The Research and Development Leadership (RDLead) Program formally launched two (2) RDLead engagements in Davao City, Region XI last March 18, 2022. The RDLead engagements at Philippine Women’s College (PWC) in Davao City and Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. (DMSFI) received their formal engagement launch following their commencement last year via online platforms.

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SIGNING OF NRCP – PWC RDLEAD MOA

(L – R Seated) NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta B. Sumagaysay, RD Leader Dr. Casiana Blanca J. Villarino, and

PWC Davao Chancellor Prof. Vicente Antonio V. Pijano III

 The RDLead team, headed by the NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Bañez-Sumagaysay, visited PWC officials who were already working with its RD Leader, Dr. Casiana Blanca J. Villarino, NRCP Associate Member in Biological Sciences Division.

Dr. Villarino has been in PWC Davao City since February 28, 2022, conducting face-to-face trainings, workshops, lectures, and consultations with PWC personnel.

PWC’s RDLead engagement is focused on emergency foods research and development. PWC aims to submit a program proposal that will tackle the need to develop emergency food for a more inclusive and needs-sensitive assistance during calamities and disaster. Emergency foods are targeted to cater to people with special dietary needs (diabetics, hypertensive, etc.) during relief operations where standard food items are usually provided, regardless of the medical condition or needs of the person receiving them.

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THE FORMAL LAUNCH OF RDLEAD AT DMSFI

(L - R) DMSFI Research and Publications Director Dr. Genevieve Tupas; RD Leader Dr. Hiyas A. Junio; DMSFI COO and OIC President Dr. Oliver Victoriano; NRCP Executive Director Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay; and RDLead Program Project Development Officer Mr. Marfy H. Lita.

Dr. Hiyas A. Junio, NRCP Associate Member in Chemical Science Division is the RD Leader for DMSFI RDLead engagement that RDLead is geared towards metabolomics which on the other hand is in line with its newly approved NICER (Niche Centers in the Regions) on Maternal and Child Care, thus, DMSFI needs to be capacitated in. (Marfy Lita, Project Development Officer V)