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The Philippines News Agency (PNA) is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government. The PNA Headquarters are housed at the 2nd floor of the PIA building along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. PNA's website address is

It has been 35 years since PNA was launched in an era when newswire operations relied mainly on teletype machines and typewriters. PNA has steadily paced the highly competitive and changing arena of Philippine journalism; it is now slowly but surely coming to par with the challenges posed by the globalization of media communications. This has deeply shaped modern journalism and the news media organizations that have been instrumental in creating the very conditions that made globalization a reality.

PNA has evolved today as an Internet-based news service agency that caters to the global demand for news and information to its subscribers, readers and a host of other clients. PNA's mission is spelled out clearly: to provide the government, the Presidency, the public, as well as its media and non-media clients, both local and foreign based, sober, factual, impartial and objective news and information. PNA provides news 24/7, including photos of major events, feature stories, sports news and events, local and global opinions, general information, as well as global news and feature stories. PNA employs about a hundred journalists and stringers across the country, with several foreign-based correspondents.

PNA beat reporters and stringers are deployed practically in every government office and agency, including the main offices and camps of police and security forces, to provide news 24/7 for local, regional and global subscribers and readers. PNA likewise maintains active news exchanges with news agencies of ASEAN member-countries and the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).

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Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (Forum 2015) closing ceremony . (PNA)

Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (Forum 2015) closing ceremony . (PNA)

Forum 2015 activities winners bared

MANILA, (PNA) -- The winners of the various activities in Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (Forum 2015) was revealed on Thursday during the event’s closing ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

The Philippines hosted the event which run from Aug. 24 to 27. It was organized through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), in cooperation with the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED).

For the film festival, “ANIECITO” won in the short film category, with Php 100,000 as grand prize.

”A New Breed of Doctors” by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, meanwhile, won in the Documentary category.

The People’s Choice for Best Poster was bagged by “Communities Transforming Doctors, Doctors Transforming Communities” by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine.

The entrees must be able to tackle/feature any of the Forum’s theme: social accountability; increasing investments; country-driven capacity building; food and nutrition safety and security; health in mega cities and disaster risk reduction. Furthermore, these should have a minimum of 5 minutes and maximum 20 minutes running time.

Winning entrees in the film festival will be distributed to a network of video libraries for education, advocacy and training purposes.

IT4Health, the contest where programmers and software developers were encouraged submit their proposed innovative health applications, had 10 finalists.

CHEWS (Community Health Early Warning System) was adjudged the first place. CHEWS was created by Erlinda Casela Abrintos, Mark Anthony Reyman and Alvin Caragdag. The grand winner received Php 300,000 as IT4Health aims to promote information technology (IT) solutions.

David Harris and Yashodhan Nair won the Global Health Debates (GHD). GHD centered on global health issues, wherein participants will share their interests and insights to the different topics from the forum.

”We’re not just creating an organization, we’re creating a movement,” noted Renzo Guinto, Health Care Without Harm Asia Healthy Energy Initiative campaigner at the closing ceremony.

Dr. Gerald Keusch, chair, Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) Board, cited that the presentations in the Forum 2015 are impressive. “It’s quite unique and the first time that the Ministries of Science worked together, they did not compete. That’s not common and I really applaud you (organizers) for that,” he added.

As a response to the recently concluded event, the Department of Health (DOH), represented by Lilibeth David, DOH Office for Policy and Health Systems Undersecretary of Health Officer-in-charge), cited the need to maximize resources. The agency also encouraged the delegates to catalyze partnerships.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said the forum provided a platform for convergence. “It gives low and middle income countries a bigger voice,” he added.

The DOST chief urged the attendees to take (the event) as a mutual responsibility. “Let’s create an enabling environment for research in low and middle income countries, research that would address pressing concerns,” Montejo said. (PNA)