Hosted by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development, the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week celebration was successfully held on August 13-16, 2019 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental with the theme “Achieving Health – Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through Research and Innovation”. Different stakeholders in the field of health research were enjoined by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) to share their best practices and contributions in achieving sustainable health related SDGs in the said event.


Ethics advocates gathered in a session on Ethics in Research during the first day wherein lectures were given on the topics: Gender Competence in Ethics Review in the Philippines; The Need for Ethics Review in the Health and Social Sciences; Ethical Considerations in the Conduct of Festivals Showcasing Dances, Songs, Attires and IP Products; Ethical Challenges in Research Involving Human Artifacts; Training Needs in Research Ethics; Patients as Partners in Ethical Research; and Challenges Encountered in the Accreditation Process. Participants had the chance to raise their concerns during the open forum which were duly answered by the speakers.


The Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – 1 (REMB – 1), alongside with the Sub Committee on Standards on Accreditation (CSA), evaluated three applications of REC accreditation held last June 3, 2019 at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The said applications include: (1) DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Research Ethics Committee in Pangasinan, (2) Lorma Colleges, Research Ethics Committee in La Union and (3) University of Northern Philippines Ethics Review Committee in Ilocos Sur.

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