Secretary's Profile


secretary-profileSecretary 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.


July 15, 2014

State-of-the-art forest nursery to boost NGP

The Cagayan Valley’s state-of-the-art forest nursery is expected to speed up the implementation of National Greening Program (NGP) in the region.

In an interview by ABS-CBN reporter Janford Bonifacio yesterday, DENR Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan said the Modernized and Mechanized Forest Nursery (MMFN) located in Lannig, Solana, Cagayan is expected to produce at least one million seedlings every month.

“This will boost the NGP because of the demand for seedlings not only by the government but also by the private sector and the people’s organizations (POs). It will also produce vegetable seedlings for distribution to residents in areas covered by Community-Based Forest Management Agreement which they can plant in between the forest tree species in order to sustain economic activities in the locality,” RD Tumaliuan added.

Launched on October 8, 2013, the 2.5-hectare forest nursery is one of the five pilot project sites nationwide. The other sites are found in NCR and Regions 5, 7 and 13. It has a total budget of Php 29,644,000.

The forest nursery is equipped with imported and modern technology facilities that would make up the seedling production area that employs the up-to-date methods of seeding, germination and propagation.

To ensure the production of quality forest and fruit-bearing seedlings, seeds will come from genetically superior sources.

The Cagayan Valley’s environment chief said that the nursery will be operational by the end of this year as the seeder (machine) still has to come from Canada. He enthused that the nursery will produce seedlings with less cost. “Even after the NGP ends in 2016, the nursery will supply seedlings to the CBFM POs which they will use in replanting,” he pointed out. # (VDB)

Photo Releases

ORUXMAPPING FOR NGP - Engr. Paul Brian P. Lachica, DENR Central Office information system analyst, coaches the participants on the operation of oruxmap during the learning session on ArcGIS Mapping and Geotagging for the National Greening Program (NGP) at Ivory Hotel, Tuguegarao City on Aug. 20-23, this year. The learning session was participated in by the Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists and extension officers from the different field offices of DENR Region 2. The Forest Information System (FIS)/GIS personnel facilitated the training-workshop. Oruxmapping is a software application used in locating NGP sites with its actual boundary or shapefile polygon.#
BETTER INTER-AGENGY COLLABORATION - Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan presides over the technical conference between the DENR and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) held to iron out bottlenecks in the Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) of agrarian reform (AR) areas. During the meeting, RD Tumaliuan ordered the immediate creation of a special lane for AR modules with DAR providing a computer unit to be connected to the Land Administration and Management System and to be used in fast tracking the approval of AR surveys.  It was also agreed that the provincial offices of the two agencies will conduct a leveling off on AR modules before bidding to check on the status of the area thus, facilitating the approval of the survey plan. The conference was conducted on Aug.13, 2014 at the DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Also in photo are (left to right) DAR Assistant Regional Director for Operations Resty C. Osias, Regional Director Marjorie P. Ayson and Land Management Sector Regional Technical Director Gil A. Aromin. #
PUBLIC LAND TITLING PARTNERSHIP- Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (right) and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) Marcos Dacanay (left) representing Mayor Wilfredo L. Tabag sign the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) to expedite public land titling in Ramon, Isabela. The signing highlighted the training on Land Management and Disposition for Local Government Units held on Jul. 30 - Aug. 1, this year at Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The Agreement is in consonance with Department Administrative Order No. 2011-06 “Prescribing the Guidelines for the Implementation of Public Land Titling in Partnership with the Local Government Units.” The same agreement for Cauayan City, San Guillermo, Angadanan, Delfin Albano, Jones, Quirino, San Mariano and Palanan in Isabela; Aparri, Enrile, Claveria, Peñablanca and Amulung in Cagayan; Saguday, Nagtipunan and Maddela in Quirino; Aritao, Kasibu, Sta. Fe and Dupax del Sur in Nueva Vizcaya; and Itbayat, Sabtang, Uyugan and Mahatao in Batanes was also inked. Witnessing the signing are Surveys Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza (standing left), Land Management Division Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa (standing 2nd from left), Regional Technical Director for Lands Gil A. Aromin (standing right) and LGU officials. #
SHOW OF SUPPORT- Former Energy Regulatory Commision Chair and incumbent Cabagan, Isabela Mayor Rodolfo B. Albano (2nd from right, left photo) personally supervises the replanting of a National Greening Program (NGP) site within the Malasi Tree Park and Wildlife Sanctuary located in San Antonio, Cabagan on July 25, 2014. The activity was participated in by approximately 150 officials and employees from the Local Government Unit and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Cabagan. The participants planted 2,500 seedlings of Gmelina, Fringon, Rain Tree and Narra. With Mayor Albano are CENR Officer-In-Charge Bernardo B. Valiente (extreme left) and Geographical Information System Specialist Rolando D. Frogoso (extreme right). #
JOB WELL DONE- Forest Management Bureau Director and National Greening Program Coordinator Ricardo L. Calderon congratulates the effort of Land Managemdent Sector in adopting peoples’ organization and planting sites in support of the Program. Director Calderon came over Region 2 to attend the Management Conference on Jul. 18, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. During the meeting, he presented updates on the 2011-2012 Catch Up Plan, 2013 NGP maintenance and protection measures, 2014 implementation of NGP, seedling production and capacity of clonal nurseries, construction of mechanized nurseries and seedling targets. After the conference, Director Calderon visited the state-of-the art mechanized nursery in Solana, Cagayan. #
INTENSIFYING NGP AND FOREST PROTECTION - Regional Technical Director for Forestry Wilfredo C. Malvar (center) leads regional and field officials in the workshop for National Greening Program (NGP) and forest protection held on Jul. 18, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The team discussed the final list of permanent personnel and Extension Officers with assigned NGP sites, flight plan for monitoring and evaluation of NGP sites, effective reporting system, status of delivery of seedlings, flight plan for surveillance of illegal forest activities and list of officers accountable in confiscated forest products. NGP and forest protection are two of the department’s priority programs. #
NGP NURSERY VALIDATION – DENR Regional Finance Chief Rommel S. Valdez (left) gives instructions to Nursery In-Charge Edwin Abulencia on how to attain the targets in seedling production during his field validation at the clonal nursery in Basco, Batanes on July 10, 2014. The nursery presently houses about 100,000 seedlings of indigenous forest tree species for planting under the National Greening Program (NGP) within the Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes. #
STRENGTHENING BATANES’ ECOTOURISM INVESTMENT - Dr. Mina L. Labuguen, Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS) in-charge, discusses the DENR’s role in ecotourism development during the Ecotourism Investment Forum held at Ivatan Conference Hall, DepEd, Basco, Batanes on July 9, 2014. The forum served as an avenue for leveling off on convergence and stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities in planning, managing and investing on the ecotourism of the island province. Batanes is known for its vast expanse of white sand beaches, volcanoes and rock formations. The forum was participated in by hotel, resort and restaurant owners, tour guides, tour operators and officials of the provincial and municipal local government units and other government agencies in the province. #
ADOPTING NGP SITE – Land Management Sector Regional Technical Director Gil A. Aromin leads 13 of his staff in planting 2,000 Mahogany and Gmelina seedlings at So. Masin of Barangay Iraga in Solana, Cagayan yesterday. The tree planting kicked off the “Adopt an NGP Site” Project of the LMS in compliance with Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 issued by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan prescribing guidelines on “Individual Employee’s Commitment to the National Greening Program (NGP)”. The LMS has adopted for development under the NGP the convergence area of DENR, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) covering 41 hectares. The convergence area is not being managed by a people’s organization (PO). For this year, 10 ha. of the area will be developed by the Sector which has adopted four (4) POs that established NGP plantations in 2011 and 2012 in the municipalities of San Pablo and Tumauini, Isabela and Iguig, Cagayan.
EXCELLENT PUBLIC SERVICE - Aparri, Cagayan Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgar T. Martin (6th from left) receives from Dr. Ma. Luisa Salonga-Agamata, Public Assistance and Information Office director of the Civil Service Commission, the Seal of Excellence “for its Excellent performance in providing services to the public and its adherence to the requirements prescribed by the Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.” CENRO Aparri is among the 168 offices nationwide that garnered excellent rating out of 929 evaluated institutions. The Office was also given a monetary incentive amounting to One Hundred Thousand pesos during the awarding rites held on June 27, 2014 held at Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City. CENRO Martin is flanked by PENR Officer Felix C. Taguba and staff from Cagayan and Aparri. Director Agamata is assisted by CSC Cagayan Valley Regional Director Neil S. Agustin and his provincial directors. #
LIBERATION FROM ‘ILLWIL’ CASES – Assistant Secretary for Internal Audit and Anti-Corruption Daniel Darius M. Nicer expounds on the e-filing and monitoring system for illegal logging and wildlife cases among forestry specialists of Regions 1, 2, 3, 4B and the Cordillera Administrative Region during the learning session held at Hotel Roma, Tuguegarao City. He emphasized that the session commenced in time with the Philippine Independence Day as a declaration of liberation from lack of real-time information on illegal logging and wildlife trade as this will result in the accessibility and transparency of information on the apprehension, seizure and confiscation of illegal forest products and wildlife. The learning session is aimed at piloting the system for proper recording, monitoring and retrieval of information on illegal logging and wildlife ‘illwil’ cases.#
CLIMATE CHANGE ADVOCACY PRE-LAUNCH – Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felix C. Taguba answers queries from the media during the press conference dubbed “Tipon-Tipan sa PIA” held today, June 3, at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The press conference was held to drumbeat awareness on the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign before its nationwide launch on June 10. The advocacy campaign is a partnership project of the DENR and PIA by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement. PIA Regional Director Purita S. Licas (extreme left) and DENR Regional Public Affairs Office In-Charge Victoria D. Baliuag also joined in the press conference facilitated by PIA Information Officer Oliver T. Baccay. #
A TREE FOR THE COUNTRY – Former environment Secretary Elisea G. Gozun leads the tree planting that highlights the National Flag Day celebration today at the DENR Regional Office. In her message during the program, Secretary Gozun emphasized every employee’s role in making government service effective. With Sec. Gozun are regional executives headed by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan.#
TREE FOR BIODIVERSITY – Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marlon C. Agnar leads teachers, local officials, officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and members of the Sang-at Salug Outdoor Club Inc. (SSOCI)in planting about 1,000 seedlings of Molave, Narra and Bignay on May 23, this year as a maintenance activity of the 80-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) plantation established in 2012 in Barangay Bintawan Sur, Villaverde, Bayombong. Kakauate and Jathropa cuttings were also planted beside and in-between the seedlings. The tree planting was conducted in line with the celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22 and Ocean Month. The plastic bottle seen in the photo contains water that drips to the roots of the newly planted seedling for about three days to ensure its survival. This maintenance technique is an innovation of the PENR Office in Nueva Vizcaya. #
PERSONNEL COMMITMENT TO NGP – Forester Samuel V. Berlin, in-charge, PENRO Satellite Office in Roxas, Isabela, monitors the seedlings of different forest and fruit tree species produced through personnel initiative. The seedlings will be used for replanting in NGP sites within his jurisdiction. The personnel initiative in seedling production has yielded about 13,000 seedlings composed of Arius, Mahogany, Gmelina, Acacia, Ipil-ipil and Guyabano as of May 20, this year. This is in compliance with Regional Memorandum No. 2014-01 issued by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan prescribing guidelines on “Individual Employee’s Commitment to the National Greening Program.” #
ASEC. GERVACIO’S VISIT – Officer-In-Charge, Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Information Systems Bresilda M. Gervacio (2nd from left) visits the ERDS clonal nursery at the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center on May 14, 2014. Asec. Gervacio is at the DENR Regional Office to attend the Monitoring and Pre Workshop Meeting on the Development of Geographic Information System-Based ENR Statistics in Region 2 and to pilot test the system. The aim of the said workshop is to develop, establish and maintain GIS-Based ENR Statistics not only for development planning but also for policy and decision-making using statistical data integrated into an overlay of geographic maps. She was assisted by Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag (3rd from left) and General Services Section Chief Patricia D. Liban (extreme right). #
CADASTRAL SURVEY AGREEMENT - Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan signs the contract of agreement with Engr. Antero C. Tiban of A.C. Tiban Surveying Office on May 5, this year at the Office of the RED, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Contained in the agreement is the execution of Cadastral Survey (Category B) for the municipality of Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya with a contract price of P2, 782, 000. A contract was also signed with Engr. Alfonso D. Taccad (standing left) of A. D. Taccad Surveying Services for the Cadastral Survey of Gonzaga and Sta. Teresita, Cagayan amounting to P2, 800, 158 and P1, 956, 447, respectively. The signing was witnessed by (from left) Surveys Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza, Regional Technical Director for Lands Gil A. Aromin, Cadastral Survey Division Regional Coordinator Nenita Naranja and Budget Section Chief Catalina F. Pinson.#
HIGH LEVEL COMMITMENT – Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan turns over 500 Mahogany seedlings to the National Greening Program Regional Coordinator as his contribution to the Program. The turnover, held on May 5, 2014 at the DENR Regional Office, is pursuant to Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 prescribing guidelines on Individual Employee’s Commitment to the NGP. The Memo Circular, issued by RED Tumaliuan on Feb. 14, this year, requires every employee to produce 250 seedlings per semester or adopt an NGP site.#
TRANSFERRING ECOTOURISM LEADERSHIP – RED Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, outgoing Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) chair, hands in documents to Department of Tourism Regional Director Blessida G. Diwa during the turn-over ceremony held on March 11, 2014 at the DENR Narra Hall, Carig, Tuguegarao City. In his message, RED Tumaliuan said that the 400 hectares of plantation to be established under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Kalahan Educational Foundation in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya is a potential ecotourism destination. He also mentioned about the development of the Capisaan Caves in Kasibu which is being pushed by Gov. Ruth R. Padilla. Also in photo are REC members and technical working group: (left - right) Roger G. Dela Rosa, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples; Restituta V. Antolin, DENR; Mina L. Labuguen, DENR; Perla A. Visorro, Cagayan Valley Partners for People’s Development; Mildred B. Maglaya, National Economic and Development Authority; and Angely L. Mercado, Philippine Information Agency. #
NGP MODEL CENRO – Forester Mario C. Bungubung, OIC CENR Officer of Sanchez Mira, Cagayan receives from Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan the Certificate of Commendation for achieving 93 percent and the regional highest in the total average percent survival of seedlings planted under the National Greening Program for Calendar Years 2011 and 2012. The Certificate was awarded during the Regional Management Conference on April 30, 2014 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City which was held to formulate strategic plans for the mandatory involvement of personnel in the implementation of NGP. #
PROJECT MAINTENANCE – Richard Miaga, caretaker of the 50-hectare Teak (Tectona grandis) plantation in Trinidad, Mallig, Isabela conducts regular pruning of the trees as a maintenance strategy. The plantation was established under the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2011 within the Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA) issued to former Representative Edwin Uy. The NGP site is adopted by the Cagayan Valley Industries Corporation under the leadership of Dr. Lourdes Uy. Miaga said, in an interview, that the trees are intended for future export ventures. Teak makes good poles and is known for its antibacterial properties. #

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