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Ernesto R. Gregorio, Jr./Republic of the Philippines

Asst. Prof. Ernesto R. Gregorio, Jr.
Chair,Department of Health Promotion and Education, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila
Field of Interests: Health Promotion & Education, School Health, Mixed-Methods Approach in Research and Evaluation, Ethics in Research.

Sengchanh Kounnavong / Lao PDR

Sengchanh Kounnavong, MD, MSc.Nutr. ,Ph.D
Deputy Director of the National Institute of Public Health
Ministry of Health, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Field of interest: Public Health, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, and Health policy

Wipada Kunaviktikul / Thailand

Wipada Kunaviktikul, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Nursing
Chiang  Mai University
Field and Interest: nursing administration, policy, health care systems, and quality of care. 

Paul Michael Hernandez

Country Philippines
Qualifications Bachelor's Degree in Biology (University of the Philippines Diliman)
Doctor of Medicine (University of the Philippines Manila)
Master of Occupational Health (University of the Philippines Manila)
Assistant Professor (College of Public Health, University of the
Philippines Manila)
Hobby Watching movies and television series, traveling
Visited countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and United States of America
Interests Occupational Health especially on healthcare workers, Industrial
Hygiene, Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management

Personal History

After earning my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, I pursued Doctor of Medicine in University of the Philippines Manila. I then worked as a physician in various out-patient clinics. After months of clinical practice, I decided to enroll in the Master of Occupational Health program of the same university, and completed it in 2012. I then became an Assistant Professor under the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila. 

I have been involved in researches on Environmental and Occupational Health. My undergraduate group ventured on determining noise exposure among traffic enforcers. I was also part of the investigating team of a research funded by the Department of Health Philippines entitled Baseline Research Study on the Occupational Diseases Among Workers in Public Healthcare Facilities and DOH Offices. Afterwards, I joined 
the project entitled Strengthening the National Occupational Health and Safety Program of the Philippines. 

Furthermore, I have attended 
trainings, conferences and symposia on Environmental and Occupational Health, Bioethics, Biosafety and Biosecurity, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, and Leadership and Governance.


I am excited to learn more about Global Health and Share my expertise as well with the Department of Global Health of the University of the Ryukyus.


Lomboy Marian Fe Theresa Costes

Country Philippines
Qualification     Bachelor's Degree In Bachelor Public Health (College Of Public Health, University Of The Philippines Manila)
Master's Degree In Environmental Science (University Of The Philippines Diliman)
Assistant Professor (College Of Public Health, University Of The Philippines Manila)
Visited countries Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong
Interests   Indoor air quality, fine particulate matter pollution, water quality
Hobby Cooking, watching TV series, traveling

Personal History

After earning my bachelor's degree in Public Health in 2007, I worked as a University Research Associate at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (DEOH), College of Public Health (CPH), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM). Four years later , I was given the designation of Assistant Professor at DEOH, I was given the opportunity to serve as an instructor at DEEP and the pursue my graduate degree in Environmental Science at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, University of the Philippines Diliman. -CPH-UPM. 

In the past, I was involved in a number of research-related projects with the Department of Health-Philippines and the World Health Organization-Country Office. These projects dealt with occupational health and safety for hospital workers, healthcare waste management, chemical management and safety, asbestos, and updating of National Standards for Drinking-Water. I was privileged to be part of a study assessing particulate matter 2.5 microns and other indoor air pollutants in the Philippines. It was a collaborative research with experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, National Institutes of Health, and the College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines Manila. I had the opportunity to share the findings of some of the researches that we have conducted in journals like Building and Environment, Journal of Water and Health,Acta Medica Philippina, and the Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development. 

I have attended trainings on environmental health assessment and geographic information system as well as symposia organized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Asian Asbestos Initiative and the International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities. 


I am looking forward to working with experts and other researchers from the Department of Global Health of the University of the Ryukyus.