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The Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) organized a three-day Research Methods Training on January 29-31, 2013 with the following objectives: 1) Equip the participants with research methodologies; 2) Assist participants in refining the methodology of their research proposals; and 3) Assist the participants in packaging the research proposals, in preparation for the technical and ethical review by the consortium evaluators.

The training was facilitated by the Consortium Director Dr. Alma Banua and the PCHRD-DOST Regional Coordinator Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya. It was participated by the chairpersons and members of the BCHRD Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics Review (ERC) Committees, as well researchers from the different member-agencies of the consortium.  Doctors, nurses, and professors from the different schools, institutions, and agencies came all the way from as far as Catanduanes and Camarines Sur to join their local counterparts in Legazpi City.

The member-agencies of BCHRD represented during the training were: Universidad de Sta. Isabel (USI)- Ms. Sandy Lasa; Catanduanes State University (CSU)- Dr. Alvin Ogalesco and Prof. Joel Olfindo; University of Saint Anthony (USANT)- Prof. Joyce Obis; Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU)- Ms. Elma Peralta; University of Nueva Caceres (UNC)- Dr. Carmelita Baylon and Dr. Yolanda Castroverde; Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC)- Ms. Salvacion Tablanza and Ms. Ma. Angela Concepcion Nolasco; Partido State University (PSU)- Ms. Emelina R. Padayao; Aquinas University (AUL)- Ms. Athena G. Masip; Bicol Medical Center (BMC)- Dr. Marla Litam; BRTTH- Dr. Marlyn Daguno and Ms. Bernardita Patacsil; and Department of Health (DOH)- Dr. Aurora Teresa Daluro, aside from BCHRD host agency Bicol University, which had participants from the College of Nursing- Dr. Richard Bartolata and Prof. Garry Grageda; College of Science- Profs. Ida Revale, Jocelyn Serrano, Joan Nace, Daile Meek Membreve and Mr. Michael Angelo Brogada; Tabaco Campus- Profs. Carina Orden and Dennis Gogola; and RDC- Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas.  Also present were the BCHRD Secretariat composed of Ms. Maria Vicenta Corazon Guidote, Ms. Reizha Rito, and Ms. Eunice Endrano.

The participants were privileged to have as resource speaker the in-demand and highly recommended Dr. Ophelia “Ophie” M. Mendoza, a PCHRD consultant and research expert. Dr. Ophie holds several degrees including Master of Science in Public Health (Biostatistics) and Doctor of Public Health (Biostatistics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and Master in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.  A researcher in her own right with a considerable number of researches to her name both here and abroad, it is only fitting that she would be recommended by no less than the PCHRD-DOST itself, to give lectures during seminars that it funds.

Needless to say, Dr. Ophie did not disappoint; evaluation from the participants all contained rave-reviews of how well she delivered the lectures which were very comprehensive, and how she was able to simplify even the most complicated topics.

The training followed a challenging daily lecture-workshop-plenary schedule that really squeezed the creative juices out of the committee members and researchers, who were all required to give presentations as well as evaluate each other’s outputs.  Dr. Ophie was on hand to assist the R&D and ERC committees in the critiquing.


On the whole the BCHRD is happy with the fifteen (15) research proposals that were presented, and hopeful that with certain revisions, they will be ready to be submitted to the R&D and ERC committees for technical review, in preparation for submission to PCHRD for final consideration.  Further trainings will be held to give assistance to the researchers in the refinement of their proposals.

HERDIN stands for Health Research and Development Information Network, a research repository / database with over 40 thousand records of health research articles and health researches about the Philippines or Filipinos, authored by Filipinos or non-Filipinos, published and unpublished.

To be able to access the research information network, BCHRD organized a HERDIN training on November 28, 2012 at the Bicol University, College of Nursing.  Three speakers/trainers from PCHRD came to Legazpi City to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed in the setting up/operating of a research database in their respective institutions that could be linked with the regional (BCHRD) and national research repositories.

The said speakers/trainers were: Mylene B. Marco who gave the mechanics of the workshop, Meychell Angoy, who lectured on the technical aspect of HERDIN, and Ronel D. Molina, who lectured on data inputting (setting up, updating, enhancing, and maintenance of the Consortia website).

The training workshop was participated by a total of twenty seven (27) point persons for research database from member and non-member agencies. The participants  were given the HERDIN User’s Guide / Manual  as reference for the technical aspect of HERDIN. The database can be searched for free at

Data inputting of the researchers and researches in Region V will be done in 2013. The inventory of these researchers and researches in the region is still ongoing.

Ms. Meychell Angoy (above) explaining the technical aspect of HERDIN.

The BCHRD facilitated a two day write-shop for researchers in the region on November 14-15, 2012.  Its main objective was to generate fundable research proposals that are reflective of the priority research agenda of the region.

The pre-workshop phase was highlighted by the presentation of the Research Agenda of Region V by R & D Chair Dr. Marlyn Daguno, to guide the participants on the research priorities of the region.  Following the presentation were lectures on “Problem Conceptualization” and R & D Methodologies (Quantitative) including Basic Statistical Test and Analysis by Dr. Yolanda Castroverde, an R & D member, and Dr. Maridel Borja, from University of the Philippines, Manila.

Three (3) research proposals were presented and evaluated by the R & D committee (Dr. Marlyn Daguno and Prof. Elma Peralta), with Dr. Borja, as guest evaluator. The proposals were as follows: 1) Urban Wastes and Environment: Effect on People’s Health by Dr. Yolanda Castroverde of University of Nueva Caceres, 2) “Follow-on” and “Toddler Formula” Using Adlai Grains by Dr. Janet Recierdo of Bicol University, and 3) Wound Healing Properties of Guyabano Leaves (Anona muricata Linn) and Malunggay Root (Moringa oleifera) Extract: A Product Development by Dennis Gogola of Bicol University.

The research entitled Urban Wastes and Environment: Effect on People’s Health by Dr. Yolanda Castroverde was technically approved by R & D committee and was submitted to the Bicol Medical Center, Naga City for ethical review. The ERC of the consortium had already reviewed it ethically. This proposal was submitted to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development for funding under the Regional Research Fund (RRF).

(left) Participants of the research proposal write-shop pose with R & D committee chair Dr. Daguno, committee member Prof. Peralta, and guest evaluator Dr. Borja.