The DARE TO (Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities)          Research Grant

The DARE TO (Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities) Research Grant is a competitive enabler seed grant amounting to a maximum of Fifteen Million Pesos (Php15M) for two (2) years per project. It aims to stimulate strong collaborative research and innovation ventures and sustainable partnerships for extension activities during the K to 12 transition. These research grants give faculty and staff who were deloaded from teaching or work during the K to 12 Transition a chance to participate and contribute in the work of research. CHED envisions the DARE TO Grant to be a way to give faculty an opportunity to engage in their research duties, and to begin steps towards long-lasting research partnerships between higher education institutions (HEIs).

This is a collaborative study of the University of the Philippines, Manila (UPM), Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies (IHPDS), University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), and Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University (ZPPSU). This study is funded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This Mi Salud App is an original creation of the members of the research team.

           As a background, the 2015 study of first responders to the Yolanda disaster showed that 80% of responders had higher than expected levels of post-traumatic stress even one year after their return from their deployment (Gundran et al, 2016).  At that time, there were no psychosocial stress assessment tools designed for Filipino first responders. It is the vision of this proposed android application to meet that purpose. Through the use of our application, whenever a first responder volunteers for deployment, a series of interactive messages will be sent to his/her android phone before, during, and after deployment. His/her responses will be automatically analyzed to assess real time stress levels, triggering appropriate interventions, such as reminder to sleep, eat properly, stop his/her participation for a few days or to see professional help.

             While not intended to replace a psychologist, we designed the Mi Salud App to contribute to the significant control of stress levels among Filipino disaster first Responders during and after their deployment to the disaster areas. 

Welcome to your new adventures in using Mi Salud app as First Filipino Disaster Responders/Team Leaders!





HILTON Y. LAM, MHA, PhD is currently Research Professor 6 at UP Manila.  He is also the Director of Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies (IHPDS), Consortium Director of the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC), and the Program Director of the UP Manila Health Policy Development Hub.  Dr. Lam, a native Zamboangueño, is the University of the Philippines System Professorial Chair in Health Economics and Policy.  He earned his Ph.D. in Health Sciences (concentration: Health Economics) from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Economics, Administration, Policy, Health Promotion Sciences and Bioethics, his  Master of Hospital Administration from the University of the Philippines, Manila, College of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Public Health Administration, and his Bachelors of Arts in Biology, and his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Whittier College, USA.

ANNA CRISTINA A. TUAZON, PsyD is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.  Dr. Tuazon, a native Manileña earned her PsyD (Clinical Psychology) from the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, USA, her APA–Accredited Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology (CSCLP) certification from the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), and her Bachelor of Psychology from UP Diliman, Magna Cum Laude.  As part of the UP Diliman Faculty Wellness Committee, she recently organized a disaster response psychosocial support program for the U.P. community that involved consultation, needs assessment, and direct psychosocial interventions being.

CARLOS PRIMERO D. GUNDRAN, MD, EMDM is currently Assistant Professor a UP Manila College of Public Health, and attending emergency physician at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Philippine General Hospital. He is also the Disaster Preparedness and Management Coordinator of Manila Medical Center and the Medical City Clark, Inc.  Dr. Gundran, a native Manileño, earned his European Master in Disaster Medicine from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium and University of Piemonte Orientale A Avogadro – Alessandria, Novara, Vercelli, Italy, his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas.

RODITA C. SILVA, Ed.D. is currently English Literature Associate Professor at the College of Liberal Arts, Western Mindanao State University.  She is also the Chairman of the Graduate School.  Dr. Silva, a native Zamboangueña, earned her Ed.D. from the Western Mindanao State University, her Master of Arts in English Language Teaching, and her Bachelor of Secondary Education (English) from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University-Cum Laude.

FERDINAND V. ANDRADE, BS, MIT is currently the Director of Management Information System Office and an IT Instructor at the Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University.  Prof. Andrade, a native Zamboangueño, earned his Master of Information Technology (MIT) from the Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), his Bachelor of Science in Management Information System from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.