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NATIONAL STUDY ON ONLINE SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE PHILIPPINES (OSAEC)
Project Director: Dr. Maria Caridad H. Tarroja
Funding Agency: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The National Study on Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children in the Philippines (OSAEC) aims to systematically collect data on the nature and scope of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines, and their causes, drivers, and contributing factors. The expected output of this study will serve as a guide for policy makers and other stakeholders to better respond to and prevent the problem. Findings of the study may be used by different government agencies, non-government agencies and other stakeholders for developing, improving, and implementing existing laws and regulations (DOJ), creating programs to respond to children’s needs and their families (DSWD, NGOs), and mapping out advocacy plans and programs.

Furthermore, the expected output will be a characterization of the operational process of online child sexual abuse and exploitation, and the patterns of behavior of the victims and offenders, that can serve as a guide for policy makers and other stakeholders to coordinate efforts and intervention programs leading to a better response to and prevention of the problem.

Key words:  online sexual abuse, exploitation of children, advocacy plans and programs, patterns of behavior of victims and offenders

 

BASELINE AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF HEALTH LITERACY PROJECT IN ILOILO
Project Director: Dr. Roberto E. Javier, Jr.
Funding Agency: Unilab Foundation

This study aims to develop health literacy measures for UNILAB Foundation to be able to assess the level of health literacy among its HSOTG–TSC student participants. The development of the health literacy measures are anchored on the health science curricula of the Department of Education and the modules developed by Unilab Foundation for its HSOTG–TSC project. Accordingly, this study intends to ascertain the impact of school and the interactive HSOTG health exhibit on the level of health literacy among the students. 

Prior to the production of the measures, the study team will conduct a desk review of existing Unilab Foundation documents related to the HSOTG-TSC project. Likewise, the team will also review similar documents in the Philippines such as the DepEd’s Science and Health curricula to examine the outcomes of such systematic intervention and impact of advocacy programs on the level of health literacy of the target audience and recipients. The desk review will help the study team explore indicators that can be used in developing appropriate measures. The study will also look into available materials references that provide data on the health conditions and needs in the specific municipalities, province and region of the schools where the student-participants will be recruited. The team will make use of the data to provide an objective description of the community profile of the selected municipalities, province and the whole of Region VI.  

Key words: Health Science on the Go–Traveling Science Centrum (HSOTG–TSC), health literacy, health science curricula, systematic intervention, advocacy programs

 

NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FINANCIAL LITERACY SURVEY AMONG PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS IN METRO MANILA
Project Director: Dr. Melvin A. Jabar
Funding Agency: Metrobank Foundation / AXA

The study involves two components. In the first component, a needs assessment and financial literacy survey will be conducted to determine the needs and concerns of teachers for whom personal financial management is a concern, and to gauge the level of financial literacy of public school teachers in Metro Manila. The results of the study will be used to produce a module for financial literacy for teachers. In the second component, a module aimed at increasing the financial literacy of teachers will be produced. A pre- and post-test survey will be conducted with teachers to examine the short term impacts of the module. Apart from these two components, a focus group discussion will be conducted prior to crafting the module. The experimental design of the project will be done simultaneously with the survey.

Key words: financial literacy, public elementary and high school teachers, personal financial management

 

BATANES PROVINCE PROJECT ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF IVATAN HOUSES IN BASCO WITH RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Project Director: Dr. Raymond Girard R. Tan
Funding Agency: National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)

The study is being conducted in view of Batanes being one of the few remaining frontiers of the Philippines. Modernization and changing lifestyles in the province have become a threat to the history, culture and heritage of its inhabitants, the Ivatan. The project thus seeks to help preserve the Ivatans’ unique approach to vernacular house and boat building, primarily by producing a homeowner’s manual on maintaining and preserving such houses; by conducting research to develop and publish instructional materials on the construction of Batanes’ indigenous sea vessels, with accompanying video documentation; by conducting research toward the publication of a coffee table book on the origins, evolution and future of Ivatan vernacular houses; and by recreating one Ivatan house in Basco, Batanes, with accompanying video documentation.

Key words:  Basco, Batanes, Ivatan history and culture, vernacular houses, boat building

 

CAPACITY BUILDING IN ASIA FOR RESILIENCE EDUCATION (CABARET)
Project Director: Dr. Marlon DL. Era
Funding Agency: University of Huddersfield, UK / Erasmus+ Programme of European Union

The aim of the 36-month action project is to build capacity for international and regional cooperation between Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in Asia (region 6) and Europe, and among Asian HEIs themselves, to improve multi-hazard early warning (MHEW) and increase disaster resilience among coastal communities. In doing so, the project focuses on a subject area and a world region not sufficiently addressed by projects already being funded under previous schemes. CABARET will be empowering individuals and organisations with the skills, competencies and credentials needed to  continue to pursue research, and to lead research at institutions in partner countries, aimed at reducing the impact  of disasters. It will enhance the capacities of the partner HEIs in Asia to meet (match) the challenges and specific needs that characterize research and innovation within the context of disaster resilience.

Key words:  multi-hazard early warning, disaster resilience, coastal communities, higher education institutes in Asia

 

NATIONAL KIDS ONLINE SURVEY (NKOLS)
Project Director: Dr. Rhoderick V. Nuncio
Funding Agency: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Primarily seeking to draw a demographic profile of Filipino children between the ages of 9 to 17 years with Internet access, and to define their behavior online, the NKOLS study  aims to determine the prevalence of online abuse, and identify safety practices; and to define the role of parents in their children’s online use. The survey is intended to contribute to developing informed and applicable policies and programs for a safer online environment for children.

The study employs a quantitative component, in which a household survey is conducted with a multi-stage cluster sampling design. A total of 25 sites are being sampled: 15 for Luzon, 4 for the Visayas, and 6 for Mindanao. Sampling criteria require households with six months residence in a barangay and having at least one child with access to ICT.

A qualitative component is also incorporated in the study, for which three techniques are being used: one focused group discussion (FGD) workshop each for children and for parents, and key informant interviews (KIIs) to elicit critical information at the LGU level and the efforts being undertaken to protect children. The FGDs include seven special groups covering indigenous peoples, street children, children left behind by OFWs, children in conflict areas, the physically challenged (PWDs), out-of-school youth (OSYs), and the LGBT community.

Key words: Filipino children with Internet access, online behavior, online abuse, safety practices, demographic profile

 

HEALTH CONDITIONS, HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIOR, AND ACCESS TO INSURANCE AMONG OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS
Project Director: Dr. Melvin A. Jabar
Funding Agency: Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

This study seeks to describe the socio-demographic and personal characteristics, health conditions, status and health-seeking behavior of Overseas Filipino Workers. It also determines their level of knowledge of and access to Philippine Health Insurance. In addition, it investigates OFWs attitude toward health seeking. The study is conducted in order to provide evidence-based policy recommendations aimed at improving the health conditions of OFWs and increasing their access to health insurance. It examines the factors that influence their membership in, access to and utilization of PhilHealth services and explores sound strategies or mechanisms to improve access to PhilHealth services among Filipino labor migrants.

Key words: Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Filipino labor migrants, Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth), health-seeking behavior, socio-demographic characteristics

 

A STUDY ON THE FINANCING OF LGU-OWNED HOSPITALS
Project Director: Dr. Marites M. Tiongco
Funding Agency: Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

This study provides an overview of the financing flow of local government unit (LGU)-owned hospitals. It quantifies how hospitals in LGUs outside the jurisdiction of the Department of Health (DOH) are financed. Specifically, it determines the size, location, and utilization of hospital services in LGU-owned hospitals; collects data on the sources of funds of LGUs, including subsidies and donations, and its uses in delivering local health services; quantifies revenue sources and expenditures of LGU-owned hospitals, and assess its financial sustainability over the period 2010-2015; defines the current system of financing, budgeting, allocation of resources, and existing governance mechanisms, and operations and management systems of hospitals managed by LGUs; assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of health service delivery in LGU-owned hospitals, including planning, budgeting, procurement of goods and services, hiring and motivation of staff, and management of systems; and provides a baseline for a needs-focused intervention that aids in planning toward improving the performance of health service delivery in LGU hospitals.

Key words: LGU-owned hospitals, sources of funds, expenditures, financial sustainability, resource allocation, health service delivery

 

NEED FOR NOVELTY AND CREATIVITY: REVISITING A NEGLECTED CONSTRUCT
Project Director: Dr. Adrianne John R. Galang
Funding Agency: H.J. Eysenck Memorial Fund

It is a feature of many theories of creativity that creative persons are assumed to have a tendency to prefer the new (Galang, 2010). However it is unclear whether this preference is integral to the personality, or if it is a strategically adapted stance for generating innovation.  If it were the former we should expect it to be a general phenomenon that manifests outside explicitly creative tasks. Our project wishes to re-engage with the concept of need for novelty. Aside from trying to replicate the original results from Houston and Mednick (1963) related to creativity, the present study aims to test whether the positive reinforcement hypothesis or the punishment hypothesis would actually account for the preference for novel stimuli.

 

EFFECT OF DEVOLUTION ON LOCAL HEALTH EXPENDITURE AND DELIVERY OF HEALTH SERVICES
Project Director: Dr. Marites M. Tiongco
Funding Agency: Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

This study provides an understanding of the impact of devolution in the local health expenditure, including the patterns and factors of local health allocation. It determines the trends in local health expenditure over the period 1990-2014 to capture the pre-devolution (1990-1991) and post-devolution (1992-2014); identifies factors that could explain the trend in local health expenditures over the period 1990-2014; determines the relationship between health expenditure and health service delivery outcomes during pre- and post-devolution period; determines the effect of devolution on local government spending on health and on health service delivery outcomes; examines the perception of the effectiveness of devolution by local chief executives on local health expenditure and health service delivery; and identifies policy recommendations for the local government to make local health systems effective and more responsive. The findings specify possible policy recommendations and implications to the current system.

Key words:  local health expenditure, health service delivery, devolution impact, local chief executives, policy recommendations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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