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.
Forest products apprehension down by over 60% in first semester
Incidents of transport or possession of illegal forest products reduced by more than half in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of last year.
The Enforcement Division recorded a total of 140.63 cubic meters of apprehended forest products from January to June of 2015 which reduced by 69.61% the 462.863 cu. m. apprehended in the same period last year. Most of the apprehended forest products are common hardwood (CHW) species.
Of the illegal forest products apprehended in 2014, Enforcement Division Chief Joel S. Daquioag said 399.168 cu.m. were already confiscated while the rest are undergoing administrative proceedings.
“Region 2 has attained zero hotspot of illegal logging as of June 30,” the Cagayan Valley forest law enforcement chief said. “The target was achieved through the massive implementation of Executive Order No. 23 Declaring a Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force,” he added.
The Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force is chaired by the DENR with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of National Defense, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines as members.
In the same period, 18 conveyances were apprehended and 12 cases for violation of forestry laws were filed in court. #
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