Secretary's 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.



Secretary's New Year Message


As we welcome 2015, let us rejoice and congratulate each other for the milestones we have reached. We have made giant steps and we are exceeding our targets. We have already achieved a lot.

Allow me to cite a few:

  1. The National Greening Program (NGP) is 11.6 percent above target. We have reforested 1,005,013 hectares out of the actual target of 900,00 hectares from 2011 to 2014. At the rate we are going, we expect to significantly exceed the NGP target of 1.5 million hectares by 2016;
  2. We have completed 86.84 percent of the cadastral survey nationwide. We expect to finish this century-old program within this year; and
  3. We have also completed the 1:10;000 scale geohazard mapping nationwide. All map sheets will be finalized by the end of the year.

It is also gratifying to note that we have installed air quality monitoring stations in each local government unit (LGU) in Metro Manila. We have significantly improved biodiversity protection and implemented reforms in the regulation of endangered species which earned international recognition. We have also retrofitted our research arm to make it more responsive to the current demands of the environment and natural resources sector.

Indeed, there remain many environmental challenges ahead. But with the partnerships we have forged and the support we received from the President, we have the momentum on our side. We are also driven by the high ratings for environmental performance that the Aquino Administration has been earning form the people in the past years.

On this note, allow me to convey my appreciation to our many partners and my congratulations to the women and men of the DENR!

Malayo na ang ating narating. Malaki na ang ating pinagbago. Ang dating akala natin ay imposible ay nagawa nating posible. Sama-sama nating ipagpatuloy ang ating tagumpay upang sama-sama rin nating abutin ang ating mga pinangarap!

Maligayang Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat!




Photo Releases

MASISIT DACAL LIVELIHOOD COOP NGP - Coffee plantation established in 2012 under the National Greening Program by the Masisit Dacal Livelihood Cooperative covering 20 hectares located in So. Malukit, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan
MALABING VALLEY SIFFA NGP - Citrus plantation established in 2013 under the National Greening Program by the Malabing Valley Sustainable Integrated Forest Farmers Association covering 100 hectares located in Binugawan, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.
LGU NGP - Mahogany plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program by the LGU Nagtipunan covering 10 hectares located in Ponggo, Nagtipunan, Quirino.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - “This is the happiest year for DENR Region 2 because we are the first region to complete NGP,” said Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan during the opening of the DENR annual sportsfest at the Regional Office today, Dec. 11. Other achievements of the region include: first region to finish cadastral projects; and highest in the number of illegal logging cases prosecuted for 2014 i.e. 119 cases convicted out of the 191 convictions nationwide. #
CADASTRAL PROJECT INAUGURATION - Mayor Antonio Jose T. Miro III expresses his gratitude to the DENR during the launch of the cadastral survey project of San Pablo, Isabela on Jan. 5, this year. He emphasized that the project will prevent future land-related problems. The contract, with a total cost of P 2, 644, 409.80, was awarded to Engr. Eric C. Baldo. Present during the inauguration ceremonies are: (from left) Regional Surveys Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza, Regional Technical Director for Land Management Gil A. Aromin and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer William C. Savella. # (photo by Ma. Leonora V. Laurente)
DepEd NGP - Guyabano plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Department of Education Lasam West covering one hectare located in Calapangan, Lasam, Cagayan.
PO NGP – A portion of the mango plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Pimentel-Dumanisi Upland Farmers Association covering 41 hectares located in Dumanisi, Diffun, Quirino.
CLEARING THE WAY TO 2015 – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan sets Region 2’s direction for Calendar Year 2015 focusing on financial management, modified Major Final Outputs (MFOs) in relation to the Office Performance Contract and Review (OPCR) and mechanics for selection and promotion of Forest Technicians under the Rationalization Plan during the first Regional Management Conference held today, Jan. 7, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig, Tuguegarao City. With RD Tumaliuan are Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Wilfredo C. Malvar and Regional Technical Director for Land Management Gil A. Aromin. #
MULTI-PURPOSE COVERED COURT – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan leads the groundbreaking of the multi-purpose covered court at the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center (RBBNPWC) in Carig, Tuguegarao City on Jan. 14, this year. With an area of 19 x 33 meters, the covered court will be used for inter-agency sports activities and other gatherings. Joining him are Batanes and Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) George R. Reyes (in white long sleeves) and Marlon C. Agnar (in green polo shirt) as well as DENR Regional Office executives and personnel.
GIVING WILDLIFE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY - Engr.Florentino T. Lingan of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) (2nd from left) and wife Paulina of the Land Management Sector (LMS) (extreme left) turn over to Regional Technical Director for Forestry Wilfredo C. Malvar and Regional Technical Director for Lands Gil A. Aromin a four-year old Brahminy Kite (lawin) at the DENR Regional Office today. The 52.5-cm raptor was caught by Hervacio Binayug while feeding on his fowls in Maguirig, Solana, Cagayan. The wildlife species was surrendered by Hervacio’s son, Roque, a police officer, to Engr. Lingan. The wildlife is currently under the custody of the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS). #

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