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.
Reg’l policy to improve survey plan issuance
To improve the processing and issuance of survey plans, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan issued on Feb. 13, 2015 guidelines in the processing and issuance of survey plan.
Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01 mandates that approval of survey authorities requires a clearance from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO).
The regional policy had also established the new procedure in the processing and issuance of survey plan.
Before the issuance of the PENR Office clearance, the Records Officer of the CENR Office shall conduct preliminary assessment to verify the status of the lot applied for. The assessment shall be submitted to the PENR Office.
The PENR Officer shall refer the application for survey authority to the Inspection Team which shall be composed of one (1) Ecosystem Management Specialist, one (1) Forester and one (1) Geodetic Engineer.
After the conduct of the inspection, the Team shall submit report to the PENR Office within 48 hours. The Inspection Report shall include geo-tagged pictures of the corners of the subject lot to determine if it is within Alienable & Disposable (A&D) land, tenured/untenured agricultural area and foreshore area.
Based on the Inspection Report, the PENR Officer shall issue clearance to the CENR Officer for the approval of survey authority and execution of survey.
After the survey, the Geodetic Engineer (government or private) shall forward the survey return to the PENR Officer who will transmit the same to the Office of the Regional Director thru the Records Unit. No survey return shall be directly submitted to the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD).
The Records Unit shall forward the Survey Return to the SMD for evaluation. If survey return is found in order, the SMD shall forward it to the Office of the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services for approval. In case of correction and/or deficiency, the SMD shall inform in writing the Geodetic Engineer through the Records Unit. The SMD shall not be allowed to hand-in the survey return directly to the Geodetic Engineer for correction.
The Office of the ARD for Technical Services shall forward the approved survey plan to the Records Unit for release.
The Circular directs the Records Unit of the Regional Office to post all survey plans (approved or for correction) for purposes of transparency. #
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