Health research stakeholders will convene in a series of public consultations on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the newly signed Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Act of 2013 in Davao (June 25), Iloilo (June 26) and Manila (June 28).

The public consultations aim to reach out to the research communities to get their inputs in crafting the IRR for Republic Act 10532. PNHRS core agencies namely, the Department of Science and Technology through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the University of the Philippines Manila-National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH) will spearhead the consultations.

The PNHRS Act of 2013 was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III last May 7, 2013. The law seeks to protect and promote the right to health of the people, instill health consciousness among them and improve the quality of life of every Filipino through health research and development initiatives.

4th batch MD-PhD scholars with DOST and UP Manila officials

Since 2010, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) has been jointly offering the MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine scholarship program, a pioneering degree program that combines MD and PhD courses on biomedical research and development.

Last May 31, 2013, the DOST, represented by Undersecretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña and UP Manila, represented by Vice Chancellor Joselito C. Jamir, officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Hyatt Hotel Manila. DOST has committed to provide financial support to the qualified scholars and monitor the implementation of the program while UP Manila will ensure the availability of faculty and academic load of subjects, and conduct regular assessment of the curriculum.


Philippine Council for Health Research and Development(PCHRD)

Purpose: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through PCHRD, and the Department of Health (DOH) are bidding to host the 2014 Global Health Research Forum. Hence, the agencies need a logo design that would represent and embody the theme of the 2014 Global Forum, “People at the Center of Health and Health Research.”

during the Lay Forum on Hypertension

“Taking steps to prevent and control diabetes doesn’t mean living in restriction. Making wise food choices and planning ahead of time allows diabetics to enjoy their favorite food and take pleasure from meals without feeling deprived,” emphasized Ms. Sanirose Orbeta, Consulting Clinical and Sports Nutritionist in her presentation titled, “Diabetic Diet: How to Improve Compliance?” during the Lay Forum on Hypertension last February 10, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila.

“Basically, everyone needs to be healthy in order to be productive,” said Council for Health Research and Development’s (COHRED) Director Dr. Carel Ijsselmuiden in his keynote message during the 6th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City on 9 August 2012.