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The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine was formally established in 1981 with the signing of E.O. 674, authorizing the creation of a research facility under the Department of Health. This was funded by a grant-in-aid from the Government of Japan, administered through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The RITM is tasked with planning and implementing research programs for infectious and/or tropical diseases. In 1989, through another grant-in-aid from the Japanese Government, the RITM Center for Training in Tropical Infectious Diseases was established for the expansion and integration of the RITM core facilities.

In November 2000, the Biologicals Production Service (BPS) of the Department of Health was formally merged with the RITM. The history of BPS dates back in the 18th century under the Spanish Regime when King Charles IV sent a scientific mission to the Philippines. The objective of the mission was to look into the smallpox problem in the Philippines. The mission established the vaccine laboratory in the country with smallpox vaccine as the first product. The vaccine laboratory was later expanded to produce other vaccines as well as anti-sera.

The merger of RITM and BPS gave rise to a more comprehensive and logical approach in the control of infectious and/or tropical diseases through research and biologicals production.

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Frequently Asked 

The Vision

To be a lead center of excellence for infectious and tropical diseases in the Philippines

The Mission.

To conduct high quality, multidisciplinary reasearch, training, reference laboratory services; improve clinical care and develop and produce biologicals for the prevention and control of infectious, tropical and dermatological diseases.

RITM's Organizational Structure


  • Undertake research activities in the diagnosis, control and prevention of tropical diseases that are major causes of mortality and morbidity in the Philippines.
  • Develop cost-effective strategies for the control of infectious/tropical diseases.
  • Conduct clinical trials, according to accepted good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines, aimed at better understanding and control of tropical diseases.
  • Conduct regular training courses for medical and paramedical personnel in the control of common tropical diseases in the country.
  • Provide high quality tertiary care to both in-patients and out-patients suffering from tropical diseases included within the scope of the Institute's research activities.
  • Participate in the technical cooperation programs with foreign government in research activities in the diagnosis, control and prevention of tropical diseases.
  • Apply for, receive, and accept bequests, grants, and donation of funds, equipment, materials and services needed for the attainment of its objectives.
  • Formulate plans of manufacturing of biological products for use of DOH
  • Manufacture of vaccines and biological products for use of DOH
  • Plan and execute research and development for the improvement of existing biological tests vaccines and anti-sera for human use according to accepted standards of current/certified good manufacturing practices (CGMP)
  • Perform such other related activities as may be assigned by the Secretary of Health.


Research and Training

The core research facilities of RITM housed in a two-storey building and are designed for the diagnosis of infectious and tropical diseases. The Institute is equipped with ample technical support for the conduct of valid and reliable scientific investigations. It also has the equipment support need to undertake its varied research activities. The following are the research core laboratories: 1) monoclonal and cell culture; 2) immunofluorescence; 3) scanning and electron microscopy; 4) high pressure liquid chromatography; 5) virology, bacteriology, mycobacteriology and parasitology examinations; 6) laboratory and field diagnosis of mosquito-borne diseases; and 7) molecular biology. It has a 35-bed research hospital consisting of an ICU, wards and isolation rooms. The hospital provides care of patients needing tertiary management of infectious and/or tropical diseases. The research hospital has a clinical and a blood-banking laboratory. The major units of the Institute are connected by a local area network having a core facility for Internet use.

The Center of Training in Tropical Infectious Diseases (TC or training center) is a two-storey building with the following facilities: 1) Conference Theater – this facility is a 250 person capacity auditorium ideal for use in plenary sessions during seminars and conferences. It has audio-visual equipments such as LCD projector and extra wide projection screen; 2) Laboratories – the TC has a laboratory for hands-on training and is provided with basic equipments required for the conduct of research and training in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, biochemistry and tissue culture; 3) Lecture rooms – there are three lecture rooms; each can accommodate 30-40 persons, capable of combining to accommodate 70 persons; 4) Dormitory – this facility is used by in-house staff and trainees which includes single, double and quadruple occupancy rooms (air-conditioning is limited only to single and double occupancy faculty/visiting researcher rooms); and 5) Dining hall – a self-service canteen which can accommodate about 100-110 persons.

Biologicals Production

This facility was designed to meet "good manufacturing practice" standards for the production of selected vaccines for local use as well packaging of filled vaccine vials from bulk.


  • Socorro P. Lupisan, MD
  • Celia C. Carlos, MD
    Assistant Director
  • Beatriz P. Quiambao, MD
    Chief, Clinical Research Division
  • Amado O. Tandoc III, MD
    OIC, Laboratory Research Division
  • Lilia C. Gonzales, MD, MPH
    Chief, Biologicals Production Division
  • Rodolfo B. Villarico, CPA
    Chief, Administrative Division
A panoramic view of RITM with detailed views of the training facilities are found here [ photo page ].

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