Success is the result of perfection, hardwork, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence. – Colin Powell

It’s the time of the year where friends with common love for health and health-related research gather together. The 2018 General Assembly of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI transpired last December 18, 2018 at the Ritz Hotel Garden Oases, Bo. Obrero, Davao City. Representatives from various member institutions enthusiastically participated during the entirety of the activity.

Ms. Ludivina M. Porticos, Chair of the Capacity Building Committee, welcomed the guests by enjoining them to relish the rest of the night as this is a rare opportunity to gather the members of the consortium. Dr. Warlito Vicente, Chairperson of RHRDC XI, also shared his gratitude for another successful year with the vigorous participation and support of the members to all RHRDC XI events. The accomplishment report for the year 2018 was then showcased for the members to be informed of the activities done and various recognition received as a gratuity of all the hardwork of the consortium.

As 2018 comes in to a close, RHRDC XI  is ready to embrace what 2019 brings--- looking forward for the challenges to be hurdled and opportunities to be maximized.


The final module for the 2nd Mentorship Program focused more on the statistical analysis generally using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Last November 7 to 9, 2018, the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI), invited Dr. Felix C. Chavez for an intensive three-day lecture on data analysis and its applications using SPSS.

The objectives of the lecture are for the scholars to specify the appropriate statistical tests in their researches and interpret a sensible data analysis result. The scholars were given situational problems commonly used in most researches and how the SPSS can make the work easier with regards to computation and data analysis. Dr. Chavez further elaborated his lecture on the use of parametric and nonparametric statistics.

The passion to learn was observed thru the willingness of the scholars in the completion of the three modules. This will absolutely lead them to further become one of the region’s seasoned researchers. The consortium hopes that all these scholars will submit their completed proposal for 2019 Regional Research Funding to help improve the health condition of the people in the region.

Learning never exhausts the mind – Leonardo da Vinci.

by: Mabel Diane M. Calipes

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