COTABATO CITY -- The sub-project entitled “Assessment of Maternal and Child Health Care Services Delivery to Internally Displaced Persons in Eastern Maguindanao” by Prof. Rowena B. Caro of Mindanao State University – Maguindanao and Dr. Carmelita G. Hansel, Ms. Husna Dimapalao, and Mr. Camar Ameril of Mindanao State University – Marawi City qualified in the 7th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration’s Poster Exhibit Contest (Professional Category), opened on August 8, 2013 at Plaza del Norte Convention Center, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, as a regional entry of the ARMM Health Research Consortium (AHRC).

Initially, submissions were reviewed, short-listed, and endorsed to PCHRD by each of the respective consortium. Only six (6) among total submissions were selected for the oral paper presentation and another set as poster contest entries. A total of 11 researches coming from 8 out of the 17 regional consortia composed the list. Certificates and cash prizes were given to the finalists and winner during the awarding ceremonies the following day.

The study by Ms. Caro et al is a sub-project of the Pfizer PEER in Health funded program entitled “Assessment of Maternal and Child Health Care Services Delivery to Internally Displaced Persons in the ARMM”, which covers both Eastern and Western Maguindanao and Districts 1 and 2 of Lanao del Sur.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Sixteen (16) participants from various member-institutions of the ARMM Health Research Consortium (AHRC) took part in the three-day “Seminar Workshop on Research Methods”, aimed at generating health research proposals for possible funding considerations under DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research’s (DOST-PCHRD) Regional Research Fund, conducted on June 19-21, 2013 at The VIP Hotel.

Dr. Ma. Carmen Tolabing, Associate Professor of the UP Manila College of Public Health and PCHRD Consultant, served as trainer and discussed the basics of conducting health research, from formulating research objectives, designing a research, to analyzing and interpreting research results. The training focused on three integral activities: lecture-discussion on the research process, workshop discussions to reinforce the lectures, and writeshop to develop a concept paper.

Participants from the Mindanao State University-Marawi City, Mindanao State University-Maguindanao, Department of Education – ARMM, Commission on Higher Education – ARMM, Sulu State College, Upi Agricultural School, Regional Planning and Development Office – ARMM, and Department of Health – ARMM grouped themselves and worked on topics such as dengue, folkloric medicinal practices, impact of disasters on health, and functional foods, all of which are in line with the ARMM Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) for the period 2013-2016. The concept papers synthesized by the end of the training are to be polished further into full-blown research proposals to be submitted to the AHRC for assessment and recommendation to PCHRD within the month of August 2013.

Dr. Ma. Carmen Tolabing gives hands-on mentoring to the researchers of MSU-Maguindanao during the last workshop on "Concept Paper Preparation" (June 21, 2103 at the VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City).

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