Secretary's Profile

RAMON J.P. PAJE:  A 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.

NEWS

Reg’l councils cite anti-illegal logging task force

The Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) have commended the members of the Cagayan Valley Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

In their joint resolution, RDC and RPOC said “given the active involvement and campaign of the task force’s members against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as Zero (0) Hotspot in Illegal Logging during the second semester of CY 2015.”

“…the selfless dedication and performance exemplified by the members of the task force…are acts worthy of emulation, praises and commendation,” Resolution No. 02-71-2015 further stated.

The Regional Task Force, composed of the DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was created “to fully enforce the moratorium and lead the anti-illegal logging campaign in Cagayan Valley.”

In January last year, DENR reported a significant reduction of illegal logging hotspots in the country from 197 prior to the issuance of Executive Order No. 23 to 31 in 2015 and remained optimistic that its target for a “zero illegal logging hotspot” will be achieved by 2016 through continued imposition of the total log ban in virgin and residual forests.

In Cagayan Valley, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan has continuously appealed for support to curb timber poaching in the three hotspots in Region 2.

The environment chief has also instructed his field officials to prevent the emergence of new hotspots by being vigilant on illegal logging activities 24/7.

The commendation for the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force was issued during the joint session of the two Councils on Sept. 30, 2015 in Cauayan City, Isabela. # CCC

 

 

Photo Releases

BACK TO BASIC – Cagayan Valley Environment Chief Benjamin T. Tumaliuan delivers his message before the regional and field officials and personnel during the Strategic Action Plan Preparation cum Family Day on Jan.14, this year. Laying down his 2016 vision for all to go ‘back to basic’, the Regional Director said: “All personnel should perform their basic functions and obligations as government employees.” The activity, which was conducted to set the tone for the year and for personnel to enjoy before they will be exhausted to work, was held at the newly inaugurated DENR Multi-Purpose Covered Court located at the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center in Carig, Tuguegarao City.#
UPGRADING PPLS MANAGEMENT – Dr. Roberto A. Araño, project manager of the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience Program, shares their innovations in ecosystem management focusing on forest patrolling and reporting built on science, technology and partnership through a mobile software application during the capacitation for the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) Local Working Group and the Protected Area Management Board for Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS). PhilCCAP Focal Person Mina L. Labuguen and Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation Technical Assistant George Michael D. Soriano also apprised the participants about good practices on climate change adaptation and crop/fruit tree insurance for upland farmers, respectively. The capacitation was held on Jan. 28, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. #

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