Cordillera Health Consortium successfully conducts the 8th Regional Health Research Conference

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  • May 20, 2019
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BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) conducted the 8th Regional Health Research Conference on May 18, 2019, at the Fr. Francis Gevers Hall, Diego Silang Building, Saint Louis University, Baguio City. The conference theme was “Achieving health-related SDGs through Research and Innovation.”

Gracing the activity were Saint Louis University President Fr. Gilbert B. Sales who warmly welcomed the participants, and DOH-CAR OIC-Office of the Director Dr. Amelita M. Pangilinan who delivered the keynote address. 

In her message, Dr. Pangilinan informed about what the region has accomplished in so far as ensuring the health and wellbeing of the Cordillerans is concerned, even as she warned that still, a lot remains to be done.  She also underscored the importance of research, development, and innovation in ensuring the delivery of comprehensive health services and achieving our SDG targets. 

A total of ninety-six (96) participants representing fourteen (14) Cordillera institutions participated in the activity. Ten (10) and fifteen (15) research papers were presented for podium and poster presentations, respectively.

Winning the top place for the podium presentation (professional category) was Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center’s (BGHMC) Dr. Marian Grace Obrera-Betonio, for the study, “Effectiveness of complementary medicine, Quercetin, combined with standard of care in the treatment of patient with acute onset dengue fever: An Open-label randomized controlled trial.”

On the other hand, Mr. Stephen Jerri A. Balbalin, et al., of Pines City Colleges (PCC), got the first place for their study, “Occupational health practices among garbage collectors.”

For the poster presentations, the study of Dr. Aileen Marie P. Caluza-Buliyat of BGHMC  entitled, “The efficacy of Isosorbide Mononitrate as a cervical ripening agent in the management of early pregnancy loss:  A single blind randomized controlled trial”, won first prizeFor the student category, Mr. Ian P. Geli, et al., also from Pines City Colleges, won the top prize for developing an “Isometric strength manual measuring device”.

Among the winners, finalists will be selected by the Consortium who will be given the opportunity to compete with other researchers from all over the country in the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration which will be held in Cagayan de Oro on August 13-16, 2019.

The conduct of the Regional Health Research Conference is an annual event that provides an interactive platform for professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students to present their completed studies as well as to disseminate the research-based understanding and solutions to health and wellbeing problems to the study.

The conference was organized by the consortium’s Research Utilization Committee which is chaired by Ms. Rufina Abul of the Saint Louis University and co-chaired by Mr. Randy Occidental of the BGHMC.

— Article by Ms. Ma. Emelie G. Daquipil (Member, Research Utilization Committee)

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