ZCHRD, PCHRD-DOST & WMSU Conduct Training on Health Research & Herdin Neon System
April 22, 2008

Zamboanga City, April 22 – The Zamboanga Consortium for Health, Research and Development (ZCHRD) in coordination with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) and Western Mindanao State University sponsored a four-day training workshop in the conduct of health researches recently at the WMSU Research Center.

The research workshop with the theme, “Upgrading Capabilities in the Conceptualization and Management of Health Research”, aims to improve and upgrade the knowledge and skills of the participants coming from the different government agencies who are member-institutions of the Zamboanga Consortium for Health, Research and Development (ZCHRD).

According to WMSU-Research, Extension and Development Vice Pres. Dr. Rufina A. Cruz, the four-day training workshop is in line with the research thrust of the University – that is to create a dynamic, responsible and empowered health research community, and one way of achieving this goal is to develop the research capabilities of the different stakeholders,” she added.

PCHRD Research, Information, Communication and Utilization Program Chief Ms. Merlita M. OpeƱa presented the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) which consolidates all efforts of the different public agencies particularly the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Sciecne and Technology (DOST) and non-government organizations and institutions in order for them to respond to the needs of the marginalized and disadvantaged sectors in our community.

The participants of the training-workshop presented the following research proposals: Group 1 (Phil. Health and DOH) “Assessment of the Capability of RHUs to Comply with Accreditation Standards for Providers of Maternity Care Package”, Group 2 (NSO & NSCB) “Assessment of Health Information System”, Group 3 (POPCOM) “Effectiveness of the Integration of PopEd-Adolescent Reproductive Health Education in the School Curricula in Region IX”, Group 4 (Universidad de Zamboanga) “Inhibitory Effect Of Ulasimang Bato Peperomia Pellucida Linn. Crude Extract on Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus”, Group 6 (DepEd & PIA) “Success Rate of the Food for School Program in Region IX” and Group 7 (WMSU) “Alternative Health Care Services in Three Urban Poor Barangays of Zamboanga City”.

The Speakers during the training-workshop were Dr. Milabel Ho, Dr. Susan Dela Cruz, Prof. Rosalyn Echem and Dr. Chona Sarmiento.
Dr. Servando Halili Jr. and Dr. Ricardo Angeles of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), and Dr. Ma. Agnes Mabolo of the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office IX, assessed and evaluated the research proposals of the participants.

PCHRD-DOST also conducted a three-day training on Herdin Neon System, the first online health reseach service in the country. It is a system and database that enables online publishing, exchange and dissemination of information. This database system aims to provide researchers an access to bibliographic entries of published and unpublished Philippine health researches- both local and international.

Twelve participants coming from Western Mindanao State University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University and the Department of Health attended the Neon System Training. Mr. Alexander Sea and Ms. Violeta Intia from the PCHRD were the resource persons.

Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, WMSU President and Chair of Philippines Council on Health Research and Development for Zamboanga Peninsula, stressed that “getting open to the new things that we could learned from this training-worshop and slowly developing our hardware and software and infrastructure, would probably assist researchers in doing future research works”. (Rosethel G. Almazan/OVP RED-WMSU)