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.
May is Ocean Month
DENR calls for coastal and marine conservation
Highlighting the interplay of biodiversity and sea food security, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 is spearheading the celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) this May focusing with the theme “Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity.”
The conduct of activities for the celebration of MOO was authorized by Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. through DENR Special Order No. 2016-233 dated May 2, 2016. Hence, field offices having jurisdiction over coastal areas were directed to organize activities emphasizing the importance of conservation, protection and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.
Ocean Month seeks for the continued participation of local government units (LGUs) and other partners in the implementation of Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program to rehabilitate and protect the coral reef ecosystem in strategic, sustainable and ecosystem-based approach per Department Administrative Order No. 2013-12 signed by Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje on Feb. 25, 2013.
To date, the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section has reported a total of 3,230 ha marine protected areas (MPAs) rehabilitated and protected; 8,804.89 ha habitat and vulnerability assessed; three people’s organizations (POs) mobilized, capacitated and provided with livelihood programs; 4,250 ha MPAs established and strengthened; and a series of consultations and meetings conducted among POs and LGUs on MPAs establishment and protection and formulation of integrated coastal management plan.
These interventions on coastal and marine resource conservation were concentrated within the four MPAs in the region, namely: Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes; Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape; Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape; and Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.
Partners from the national government agencies and non-government organizations including POs and other stakeholders are enjoined to participate in the coastal cleanup drive along the coastal areas of Cagayan, Isabela and Batanes provinces. The ‘Bangkarera’, which has been a joint-activity of LGU Claveria and DENR, will be conducted on May 30, 2016.
The celebration of the Philippine Ocean Month, which was declared by Pres. Joseph Ejercito Estrada through Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1998, is in support of the DENR’s vision of a resilient and well-managed coastal and marine biodiversity. #CAT
FMB chief presents NGP gains, challenges for 2017 onward
The Department has accomplished 113 percent more than the reforestation in the past 25 years.
This was the announcement made by Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Ricardo L. Calderon in his visit to Cagayan Valley on Mar. 9-11, this year.
- FMB chief presents NGP gains, challenges for 2017 onward
- Reg’l councils cite anti-illegal logging task force
- 6 Schools in Batanes to get special patents
- NGP beneficiaries present best practices in forum
- Hot lumber benefit schools
- TSD Registers 44 cutting permits
- 30th ICC yields 145 sacks garbage in Batanes
- BuB projects support NGP
- USEC Ignacio lauds Region 2 for unity, discipline
- KBP to adopt NGP site
- CENRO Cabagan ties up with LGU Tumauini for cave mgt
- USAID Phil Deputy Director Pinzon lauds DENR, PLGU Isabela
- RD Tumaliuan Earth Day Message
- 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