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.



April 22, 2015


Dear Co-workers,

Today, we commemorate the most important celebration for humanity - The 45th International Earth Day.

Earth day is everyday. We have 365 days in a year for us to engage in activities like planting trees in our backyard, cleaning our homes or workplaces, putting off our electrical gadgets when these are not needed; walking or biking instead of riding on motor vehicles. But our level of environmentalism can be increased a notch higher by strictly implementing environmental laws and regulations.

Yesterday, I wrote the holders of lumber dealer’s permits urging them to refrain from buying illegal lumber at all times in support of Executive Order No. 23. This is in line with the thrust of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje to achieve zero-illegal logging hotspot by June 2015.

Earth Day is everywhere. We should not look for a special place to advance environmental cause. A garbage bin awaits its user; a vacant lot looks forward to a planter; a wounded eagle expects a rescue and a truckload of illegally cut lumber shouts for a vigilant action officer.

Earth Day is for everyone. As DENR personnel, we are obliged to care for the earth whoever we are. But caring can be more meaningful only if we have full knowledge of our habitat.

I have always been telling you that you should know the Department by heart. This has become mandatory and compelling when the DENR’s vision, mission and mandate including vital statistics are among the general questions I asked in the knowledge tests conducted in relation to the implementation of our Rationalization Plan. I am sure your increased knowledge about the Department enhances your level of commitment and consequently the performance of your duties and responsibilities.

Let the theme of this celebration - “Earth Day, Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone”- remind us that caring for the earth is not bounded by time, place or status.


Regional Director


Photo Releases

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)
LGU NGP - Mahogany plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program by the LGU Nagtipunan covering 10 hectares located in Ponggo, Nagtipunan, Quirino.
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. #
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.
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
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.
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.
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)

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