As a follow-up activity of “Training of Trainers for Basic Research Methods (TOT-BRM)” conducted last December 4-6, 2018, the PNHRS Capacity Building Committee with the Symmetric Research Consultancy, Co. organized a “Research Proposal Critiquing Workshop” last March 14, 2019 at Manila Manor Hotel.

After ensuring the alignment in delivering trainings and lectures using the developed standardized manual in TOT-BRM, the critiquing workshop aims to enhance the capacity of all the Region’s respective technical reviewers in critiquing research proposals and writing a report. The workshop involved lecture, group work in critiquing research proposals and presentation of the group outputs. Time was also allotted to discuss and address the different challenges encountered by all the consortia. The Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) was represented by its Research and Development Chair, Dr. Maria Elinore Concha.

This activity is part of the initiatives in harmonizing and strengthening the review capacity of all the Regions to ensure efficiency of the review process and quality of the proposals endorsed to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for funding. The consortium’s Technical Review Board (TRB) is currently undergoing changes with regards to its operations to effectively adopt the TRB Manual.

A standard operating procedures (SOP) manual improves the quality and consistency in the operational activity of an organization. SOP manual guides an individual in doing tasks correctly. Thus, the procedural framework of the manual must entail mechanisms that promote the quality standard.

To help develop a quality SOP, the University of Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) together with the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board (REMB) XI, facilitated an SOP Workshop on February 28 to March 1, 2019. The trainers for the SOP workshop were Dr. Marita VT. Reyes and Dr. Doris Benavides of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). The workshop on SOP aims to support the research ethics committees (REC) in developing their own SOPs with quality assurance and to simplify the procedures for the activities of the REC. There were 9 institutions in Davao Region who attended the workshop. The trainers highlighted the common mistakes in developing the SOP based on the submitted draft SOPs by the institutions. Part of the workshop was to present a draft SOP following the recommended format of PHREB. Representatives from the various institutions were assigned to present their lacking SOPs and were critiqued by other participating institutions.

The two-day training conspicuously capacitated the participants in developing a quality SOP. REMB XI looks forward to the application to PHREB accreditation of the attending institutions.

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