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THE FORUM

Study on 'darag' chickens receives 2 best paper citations

Christopher M. Millora

Former West Visayas State University Director of Research, Dr. Crisanto S. Lopez Jr. hits two birds with one

stone when his study on 'darag' chickens wins a Best Paper and a 2nd Best Paper award in two different

competitions.

Aptly titled “Assessment of the Naturally-Occuring Feed Resources Available to Free-Range 'Darag' Chickens in

Region VI”, Lopez' research bested other participants from Regions VI, VII and VIII after winning the Best Paper

Award during the 2007 Philippines Society for Animal Science Scientific Convention, Visayas State University,

Baybay City, Leyte, August 16-18.

Moreover, the same study also received a 2nd Best Paper Award during the Western Visayas Agriculture

Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) where it beat other participants coming

from various member schools in Region VI. The consortium was held at Aklan State University, August 22-23.

The paper aimed to asses the proper food that should be given to indigenous 'darag'–or commonly known as

'native'–chickens to abate its feared extinction. According to Lopez, the demand on native chicken is so high that

there is a need to concentrate on the proper raising of these chicken so that the demands will be met.

When asked about his edge against the other participants in the competitions, he said, “I put my heart into it. I

made it with the proper rudiments in thesis.” It took one year before Lopez completed the multi-awarded paper.

Lopez is presently a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a faculty member of the College of

Education Graduate School.