Last December 14, 2017, the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC XI) had its annual General Assembly and Graduation of its 1st batch of scholars at The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases. Dr. Vicente, Chair of the consortium expressed his appreciation to the cheapest and at the same time expensive commodity each member gave for the consortium, TIME.

The activity started with a video presentation of the accomplishments of the consortium. It was then followed by the graduation of the 1st batch of scholars of the mentorship program. The scholars expressed their gratitude for having such program since apart from the learnings they got from the three modules and their respective mentors, they also able to learn discipline and time management to beat every deadline. The scholars’ respective mentors are also present during the event and appreciated the program as this helps nurture the young researchers in the region.

The activity ended with fun-filled games, exchanging of gifts and enjoying dinner together.

The Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC XI) conducted a 2-day Training for Non-biostatisticians last November 16-17, 2017 at The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases. This activity is a brief training course for researchers in the application of statistics in wide range subject of biology to both biostatistician and non-biostatistician researchers. Among the topics that were thoroughly discussed are: problem identification and objective setting, measuring study variables and data collection, research design, sampling and sample size, introduction to data management using Epi Info 7 statistical software, data analysis and reporting study findings.


The training was made successful through the guidance of professors from University of the Philippines Manila namely: Prof. Maylin C. Palatino, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Prof. Kim L. Cochon, Assistant Professor 1 from the same department.

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