Personalized gifts? How about personalized health care?

Imagine a future when the standard of treatment such as physical and laboratory examinations will evolve into a more personalized patient care.

Using ‘omic’ technology platforms to develop local technologies for personalized medicines, diagnostics, and therapeutics is the ultimate vision of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (DOST-PCHRD) ‘Omic Technologies for Health Research and Development (R & D) program.

‘Omic medicine is a fast-paced, emerging technology and forefront study of individual body information such as genome, proteins, and metabolites. In depth understanding of an individual’s DNA content, proteins, and metabolic content and processes contributes to the body of knowledge to efficiently detect and treat diseases of human beings.

“Specifically, with genomics, we can check whether the drugs we are giving, really works for us. We can even develop medicines tailored to individual patient based on predicted response or risk of disease. Genomics can also help us develop more affordable diagnostic kits that can diagnose diseases early on, like dengue or malaria, so that early intervention can be given, and therefore save more lives,” says Dr. Jaime Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director.

In previous years, the DOST supported projects on disease detection, risk assessment, and drug response using genomic and molecular technologies, focusing on non-communicable diseases with increasing public burden such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as lung and colorectal cancers.

Particularly for the Cardiovascular Genomics Program, initial findings showed that a percentage of genetic variations present in published literature are not seen in the Filipino participants of the program, highlighting the importance of ethnicity in predicting drug response on CVD medications.

With sound investment, Omics for health research and development envisions the adoption of research-based innovations, practices, and policies towards a healthy Filipino Nation, “para sa mga lunas na sakto sa Pilipino.”

On February 12, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) held the first Talakayang HeaRT Beat (Health Research and Technology) at the AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

Talakayang HeaRT Beat serves as a venue to promote the Council’s initiatives, programs, advocacy, and partnerships with the media and key stakeholders.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) Director Richard P. Burgos, Orthopedic International Inc. President Engr. Jude Sasing, and Ospital ng Muntinlupa Medical Director Atty. Edwin Dimatactac graced the event.

In his message, Sec. de la Pena recognized the importance of the media in raising the awareness of the public and elevating their understanding of science and technology. He also emphasized the role of social media as a powerful tool in mobilizing the masses to invest heavily in science and technology.

“We use various social media platforms on a daily basis, both professionally and personally, and we can leverage these platforms to talk more about S&T,” Sec. de la Pena said.

One of the highlights of the event was a presentation on Axis Knee System which is a breakthrough technology funded by the Council. The Axis Knee System is a total knee replacement system developed for Asian and Filipino body structure to ensure correct knee alignment.

DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos also delivered a presentation on their latest initiative to disseminate research results called Siyensikat. The initiative is a new television program that will feature DOST programs and technologies which benefits every Filipino. The program will feature several PCHRD-funded technologies such as the Axis Knee System, Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit, e-HATID, and forensic.

Call for Research Proposals: AHEAD-HPSR Program

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is pleased to announce the first call for research proposals for the Advancing Health through Evidence-Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and Systems Research (AHEAD-HPSR) Program.
Interested institutions, organizations, and researchers are invited to submit a full proposal on any of the topics listed below.

1. Research on Global Trends and Impact of International Bilate ral Cooperation on Healthcare.
2. Capacity Assessment of Health Policy and Systems Research in the Philippines.
3. Strengthening Urban Primary Healthcare Service Delivery Through the Use of E-health Programs in China, Nepal, and the Philippines (The SUPER Study).
4. Estimating Burden of Disease per Province in the Philippines.
5. Financial Reporting Assessment to Ascertain Financial Position of DOH Hospitals.
6. Foodborne Trematode Prevalence Survey.
7. Gender Responsiveness of TB Prevention and Management at the Community Level in Quezon City.
8. Strengthening Evidence Base and Building Capacity on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Development Policies and Projects in the Philippines (Phase 1).
9. Longitudinal Cohort Study on Filipino Boy and Girl.
10. Determining the Implementation Status of Benefits under Magna Carta of Public Health Workers in the Philippines.
11. Mental Health Protocol within the Urban and Rural School Systems.
12. National Health Expenditure Survey.
13. Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA extraction from sputum smear negative/ chest X-ray suspects among participants in the 2016 NTPS.
14. National Survey to Monitor the Impact of the Sin Tax Law.
15. Conduct a Population Based Survey using Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) Methodology to Determine Contraceptive Coverage in 17 Provinces of the Philippines (One Province Per Region).
16. Qualitative Study on the Causes and Effects of Adolescent Pregnancy.
17. Rapid Assessment of Patient Flows in 4 DOH-retained Hospitals in Metro Manila.
18. Health Burden of Road Crash Injuries in the Philippines: Constructing an Index for Road Safety Using Metro Manila Baseline Investigation.
19. Operations Research on the Implementation of the Single Joint Ethics Review Process
20. Health Burden of Road Crash Injuries in the Philippines: The Epidemiology of Cases of Road Crashes and Injuries in Major Tertiary Hospitals in the Philippines (Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao).
21. Health Burden of Road Crash Injuries in the Philippines: Investigating the current road management and road legislations in the Philippines.
22. Pilot Testing of a Scorecard Designed to Assess the Performance of Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Philippines: Identifying Implementation Issues and Potential Solutions.
23. Support to Policy Development for the Tobacco Control Component of the Lifestyle-Related Diseases Prevention Program of the Department of Health.
24. Sweetened Beverage Tax Interim Monitoring
25. Capacity of the DOH to Assist Small and Medium Scale Industry-driven Development of New Medical Products and Technology Research and Development
26.Exploring Philippine Opportunities and Identifying Possible Offers and Requests on Trade in Health Services Towards the Achievement of National Health Objectives
27. A Profile of the Medical Device Sector in the Philippines
28. A study on the selection, procurement practices, pricing and management of medical devices and equipment of selected DOH Centers for Health Development and Government Hospitals
29. Capacity Building on Evidence Synthesis
30. Operations Research and Modelling on the Development of Strategic Roadmap for the Implementation of mHealth Services in the Country
31. Licensing of Service Delivery Networks
32. Regulatory Impact Analysis on Regulating Oncology Health Facilities
33. Operations and Legal Research on the Philippine Medico-Legal Death Investigation System
34. Determining Required Skill Mix to Deliver Primary Health Care Services: Phase 2 (Validation)
35. Operations Research and Modelling on the Development of Strategic Roadmap for the Implementation of Telehealth/Telemedicine in Service Delivery Networks<
36. Operations and Legal Research on the Development of Regulatory Framework for the implementation of Telehealth/Telemedicine Services in the Country

NOTE: This is to inform the public that the topic "Phase I: Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines/Training Component" will no longer be included in this cycle. Please stand-by for further announcements.

Kindly register as a proponent at and attach the following requirements on or before February 21, 2019:

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Project Proposal following the PCHRD Detailed Proposal Form
  3. Workplan Schedule (Gantt Chart of Activities)
  4. Proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB)
  5. Informed Consent Form (for studies involving human subjects)
  6. Curriculum Vitae of lead proponent (Principal Investigator/Project Leader)
  7. Duties and Responsibilities of each project personnel
  8. Profile of the institution
  9. Endorsement of agency head

For queries, contact Ms. Gilmari Peach Mallorca at 651-7800 local 1326/1329 or Ms. Clarissa B. Reyes at (02) 837-2071 local 2138

Click here to download the program and registration details 

Seven out of 32 researchers were awarded the “Most Ready to Publish Paper” during the 15th National Medical Writing Workshop and 8th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 29-30 January 2019 at Palaccio del Sur, Zamboanga City. The award is given to participants whose papers are organized, well-written, and have the greater potential to get published in peer reviewed journals.

Winners for this batch were from CAR, National Capital Region, Region 5, Region 7, Region 9, as follows: Ms. Vera Cruz of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Ms. Ma. Joanna Carla Z. Garcia of University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Mr. Manuel Yoro of the University of the Philippines Manila, Mr. John Paul A. Tada of the Bicol University, Mr. Johnny J. Yao Jr. of the Velez College, Ms. Dorothy Faye Tan of the Zamboanga City Medical Center, and Mr. Norman Jake C. Mabalot of the Universidad de Zamboanga.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, in partnership with the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), conducts the writing workshop twice every year to help young researchers in health sciences acquire practical knowledge and writing skills in developing scientific articles for publications in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

The second workshop for 2019 will be conducted in Caayan de Oro City on August. For details, you may call Mr. Ed Rol John Manzanilla at  (02) 837-7534 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..