Dr. Jaime C. Cabarles, Jr. is National Winner of 2014 CHED Republica Award

Dr. Jaime C. Cabarles, Jr., Dean of the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Science of Central Philippine University was declared the National Winner of the 2014 CHED REPUBLICA AWARD (Outstanding Research and Publication Award), Natural Sciences and Agriculture Category. The CHED Republica Awards are offered biennially to recognize and award outstanding research that leads to significant advances in priority disciplines and contributes to national development goals.

The judges were Dr. William G. Padolina, former Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Dr. Angel C. Alcala, former Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources and former Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education,
Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr., former Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan, former Director of the Forestry and Environment Research Division, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development of DOST.

There were eleven (11) other finalists from the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Father Saturnino Urios University, Ateneo de Davao, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University, University of the Philippines – Los Baños and University of San Carlos.

Dr. Cabarles’ research work was on “Production Potential of Native Chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus L.) of Western Visayas, Philippines”. The research was about poultry genetic resources diversity serving as reservoir of genes adaptable to local conditions, production and resource utilization that are compatible with consumer preferences for meat and egg products. The observed variations in reproductive and growth performances of native chickens from the Western Visayas region showed their potentials for genetic improvement toward production.