Taro Takemi

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), discussed the importance of building and sustaining a regional network for health research and innovation in Southeast Asia at the 12th Taro Takemi Memorial Oration at the Marriott Hotel, Pasay City on October 2014.
The Oration is held every two years since 1990 to honor the late Dr. Taro Takemi, former President of Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) and the Japan Medical Association, for his contributions to the Confederation and his achievements in global health care as a physician, researcher, and inventor.
The first Filipino to deliver the Oration, Dr. Montoya talked about the network established between member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to address the escalating cost of and poor access to modern medicine in the region. Officially known as the ASEAN – Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Traditional Medicine Innovation (ASEAN-NDI), the network supports health research on emerging and the re-emerging health concerns in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Montoya explained that difference in economic capacity affects the health systems and programs among ASEAN member states. Linking wealth to health status, Dr. Montoya said that poorer nations suffer more from communicable and non-communicable diseases. Through ASEAN-NDI, ASEAN member states enhance their research capacity, minimize duplication of work for the same diseases and products, and address concerns regarding lack of infrastructure and resources, sharing of expertise, and intellectual property  by implementing and facilitating  working arrangements between ASEAN states and the international community.
Dr. Montoya said that the establishment of a Southeast Asian center for fundamental and translational research is one way to address global threats of infectious and tropical diseases.  As a catalyst of regional and global research collaborations, he stressed that the ASEAN-NDI will be significant in finding solutions to emerging and re-emerging health concerns worldwide.
The 12th Taro Takemi Memorial Oration was hosted by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) in line with the 29th General Assembly and 50th Council Meeting of CMAAO.

The Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau of the Department of Health (HPDPB-DOH) will be conducting the15thNational Forum on Health Research for Action (NHRFA)on October 21-22, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel, Pasay City.

NHRFA is held annually by the DOH to disseminate research findings for better and more responsive policies and insightful decisions on health. The event brings together various stakeholders from the health sector, the academe, public and private organizations, research organizations, and special societies to exchange information and experiences to translate research results to health policy and action.

For the first time, the National Forum will conduct an interactive eForum station that will enable participants to access 2012 research projects under the Health System Research Management (HSRM) program. The HSRM program is managed by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) in partnership with DOH.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Nita Valeza, Head, Secretariat, at 6517800 loc 1328.

The fifth batch of MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Program scholars signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), at the Alvior Hall of the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) last September 5, 2014.

The MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program is a joint initiative of UPM and the DOST that aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers in basic and applied biomedical research towards the advancement of health from individual to global levels. It is the first and pioneering degree program in the Philippines that combines the MD and PhD courses in one.

Known for its very steep admission requirements, only applicants who have finished their undergraduate degrees with honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) and have achieved National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) rating of 95 and higher are conferred with the scholarship.

This year, nine new scholars qualified into the program, two of whom garnered an NMAT rating of 100.


The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) is hosting the 14th Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP) Annual International Conference and the 1st Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) National Conference on 24-25 November 2014 at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City.

With the theme, “Embedding Ethics in National Health Research Systems,” the conference will highlight initiatives towards institutionalization of ethics within national systems and harmonization of good practices across the Asia Pacific region.

Topics to be featured include;

Models of Health Research Systems

  • Conflict of Interest in Health Research
  • Empowerment of Research Participants
  • Effective Governance in Health Research
  • Indicators of Ethical Health Research Systems
  • Challenge and Issues in Health Research Systems
  • Roles of Community Representatives in Research Ethics

Registration for the conference is Php5,000.00. For inquiries, please visit http://fercapphrebconference.healthresearch.ph/ or contact Mr. Jek Alcaraz at (02)837-7537 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Visit the website at http://tkdlph.com

To protect indigenous peoples’ claim to their cultural heritage, the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) developed the Philippine Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on Health (TKDL-Health), a digital library of the country’s traditional knowledge and practices on health, healing and diseases.


In an email interview, Dr. Isidro C. Sia, a faculty of the University of the Philippines Manila –the Philippine TKDL-Health program, discussed that the TKDL-Health website helps prevent private entities from laying exclusive claim to the therapeutic practices or medicinal products of indigenous groups by creating proof of ownership for the traditional knowledge.


Dr. Sia cited India’s successful use of their own TKDL website to revoke a US patent on turmeric as an example on how TKDL can be used as evidence for the ownership of the traditional knowledge.


The TKDL-Health (www.tkdlph.com) is a database of information on traditional knowledge on health, illness, and healing gathered from the documentary studies done among indigenous peoples and other cultural communities. To date, there is information on 13,900 medicinal plants.


Through the program, researchers and community members can work together as partners to catalogue the folk traditions in health, and in the process, advocate for the protection of the cultural legacy of the Filipinos.


TKDL-Health is a project supported by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), and the Institute of Herbal Medicine (IHM) of the UPM – National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH).