Tagaytay Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City.With the theme, “Embedding Ethics in National Health Research Systems,” the conference highlighted the initiatives towards institutionalization of ethics within national systems and harmonization of good practices across the Asia Pacific region.


The objectives of the conference were to: (1) describe concepts, best practices, and initiatives towards embedding ethics in national health research systems; (2) highlight the use of a systems approach at the international, national and institutional levels to promote ethics in research among various research stakeholders; (3) identify gaps, facilitators and barriers to good ethical infrastructures; (4) suggest options and future directions of national research systems to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards in health research; and, (5) develop relevant models of partnership and alliance building in ethical research that promotes empowerment of stakeholders within context of diverse Asian cultures and pluralistic socio-political systems.


The resource speakers were from international and national health authorities, ethics committees, researchers, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical industry. Among the topics discussed were: (1) Challenges and Issues in Health Research Regulations; (2) Empowerment of Research Participants; (3) Effective Governance in Health Research; (4) Models of Health Research Systems; (5) Role of Community Representatives in Research Ethics; (6) Conflict of Interests in Health Research; (7) Indicators of Ethical Health Research Systems; and (8) 2013 Helsinki and Health Research System. 


The conference was attended by various sectors and disciplines involved in health research, mainly from Asia and the Western Pacific region. Among them were the delegates from BCHRD, namely Prof. Sandy Lasa of Universidad de Sta. Isabel, ERC Chair and two (2) ERC members- Dr. Aurora Daluro of the Department of Health and Dr. Richard Bartolata of the Bicol University. Likewise with the BCHRD participants were Ma. Theresa de Alban of the Commission on Higher EducationR5 and Prof. Dennis Gogola of Bicol University,


The conference contributed in increasing the participants’ awareness on the various ethical models and practices utilized to improve multidisciplinary health research systems.







The primary objective of BCHRD is to institute/strengthen the system of collaboration in Bicol to develop and enhance the capacity of research institutions within the region which have interest and engage in health and related researches, as a strategy to improve the health conditions of the Bicolanos.

Aligned to the objective is the approval of the membership of having expressed their intent to be joined the consortium. he Regional Health Research Coordinating Council, the consortium's policy making body had approved the membership the NICCDH during RHRCC Meeting this March 20, 2014. As a new member they we be a part of the training offered by the consortium and are to submit proposals aligned with the research agenda of the region. 





      The 1st quarterly monitoring project monitoring of the research “Characterization And Toxicological Evaluation of Guyabano (Annona muricata)  Leaves Extract” by Prof. Dennis Gogola and Carina Orden of Bicol University Tabaco Campus was undertaken by BCHRD on May 2014. The project monitoring were done by Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya, Regional Director for Region5, Dr. Alma Banua the consortium director and Mr. Franco Velasco, Project Assistant of the consortium.

        The purpose of the monitoring is to ensure that project implementation is in accordance with what is stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement and to resolve problem/s arising thereto if any.  It includes 1.) Field visit to Bicol University Tabaco Campus, and 2) Review of the technical progress reports submitted by the proponent.

     The researchers presented the accomplishments during the 1st quarter, together with the problems encountered in the implementation of the project. A number of recommendations were forwarded that focused on the facilities for the experimental animals, seeking approval of the research from the Institutional Care and Animal Use Committee and the need for additional financial resources for the cages of the experimental animals.

       Dean Plutomeo Nieves of BUTC who is an active researcher himself supported the recommendations in particular the provision of financial assistance to the project.



BCHRD ERC working towards Registration and Accreditation this 2014


The Ethics Review Committee ensures that the researches involving human participants conform to the ethical standards and principles towards respect for sanctity and dignity of man (PCHRD Annual Journal 2003). DOST Administrative Order 001 Series of 20018 states that research ethics registration is mandatory.

To be able to exercise their function fully the ERC of  BCHRD  is working towards the process of being registered/accredited. Two of the requirements to be complied are 1) the qualification of the composition of ERC, hence two of each members (Dr. Alvin Ogalesco and Ms Catherine Campillos) will undergo Basic Ethics Training on June 24, 25, 2014 and 2) finalization of the Standard Operating Procedures of the committee. The SOP being the output of the training in 2013 was initially submitted to the Philippine Health Ethics Review Board (PHREB).The suggestions are being incorporated.

Completion of the other documents need to the completed so that the target of being registered/accredited will be achieved.



The Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) facilitated for the 2nd time Basic Ethics Training  onJune 24 and 25, 2014 at Bicol University College of Nursing Amphitheater, Legazpi City. The goals of the training are: 1) to guide participants on moral dimensions of research; 2) to assist the participants in  reviewing ethical research; 3) to describe the different controls for Ethics in Research, focusing on Institutional Research Ethics Committee and the PHREB; and 4) to motivate participants to adhere and advocate quality ethical research.

The Resource Persons were from the Philippine health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), Dr. Rosario Angeles T. Alora  and Dr. Ricardo Manalastas Jr., Chair of the Sub-committee on trainings and member/trainer respectively. The participants were member-institutions of the BCHRD actively participated in the role-playing, demonstrations and lecture. 

The trained participants will form part of the ERC of BCHRD, Institutional ERC of the BU College of Medicine and of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Each agency was provided a copy of the 2011 National Ethical Guidelines of PHREB, as reference.

The activity ended with a commitment of adhering to the ethical standard in the conduct and evaluation of researches.


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