News and Announcements

            To strengthen the knowledge of researchers on crafting quality and ethical researches, the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) Region XI in partnership with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) conducted a two-day training on good research practice held last October 26 & 27 at the SMX Meeting Room, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.

Good Research Practice

Researchers with Dr. Doris R. Benavides (3rd from left) and Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas, Jr. (4th from left)

DOST XI and HELP-Davao Network conducts stakeholders conference on sustainability science project

Representatives from various line agencies, barangays, and other key stakeholders gathered last October 20, 2016 at the SMX Meeting Room, Lanang, Davao City for the Davao City Multi-Stakeholders Conference. With a theme “HELP-ing communities make Evidence-based Decisions”, the HELP Davao Network presented the results of their UNESCO-FUNDED study entitled Demonstration Site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao”.

Helping Davao become more disaster resilient

DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales presents the overview and background of the sustainability science project.

In a bid to promote a more resilient Davao City, HELP Davao Network in partnership with the key stakeholders in Disaster Resilience and Urban Water Management in Davao Region carries out the UNESCO-funded project entitled Demonstration Site on “Enhancing resilience to Urban Water Systems of Mindanao”.

Following the success of the project in Langkawi, Malaysia and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Davao City was selected in the Philippines because of its increasing economic activities and vulnerability to climate-related disasters.

The project which formally started last February, aimed at demonstrating the resilience of the urban water systems of Davao City to climate change. The strategic approach adopted in the study was three-pronged: (1) assess the state of the urban water systems in Davao City; (2) strengthen integrated planning and coordination to enhance resilience in the management of the water systems; and (3) raise awareness on climate change adaptation among stakeholders by demonstrating resilience.


One of the Project Leaders, Ms. Ludivina Porticos, discussed the results and recommendations of the first component of the study.