The month of September has been declared as the observance of ‘Suicide Prevention Month’ by the World Health Organization. This is in honor of those lives lost as well as to advocate for ‘life giving’ practices as well as policies to save lives of our young people.

The World Health Organization data reveals that almost one million people worldwide die from suicide every year or one death for every 40 seconds. In the Cordillera, suicide has been a silent epidemic specifically in Benguet Farming Communities. Hence, the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) through the Research Utilization Committee co-sponsored the conduct of a forum on Suicide Prevention.

The forum was conducted last September 10, 2013 at the Gladiola Hall of Benguet State University. Representatives from the different sectors of the society attended the forum. Researches and case studies were also presented during the forum.

The forum was conducted to provide information as well as to serve as avenue for initial sharing as well as planning of various stakeholders for ‘life giving activities.’


WRITESHOP on Proposal Preparation


Last September 24-25, 2012, the consortium, through the leadership of the Research Management Committee and the Capacity Building Committee conducted a two-day writeshop at Ating Tahanan, South Drive, Baguio City. The objectives of the writeshop include:  (1) Package proposal for submission for possible funding; (2) Provide a venue for participants to refine proposals, and (3) Equip participants with knowledge and skills on proposal preparation.

A total of 25 participants from the different member agencies attended the writeshop. They  were required to bring their own proposals which served as their working paper during the activity. Dr. Erlinda Palaganas, Chair of the Capacity Building Committee, lectured on the guidelines or elements  on  research proposal preparation. She also included how to package their research proposals in order for it to qualify for funding. This lecture series during the first day, gave each participant direction on how they would polish their work.

The activity yielded  nine (9) research proposals which are expected to be submitted to the consortium on or before October 15, 2012.


The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium welcomes the University of the Philippines Baguio as it's new chair .

In a Special Management Committee Meeting held last April 02, 2012 at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City, the University of the Philippines Baguio, headed by it's new Chancellor, DR. RAYMUNDO ROVILLOS, was unanimously voted to lead the consortium. Dr. Rovillos will replace DR. MYRNA C. CABOTAJE of the Department of Health who resigned from the post due to her new assignment in Region 1.

During the turn-over ceremony, DR. ERLINDA C. PALAGANAS, the alternate representative, accepted the responsibility with great enthusiasm. In her acceptance speech, she emphasized the importance of strengthening collaboration as the key in achieving the goals of the consortium.




Recognizing the need to address the specific health needs of the Cordillera people, the consortium conducted a workshop to upgrade and prioritize the health research and development agenda of the region.

The one day workshop was conducted at Ating Tahanan, National Training Center last March 12, 2012. A total of 36 participants from different agencies attended the activity with NEDA as the lead facilitator.

In order to come up with a locally grounded agenda, representatives from the regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay health offices were invited to present their respective health situations. The different institutions also imparted their own health R &D Agenda.

Identified top five (5) R&D priorities for the region  are as follows: (1) Incidence/prevalence of parasitism, UTI, anemia, dental cavities, etc. in public schools; (2) GIS on Epidemiology of Certain Diseases in CAR; (3) GIS on Herbal Medicine; (4) Incidence/prevalence of D. Mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, and other blood chemistry profiles for selected groups of employees in CAR; and  (5) Determinants/Factors (Economic, Socio-cultural, Political ) that Subject Children and Women to Difficult Circumstances/Situations in the Cordillera.



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