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.

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USAID Phil Deputy Director Pinzon lauds DENR, PLGU Isabela

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - Philippines commended DENR Isabela and the provincial government for spearheading the 2015 Earth Day Celebration.

Deputy Program Director Nora Pinzon of USAID Philippines Program Resources Management Office said she was elated that there is a robust pro-environment constituency in Isabela as represented by the large number of participants who joined the Advocacy Walk from Saint Michael Church in Gamu to the Amphitheater of the Provincial Capitol in Alibagu, City of Ilagan.

“I would also like to commend Governor Faustino G. Dy III, for his leadership in celebrating Earth Day in Northern Sierra Madre, a high conservation area for biodiversity and agricultural production,” she said.

Director Pinzon further said that she heard about great work that the province of Isabela has been doing to help conserve biodiversity with the active involvement of the Isabela Environment Protection Task Force in the Environmental Law Enforcement Program.

“We could not have chosen a better time and place to launch the ‘Bright Spots in Hot Spots’ campaign than here in Isabela as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Having witnessed your efforts, commitment and enthusiasm today, I am confident that your collective actions through this campaign will yield successful results. It is your time to lead, so lead well,” the USAID official said in her message.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer William C. Savella thanked the USAID for addressing the active threats to biodiversity in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP) in Isabela.

“It comes down to making choices, chances and changes. It just takes a little effort to change habits like planting a single tree monthly or yearly, recycling wastes, saving water, switching off lights and fostering biodiversity in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. It takes a little will to preserve our natural resources and protect the environment. We can make a difference,” PENRO Savella said in his opening remarks.

The ‘Bright Spots in Hot Spots’ campaign is a joint project of the USAID and the DENR under the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program.

During the launch, hundreds of people in all walks of life demonstrated support for environmental protection and pledged to help conserve the NSMNP.
The Earth Day Celebration was started in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. # (RMC)

 

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Photo Releases

SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY INITIATIVES – Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim expounds on the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s thrust of sustaining biodiversity initiatives including the Biodiversity Partnerships Project in her opening message during the special meeting of the Local Project Site Committee of the Northeast Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) held on May 12, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Director Lim emphasized on the economic value of biodiversity   even from the non-extractive activities. #
PUBLIC LAND TITLING SYMPOSIUM – Engr. Eliseo D. Mabasa, Licenses, Patents and Deeds chief answers questions from one of the farmers who attended the Serbisyo Publiko Day on May 15, this year in Brgy. Sta. Maria, Lal-lo, Cagayan which highlighted public land titling. Engr. Mabasa informed the farmers on free patent application, different modes on land disposition and the value and impact of titled and untitled lands. The symposium is part of Sta. Maria’s annual fiesta. #
BIODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS – Sta. Teresita, Cagayan Mayor Lolita C. Garcia (left) shows their numerous products made of Bakong leaves to Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim (2nd from left) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Director Titon Mitra (3rd from left) during the team’s visit on May 13, this year in Barangay Luga. The barangay residents use Bakong (Hanguana malayana) as the primary material in their enterprise under the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) funded by the UNDP. The visit was aimed at helping the local communities within Northeast Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) in promoting their biodiversity friendly-enterprise and at the same time weaning them from unregulated resource extraction.
NGP AND FOREST PROTECTION SURVEILLANCE – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (standing right) and Lt. Colonel Ramon Joseph Dioso (standing left), Group Commander, Tactical Operation Group 2 of Philippine Air Force (PAF), meet the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers including NGP and forest protection focal persons in preparation for the aerial surveillance of NGP sites and illegal logging hot spots in Region 2. Each PENR Office will prepare a flightplan for the said surveillance operation. The forest protection initiative is by virtue of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of National Defence (DND) and the DENR concerning the use of PAF aircraft dated November 14, 2013. #
GIFT ON EARTH DAY – Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Ruth R. Padilla (2nd from right) together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marlon C. Agnar (2nd from left) leads the awarding of land titles to the residents of Barangay Manamtam in Bambang town on Apr. 22, this year. The Handog Titulo Program highlighted the Province’s celebration of Earth Day. There were 55 titles awarded with an aggregate area of 39.27 hectares. The awarding was attended by representatives from Registry of Deeds, Philippine Information Agency, PENR and CENR Offices and PLGU. #
LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH - Mayor Joel A. Ruma (center) of Rizal, Cagayan exemplifies love for Mother Earth by leading his constituents in a tree planting activity in celebration of the 45th Earth Day on Apr. 22, this year. With the theme “Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone”, the activity was participated in by the town’s local officials and Solana Community Environment Natural Resources Office (CENRO) employees headed by Engr. Mariam Frances T. Malana. Other activities like clean up drive and Solid Waste Management campaign were also conducted. #
SUSIMO INSPECTION - For. Edmundo S. Malupeng, Forestland Management Project regional focal person inspects the Sub Project Site Management Office on Apr. 23, this year before its operation. The building serves as an office and quarters of the project implementers who directly supervise the participating people’s organizations in the implementation of the project. The construction of the office located within the Ganano sub-watershed project in Rafael Palma, Diffun, Quirino started in April last year with a project cost of P400, 000. #
STRENGTHENING FMP’S IEC - Forestland Management Project (FMP) stakeholders participate in the story telling and in-depth interview conducted by FMP Communication Specialist Harris Guevarra (in lavender polo) during the Consultation and Orientation for the Development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Framework and Communication Plan. The activity served as an avenue for gathering and auditing information that will be analyzed in preparation for the Communication Plan for FMP. The workshop was held at the DISADECO Hall, Diffun, Quirino on Apr. 22, this year and was participated in by the people’s organizations, project implementers and partner agencies. #
MISSION: ZERO ILLEGAL LOGGING BY APRIL – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan leads the PENR Officers and CENR Officers of Cagayan and Isabela in formulating a work and financial plan (WFP) on how to neutralize the illegal logging hot spots in Region 2 by April, this year. The WFP includes purchase of vehicles and equipment, hiring of Forest Protection Officers (FPOs) and Extension Officers (EOs) to conduct patrolling and surveillance in the hot spots. The target areas are the municipalities of Baggao, Cagayan; San Agustin, Isabela; and the provincial tri-boundary of Aurora, Quirino and Isabela. The work plan to be implemented up to 2016 will also prevent the emergence of new hot spots. #
COOPERATIVE GREENING - Mango plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Sta. Victoria Forest Credit Cooperative covering 27 hectares located in Sta. Catalina, City of Ilagan.
CARING FOR THE BIRD - Victoria Espiritu of Tanza, Tuguegarao City turns over in March 12, this year a Brahminy Kite (Lawin) to Johnlee M. Rumusud and Jimmy M. Narag, caretakers of the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center (RBBNPWC). Espiritu said that the Brahminy Kite was caught by her son’s friend along the Pinacanauan River while fishing three weeks ago. They decided to surrender the bird because they can no longer provide its food. (Photo by Ralffe Conception)
ACADEMIC INITIATIVE FOR NGP - Mahogany plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Luga National High School covering four hectares located in Luga, Sta. Teresita, Cagayan.
TRANSPARENCY IN ACTION - Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan expounds on the DENR’s Rationalization Plan and programs specifically National Greening Program (NGP), forest protection, patent processing and issuance and cadastral survey during the “Tipon-Tipan sa PIA” today, Feb. 10, at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. On NGP, RD Tumaliuan emphasized that the DENR is now venturing into planting fuelwood species like kakawate and ipil-ipil not only to accomplish the national target of 1.5 billion trees planted by Calendar Year 2016 but also to meet the demands of small restaurants using wood for cooking. He also stressed on improving land titling by installing database systems and enforcing sanctions on irregular actions of personnel involved in the program. With RD Tumaliuan are Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Felix C. Taguba; Solana Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Mariam Frances T. Malana and Alcala CENR Officer Ilarde C. Viernes. Not in photo is Aparri CENR Officer Edgar T. Martin. #
INFORMED RECRUITMENT - Dr. Jovy VT. Miguel, Civil Service Commission acting director for Cagayan and Batanes, reads to the participants the certificate of level-II accreditation for the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) issued to DENR Region 2 as an introduction of her lecture on the Current Policies and Procedures on Selection and Promotion in the Implementation of Executive Order 366. The learning event is aimed at updating the members of the Selection and Promotion Board including its secretariat and the end-users on the regulations and processes relative to the execution of the Department’s Rationalization Plan. Also in photo is Personnel Section Officer-In-Charge Leonila D. Mariano. #
CLIMATE CHANGE ADVOCACY – About 200 local officials of Pamplona, Abulug and Ballesteros composed of officers involved in municipal planning and development, environment and natural resources, disaster and risk reduction management and health and population attended the pulung-pulong on Jan. 29, this year at Ballesteros Beach Resort, Ballesteros, Cagayan. Bearing the theme “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago”, the activity is aimed at heightening and strengthening local officials on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Topics discussed during the dialogue were National Greening Program, Disaster Preparedness, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation and Farming Practices. #
TOWARD A MORE EFFICIENT LAND DISPOSITION – Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar sets the tone for the Strategic Planning Workshop on Land Disposition held today, February 11, 2015 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City emphasizing the combination of knowledge, skill and commitment in the accomplishment of the Department’s targets in land disposition. During the workshop, Engr. Eliseo D. Mabasa, chief of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division, reported that Region 2 ranked 2nd in patent processing and issuance under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) last year. He said that the Region issued 5,075 patents over its target of 4,683 or a percentage accomplishment of 108.37. The workshop intended to disaggregate the targets not only on CARP-PPI but also on Public Land Survey, PPI under the Residential Free Patent Act, and Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys. Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gil A. Aromin and Cadastral Surveys and Mapping Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza also took part in the workshop of regional and field personnel involved in land disposition.#
SANTIAGO CITY CADASTRAL PROJECT - Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar, Mayor Joseph S. Tan, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gil A. Aromin and Regional Surveys Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza (from right) sign the pledge of commitment in support of the execution of Santiago City’s Cadastral Survey Project. The signing highlighted the project launch on Jan. 20, this year. The contract, with a total cost of P 4, 583, 295.80, was awarded to ACTIBAN Surveying Office. The signing was witnessed by DENR officers and Santiago City officials. # (photo by Ma. Leonora V. Laurente)
WOMEN AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Department of Science and Technology Regional Director Urdujah A. Tejada receives from Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan her Certificate of Appreciation for being the guest speaker during the kick-off program in celebration of 2015 National Women’s Month with the theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”. Director Tejada emphasized the vital role that women play in climate change adaptation and mitigation which commences when they educate their family. The Certificate was awarded on March 2, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. With RD Tumaliuan are Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gil A. Aromin, ARD for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar and Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System Chair Paulina A. Lingan. #

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