Anchored on the objectives of promoting, facilitating and coordinating health research activities to come up with a more coherent research agenda which connect to and converge with the wider health, economic, political, educational and S&T systems of the country, the DOST through PCHRD, with the Department of Health (DOH), established the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), through a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on March 17, 2003. In 2007, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and University of the Philippines Manila – National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH) joined as core agencies of the PNHRS.
On May 7, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law the Republic Act No 10532 or the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Act of 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.
With the PNHRS in place, PCHRD’s role of coordinating health research and development activities in the country has been reaffirmed. As a core agency of the PNHRS, the Council provides the essential technical, financial and logistical support, in accordance with its mandate on research and enables the PNHRS to contribute to the attainment of national and global health goals.
The PNHRS programs are conceptualized and implemented along six areas:
(1) Research Agenda;
(3) Capacity Building;
(4) Research Utilization;
(5) Resource Mobilization; and
(6) Structure, Organization, Monitoring and Evaluation.
The PCHRD Secretariat, headed by an Executive Director, serves as the PNHRS Secretariat. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the smooth implementation of programs and projects and exercise an oversight function over the PNHRS.
The Secretariat provides technical and administrative support to the Technical Working Committees, Steering Committee and the Governing Council in the following areas:
(a) Research and Development Management;
(b) Institution Development;
(c) Research Information, Communication and Utilization; and
(d) Finance and Administration