Online Capacity Building Seminars for CCARPH


May 21, 2020

by Ina Salas

CCARPH hosted its first online Policy Paper Writeshop last May 12, 2020. The session was led by Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla[1] (co-Proponent and Principal Investigator of CCARPH and faculty at the University of the Philippines – Visayas) as she presented on the need for policy research. Her lecture included topics on engaging in policy research & advocacy, creating an evidence-based policy brief, and encouraging the production of scientific briefs that can be presented to policy makers.

Dr. Emma Porio[2] (Project Leader and Principal Investigator of CCARPH) gave the opening remarks, reminding that the event provides support to the research teams and promotes the project’s goal of producing actionable science. The writeshop session was attended by CCARPH co-Principal Investigator, Ms. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga[3], together with research scientists from each work package

A second writeshop session is being planned for the MDRR students, in line with producing a brief on policy implications of their capstone projects[4].

CCARPH in the policy brief writeshop session on May 12, 2020

CCARPH scientists who are also faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University have recently undergone webinars and training for its transition to online teaching, i.e. through Canvas, and Schoology. Canvas training sessions are hosted by the Ateneo SALT (Science & Art of Learning & Teaching) Institute[5], and Ateneo Canvas Coaches.

[1] Ms. Dator-Bercilla is also a Senior Advocacy & Policy Officer at the Asia and the Middle East Christian Aid

[2] Dr. Porio is also Full Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and Science Research Fellow at the Manila Observatory. 

[3] Ms. Yulo-Loyzaga is also the President of the National Resilience Council

[4] To know more about capstone projects of MDRR Class of 2020, visit

[5] More details on Canvas training sessions can be found on the official Facebook page of the Ateneo SALT via, or

For more information about the project, visit, and

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