1st BCHRD Regional Forum Winners to represent Bicol in 8th PNHRS Week Celebration Student Research Competition; Governor Salceda highlights             “A Leader’s Science Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Albay”


The 8th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week will be celebrated on 12-14 August 2014 at Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Cebu City. The four (4) key players in health Research and Development (R&D) namely the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the University of the Philippines together with the host, the Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) has lined-up a series of plenary/parallel sessions and other events focusing on the theme “Research and Innovation in Health for Disaster and Emergency Health Management”.

            The PNHRS Week Celebration shall gather the various stakeholders in Health R&D to interact, to learn from each other, to share information and experiences, to voice their concern, to contribute research-based solutions to health problems, among others. Emphasis will also be given on the role of health research in disaster and emergency health management.  Key areas to be highlighted include Science for Disaster Preparedness and Actions, Use of Information and Communication Technology and Tools and Policies, Coordinating Mechanisms for Service Delivery, and Role of Social Media.

            Bicol’s regional winners during the 1st Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) Regional Research Forum qualify in the Student Research Competition (Poster Exhibits Award).  Ellen Keith C. Barreda, Bicol University (BU), College of Science will showcase her study on the “Evaluation of the Anticonvulsant Activity of Jathropa cursas L. (Tubang-bakod) Methanolic Leaf Extract in                   Mus musculus”. Using the extract injected to laboratory mice has shown promising results at par or even better than the usual available convulsant drugs. Previous studies have proven Jathropa as a source of renewal energy.

            The other entry is the research on “Hypoglycemic Effect of Papaitan     (Tinospora crispa L. Mier) Extract on Diabetic and Normal Glycemic Male Albino Mice by Christine O. Arcueno and Mark T. Despabiladeras, BU College of Nursing. “Papaitan”, a local plant meaning bitter is a potential medicinal source for lowering blood sugar among diabetics.

            To be discussed by the country’s competent scientists, researchers, medical practitioners, media personality and experts on disaster preparedness and mitigation, and emergency health management and situations are the following topics/experiences.

·         Lessons from Typhoon Yolanda

·         Risk Communication on Typhoon, Rainfall and Storm Surges

Warning System: Post Assessment on Typhoon Yolanda

·         Immediate Effects of the Typhoon among Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Families in Leyte

·         Reporting from the Ground: A Reporter’s Firsthand Experience on the Effect on People, the Environment,  Delivery of Health and other Services

·         Bioterrorism

·         Climate Change

·         National Assessment of Health Research Capacity

·         Ethical Issues in Research in Disaster Areas

·         Individual and Community Responses to Disaster

·         Disaster Victim Identification and Super Typhoon Yolanda’s Dead

·         In the Eye of the Storm: Being a Victim and a Responder

·         The View from the Top: Development of a Community Awareness System in Preparation for Disasters

·         Organizing Response to Emergency and Health Care Delivery

·         Getting Your Research Published

·         Safeguarding People’s Health: Science for Disaster Management

·         Strategic and Systematic Approach for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction

·         Research and Evaluation in Disaster Preparedness and Management

·         A Leader’s Science Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Albay

·         ICT Tools for Disaster Management - eHealth and Social Media

·         Telehealth and RxBox, Experiences from Leyte and Bohol

·         The Social Media System: A Double Edged Sword and Agent for Change

·         Big Data as Surveillance Tools During Emergencies and Disasters

·         Juan Direction: Coordinating Mechanisms for Better Emergency Health

·         Disaster Preparedness: Is the Philippines Ever Going to be Ready?

·         Government’s Response and Coordination to Disaster Preparedness Management and Post Disaster Management (in relation to health)

·         Moving Forward Research and Innovation for Disaster and Emergency Health Management


Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair and Albay                             Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, the champion on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), and known for Albay’s Zero Casualty will deliver a talk on “A Leader’s” Science Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Albay. Albay is also recognized for its Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation and Climate Change Academy.



Other important events during this year’s PNHRS Week Celebration are the Professional Research Competitions; Opening Ceremonies to be highlighted by the Opening of Exhibits and the Keynote address by Secretary Panfilo M. Lacson, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, Fellowship Night with regional contest, and the Closing Ceremonies to feature “The Health R&D coveted awards (Consortium Website/Database Awards/PCHRD-Gruppo Medico Award for undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine/5th Student and Professional Research Competitions (Oral Presentations/Poster Exhibits)/Consortium Exhibits and Dr. Alberto G. Romualdez, Outstanding Health Research Award. Aside from the student-constestants, celebration, BCHRD will represented by committee chairs [Research and Development Committee (RDC), Capability Building Committee (CBC), Regional Information, Commercialization and Utilization Committee (RICUC) and Ethics Review Committee (ERC) with Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, Chair, BCHRD and President, Bicol University and Dr. Alma G. Banua,  Consorium Chair as delegation heads.       (Dr. P.O. Lucena, DOST V).