The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) is now accepting papers that are aligned with the following research areas namely:  Health Technology Development, Health Financing, Health Service Delivery and Socio-Environmental Health Concerns.

The Oral Research Presentation and Poster Presentation are divided into two categories:

1) Professional

2) Student



The paper to be submitted for the Professional Category should be completed at least the year 2016; and 2017 for the student category.

Submit an extended abstract (1000 words) divided into five parts:

1) Introduction (including a brief and concise abstract

2) Objective

3) Methodology

4) Results and discussion

5) Conclusion

**Please include the title, headings and key words on the topic investigated


Also, if applicable, please attach research authorization/clearance/permit

-For studies which involved humans:

ü  Ethics clearance

ü  National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) permit, if applicable

-For studies which used biological materials where genetic manipulation is involved or introduction of exotic or imported plants, microorganisms or animals:

ü  Biosafety permit

-For studies conducted on animals:

ü  Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) authorization

-For studies which covered the protected areas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR):

ü  Gratuitous permit



Note: ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE IN PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT (PDF) AND SEND TO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Deadline of submission of extended abstracts

Feb. 15, 2018


Screening of submitted abstracts

Feb. 22, 2018


Announcement of selected entries

March 7, 2018


Contest Proper

To be announced


Announcement of winners

To be announced




1.       A selection committee specific to professional and student researches will be formed to evaluate submissions.

2.       In consideration of the maximum number of researches that can participate in the oral research presentation, the committee will select from among the submissions the researches for the poster exhibit contest.


3.       The selected participants of the oral research presentation and poster exhibit contest will be informed after the screening.

The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium- Capacity Building Committee recently conducted  a “Training Workshop on Animal Handling and Laboratory Facility Registration and Accreditation” to promote ethical and proper care and use of experimental animals for scientific research and testing. This is in line with the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 and its corresponding implementing rules and regulations on the conduct of scientific procedures using quality laboratory animals (DA-AO No. 40). It is also intended to assist CLHRDC research institutions to establish their respective Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC).


The lectures were held at the Imerex Plaza Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga while the workshop was held at Holy Angel University- Laboratory last October 26-27, 2017. It was attended by 30 participants from 13 member-institutions of CLHRDC. Dr. Maria Amelita C. Estacio and Dr. Melissa Marie R. Rondina, President and Secretary of the Philippine Association for Animal Laboratory Science (PALAS) were the key resource persons during the 2-day activity.


The training provided the participants the basics on the proper handling and care of laboratory animals, most commonly, mice, by following the standards designed to ensure comfort and safety of laboratory animals.  Through the actual demonstration and hands-on training, the participants were able to perform some laboratory techniques such as drug administration, blood collection via different routes (intracardiac and intraorbital) and euthanasia.



Also part of the training workshop was an orientation on the requirements of IACUC accreditation, qualifications and responsibilities of its members and the process of protocol review before conducting researches involving animals.  



The participants and CBC members together with Dr. Estacio and Dr. Rondina 


To strengthen and enhance the research capacity of its member- institutions, the Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) thru its Capacity Building Committee (CBC) recently conducted a Research Proposal Writeshop on Drug Discovery and Development and Biomedical Devices Development last June 28-29, 2017 at Imerex Plaza Hotel in Angeles City.


Together with the CLHRDC- Research Management Committee (RMC), the activity was aimed at improving the quality and productivity of health-related research endeavors in Region III through the submission of quality research proposals for funding. It also served as a venue to address issues usually encountered during the review of submitted research proposals such as misaligned objectives as well as to discuss new trends in writing research proposals like the use of Mendeley database as a reference manager tool. Dr. Reynaldo Bundalian Jr., Chair of CLHRDC-Research Management Committee, spearheaded the 2-day training together with Dr. Bella G. Panlilio, Chair of CLHRDC-CBC. Other resource persons were Dr. Al D. Biag of Holy Angel University, Dr. Neil C. Tanquilut of Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Mr. Wilfredo F. Sibal of Department of Science and Technology III who shared their experiences and best practices in research proposal writing.


As a major output of the said activity, the participants were requested to prepare and present their respective draft proposals for evaluation. 14 proposals were submitted, composed of 12 proposals for drug discovery and another 2 for biomedical devices. Through this activity, CLHRDC hopes to encourage its member institutions to submit more research proposals for funding.


This activity was also followed two weeks later by the Basic Research Ethics Training which took place last  July 12-13, 2017, also at Imerex Plaza Hotel, Angeles City.  Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas and Dr. Evangeline O. Santos of Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) spearheaded the 2-day training. It was attended by 28 participants from 13 institutions composed of members of their respective Institutional Ethics Review Committees (IERCs). The training was intended to capacitate participants in evaluating research proposals that involve human or animal subjects and the importance of adhering ethical norms in research.



Fig. 1 The participants from different member institutions, CLHRDC Secretariat and Dr. Reynaldo Bundalian Jr. 

last Research Proposal Writeshop on Drug Discovery and Biomedical Devices Development



   Fig. 2 The participants last Basic Research Ethics Training with Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas, Dr. Evangeline

O. Santos and Dr. Angelica Francisco of Philippine Health Research Ethics Booad (PHREB).

The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) recently participated in the 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) week held on August 24-25, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. This year’s celebration focused on the theme, “Research Innovations in Health: Empowering and Transforming Communities,” to highlight the challenges and roles of health research in empowering and improving the health status of Filipinos especially those living in marginalized communities. 


As part of the celebration, plenary and parallel sessions were held to address different topics such as Drug Addiction and Mental Health, Islands of Wealth and Wellness, The Health of Marawi and the Contributed Papers such as Alternative Gender-Aware Indices for Measuring Poverty: Implications for HealthCare for the Poor and Innovative Strategy Towards Sustainable Control and Elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines.


The celebration also served as venue to showcase and recognized exemplary health researches done by students and professional researchers from different regions through oral and poster presentations. Dr. Jacqueline V. Bagunu of Pampanga State Agricultural University, bagged  3rd place in the poster exhibit contest with her study entitled: “Isolation and Molecular Identification of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) from Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) as Potential Pathogen Antagonist”, while Ms. Ivy Joyce A. Buan of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, presented her study: “Computational Study of Bioactive Components of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linn.), Luyang Dilaw (Curcuma longa linn.), and Lagundi (Vitex negundo) as Inhibitor against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) in oral research category.


The CLHRDC- Ethics Review Committee was also awarded with a Level 1 accreditation by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), which permits it to review research proposals that have minimal risk to participants. Other CLHRDC member institutions like Tarlac State University also received their Level 1 accreditation while Angeles University Foundation’s Level 3 license was renewed which allows them to review research proposals involving clinical trials. In addition to this, CLHRDC was also recognized for having the most updated official website among the health consortia.


With these milestones, CLHRDC is inspired all the more to deliver quality health-related researches as it continues to exert more of its capabilities to improve and encourage stronger collaborative health research projects that will improve the general health status of people and communities in Region 3. 



  CLHRDC representatives, Dr. Jean N. Guillasper and Mr. Wilfredo F. SIbal (3rd and 4th from left, respectively), accept the Consortium’s certificate

of accreditation Level 1 from the PHREB




12 research areas that seeks to address health-related concerns in Central Luzon were identified during a consultation workshop spearheaded by Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) last April 27-28,2017 in Angeles City.

Together with the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), the activity was facilitated by the Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO), a non-stock, non-profit, public health consulting firm that was commissioned by the PCHRD-DOST to assist regional health R&D consortium in coming up their respective regional R&D agenda. Following the National Guidelines for Health Research Prioritization developed by the PNHRS, workshop participants were able to identify the following Health Research Priorities during the consultation:


1.Nutrition and Safety

7.  Communicable Diseases (STI, HIV and AIDS, TB, vector-borne disease and other emerging and reemerging disease)


2. Maternal and Child Health

8.  Disaster Risk Reduction Management for Health


3. Technology and Innovations for Health

9.  Diseases of Urbanization and Industrialization (Environmental Health, Mental Health)


4. Sexual and Reproductive Health (e.g adolescent)


10. Health of Aging Population

5. Health Service Delivery and Health Workforce


11. Health Research Governance


6. Financial Risk Protection

12. Indigenous People's Health

The draft document which will later become the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda was formulated with inputs from multi-sectoral participants from government agencies like Department of Health RO3, Department of Science and Technology III, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Provincial Health Office and the Commission on Population Region III, Higher Education Institutions like Angeles University Foundation, Republic Central Colleges, University of the Assumption, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Wesleyan University, Bulacan State University and Pampanga State Agricultural University, as well as Government Hospitals such as Mariveles Mental Hospital, and other organizations such as Integrated Midwives’ Association of the Philippines and Pampanga Medical Society.


Similar consultation workshops were also held in the different regions of the country. The consolidated output from these consultations will be incorporated into the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and will be launched in the upcoming PNHRS Week Celebrations in August 2017 at the PICC. It will also be disseminated through newsletters, publications, organizations’ official websites and a formal document that will be sent to all the stakeholders. It is envisioned to be monitored and revisited every two (2) years for the progress and status of the set priorities.


Participants from different institutions with the AIHO members


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