ZCHRD conducts Strategic Planning for CY 2020-2023

The Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD) conducted its Strategic Planning for the CY 2020-2023 last 21-22 October 2019 at Kamagong Hall, LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City. Apart from the Consortium’s Core Group and Committee Members, present during the said event were Ms. Merlita Opena, Chief of the Research Information, Communication, and Utilization Division; Ms. Carinna Rebulanan, Chief of the Institutional Development Division; Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya, Ms. Ma. Violeta Intia and Ms. Ullyann Garcia, Senior Science Research Specialists of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST - PCHRD).

ZCHRD recognizes the importance of strategic planning as it provides a sense of direction and outlines specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound goals of the Consortium. The Strategic planning activity was done to set Consortium priorities, strengthen its operations, ensure that Consortium and Committee Members are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the Consortium’s direction in response to revised PNHRS Strategy Map.

During the Strategic Planning, Mr. Halid Tamano, Consortium Secretariat presented the Consortium’s 2018-2019 Accomplishments as of September 2019. This includes the review of research proposals submitted for possible funding under RRF and capacity building activities such as the Basic Research Methods Training, Basic Research Ethics Training and Advance Training on SOP writing, and application for PHREB RERC Accreditation, among others. Ms. Merlita Opena presented the revised PNHRS Strategy Map, which was the output of a series of consultative meetings conducted by PCHRD among the 17 Regional Health Research and Development Consortia. Ms. Ma. Violeta Intia also presented HERDIN+ (Health Research and Development Information Network plus), which is an upgraded version of HERDIN, an online portal that provides easy management and access to health research and related information. Reports generated from the HERDIN+ will be the bases for assessing the health of the PNHRS.

Mr. Ricardo Apolinario III, Consortium Coordinator, facilitated the Strategic Planning and grouped the committee members into four according to the DOST Perspectives, namely Customer Perspective, Process Perspective, Learning and Growth Perspective and Financial Perspective. This was done to update, align and harmonize the Consortium’s Strategic Plan for CY 2020 – 2023 with the Department of Science and Technology. The workshop’s output is a balanced scorecard, which will be used to assess and evaluate the Consortium’s targets and accomplishments for CY 2020-2023, with consideration that effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

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