Gov’t allots P90M to implement PH’s health policy, systems research program

Published June 11, 2021, 8:39 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and the Department of Health (DOH) will jointly implement next month a P90-million program that seeks to advance the country’s health policy and systems research.


This was announced by DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña during his weekly report on Friday, June 11.

“The innovative and mutually beneficial collaboration between the DOST through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Department of Health continued for the Advancing Health through Evidence Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and Systems Research (AHEAD-HPSR) program to position the Philippines as a contributor to the regional and global health systems knowledge,” he bared on the DOSTv Facebook page.

He said this year’s AHEAD-HPSR program is set to begin in July and will be implemented for 12 years.

De la Peña said “a total budget of P90 million” has been allocated for the implementation of the year-long program.

He said the established ties signified the DOST’s support in the execution of the following health research priorities:

-Primary Care Studies, Mental Health Literacy, Participatory Action Research, Evidence Review of COVID-19 Health Technology;

-Economic Burden of Tobacco-related Diseases; Lifestyle-Related Disease Prevention and Control;

-Climate Change, Pandemic, and Mental Health: Exploring the Effects of Chronic Stress (flooding and evacuation, pandemic and lockdown) on Mental Health and Cognition;

-Solidarity Vaccine Trial in the Philippines Randomized Trial of Candidate Vaccines for coronavirus disease (COVID-19); and

-Evaluation of the National Objectives for Health 2017-2022 and Baseline Survey of NOH Indicators.

“The DOST and DOH work hand in hand for immediate action to control and find effective interventions and instill a culture on the use of good evidence in policy and program development,” de la Peña said.