To showcase the latest health research developments in the country while observing safety protocols for COVID-19, the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is joining the DOST’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2020 through virtual activities from October to November 2020.

The DOST-wide celebration, to be held on 23-29 November 2020 with DOST line agencies, carries the theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan.” This major event aims to showcase research and development initiatives of the DOST and the entire scientific community that aim to improve the quality of Filipino lives during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To kick off this year’s series of NSTW activities on health research, the Council is holding the HERDIN Plus Online Learning webinar to guide students, researchers, and educators on how to access health and health research-related information through HERDIN Plus. The event will be held this 22 October 2020 through Zoom and broadcasted on DOST-PCHRD’s Facebook page.

A  mental health research writeshop will also be conducted in anticipation of the DOST-wide celebration. With the recent launch of the mental health research agenda, outputs of the writeshop will help participants gear for the next mental health research call for proposals.

Hataw Agham, an annual DOST-PCHRD promoting physical activities for health, is also pushing through via online platform this year. In partnership with the PCHRD-funded project Improving Neurocognition through Dance and Kinesthetics (INDAK), Hataw Agham will be showcasing the benefits of dance in improving cognitive health among the elderly through online dance modules to be released via the DOST-PCHRD Facebook page.

As its flagship event for NSTW 2020, the DOST-PCHRD will hold a virtual session highlighting PCHRD-funded technologies and programs in response to COVID-19. Through the official NSTW virtual platform to be announced on the NSTW website (, the session will be streamed live on 23 November 2020.

Other DOST-PCHRD projects on functional food, biomedical engineering and hospital technologies, and ICT for Health will be featured in the NSTW virtual exhibit as well.

For more updates on the DOST-PCHRD’s activities for NSTW 2020, tune in to our online platforms― on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and our website at


To identify and apply general research ethical principles, the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDC XI) with the assistance of the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board XI (REMB XI), facilitated a Basic Research Ethics Training on September 9 to 10, 2020.  

Davao Region has been recognized as one of the most active regions in crafting good research. Good research must be both scientific and ethical. Ethically sound research must adhere to ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, and respect for person and justice, and with gender and cultural sensitivity. The Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) aims to introduce the basic principles of protecting human participants. Dr. Angeles T. Alora and Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas, from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), shared their expertise to 30 participants from various institutions in the region. The training consists of lectures, breakout sessions for group work activities and reporting of group assignments.

Though the pandemic has challenged everyone, there are ways to communicate and educate the public. This training in particular has a primary purpose of generating new knowledge, and the goal is to protect the rights and interests of the participants. Protecting humans is naturally a universal knowledge. Thus, the majority of our laws are for the protection of rights, safety and welfare of individuals.

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