Dr. Chio, who supposedly will turn 74 on August 31 this year, went on Angioplasty last week at the Davao Doctor's Hospital.
His remains lie at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes, Camus Street, Davao City (Pieta Room). Interment will be on August 16, 2020 (Sunday).
A veterinary doctor by profession, Dr. Chio obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Araneta University Foundation in 1970 and immediately passed the board exam in 1971. He has also obtained the eligibility as Career Executive Service Officer (CESO III) from the Development Academy of the Philippines.
Considered as one of the pillars and revered agricultural managers, Dr. Chio rose from the ranks starting as livestock technician in 1971 and appointed as Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture - Region XII (Cotabato City) from 1986 - 1987. He then went on private practice and in 1996 returned as Regional Executive Director (RED) of DA-XII and later transferred as RED of DA-XI from 1997 to 1998.
In 1999, he was reassigned to DA-XII and in 2001 went back as RED of Davao Region until his retirement in 2010. In concurrent capacity, he was also the Program Director of the Mindanao Rural Development Program.
"We always look up to Sir Roger or RCC as both our model and inspiration in pursuing agricultural development in the region. He both challenged and nurtured us to do and offer our best to our farmers as he said they deserved no less," said DA-XI Regional Executive Director Ricardo M. Oñate, Jr.
"Director Chio was very supportive in the implementation of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani Rice Program for the benefit of rice farmers of Region 11. As his legacy, Davao Oriental became the first province with commercial hybrid rice seed production in the Philippines and Davao del Sur is one of the highest yielding province in Mindanao up to this time," said DA Hybrid Rice Consultant Dr. Frisco Malabanan.
As the Program Director of MRDP2, he was instrumental in the facilitating the establishment of various rural infrastructure and livelihood projects across Mindanao which paved the way towards the implementation of now the Philippine Rural Development Project.
"Amiable and gentle friend, thanks for your service to our farmers and support to PhilRice in Region 12 and 11," said former PhilRice Director Dr. Santiago Obien.
Dr. Chio is survived by his wife Dr. Aurora Chio and children: Rossel, Rowena, and Ryan.
Maraming Salamat at Paalam Dr. Roger C. Chio. Your legacy of committed service to our farmers will always be treasured and serves as our inspiration.