To intensify the promotion and utilization of HERDIN, DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development(PCHRD) in collaboration with Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) conducted a two-day training to several researchers in the region at ISU Hostel, ISU Cauyan City, Isabela.

HERDIN or the Health Research and Development Information Network-Network-of-Networks (NeON) is a database system of various health researches in the Philippines. It is the only health repository for published researches in the country where Filipino academic and research institutions have the opportunity to expand their reach of network.

Ms. Kristine Zamora, DOST-PCHRD science research specialist II, said HERDIN is a perfect tool to improve the visibility of researches in an institution. She added, “It is very ideal for researchers who are hoping to find experts with similar field of interest.”

Ms. Zamora and Ms. Mylene Marco talked on the following topics: (a) Introduction to HERDIN; (b) Status of HERDIN Content Development; and, (c) Sustainability of HERDIN Nodes to CVHRDC.

After their lecture, the participants have undergone a training workshop and created their own HERDIN Nodes containing their own available health researches from their respective institutions.

Participating schools and research institutions include Isabela State University, Quirino State University, Nueva Vizcaya State University, Saint Mary’s University, Cagayan State University, St. Paul University, Saint Louis University, Department of Health and Cagayan Valley Medical Center.

DOST-PCHRD offers free access and training in using the said database system. Academic and research institutions may send their letter of request addressed to the CVHRDC Chair. For more information, visit herdin.ph. (Angel Gorospe/PSTC Isabela)