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Raffy Cañeda, a student researcher from the University of Southeastern Philippines received support for his undergraduate research with a 50,000 pesos grant fund from the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD).

‘Lagnub’ (Ficus septica Burm.), a tree or shrub that can be found in the Philippines, is locally popular for its medicinal use in treating skin infections. Lagnub fresh leaves are also used to promote sweating during fever and get rid of headaches. 

“The result of the research will provide information on the antibacterial potential of Lagnub against staph infection (Staphylococcus aureus) that is difficult to treat because of resistance to some antibiotics," said Raffy Cañeda, a BS Biology student and the lead researcher. 

Cañeda said that conventional antibiotic use is now challenged by emerging antimicrobial resistance, reduced susceptibility, poor oral bioavailability, and high treatment costs for the marginalized sector, so his research will hopefully address some problems in public health. 

DOST-PCHRD provided the research grant to be utilized by Mr. Cañeda and his adviser,  Ms. Judee Nogodula. The grant support will also contribute to the Tuklas Lunas Program (Drug Discovery and Development Program) of the DOST-PCHRD, which aims to develop safe, effective, and affordable alternative drugs from the country's natural resources.

“As a science student, having the undergraduate thesis grant in natural products from DOST-PCHRD will allow me to pursue higher research goals and methods which are often costly on my part. The grant will truly help me work more on my study which is beneficial for establishing reliable and significant results,” said Cañeda.

Raffy Cañeda is one of the two qualified thesis proposals funded by DOST-PCHRD under the Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products Program. 

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