The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) celebrated its 36th year with the theme “Research on Social Innovations in Health” last March 16, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City. It was attended by an array of individuals coming from the different regions and institutions in the country. The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) was represented by Research Utilization Committee (RUC) Chair Prof. Lerma L. Paris and one secretariat, Gladys Mae C. Jimenez.

The program started with welcome remarks from the PCHRD Executive Director Jaime C. Montoya followed by a message by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Bernadette Ramirez from the World Health Organization-Tropical Disease Research. She discussed the importance of innovations in health regardless the magnitude. These innovations should be disseminated and implemented to the people especially those living in the countryside and remote areas. She highlighted that no matter what the extent of these innovations are, it will have a huge impact on the community.

During the morning program, newly accredited Research Ethics Committees were awarded. University of San Agustin (USA) from Region 6 was renewed for another two (2) years of their PHREB Accreditation and Dr. Jonel P. Saludes represented the university and received the certificate.

In the afternoon, Prof. Paris and Ms. Jimenez attended the parallel session “Engaged: Communicating Health Research in Everyday Language” wherein resource persons talked about content management, managing social media accounts effectively and the dos and donts in developing and implementing an effective communication plan. The lectures were helpful and will be of great use in the management of WVHRDC website and other social media accounts.

 

BACOLOD CITY – The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology VI and the Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium conducted a series of HERDIN Training last January 29-31, 2018 in  three  higher learning  institutions  in Bacolod City. These were – University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, Colegio San Agustin, and the University of St. La Salle. The training participants were taught on how to use the database, including how to register, search, and upload researches. Each trainee was also tasked to upload at least one (1) abstract of any health research from the institution.

The training kicked off at University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos participated  by 15  faculty and staff members  from the Research Office, Library, and College of Allied Health and Sciences.  The second day  training was conducted at Colegio San Agustin with 50 participants,  including faculty, staff,  and students. The third training was held at University of St. La Salle with  20 participants.

The trainers were Ms. Jeverly Prinsipe and Ms. Judy Ann Bacud from PCHRD.

 

Written by: Gladys Mae C. Jimenez

ILOILO CITY— Eleven researchers from member institutions of WVHRDC  participated in the three-day Training on Communicating Health Research Results to Stakeholders held December 6-8, 2017 at DOST VI Training Room. The training aimed to capacitate the researchers in communicating the findings of their research to the stakeholders.

Day 1 of the training focused on communication planning and presentation skills, which covered topics such as audience, content, structure, style, visuals, and questions. Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer from the University of the Philippines Visayas, gave the lecture and facilitated the workshop.

Day 2 of the training began with a recapitulation of the previous day’s activities.  This was followed by a lecture on Talking Science with the Media followed by a writeshop on media releases. In the afternoon, three (3) local media practitioners gave lectures on what they do, and what and how they select topics to feature --- Mr. Jonathan Gellangarin of GMA Network for TV broadcast, Mr. Ian Gajete of Bombo Radyo Iloilo for radio broadcast, and Mr. Daryl Lasafin of Panay News for print media. Each of the 11 trainees had a one-on-one simulated interview with each media practitioner. The feedback provided by the media practitioners was found useful by the trainees in improving their skills in sharing their research findings to different media audiences.

On the third and last day of the training, Mr. Nestor P. Burgos Jr. of Inquirer Visayas gave a lecture on News Writing and Print Journalist. Thereafter, each trainee wrote and delivered a three-minute speech based on research results using the techniques learned from the training.  A Certificate of Training Completion was given to each trainee.

The training director and main resource person was Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer, executive director and chairperson of the Human Resource Development Committee (HRDC)  of WVHRDC. The preceptors of the training were members of the HRDC including Prof. Ma Socorro Leong-on of University of San Agustin for Day 1; Prof. Leah Araneta of University of the Philippines Visayas and Mr. Louie Hijalda of University of San Agustin for Day 2; and Dr. Ma. Delsa Gange of University of San Agustin for Day 3.

 

Written by: Gladys Mae C. Jimenez

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