The Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) continues to communicate health research culture through the Department of Science and Technology Caraga’s radio program at Hope Radio Butuan- Techno Asenso,
DOST Caraga Assistant Regional Director and CHRDC Project Coordinator, Ricardo Varela told the program that communication helps CHRDC advocate its functions and research work to the people it ultimately serves. The one-hour radio program tackled the programs and services of CHRDC like health research grants, trainings and capability enhancement for researchers and medical practitioners, and communicating health research outputs.
“CHRDC aims to strengthen the collaboration among agencies and stakeholders engaged in health research and development to continuously exert effort in the promotion and development of health researches in Caraga,” told Varela.
Given the health issues in the region and Caraga being outside the major centers where most research and technologies were developed, it is time to step up the game in health research culture and give more opportunities to local researchers in the region.
“Wa man ta’y lain kapital, atong panglawas raman gyud. Mao raman ni ato puhunan sa pang adlaw-adlaw nga trabaho. So kinahanglan gyud hatagan og pagtagad. Masabtan lang nato ato problema sa atong panglawas ug mapalambo lang nato ang pagkahibalo kung unsaon nato pagdumala niini nga pagsulay sa atong panglawas kung masabtan nato kini ug unsay angayan buhaton. Kining atong teknolohiya, medisina ug kining tanan pamaagi nga mapalambo atong panglawas, produkto man kini sa science and technology, produkto kini sa nagkadaiyang researches,” said Varela.
[Our health and well-being is all we have. We used our bodies for our everyday jobs, so it’s important that we take care of our well-being. We can only understand our health problems and how we can manage our health when we understand it and what needs to be done. All these technologies, medicines, and medicinal methods that help enhance our health are products of science and technology, products of various researches.]
The CHRDC continuously provide research fund through the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) to health-related researches. CHRDC also conducts trainings and mentoring sessions to young researchers.
DOST Caraga’s Techno Asenso: Ang Tuburan sa Kaalam ug Kalamboan (source of knowledge and development) is a weekly program at Hope Radio Butuan 93.5 FM that features DOST programs and services. It airs every Wednesday from 9-10 AM with four segments: Talk with the Expert, Science Trivia, S&T Champions, and Taho sa Panahon (Weather Updates).