The World Health Organization (WHO) describes social innovations as “novel ways to implement comprehensive solutions by engaging and collaborating with actors across hierarchies and sectors.”

On its 36th anniversary, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will highlight social innovations in health research. The celebration will take place on 16 March 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

According to Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, the Council wants to discuss and emphasize relevant researches that empowers individuals and communities to achieve their optimum potential.

In the current innovation ecosystem, there is a gap on what we think is the best way of ensuring that innovations will benefit our community. Social innovation is the key as it provides unique lens to tackle complex healthcare delivery challenges as well as combine best practices across range of disciplines,” Dr. Montoya explained.

Highlight of the program is the recognition of good social innovation practices in health including the winners of the 2017 Search for PHL Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) Solutions. The Call aims to honor innovations that demonstrate inclusivity, affordability, and effectiveness in health care in the country.

A panel discussion will also be held to discuss opportunities and appropriate frameworks for social innovation in health research. Invited panelists include University of the Philippines (UP) Manila Professor Noel Juban, UP School of Economics Professor Aleli Kraft, Ateneo De Manila University Institute of Philippine Culture Research Associate Dennis Batangan, and Surigao del Norte Municipality of Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque, and UP Manila Professor Mary Ann Lansang are expected to grace the event.

PCHRD is the national coordinating and monitoring body for health research. For the updated program, visit Don’t forget to like us on Facebook (/dostpchrd) and follow us on Twitter (@DOST_PCHRD)!

Call for Proposals for ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D (AIRND) and ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) by the Department of Science and Technology India

AIRND is an ASEAN centric research collaboration which aims to intensify interaction and scientific cooperation between India and ASEAN scientist and institutions, to connect existing but separately funded research projects in India and ASEAN Member States, and to enhance academic training and development of young scholars. Its priority research areas covers all disciplines of Natural sciences, medicine, health, Mathematics, electronics and IT, and Science and Technology.

The AIRTF is a six-month fellowship which aims to promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN Member States to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D an academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise, and to facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientist and researchers of India and ASEAN and can create a network for building research collaborations.
Please be informed that submissions for both programs is open year-round and must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information:

14th National Medical Writing Workshop and 7th Writeshop for Young Researchers
Baguio City
6-7 August 2018

Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the
Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE)
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)




Application deadline: April 30, 2018
REGISTRATION IS FREE (limited slots only)

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 14th National Medical Writing Workshop and 7th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 6-7 August 2018 in Baguio City. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Successful applicants will be granted free workshop registration, accommodation for participants and meals during the workshop, and assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation.



The workshop is designed for a maximum of forty (40) researchers in health sciences and health social sciences, aged 35 years old and below, who have a research project completed not more than 2 years ago and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. The selected draft manuscripts will be reviewed and revised during the workshop, based on the lectures and exercises, under the guidance of the faculty and mentor – facilitators. All participants are expected to present a 7-minute power point summary of their revised manuscripts on the second day of the workshop, and agree to submit the article to an appropriate scholarly peer-reviewed journal within three (3) months after the workshop.



1. Fill out application form here.

2. Submit the following documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 30 April 2018:
  2.1 Signed Conforme Slip
  2.2 Abstract of study (500 words)
  2.3 Draft Journal Manuscripts (maximum of 5000 words excluding title page, abstract, and references)
  2.4 Instructions to authors (This is a free document downloadable from the website of your prospective journal.)

Please use this subject format in your email: Application_14th Writeshop_(Surname)
Please save your documents in this format: Conforme Slip_(Surname), Abstract_(Surname), Manuscript_(Surname), ITA_(Surname)

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on May 20, 2018.
If there are any questions about the Workshop, please contact Ms. Jeverly Ann Principe (email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (02) 837-7535)

Department of Health (DOH)
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)



The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) are 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 hereto attached.

Kindly register as a proponent @ and attach the following requirements on or before February 14, 2018:

1. Main Proposal
2. Letter of Intent
3. Curriculum Vitae of Lead Proponent (Principal Investigator/Project Leader)
4. Profile of the Institution

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


List of Topics for AHEAD-HPSR:

1. Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Strategy for the Universal Health Coverage Bill

2. Development of Policy Notes or Evidence Summaries

3. National Health Literacy Survey

4. Harmonization of the Digital Hospital Indicator Reporting System and Development of a Comprehensive Health Facilities Database and User Interface

5. Determining Incentives for Frontline Health Workers and Engagement Models for Doctors on Universal Healthcare Bill Provisions

6. Annual Microbial Resistance Surveillance for the National Leprosy Control Program

7. Development of the Ambisyon Natin 2040 for Health: Phase 1

8. Mapping of CPG Development Capacities in the Philippines

9. Technical Assistance in Communicating Research Results to Key Policymakers in Health

10. Determining the Prevalence and Behavioral Factors of HIV and STI in the Philippines

11. Development of Operations Guidelines for the Institutionalization and Operationalization of Single Joint Ethics Review in DOH

12. Primary Care Demonstration Sites

13. YAWS Study Phase II: Assessment of the Need to Establish a YAWS Control and Eradication Program

14. Health System Responsiveness 2018

15. Rapid Assessment on the Alcohol Consumption in the Philippines 

16. Market Mapping and Landscape Analysis of the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

17. Simulating the Health Impact of Alcohol Taxation in the Philippines

18. Operations Research for Comprehensive HIV Education Program among Grade 8 Students in Arellano University and Lyceum of Alabang University

19. National Prevalence Survey on Mental Health

20.Comparative Quality of Generics Medicines Between the Government and Private Drug Facilities in the Philippines


 Seven out of the 33 researchers were awarded the “Most Ready to Publish Paper” during the 13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 8-9 January 2018 at The Oriental Hotels and Resorts, Legazpi City, Albay. 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 the National Capital Region, Region 3, Region 4A, and Region 11, as follows:  Ms. Amalea Dulcene Nicolasora of the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Ms. Mary Grace Pelayo of the Department of Health, Ms. Lozel Villadore of the Manila Doctors Hospital, Ms. Iza Donna Togbo of the Philippine Women’s University, Mr. Aaron Carl Tejano of Mabalacat City College, Dr. Norbel Tabo of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, and Ms. Maria Catherine Otero of the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc., who received tokens and certificates along with the recognition.

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 2018 will be conducted in Baguio City on 6-7 August 2018. For details, you may call Ms. Ana Itulid at  (02) 837-7534.