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.
6 schools in Batanes to get special patents
Six public schools in two island municipalities of the province will soon have the security of ownership over the lots these academic institutions occupy.
According to PENR Officer George R. Reyes, he had signed the special patents for Sabtang Elementary School (lot 86) and Sabtang Central School, both of Sabtang town and Raele Integrated School (lot 2136) and Itbayat Elementary School of Itbayat municipality. “These are ready for release,” the environment chief said.
The special patents for Sabtang National High School of Fisheries, Sabtang Central School (lot 85), Mayan Elementary School (Itbayat), Raele Integrated School (lot 2135) will be approved in nationwide simultaneous signing ceremonies on a schedule to be determined by the Land Management Bureau (LMB).
“We are still waiting for the instruction on the available schedule of His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Ceremonial Signing of the DepEd-DENR-DOJ MOA and the Signing of Special Patents for Public Schools Nationwide,” said Atty. Emelyne V. Talabis, LMB director, in her Memorandum dated Sept. 16, this year.
The processing and issuance of special patents for public school sites is pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-01 dated Mar. 4, 2015.
The Administrative Order defines special patent as “a public instrument issued by the government confirming the grant by the State of the ownership over a parcel of agricultural land (alienable and disposable) in favor of a grantee”.
The Schools Division Superintendent or any authorized Officer of the Department of Education (DepED) Central Office may request for the issuance of special patent. For schools under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), any authorized Officer of the Commission or the educational institution may apply for special patent. # VDB
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