Priming Philippine Natural Products for the ASEAN Economic Community

From territorial disputes to the merging of economies, the Philippines in recent years has been keenly aware of its presence in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) for which it is a founding member.  Within these two years, further strengthening of this bond will happen as the country with its neighbors enter ASEAN 2015, the initial phase of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The 10-member states of the ASEAN recognized the need to consolidate itself for a stronger organization with improved leverage in worldwide affairs.  With AEC, ASEAN envisions a region where there is free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labor.  This goal based on mutual trust and concerted efforts will improve even the products of the region sold in the global market.  And to prepare for this eventuality, the organization decided at the turn of the century to embark on Harmonization (Haq, 1999).

Harmonization involves a unified set of guidelines and regulations on products by which all member states are required to subscribe to. Under this GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) will be the quality assurance by which products are consistently manufactured to a quality appropriate for their intended use.  Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) will allow the movement of products among ASEAN countries.  Priority products were determined and the Philippines was assigned as coordinator for Electronics.  Under Healthcare which is assigned to Singapore, the products included are cosmetics, traditional medicine and health supplements, prepared foodstuffs and medical devices (Cirunay, undated).  In the intervening years between the formation of Pharmaceutical Product Working Group (PPWG) in 1999 and the present, terminologies and guidelines had been harmonized and barriers dismantled.  By 2015, the trial implementation of AEC will start.  By 2020, ASEAN will attain the Single Market, Single Production Base status it is aiming for.

“Priming Philippine Natural Products for the ASEAN Economic Community”, thus, is chosen as the Theme of the 18th NPSP Annual Convention slated on 6 December 2013 at the De La Salle University (DLSU) – Manila.  This will provide natural products’ researchers a wholistic view of natural products development from basic science, applications, and pertinent regulations to successfully bring these products to the world market. The challenge is to be at par, or even better, without losing the edge as we develop our own niche in the AEC..  The theme is also in tune with our national government’s encouragement of entrepreneurship as we ride the crest of better economic growth in recent years.  And DLSU, as a pillar university in business administration, is a fitting venue for the upcoming convention.

L.B. Cardenas


Literature Cited:

Cirunay JJN.  ASEAN Harmonization – Unified Health Management Information [Internet]. Philippines: Food and Drug Administration; [Undated].  Available from: .PPT

Haq ASM.  Pharmaceutical Harmonization – The ASEAN Initiative [Internet]. Malaysia: Ministry of Health; 1999. Available from: http: /areas/ quality_safety/regulation_legislation/icdra/3_Malaysia_CopingWithIncreasingNeeds



For further inquiries, please contact:

18th NPSP Convention Secretariat

Dr. Ma. Alicia M. Aguinaldo
UST Research Center for Natural and Applied Sciences
T/F: (+632) 406-1611 local 4046 (Phytochemistry Lab)
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National Organizing Committee

Dr. Lourdes B. Cardenas
Institute of Biological Sciences
University of the Philippines Los Banos, College, Laguna
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Dr. Marissa Noel
De La Salle University - Manila
Taft Avenue, Manila
T/F: (+632) 524-4611 local 430

Researches on science and health and other related fields are invited for presentation on the 1st Multidisciplinary Research Forum which will be held on March 06, 2014. The Research Presentation is open to all the member-institutions of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A).  Staff and faculty members of research institutes, medical and paramedical schools, hospitals and other health related agencies may submit entries to HRDCR IV-A on/or before January 27, 2014.  Submitted research project can be those studies funded by the Philippine National Health Research System (PCHRD-DOST; DOH; CHED and UP Manila); the member-institutions of HRDCR IV-A and/or other local and international funding institutions.

The mechanics are as follows:

1.  There will be a plenary session for the presentation of the qualified research projects.

2.  Review and evaluation of all submitted entries will be facilitated by HRDCR IV-A. Technical review and evaluation will be composed of content and methodology experts.

3. A total of five (5) completed papers will be selected for presentation.  Qualified research projects will be selected based on the following set of criteria:

3.1    Technically and ethically sound;

3.2    Research results provided new ideas/knowledge.

3.3    The output, outcome and the impact of the study have relevant contribution to society and economy.

4.  For the screening process, a copy of the completed paper including abstracts shall be submitted to HRDCR IV-A.  Please follow the format below:

4. 1. Font and Size: Times New Roman, 12 point

4. 2. Title Centered, bold, upper case

4. 3. Authors: centered, sentence case. Kindly indicate affiliation, address, and email address. The name of the presenting author should be underlined.

4. 4. Body of abstract: justified

5. Research papers which were not considered for oral presentation may qualify in the Poster Exhibit. A total of ten (10) completed researches will be selected.


  • 1.1. The poster should include the following identifying information:
    • 1.1.a. Name or title of research or project
    • 1.1.b. Complete institution or author address
    • 1.1.c. Telephone or contact numbers or email
  • 1.2. It should give a brief description of the research in layman’s language
  • 1.3. It should cite reasons why such project was developed or why the study was conducted; the study’s potential benefits in terms of its impact on health and quality of life, science or technology contributions or socio-economic benefits.
  • 1.4. The poster may exhibit the highlight of the study in picture or colored presentation (not smaller than 16”x20”)
  • 1.5. Graphical and other appropriate presentations may also be included.


  • 2.1. One poster panel will be allowed per entry.
  • 2.2. Poster size should be 2 feet width by 5 feet height. Use of tarpaulin is recommended.

NOTE: Notice of acceptance will be sent on January 31, 2014. Registration is FREE.

For further inquiries and submission of entries, you may contact Ms. Reinachell T. Dacdac, HRDCR IV-A Staff at (046) 481-8000 local 4000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A) is pleased to announce the Outstanding Health Research Award for the year 2014.

The award aims to give recognition to a research program or project that has demonstrated the link between research and practice through the utilization of research findings in the health delivery system.

Any health research program or project may be considered for the Award. Nominations will be done by any institution; members of the consortium; scientific, technological and professional societies or associations; research institutes; universities and colleges; and individuals. Self-nomination is not allowed.

Two awards will be given: one for the biomedical research category and another on for the health services research category. A cash prize of P500, 000.00 and a trophy await the winner for each category.

Nominations should reach the consortium on or before November 29, 2013. The nominees will be reviewed and shortlisted by the consortium. Deadline of submission of shortlisted nominees to PCHRD is on December 15, 2013. Individuals who may be interested to send nominations may download the guidelines and nomination form at the downloads section/Awards and Recognitions/ 2014 Outstanding Health Research Award.

For further inquiries and submission of nomination forms, you may contact Ms. Reinachell T. Dacdac, HRDCR IV-A Staff at (046) 481-8000 local 4000, c/o De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Rm. 6301 3/F, De La Salle Angelo King Medical Research Center, Gov. D, Mangubat Ave., Dasmarinas City, Cavite, 4114.

The Department of Science and Technology-  Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in cooperation with the Gruppo Medica Inc. (GMI) and Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the  2014 DOST-PCHRD-  Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.

The Award is given to provide motivation for students, with the technical guidance of their faculty adviser, to view undergraduate thesis as an excellent opportunity to contribute to national interest.  The Award recognizes relevant and innovative research works on herbal medicine that can lead to practical and/or commercial applications.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Arts and Sciences who have completed their thesis projects on medicinal plants in the current school year. Nominations must be made by the students’ faculty adviser and should be endorsed by the Dean and the region-based Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) to  PCHRD. A maximum of three (3) thesis projects are allowed per school/college.

The Gruppo Medica Inc. will be giving a cash prize of  P 60,000  for the first prize winner (P42,00 for the student, P12,000 for the mentor and P 6,000 for the school),  P 40,000    for  the second prize winner ( P28,000 for the student, P8,000 for the mentor and P4,000 for the school) and  P 20,000  for the third prize winner ( P14,000 for the student, P4,000 for the mentor and P2,000 for the school).
Deadline for submission of nominations to the consortium is on March 31, 2014. The nominees will be reviewed and short-listed by the consortium. The short-listed nominees will be submitted to PCHRD not later than April 11, 2014. A copy of the guidelines including the nomination form can be downloaded at, downloads section, Awards and Recognitions/2014 DOST-PCHRD- Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.

For inquiries and submission of nomination forms, you may contact Ms. Reinachell T. Dacdac, HRDCR IV-A Staff at (046) 481-8000 local 4000, c/o De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Rm. 6301 3/F, De La Salle Angelo King Medical Research Center, Gov. D, Mangubat Ave., Dasmarinas City, Cavite, 4114.


Economic growth fueled by globalization is welcome as a means to create wealth and add value to resources; the dynamics though has raised concerns as to whether we should continue to develop at all costs. There is a growing realization that the type and pace of growth we have witnessed over the last three decades has been anything but inclusive. No less than UN has called institutions to tackle problems related to social exclusion, poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. The aim is to ensure that more people participate in sharing the benefits of growth and resources be used in a sustainable manner to safeguard the future of current generation and future generation as well.

DLSU-D's response to this challenge is the Cavite Development Research Program (CDRP), a 50-year research program designed to promote evidenced based policy for the development efforts in Cavite province. But the issues that confront the Province of Cavite resonate nationally and in most parts of the world. A good number of development experts are now calling countries to tap into their local knowledge and capabilities; and promote researches that have social dimensions.

The research congress will reflect these issues in the wake of demands for sustainable and inclusive growth. This call for sustainability and inclusivity is accompanied by a changing landscape in education as the Philippines introduce the K to 12 educational system.

In this context, the congress will constitute a valuable opportunity for students, researchers in public and private institutions to address the crucial issues. Moreover, the gathering is a chance for practitioners involved in development issues that impact society to exchange information.

The congress focuses on 5 main themes:

1. Business

2. History, Culture and Arts

3. Engineering and Technology

4. Education and Communications; and

5. Science and Health

There will be 3 plenary sessions to be followed by parallel sessions during the 3 full-day congress. Parallel sessions will be structured to provide coherent series of topics.

De La Salle University-Dasmarinas Research Week is on November 18-20, 2013.

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