RNC Dr BustamanteTACLOBAN CITY - The Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) is eyeing the use of nutrition-related issues and concerns as possible research topics for its students taking up Masters in Rural Development (MRD) and Masters in Home Economics (MHE).

This was raised during the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) meeting on March 23 at Ritz Tower de Leyte in Tacloban City.

Dr. Hilaria Bustamante, an EVSU faculty and one of the RNC members representing the academe sector, said this would lessen the expenses on monitoring and evaluation on nutrition-related programs and services on the ground, as well as help students come up with relevant research topics.

"As one of the faculty members of MHE, students are having a difficult time in looking for topics despite the wide scope of our program as it embraces other fields. If these are issues in the field, then why not as an academic community look on these as possible research topics," Bustamante said.

As agreed during the meeting, she will propose this to its Vice President for Research Planning and Extension and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Meanwhile, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Program Coordinator in the region, said the institution can also submit proposals that can be funded under the Eastern Visayas Research Consortium, one at a time, provided it’s within the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

"They can revisit the RUHRA and anchor the problem they identified," he added.

As one of its stakeholders in the academe, Dr. Bustamante also shared during the meeting that EVSU has already produced its first batch of students with degree on Nutrition-Dietician, although they are still waiting for its licensure examination which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino, DOH Eastern Visayas head and the RNC Chairperson, commended the initiative of EVSU to address the lack of nutrition-dieticians in the region. GSabalza