The Research and Development Center (RDC) of the Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines (MCNP) is the center of scientific inquiry of the institution focusing on the context of health and social sciences which will help develop and uphold the Vision and Mission of the Institution. The office is also geared towards developing research studies and protocols to enhance practices and to develop policies that may raise the name of the institution. The RDC is also in accordance to the noble objectives of the institution, to provide excellent services to the stakeholders by providing scientific, valid, ethical, reliable and relevant information.
The Research and Development Center is also very eager to respond to the different issues and concerns not just in the local setting but also to the international parlance thus, the RDC priorities was also anchored to the different local, national and international research priorities. This is also one way of developing studies and protocols that may address relevant and timely issues in the community. Aligning also the RDC’s Trust to National and International priorities will surely be the springboard of the office to show its concern by providing information to the pool of knowledge so as to participate in to the noble vison-mission of the partner agencies.
To develop awareness and evolve a research culture among the stakeholders of education in the school.
To conduct qualitative and quantitative researches relevant to curricular programs of the school contributory to the realization to its general trust.
To develop liberal policies and pro – active programs which shall strengthen the various agenda of the school.
To contribute to the reservoir of knowledge with the end in view of improving existing practices and paradigms.
A.Y. 2018 - 2022
The Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines (MCNP), Alimannao Hills,
Peñablanca, Cagayan, crafted their own Institutional Research Agenda that covers a wide
array of issues and concerns not only in the Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines but
also on the different partner agencies and stakeholders, local or foreign. The Research
Agenda came into being because of the conglomeration of the efforts of the faculty and
staff through a workshop and series of consultation spearheaded by the Research and
Development Center (RDC).
Much of the work and refinement of the agenda was done by the Deans, Program
Coordinators, faculty, staffs together with the facilitators from the RDC in which they are
dynamic and enthusiastic in the development of such agenda. The group works
continuously put together a final copy from where the different departments can choose
topics or issues to work on for the next five years.
All MCNP researchers are therefore encourage to seriously weigh which project
they will tackle for the year from the list of priority topics given. It is thus hoped with the
created agenda, selecting a research project will no longer be a problem for MCNP
researchers. In addition, the RDC is expecting for a better and more meaningful research
outputs worthy of publication in refereed journals.
Conducting research is one of the most challenging, creative, and
intellectually satisfying activity. Research is an important professional
responsibility that develops and advances knowledge from which to base practice.
Essential point should be made regarding the importance of participating in
research. As human service professionals engage in the research process, they
contribute to the development of knowledge and theory and help to identify new
practice approaches, validate existing strategies, and improve practice. Through
research, professionals are participating in the advancement and refinement of the
research process and its application to professional issues and service settings.
Every professional who are involved in research today will make significant
contributions to the evolution of research methodologies.
Research is one of the major criterion in which the accrediting bodies will
look into. The department as well as the school is very fascinated in
institutionalizing research in its academic environment; research agenda therefore
is needed to guide the researchers of every department for a quality and good
The Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines Research Agenda
(MCNPRA) is a major document produced by the different Colleges that serves as
the School’s guide for conducting research and development efforts. The
MCNPRA 2018- 2022 is a consolidation of the research priorities of the different
stakeholders and partner agencies through the workshop with the dynamic
academic workforce of the school. Each of the core agencies had their research
priority setting activities where stakeholders’ consultation is integral in the
formulation of their research agenda.
The challenges of the new millennium have been the focus of attention of
many developed and developing nations. The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
are now gearing up to confront the inescapable about changes to take and is taking
place amid this fast-paced society through the introduction of more responsive and
To rest on one’s comfort zone today will surely lead to extinction. There is
an urgent need for continued quest for ways to improve performance and services
to a level that is globally competitive. Innovations and inventions are in demand to
respond to life in this highly advanced and highly technological world and
education is seen to be the key player in addressing these concerns. With this
reality, higher education institutions should consider themselves as the center of
this movement, turning out competent graduates with skills matching the needs for
employment. Continues evaluation should therefore be in order to assure
programs effectiveness and map future directions.
The Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines is fully aware of its mandate
as one of the delivering Higher Education Institutions in the region and continues
to commit and aggressively taking the lead and its role in improving the quality of
education in the region by strengthening its research capability and influence in
the service area. It is in this context that a new research agenda is crafted for
implementation to respond to the school’s need in all its research undertaking so
as to improve policies and practices in cooperation and collaboration with identified
higher education institutions.
To give focus and direction on research and development efforts that will address the needs of the college.
To serve as a guide to policy makers, funding and donor agencies and researchers from public and private sectors should invest to ensure the productivity and quality of life.
To help in providing evidence based solutions to vital concerns
To serve as basis in maximizing resources for utilization and minimize duplication of research efforts.
The MCNPRA is consistent with the Schools Vision-Mission, cognizant with
the different partner agencies research thrust (UNESCO, CHED, DOST etc.) for
education and sustainable development and lifelong learning. It aims for the
integration of knowledge and practices of sustainable development in education,
arts, sciences, technology, management and entrepreneurship. Hence, all
research endeavor move towards addressing socio-political, economic, cultural
and environmental issues of the new millennium.
The Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines Research Agenda (MCNPRA) is
formulated in response to socio- political, economic, cultural and environmental issues of
the 21st century. The MCNPRA is multidisciplinary and participatory, merging and
complementing development initiatives of the College and partner agencies. Further, it
conforms with the school’s vision-mission alongside the thrust of the United Nations
Educational Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), Commission on Higher
Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other partner
agencies who has thrust in the development of research.
The MCNP Research Agenda (A.Y., 2018- 2022) is a result of a consultation
process on relevant issues in the conduct of research. Participants of the consultation
workshop representing the Deans, Program Coordinators and vibrant faculty of MCNP
identified 1) major concerns in prioritizing research subjects and 2) problems in the
implementation of research input of policy formulation, both of which were incorporated
in this agenda.
Prioritization of research areas are decided upon by each participant in the
workshop, the breakdown for the prioritization are as follows, 35% for the public benefit
of the study and 15% for the area of cost, 20% for feasibility and 30% for ethical
acceptability respectively. The agenda is reviewed and recommended by the Research
and Development Center (RDC) to be approved by the College President and to be
confirmed by the Board of Trustees.
Listed below are the research priority areas. Specific priority research topics are
listed in each major research area.
A. Promotion and preservation of local heritage in Cagayan
C. Cultural Dances and songs
D. Food Culture
E. Integrated studies for linguistic
Priority Area 2: Environmental Protection and Conservation
A. Global warming and climate change
Energy independence, efficiency and conservation
B. Disaster and risk management
C. Green urban design
D. Biodiversity conservation in local land use and development planning of Cagayan
Green practices of business establishment
E. Governance of parks and public areas
Priority Area 3: Business innovation and opportunities
A. System Development
B. Business partnership
C. Research and development of originating products
D. Inventory system
E. Product promotion
Freight forwarding transportation management
Priority Area 4: Health and health services
Food preparation and planning
Food production and innovation
B. Food safety and security
C. Usage of Natural resources ( Plant/ Animal Samples) as drug excipients
D. Dosage formulation
Angiogenic / Antineoplastic
Priority Area 5: Students and Alumni
Employability of graduates
Alumni tracer system
Organizational climate and culture
Job performance and satisfaction
Level of satisfaction on the services office and support staff
Office of the student services
Research and development center
Community extension services office
Quality of Teaching
Board Exam Result and Readiness of Examinees
Priority Area 6: Management
Innovation of equipment
Attendance monitoring system
Online student support system
Human resource management and employee retention
Human resource management system
Priority Area 7: Crime
Diversity of culture
Priority Area 8: Deviant Behaviour
Priority Area 9: Public Safety
Priority Area 10: Community related system
A. Barangay profiling system
B. Literary program
C. Licensing and issuance of registration
Priority Area 11: Technology research
A. Arduino based system
C. Security and privacy
Priority Area 12: Employees
A. Quality of life and life satisfaction of employees
Organizational climate and culture
Job performance and satisfaction
Commission on Higher Education. Memorandum Order No. 42, Series of 2010, CHED Priority Research Areas in the Natural Sciences. 2010.
Department of Science and Technology. The DOST Five-point priority program for 2011-2016. 201.
Executive Order No. 604, Creating the Presidential Coordinating Council on Research and Development. In http://www.gov.ph/downloads/2007/02feb/20070216-EO-0604-GMA.pdfaccessed 22 July 2011.
National Economic and Development Authority. Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.In http://devplan.neda.gov.ph/accessed 22 July 2011
NHERA 2, National Higher Education Research Agenda, http://www.tua.edu.ph/downloads/nehra.pdf
UNESCO moving forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002477/247785e.pdf
The Research and Development Center envisions to be the center of scientific inquiry and program development in the institutions principally in the allied health disciplines and other relevant disciplines which advance the noble vision–mission of the school thus contribute to its development.
The Research and Development Center is committed to conduct scientific and technological researches to probe existing phenomena in the allied health disciplines and other relevant disciplines and develop progressive policies and responsive programs which address the mandate of this institution.
First PhasePreparation and submission of a
Second PhaseResearch In – House review
Third PhaseApproval and Funding
Fourth PhaseImplementation and Monitoring
Fifth PhaseFinal presentation of research outputs
Sixth PhaseDocumentation, Publication, Dissemination and
Utilization of research results