The 2nd Biennial Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) Conference to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on November 27-28, 2018 is organized by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The theme of the Conference is “Addressing Current Challenges in Health Research Ethics”.

Plenary and parallel sessions will be held during the two-day conference to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and experiences.

STEP 1: Registration:

For request of individual letters of invitation, kindly provide the following details at
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1. Complete name (with title if Dr., Atty., etc.)
2. Position
3. Department/Division
4. Institution
5. E-mail address
6. Contact No.

STEP 2: Payment:
To pay for the registration fee, please take note of the following details:

Account Name: PCHRD
Account Number: 1822-1032-07 (LANDBANK OF THE PHILIPPINES)
Registration fee
• Professional: PHP 6,000.00
• Undergraduate Student: PHP 3,000.00

Mode of Payment
• Bank Deposit (Over the Counter) – one deposit slip per person only

STEP 3: Confirmation:

To confirm your registration, please do the following:

Step 1: Upload scanned image of your validated deposit slip with full name of the attendee and school ID (for undergraduate students only) in the link that will be sent to you by PCHRD Events Invitation.

Step 2: Bring your validated deposit slip during the conference to claim your acknowledgement receipt.

Kindly pay and confirm on or before 16 November 2018. This is to give us enough time to prepare for your meals and kits.

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Pasay City, METRO MANILA- Heads up biotech community!

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in partnership with six executive departments of the government, will hold the 14th National Biotechnology Week celebration on 13-17 November 2018 at the World Trade Center Hall D, Pasay City. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will lead DOST as the host of the celebration.

With the theme “Bioteknolohiya: Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon,” the 14th NBW celebration will highlight the valuable role and potential benefits of biotechnology to agriculture and food security, nutrition and health, sustainable environment, and economic growth.  

According to PCHRD Executive Director and 14th NBW Chair Jaime Montoya, the event will also recognize how biotechnology is both a challenge and solution to our nation’s pressing problems.

The celebration is observed by virtue of Proclamation No. 1414 signed by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 November 2007. Among the other participating agencies include the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

I would like to invite everyone to visit the weeklong exhibit to learn the biotechnology programs of the government as well as the benefits of biotechnology studies, products, and services. I would also like to encourage everyone to share the news by using the event’s official hashtag #PinoyBiotech2018,” Dr. Montoya announced during the unfurling of the event at the DOST Flag Ceremony.  

The National Biotechnology Week’s registration is free! For more information and updates, visit the event’s official facebook page (@nbwphilippines)!


Filipino researchers who qualify for the LIF program will spend a focused period of training and coaching in the United Kingdom. They will attend master classes given by Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and enjoy opportunities for international networking.

The minimum requirement for researchers to qualify for LIF 5: Their technology should have received prior funding from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

A postgraduate certificate program established in 2014, LIF creates international networks of innovators, expert mentors, and technology entrepreneurs. On their return to the Philippines, LIF Fellows continue to benefit from ongoing training and support to push their commercialization plan forward.

Leaders in Innovation Fellowship is part of the Newton Agham Programme, a collaboration between the UK and Philippine governments to bolster science, research, and innovation. The LIF program is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology and the Asian Institute of Management.


The Newton Agham (Science) Programme is a collaboration between the UK and the Philippines to advance science, research, and innovation. The UK Government, through its embassy in the Philippines, works with UK delivery partners and Philippine science and innovation institutions to implement programs that strengthen science and innovation capacity.

Partner institutions include the Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Higher Education. UK delivery partners working in the Philippines include the British Council, Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Research Councils UK, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Globally, the UK government launched the Newton Fund in 2014, a £735-million fund to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging knowledge economies. The Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance and covers three broad categories of activity.

  • People – Increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally, in partner countries
  • Programs – Research collaborations on development topics
  • Translation – Creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems


LIF is a multi-phase program delivered over 12 months. It is a multi-sectoral partnership among top institutions in the UK and the Philippines in the fields of science, innovation, and leadership management.

The Fellowship is open to all academic researchers across the country and Technology Transfer Officers with DOST-funded technology, who are in the process of developing a business plan for their technology or innovation. While the most ideal candidates are those who have tested their idea in the market, candidates who are on the cusp of commercialization may also be considered.

The Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will accept applications from scientists, academic researchers, and technology innovators across the country. A DOST planning council, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development, will be the primary implementing and monitoring arm for the duration of the program.


Fill out the Online Application Form.


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Ginhawa (ReliefVent)

The people’s “breath of relief” ventilator

The Problem:

50% of ICU patients need a ventilator. In many developing countries like the Philippines, there is only 1 ventilator per 10 ICU beds which may result to unwanted increase in mortality rates. The prohibitive cost of acquiring a ventilator plus the inaccessibility of spare parts when a ventilator breaks down poses a challenge for small hospitals to acquire more units.

The Solution:

Developed by a team of critical care specialists, biomedical engineers, software specialist and biomed technicians, Ginhawa (ReliefVent) is a ventilator that can be used for both children and adults. It is projected to cost 40% lower than other portable ventilators in the market.

Target Market:

Hospitals, clinics, ambulance services


It is compact, portable, and can be AC or DC powered. It has embedded software for self-diagnostic cloud-based data analytic, with protocols for operations and trouble-shooting.

Status and Needs:

The product is relatively lightweight (8kg) unit and mainly powered by compressed air. It can do controlled ventilation, assist-control ventilation, and synchronous intermittent mandatory ventilation. It contains an internal differential pressure transducer for detecting patient inspiratory efforts and refinement of the internal oxygen blender and humidifier, which is uncommon to most of the commercially-available ventilators. Benchtesting using Michigan Instruments Pneuview Test Lung and animal (dog) studies testing were done, proving its safety and efficacy. It is currently undergoing human trials.

The proponent is currently seeking a manufacturing company that will add to its value engineering both for the software and hardware, and a partner for its commercialization.

Contact Person:

Abundio Balgos, MD, MHA, FPCP, FPCCP
Professor, UP College of Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila
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The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development are inviting researchers to submit capsule proposals for the study entitled: “Informal Economy Segmentation Study: Towards Universal Healthcare in the Philippines – Reaching and Retaining Members in the Informal Sector”

The project Terms of References can be downloaded here. 

The 2017 PhilHealth STUDIES (Strengthening the Thrust for Universal Health Care through Data, Information, and Knowledge Exchange Systems) is a research management collaboration between the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). This initiative aims to provide funding for research projects focusing on the development of evidence-based policy recommendations on PhilHealth programs and services.

Who may apply
Filipinos with at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, have proven research competence/track record, and employed in universities/colleges, research agencies/institutes, hospitals, and other health related agencies are eligible to apply for the research grant.

We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attach the following documents by October 9, 2018:

1. Letter of Intent addressed to:

The Executive Director

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
Department of Science and Technology, Saliksik Bldg.
Gen. Santos Avenue
Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila

2. Curriculum Vitae of Lead Researcher

3. Profile of Institution

4. Capsule Proposal Format 

If you have queries, please contact Mr. Marc Enrico Hasta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ms. Grace Ann Cenon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call (02)837-75-34 to 37 loc. 206.