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.
BuB projects support NGP
Sustainability of the National Greening Program (NGP) has been ensured with the lined-up projects of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) for 2015.
Thirty-seven BuB projects are enrolled in DENR which are implemented in 28 municipalities regionwide under NGP menu of activities. Out of the 28 partner Local Chief Executives, 21 had signed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department.
Isabela has the most number of projects with 13 followed by Cagayan, 11. Nueva Vizcaya has 7, Quirino has 5 and only one project is implemented in Batanes.
Forester Felina R. Malupeng, BuB Projects focal person, said that out of the 21 projects in 2014, a total of 19 had been completed while two are on-going implementation. The two currently implemented projects are found in Isabela.
BuB is a process through which priority projects are identified jointly by communities and their local government units. The proposed projects are incorporated into the proposed budgets of the implementing national government agencies which are submitted to Congress for approval.
For. Malupeng also said that BuB ensures transparency of the budgeting process and aims to facilitate institutional reform that is not under the control of any single person, group or agency. #
USEC Ignacio lauds Region 2 for unity, discipline
Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. cited unity and discipline as factors that contribute to the success of Region 2 in the implementation of the Department’s programs.
Addressing the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Sub-Office In-Charge and Regional Office personnel on July 8, this year, the top official said every personnel of the region deserves to be promoted under the Rationalization Plan not only for patience in waiting but also for good performance.
“You are one of the best performing regions in the country,” USEC Ignacio said. He underscored oneness and high level of discipline among the personnel emphasizing that breakdown of discipline leads to breakdown of rules which consequently results in failure in performance.
The top official also cited the increase in the workload of each personnel resulting from the triple increase in the budget of the Department under the present administration but decrease in manpower by half because of the moratorium in the filling up of vacant positions to implement the Rationalization Plan. “Each one of you is now doing six times more work than you were doing prior to the Aquino administration,” he added.
USEC Ignacio came over to Region 2 for the national conference of the Environmental Management Bureau and meeting of the Pollution Adjudication Board, being the chairperson, on July 9, this year. #
- 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
- ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT
- ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM
- Ducks dominate waterbirds in Region 2
- Composite team cracks down on Isabela illegal logging
- Rizal, Lasam to validate political boundary
- RED Tumaliuan bats for more intensive NGP, FP
- LMS to venture on NGP
- CVARRD to conduct investment forum on rubber
- Sec Paje orders field officials to tap LGUs in NGP
- 2014 NGP target up by 5,000 hectares
- LMD Chief Mabasa passes MATB
- Preaching, doing for greening
- Volunteers commemorate ICCU Day
- Clonal nursery yields over 30 thousand seedlings
- LCEs Adopt Political Boundary Survey
- CSU, DENR ink NGP partnership
- Tree planting to highlight CS anniversary
- Cadastral project rolls in Isabela towns
- Sec Paje exhorts local support to Earth Day
- ADR solves land dispute in Pamplona
- CBFM-CARP project improves people's lives
- Reinforcing’ law enforcers for forest protection
- Going green, growing hope
- DENR to surpass 2013 NGP targets – USEC Ignacio
- CSU, DENR partner for ETS