The Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium was founded in February 13, 2009, with the aim of strengthening the system of collaboration among health research institutions in Metro Manila. It also aims to develop and enhance the research capacity of institutions within the National Capital Region (NCR).
MMHRDC has its roots in 1984 when the Ermita Health Science Community (EHSC) was formally organized and a memorandum of agreement was signed by 13 member institutions. Then EHSC expanded its membership and became the Metro Manila Health Science Community (MMHSC) in 1992.
The MMHSC expanded the EHSC objective of establishing a system of coordination and sharing of resources to promote research towards alleviating the health problems of the Philippine population. This expansion focused on promoting and advocating policies and programs related to health and health research.
The mandate of the MMHRDC is steered by the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS). MMHRDC’s core agencies are: PCHRD-NCR, DOST-NCR, DOH-NCR, CHED-NCR and UP-NIH. Currently MMHRDC has 43 member institutions.
The logo of the MMHRDC resembles an electrocardiogram tracing forming two letter M’s, which symbolize Metro Manila. The progression of the tracing symbolizes the continuity of life, which in context of research also represents the continuing process of research. The tracing can also be seen as two pairs of people shaking hands in agreement. The crests of the tracing bead dots, which symbolize persons working together to make the research process possible. The troughs symbolize the inevitable rigors of research, which must not terminate the research process. The gridlines in the background symbolize that in essence all researches seek to elucidate relationships between data points.
This logo was the winning entry of Ms. Ma. Gabrielle Louise C. Reyes of De La Salle University to the logo design contest organized by MMHRDC in 2011. All official communications being issued by the MMHRDC shall bear the official logo.
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