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

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. #

 

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Photo Releases

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) established this 11-hectare Mahogany plantation in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya in 2012 under the National Greening Program (NGP) to implement its social responsibility. A mining firm in Didipio, a boundary barangay of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, OGPI has also provided seedlings for NGP in the province of Quirino. #
FOREST PROTECTION BRIGADE – PENR Officer Felix C. Taguba (extreme right) awards a certificate of participation to one of the newly trained Blue/Green Brigades in the closing program of the three-day Paralegal Training on July 13-15, this year at Villa Victoria Hotel, Tuguegarao City. The participants composed of Blue/Green Brigades, Forest Protection Officers and Extension Officers were trained on forestry laws, rules and regulations; legal procedures on forest law enforcement; actual apprehension/confiscation on illegally cut, gathered, and transported forest products including the filing of criminal complaint against identified perpetrators; guidelines on Public Land Act; and policies under the National Integrated Protected Area System Act of 1992. The training was one of the strategies to strengthen anti-illegal logging campaign and the implementation of National Greening Program (NGP).#

PhilCCAP ON-LINE – Climate Change Commission’s Knowledge Management Officer Donna Sanidad introduces to the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) implementers in Region 2 the website called ‘Community of Practice’ during the training workshop on capturing and sharing good climate adaptation practices held at the Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City on July 14-15, this year. The website will be an avenue for sharing of climate change adaptation practices between and among member agencies, namely; Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and DENR.# 

“OPLAN BROADCASTREEING” – Members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Cagayan Chapter, officials from the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection based in Solana, Cagayan and representatives from the DENR polish the activities to be undertaken in preparation for the “Oplan Broadcastreeing 2015” in a meeting held on July 9, this year at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Solana. The KBP, chaired by DZCV Station Manager Floricadel L. Trilles, will adopt a two-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) site located in Barangay Lannig. The site will be planted with 2,000 seedlings of forest and fruit-bearing trees in August 15. Prior to the tree planting activity, a five-day site preparation will be conducted by the media, PNP, BFP and CENRO Solana personnel. “Oplan Broadcastreeing” is a nationwide tree planting project of the KBP. #

LGU Uyugan NGP share - This three-hectare coconut and Bitaog plantation in Imnajbu, Uyugan, Batanes was established by the municipal local government unit in 2011 as its contribution to the  National Greening Program  (NGP). #
PREPARING FOR WORK – Enforcement Division Chief Joel S. Daquioag discusses the State of Forestry Law Enforcement in Region 2 among the 34 newly hired Forest Protection Officers (FPOs) of the Regional Office and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office  (PENRO) of Cagayan before they will buckle down to work starting tomorrow, July 2. The hiring of FPOs is part of the thrust of the Department to neutralize the remaining illegal logging hotspots and prevent the emergence of new ones. Other topics presented with their corresponding discussants include: Presidential Decree (PD) 705 as amended and other forestry laws, rules and regulations by Legal Division Chief Ismael T. Manaligod; Department Administrative Order 97-32 prescribing procedures on administrative adjudication; legal procedures in filing criminal complaint in violation of PD 705; arrest, search, seizure and detention; and inquest proceedings and documentation, all by Aldwin Ricamora; and forest protection updates by Forester Joselito D. Razon.#

INTERFACE WITH FIELD PERSONNEL – Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. addresses the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Sub-Office In-Charge and Regional Office personnel headed by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan during the General Assembly meeting held on July 8, this year. USEC Ignacio lauded Region 2 for its unity and discipline that greatly contribute to its success being a consistent top performer in program implementation nationwide. The top official came to attend the Pollution Adjudication Board meeting and national conference of Environmental Management Bureau Regional Directors today, July 9. Also in photo are RD Tumaliuan and PENR Officers Felix C. Taguba and Vicente C. Bayucan. #

BuB ASSESSMENT – Forester Felina R. Malupeng, Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Projects focal person, presents to the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) the status of BuB projects implemented for Calendar Years 2014 and 2015 during its 15th meeting on June 24, this year at Las Palmas, Tuguegarao City. Out of the 21 projects in 2014, a total of 19 had been completed while two are on-going implementation in Isabela. The projects include bamboo and forest plantation establishment, greenhouse nursery and compost facility material. For this year, site assessment of the 37 projects is being conducted and 21 out of 28 mayors had signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DENR. RPRAT is composed of different participating agencies and some Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations. It is chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and co-chaired by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).#
LAND TITLING ADVOCACY – Licenses, Patents and Deeds Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa explains the process and requirements in applying for a land title of school sites and alienable and disposable lands during the “Tipon- Tipan sa PIA” held on June 9, this year at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Engr. Mabasa also talked about the issuance of permits on wildlife resources and forest product utilization which are now under the LPD Division.#

PROJECT MONITORING - World Bank Senior Environmentalist Leonardo Paat Jr. (4th from left) listens as Protected Area Superintendent Tito Mangantulao (leftmost) explains how Dionicio Calagui (3rd from left), beneficiary of Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP), applied his landscaping skills in establishing grouted ripraps in his Agro-forestry farm as one of the soil and water management measures being implemented in the PhilCCAP sites in Peñablanca, Cagayan. The interface was held during the visit of the World Bank and Project Management Office, the project implementers, on June 30, this year in Barangay Nabbabalayan where Calagui’s farm is located. The visit aimed at monitoring the status of the Agro-farms and the beneficiaries. Also in photo are (from left to right): Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office Staff Percival Talattad, PhilCCAP Technical Assistant Manuel Ricardo, Information, Education and Communication Officer Horace Cimafranca, and DENR Special Projects Focal Person Mina Labuguen.#

REORIENTATION FOR BETTER PUBLIC SERVICE - Human Resource Development Section Chief Mariflor C. Tumanguil talks about the salient features of Republic Act 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees during the Orientation and Reorientation Program for about 400 newly promoted and appointed personnel on July 3, this year. In his message, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan expressed his hopes for the appointees not to fail the Office and to prove that they are fit to the position. He emphasized that everybody should work on the priority programs of the Department particularly the National Greening Program and Forest Protection. Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag and Personnel Section Chief Leonila D. Mariano discussed organizational profile of DENR and office policies, respectively. #

SERVICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – Assistant Regional Director for Management Services and Selection and Promotion Board Chair Gil A. Aromin presents the 198 newly appointed and promoted employees before they took their oath today as a highlight of the Environment Month Culminating Program. In his opening remarks, ARD Aromin pointed out that “oath-taking of government personnel is not just a ceremonial activity rather it is a solemn affirmation which signifies the firm commitment of the oath takers to do their duties and obligations to the country and to the people.” He urged them to do their best in the delivery of public service as he emphasized: “As the primary government agency mandated to protect the environment and conserve our natural resources, somehow, the future of the next generations lies on your hands.” #


CINCUM PLANTATION – This 25-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) site was established by Don Mariano Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. in 2012. The cincum plantation, intercropped with ginger, is located in Don Mariano Perez, Diffun Quirino.#
LOCAL SUPPORT TO NGP – A portion of the 45-hectare Mahogany and Gmelina plantation in Linomot, Jones, Isabela established by the municipal local government unit in 2011. The NGP site is intercropped with cassava crops. #
SCHOOL GREENING – Sta. Ana Fishery National High School established a hectare of Mahogany plantation in 2011 in support of the National Greening Program (NGP). #

MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan presides over the Mid-year Assessment Meeting on July 3, this year to discuss the physical accomplishments, financial status and audit observations. He said the Office will be conducting a three-day training for all accountants and staff of the Accounting Section in the regional and field offices. For the National Greening Program (NGP), he instructed the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officers to mobilize all personnel in the geo-tagging of Calendar Years 2011-2015 site development. Other agenda discussed during the assessment meeting include accomplishments on priority programs by the PENR Officers, Rationalization Plan and preparation of Individual Performance Commitment and Review of the newly appointed and promoted personnel.#

PhilCCAP ASSESSMENT – Dr. Wilbur G. Dee, Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) manager, updates the management board of Peñablanca Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (PPLS) emphasizing on the establishment of ripraps in the upland farms as a soil and water conservation measure. Dr. Dee made his presentation during the PAMB’s 3rd quarter en-banc meeting held at Peñablanca town hall on July 2, this year. The meeting was participated in by representatives from the Project Management Office (PMO), World Bank, PAMB and DENR.# (photo by Ralfee Concepcion)

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