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.
April 22, 2015
Today, we commemorate the most important celebration for humanity - The 45th International Earth Day.
Earth day is everyday. We have 365 days in a year for us to engage in activities like planting trees in our backyard, cleaning our homes or workplaces, putting off our electrical gadgets when these are not needed; walking or biking instead of riding on motor vehicles. But our level of environmentalism can be increased a notch higher by strictly implementing environmental laws and regulations.
Yesterday, I wrote the holders of lumber dealer’s permits urging them to refrain from buying illegal lumber at all times in support of Executive Order No. 23. This is in line with the thrust of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje to achieve zero-illegal logging hotspot by June 2015.
Earth Day is everywhere. We should not look for a special place to advance environmental cause. A garbage bin awaits its user; a vacant lot looks forward to a planter; a wounded eagle expects a rescue and a truckload of illegally cut lumber shouts for a vigilant action officer.
Earth Day is for everyone. As DENR personnel, we are obliged to care for the earth whoever we are. But caring can be more meaningful only if we have full knowledge of our habitat.
I have always been telling you that you should know the Department by heart. This has become mandatory and compelling when the DENR’s vision, mission and mandate including vital statistics are among the general questions I asked in the knowledge tests conducted in relation to the implementation of our Rationalization Plan. I am sure your increased knowledge about the Department enhances your level of commitment and consequently the performance of your duties and responsibilities.
Let the theme of this celebration - “Earth Day, Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone”- remind us that caring for the earth is not bounded by time, place or status.
BENJAMIN T. TUMALIUAN, CESO II
- Regional policy to improve survey plan issuance
- New Year Welcome Message of Sec. Paje.
- State of the art forest nursery to boost NGP
- RGAD-FPS spearheads Women’s Month
- REC transfers anew to DOT
- Sec Mamba graces Rubber Tree forum
- ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT
- ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM
- Ducks dominate waterbirds in Region 2
- Composite team cracks down on Isabela illegal logging
- Rizal, Lasam to validate political boundary
- RED Tumaliuan bats for more intensive NGP, FP
- LMS to venture on NGP
- CVARRD to conduct investment forum on rubber
- Sec Paje orders field officials to tap LGUs in NGP
- 2014 NGP target up by 5,000 hectares
- LMD Chief Mabasa passes MATB
- Preaching, doing for greening
- Volunteers commemorate ICCU Day
- Clonal nursery yields over 30 thousand seedlings
- LCEs Adopt Political Boundary Survey
- CSU, DENR ink NGP partnership
- Tree planting to highlight CS anniversary
- Cadastral project rolls in Isabela towns
- Sec Paje exhorts local support to Earth Day
- ADR solves land dispute in Pamplona
- CBFM-CARP project improves people's lives
- Reinforcing’ law enforcers for forest protection
- Going green, growing hope
- DENR to surpass 2013 NGP targets – USEC Ignacio
- CSU, DENR partner for ETS