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.
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)
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