The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) together with Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) conducted its first training on Health Research and Development Information Network (HERDIN) last October17, 2017 at CTE Building, West Visayas State University. The training was attended by 15 participants representing 12 institutions including librarians, IT personnel, doctors and research staff. 

Ms. Violeta Intia, a Senior Science Research Specialist from PCHRD started the activity by discussing the overview of the workshop as well as setting the goals and objectives. During the lecture of Ms. Intia, she defined HERDIN as an online platform for bibliographic entries of completed researches in the Philippines. One of its objectives is to equip health research institutions the knowledge to make good use of the available resources. Following the lecture was the workshop proper conducted by Ms. Intia, Ms. Jeverly Principe, and Ms. Judy Ann Bacud of PCHRD. The workshop included lectures on ways to encode and upload to the database, searching researches, and document delivery. At the end of the session, each participant was tasked to come up with an output that will serve as an entry of their respective institution in the database. 

The primary aim of the training is to encourage health research institutions to participate in strengthening the dissemination of information resources as part of managing knowledge for better health. 


Written by: Gladys Mae C. Jimenez

The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) conducted a training on Data Management and Report Writing on June 19-22, 2017 at the DOST VI- Training Room. Attending the training were  11 trainees that included the  Consortium’s health research training scholars, health researchers, and health research instructors from member institutions of the Consortium.  The training consisted of  lectures and workshops.

The resource persons for the training included Professor Carolyn Yoro from the Central Philippine University who lectured on the topic  Data Management and Appreciation.  Professor Leah Araneta from the University of the Philippines Visayas gave a lecture on various topics, including  description of data, basic concepts of Statistics, data presentations, and types of parametric and non-parametric statistical tools. Prof. Araneta also gave a  workshop on preparing a coding manual and coding file,  and supervised a  hands-on practice on how to navigate a statistical software, encode data, process  data,  and generate results.  A day was also spent by the trainees to process, analyse, interpret, and write a portion of their on-going researches. The output of the trainees were presented on the last day for comments by  Dr. Alice Joan Ferrer from the University of the Philippines Visayas and currently the executive director of the Consortium.  Dr. Ferrer gave a lecture on Data Analysis, Presentation, and Interpretation and how to write the different parts of a  research report. 

The training aimed to  help researchers  in the data processing, interpretation, and write up stages  of their work. The training is one of the three trainings for 2017 that the Human Resource Committee of the Consortium is conducting.  Providing support to the training as preceptors were Prof. Ma.  Socorro Leong-on, Prof. Louie P. Hijalda and  Dr. Ma. Delsa Gange from University of San Agustin, Prof. Melba Sale from Central Philippine University and Mr. Benedict Mark Carmelita  from University of the Philippines Visayas.


-Cherry Joy M. Dagting


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