The Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) conducted its 2019 General Assembly last 30th of April 2019. The activity was presided by Dr. Jose R. Llacuna Jr, Regional Director of the Department of Health – Center for Health Development Caraga. One of the highlights being discussed is the 2019 research proposal review process, as well as the capability building activities for the year 2019. DOST Regional Director, Dominga D. Mallonga, suggested that in order to encourage researchers into submitting proposals, trainers and resource persons should be nurturing in approach in terms of teaching them the fundamentals and guidelines of drafting a capsule research proposal for the consortium. She reiterated that the resource persons who will be training the consortium members for this year must cultivate a mentoring environment in order to strengthen the quality of research outputs being made by the researchers. Dr. Llacuna also added that there must be trainers coming from the PCHRD to accompany the trainers from the Capacity Building Committee. This is to ensure exchange of ideas as well as viewing significant perspectives on both trainers. Ma’am Anicia Catameo of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development also discussed updates and insights from the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS). She also added that the CHRDC must initiate a re-orientation about the Technical Review Board Manual of Operations within the consortium since there are newly appointed and elected members within its committees. Other agenda also being discussed are the 2018 accomplishments, and other targets activities and promotional strategies for the development of the consortium. Among the participants who attended the said event are the members of the Research Management Committee, Ethics Review Committee, Capacity Building Committee, and Research Utilization and Information Committee.
The CHRDC, with its vision of creating an environment wherein research, is the forefront of the region’s progress, resolves to foster healthier and more productive lives among the region through health research and development. And with the 2019 targets and activities that are now well on its way, the consortium is positive to achieve its goal of meeting the demand of heal R&D that is needed for the holistic progress of the region.