Veneracion Cabana, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., Director of the Center for Research (CFR), Apolinar Paulican, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences and CFR Statistician, and Janellie Sumatra, R.N., M.A.N., Director of Nursing at the Valencia Sanitarium and Hospital and Research Coordinator/Research Teacher/Adviser at the MVC School of Nursing, attended a Training Workshop on Standard Operating Procedures for an Ethics Research Committee.

The training workshop was sponsored by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCOHRD) and conducted by Dr. Ma. Salome Vios of the University of Philippines College of Medicine and Dr. Marita Reyes of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB).

The workshop trained the participants on the formation of an Ethics Review Committee (ERC) which will provide an independent, competent and  timely review of the  ethics  of  the  proposed studies that involve human subjects.

All researches, whether in the health or the social sciences will be covered by the functions of the ERC. An ERC registered and supervised by the PHREB is a requirement of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).  Its aims are to: 1) determine the acceptability of the research proposal based on organizational commitments, existing regulations and laws, professional conduct and practice, values and needs; 2) evaluate the conduct of research in accordance with international,  national  and  local guidelines; 3) ensure that there is regular evaluation of the ethics of ongoing studies; 4) act in the full interest of potential participants  and  concerned  communities, taking into account the interests and needs of the researchers and subjects of the research, and having due regard for the requirements of relevant regulatory agencies and applicable laws. The CFR is preparing documents for the creation of an ERC at MVC.

Acenas presenting his paper during the 6th PNHRS Week at Sofitel, Pasay City.


NorMinCoHRD bags national oral, poster

presentation awards


Out of 16 Regions, Mr. Frances Dale Acenas of Xavier University (XU) grabbed the Best Oral Presenter (Student Category) while Aimee Gemelo of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) garnered 2nd Place for Poster Presentation (Student Category) during the 6th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week last August 8-10, 2012 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City.

Mr. Acenas presented his study entitled “An experimental study on the efficacy of aquatic fern (Salvinia molesta) in the treatment of blackwater effluent from a constructed welland, Cagayan de Oro City” which is co-authored by Liezel T. Morales, Alessandra Kamille P. Mallari, Cris S. Dedumo, Nafie O. Macarimbang, Shiela Mae P. Trozo, Katherine Ruth S. Beltran, Nasser A. Jawadil, Ethel Yen C. Sicon, and Ryan Rey L. Zarate. The students’ adviser was Dr. Gina S. Itchon, the Department Head of Preventive and Community Medicine of Xavier University (XU).

On the other hand, Ms. Gemelo’s poster presentation is entitled “Detection of potential pneumonia-causing bacteria found in nebulizers in two hospitals in Iligan City: some implications on infection control” which is co-authored by Blaisel Mae Q. Baguio, Exxel Marco P. Vega, Gloria Sheila E. Coyoca, RN, MAN, Faith B. Amorado, Bernie A. Casera, RN, MAN, and Vincent G. Tabil, RN, MAN.

Other presenters from Northern Mindanao Consortium on Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) were for the professional category namely Ms. Monabel May Nadayag Apao of MSU-IIT with her paper “Molecular Characterization of the Serrawettin swrW Gene in Local Strains of the Broad Host-Range Pathogen Serratia marcescens” and Dr. Veneracion Cabana of Mt. View College (MVC) with her interesting research “Of Mice and Men: Roots and Risk of Atherosclerosis and Implications for Prevention of Coronary Heart Diseases”.

The said three-day event was filled with information and persuasion from significant people - the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo, DOST Executive Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Patricia B. Licunan, and PNHRS Research Utilization Committee Chair Dr. Jose M. Acuin. They gave emphasis on the collaborative efforts of the consortia and advised researchers to share resources with other institutions. Furthermore, researchers are encouraged to translate studies for the general public to understand.

“Researchers should be advocates,” Dr. Acuin quoted. “We have to package the content and translate researches into policy and actions.” He added.

NorMinCoHRD is now eyeing to extend its researches to the media. Considering the young consortium’s achievements in research, it is envisioning to be one of the best active consortia. Hence, the recent recognitions will serve as inspirations to achieve its ultimate goal – to improve the quality of life.


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