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Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)

In 2005, the terms of reference of the different agencies participating in the PNHRS were consolidated into the PNHRS bill that was finally enacted into law in 2013 after 9 years of lobbying. The hard work involved in campaigning at the Philippine Congress to pass the bill into law should be properly credited to PCHRD led by Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, its Executive Director.

The Philippine National Health Research System Act of 2013 (RA 10532) institutionalized the memorandum of understanding among the DOST, DOH, CHED and UP Manila to work towards “improving the health status,, productivity and quality of life of Filipinos by (a) ensuring that health research is linked to the health system needs; (b) ensuring that investments in health research yield the most benefit; (c) promoting good governance among health research organizations through efficient, effective, transparent and ethical health research management system ; (d) engaging in national and international partnerships and networks for health research development and (e) ensuring sustainability of resources for health research.” It was generally assumed that research ethics was embedded in objectives (a), (b) and (c).

 

Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB)

The more explicit provision that referred to research ethics was in Section 12 of the law that adopted the DOST Special Order No. 091 s 2006 that created the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) to “ensure adherence to the universal principles for the protection of human participants in research” and shall, among other things:

  • Formulate/update guidelines for the ethical conduct of human health research;
  • Develop guidelines for the establishment and management of ethics review committees and standardization of research ethics review;
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of institutional ethics review committees in accordance with procedures outlined in a prior agreement;
  • Promote the establishment of functional and effective ethics review committees;
  • Provide advice and make recommendations to the PNHRS Governing Council and other appropriate entities (including the Food and Drugs Administration[FDA]) regarding programs, policies, and regulations as they relate to ethical issues in human health research;
  • Initiate and contribute to discourse and discussions of ethical issues in human health research; and
  • Network with relevant local, national and international organizations.

 

Philippine Structural Framework for

Human Protection for Health Research

 

NATIONAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE FOR ETHICS REVIEW


PHREB ORGANIZATIONAL CHART



The  Philippine  Health  Research  Ethics  Board  (PHREB)  has  13  members, including three ex-officio members, namely, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)—PCHRD Executive Director, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Health (DOH) Research Ethics Committee Chair. Except for the ex-officio members, appointments shall be for a term of three years for the Chair and Co-Chair, and all other members shall have a term for two years. The members represent a  balance  of  background,  gender  and  disciplines  (e.g.,  health  research, philosophy, law, academe,  medicine,  public health/epidemiology, theology, social science and allied health sciences). There are also those who are from people’s organizations and the youth sector. 

Below is the composition of PHREB for the year 2016 to 2019. 

Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB)

Chair

 

 

 

 

Philosophy

Leonardo D. de Castro, PhD

 

Members

 

Academe

Maria Salome N. Vios, MD

Chair, Committee on Standards and Accreditation

 

 

Health Research

 

Ricardo M. Manalastas, Jr., MD

Chair, Committee on Information, Dissemination, Training and Advocacy

 

 

Community

Ms. Carmen V. Auste

Chair, Committee on Patient, Family and Community Engagement

 

 

Social Science

Clemen C. Aquino, PhD

 

 

Allied Health

Gemma N. Balein, DMD

 

 

 

Medicine

Sonia E. Bongala, MD

 

 

Law

 

Atty. Alberto T. Muyot

 

 

Youth

Joanna Marie D. Choa, MD

 

 

Theology

Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, OP

 

 

Commission on Higher Education

Custer C. Deocaris, PhD

 

 

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

(ex-officio)

Jaime C. Montoya, MD

 

 

Department of Health

(ex-officio)

Beverly Lorraine C. Ho, MD

PHREB Secretariat

DOST-PCHRD

Ms. Marie Jeanne B. Berroya

Mr. Andrei B. De Guzman (Training)

Mr. Julian B. Torralba (Accreditation; and Patient, Family and Community Engagement)

 

Administrative Order 001 Series of 2008
Registration of all Ethics Review Committees at the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board

Administrative Order 001 Series of 2007
Requirement for Review of all health researches involving human subjects/participants 

 

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