Anchored on the objectives of promoting, facilitating and coordinating health research activities to come up with a more coherent research agenda which connect to and converge with the wider health, economic, political, educational and S&T systems of the country, the DOST through PCHRD, with the Department of Health (DOH), established the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), through a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on March 17, 2003. In 2007, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and University of the Philippines Manila - National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH) joined as core agencies of the PNHRS.
On May 7, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law the Republic Act No 10532 or the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Act of 2013. The law seeks to protect and promote the right to health of the people, instill health consciousness among them and improve the quality of life of every Filipino through health research and development initiatives.
With the PNHRS in place, PCHRD's role of coordinating health research and development activities in the country has been reaffirmed. As a core agency of the PNHRS, the Council provides the essential technical, financial and logistical support, in accordance with its mandate on research and enable the PNHRS to contribute to the attainment of national and global health goals.
The PNHRS programs are conceptualized and implemented along six areas:
(1) Research Agenda;
(3) Capacity Building;
(4) Research Utilization;
(5) Resource Mobilization; and
(6) Structure, Organization, Monitoring and Evaluation.
The PCHRD Secretariat, headed by an Executive Director, serves as the PNHRS Secretariat. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the smooth implementation of programs and projects and exercise an oversight function over the PNHRS.
The Secretariat provides technical and administrative support to the Technical Working Committees, Steering Committee and the Governing Council in the following areas:
(a) Research and Development Management;
(b) Institution Development;
(c) Research Information, Communication and Utilization; and
(d) Finance and Administration
Regional Health Research System (RHRS)
The PNHRS framework is mirrored in all the regions of the country, forming a network of regional research consortia. The consortium set-up varies depending on the culture and resources of the region. Each regional health research system addresses concerns relating to its health research agenda, development of human resource, conduct of researches, and dissemination of research results, research utilization, resource mobilization, leadership and management.
Regional Health Research and Development Consortia
|Region||Consortium Name||Year Established||Lead Institution|
|NCR||Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC)||1984||University of the Philippines Manila
National Institutes of Health
|CAR||Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC)||2008||University of the Philippines Baguio - Cordillera Administrative Region|
|I||Region I Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)||1989||Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC) - Region 1|
|2||Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC)||2006||Center for Health Development (CHD) - Region 2|
|3||Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC||2008||Department of Science & Technology (DOST) - Region 3|
|4-A||Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A)||2008||De La Salle-Health Sciences Institute (DLS-HSI)|
|4-B||MIMAROPA Health Research and Development Consortium (MHRDC)||2010||Palawan State University|
|5||Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD)||2007||Bicol University (BICOL-U)|
|6||Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC)||1986||Department of Science and Technology - Region 6|
|7||Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development||1987||Cebu Doctors University (CDU) - (rotating chairmanship)|
|8||Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC)||1982||Center for Health Development (CHD) - Eastern Visayas|
|9||Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research Development (ZCHRD)||2007||Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU)|
|10||Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD)||2008||Center for Health Development (CHD) - Region 10|
|11||Region XI Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC-11)||1985||Regional Council for Research and Development (RECORD) Foundation, Inc.|
|12||Health Research and Development Consortium-12 (HRDC-12)||2007||Department of Science & Technology (DOST) - Region 12|
|CARAGA||CARAGA Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC)||2008||Center for Health Development (CHD) - CARAGA|
|ARMM||ARMM Health Research Consortium (AHRC)||2007||Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao|
- Published: 28 March 2012