RAMON J.P. PAJE: A PROFILE
Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje is the 19th secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Prior to his appointment, he was DENR's undersecretary for field operations and executive director of the Minerals Development Council under the Office of the President in concurrent capacity.
A holder of a doctorate degree in public administration and a top-rank Career Executive Service Officer (CESO I), Sec. Paje's ascension to the post marks the second time in the DENR's 23-year history to have the proverbial "bottom-to-top" success by a rank and file employee.
Fresh from college, he started his government service in 1982 as a junior forester conducting field inspection of reforestation projects of then Bureau of Forest Development (now forest Management Bureau), then rose from the ranks serving the environment and natural resources sector in various capacities, including undersecretary for environment and programs development, assistant secretary for management services, director for human resources development, among others.
Sec. Paje is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB). He finished his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and Doctor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. He has a Certificate on Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis from the Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA.
In 1996, the newly installed DENR chief received the following awards: Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) from the Philippine Jaycees, Outstanding Professional of the Philippines from the Professional Regulation Commission, and the Outstanding Alumnus in Government Service from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. In 1999, he was the Dr. Jose Rizal "Huwarang Pilipino Awardee" for public service given by the Parangal ng Bayan Awards Foundation.
Reg’l councils cite anti-illegal logging task force
The Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) have commended the members of the Cagayan Valley Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.
In their joint resolution, RDC and RPOC said “given the active involvement and campaign of the task force’s members against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as Zero (0) Hotspot in Illegal Logging during the second semester of CY 2015.”
“…the selfless dedication and performance exemplified by the members of the task force…are acts worthy of emulation, praises and commendation,” Resolution No. 02-71-2015 further stated.
The Regional Task Force, composed of the DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was created “to fully enforce the moratorium and lead the anti-illegal logging campaign in Cagayan Valley.”
In January last year, DENR reported a significant reduction of illegal logging hotspots in the country from 197 prior to the issuance of Executive Order No. 23 to 31 in 2015 and remained optimistic that its target for a “zero illegal logging hotspot” will be achieved by 2016 through continued imposition of the total log ban in virgin and residual forests.
In Cagayan Valley, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan has continuously appealed for support to curb timber poaching in the three hotspots in Region 2.
The environment chief has also instructed his field officials to prevent the emergence of new hotspots by being vigilant on illegal logging activities 24/7.
The commendation for the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force was issued during the joint session of the two Councils on Sept. 30, 2015 in Cauayan City, Isabela. # CCC
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