TO establish a system of coordination and sharing resources to promote research towards alleviating the health problems of the Philippine population, the academe and the government have tied up for the holding of a two-day scientific conference.
The event, with a theme the “Effects of .COVID-19 Pandemic: Strengthens Collegiality to Sustain Operations and the Outstrip Challenges,” was initiated by the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium.
In yesterday’s press conference, Dr. Howell Ho, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) of the Trinity University of Asia, which will spearhead the event, explained that they are looking at the possibility of applying whatever policy or system that will be cropped up during the consortium.
The event, which will be held on Sept. 24 to 25 via Zoom live, will also promote and advocate policies and programs related to health and health research.
Among the key issues to be discussed during the consortium are the changes and challenges of academic institutions; shared competencies of the academe on COVID-19 pandemic; plans during and after the COVID 19 pandemic and struggles and hopes by learning institutions in Metro Manila.
To share researches and way to ease struggles during this pandemic, the consortium will be initiating a scientific program with six sessions: (1) The Healthy Future of Every Juan, (2) Health Resiliency Journey, (3) Health Challenges, (4) Our Health Promotion, and (5) Holistic Health.
Also part of the event includes activities that participated by students from the member institutions. Among the activities were (1) Oral Research Paper Competition, (2) Poster Research Paper Competition, (3) 3-Minuete Pitch to Policymaker Competition, (4) Video Meme Competition, (5) Spoken Word Poetry Competition, (6) Photography Competition.
The Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium, has 43 member institutions. It has the purpose to enhance and follow a line of investigation among academic institutions within the National Capital Region in facing the changes and challenges of the academic operations during the pandemic.
The core agencies of the organization are Philippine Council for Health Research and Development -NCR, Department of Science and Technology-NCR, Department of Health-NCR, Commission on Higher Education-NCR and University of the Philippines- National Institute of Health.
Ho added that they will be inviting international speakers as well as expert health communicators for the event.