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.


May is Ocean Month

DENR calls for coastal and marine conservation

Highlighting the interplay of biodiversity and sea food security, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 is spearheading the celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) this May focusing with the theme “Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity.”

The conduct of activities for the celebration of MOO was authorized by Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. through DENR Special Order No. 2016-233 dated May 2, 2016. Hence, field offices having jurisdiction over coastal areas were directed to organize activities emphasizing the importance of conservation, protection and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.

Ocean Month seeks for the continued participation of local government units (LGUs) and other partners in the implementation of Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program to rehabilitate and protect the coral reef ecosystem in strategic, sustainable and ecosystem-based approach per Department Administrative Order No. 2013-12 signed by Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje on Feb. 25, 2013.

To date, the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section has reported a total of 3,230 ha marine protected areas (MPAs) rehabilitated and protected; 8,804.89 ha habitat and vulnerability assessed; three people’s organizations (POs) mobilized, capacitated and provided with livelihood programs; 4,250 ha MPAs established and strengthened; and a series of consultations and meetings conducted among POs and LGUs on MPAs establishment and protection and formulation of integrated coastal management plan.

These interventions on coastal and marine resource conservation were concentrated within the four MPAs in the region, namely: Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes; Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape; Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape; and Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.

Partners from the national government agencies and non-government organizations including POs and other stakeholders are enjoined to participate in the coastal cleanup drive along the coastal areas of Cagayan, Isabela and Batanes provinces. The ‘Bangkarera’, which has been a joint-activity of LGU Claveria and DENR, will be conducted on May 30, 2016.

The celebration of the Philippine Ocean Month, which was declared by Pres. Joseph Ejercito Estrada through Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1998, is in support of the DENR’s vision of a resilient and well-managed coastal and marine biodiversity. #CAT



FMB chief presents NGP gains, challenges for 2017 onward

The Department has accomplished 113 percent more than the reforestation in the past 25 years.

This was the announcement made by Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Ricardo L. Calderon in his visit to Cagayan Valley on Mar. 9-11, this year.


Photo Releases

BACK TO BASIC – Cagayan Valley Environment Chief Benjamin T. Tumaliuan delivers his message before the regional and field officials and personnel during the Strategic Action Plan Preparation cum Family Day on Jan.14, this year. Laying down his 2016 vision for all to go ‘back to basic’, the Regional Director said: “All personnel should perform their basic functions and obligations as government employees.” The activity, which was conducted to set the tone for the year and for personnel to enjoy before they will be exhausted to work, was held at the newly inaugurated DENR Multi-Purpose Covered Court located at the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center in Carig, Tuguegarao City.#
DENR RO2 HRM ACHIEVEMENT – Acting Director of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Region 2, Atty. Neil S. Agustin, congratulates DENR regional executives during the awarding of plaque of recognition for the Agency having attained HR Maturity Level 2 (Process-Defined HRM) in the area of Rewards and Recognition under the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM). In his letter to Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, Director Agustin emphasized that the Agency “has the distinction of being a notch higher than the other agencies and has demonstrated readiness to exercise delegated HR functions that are designed and geared to be at par with Asia’s standard.” The token of recognition was awarded on Feb. 15, this year during the flag-raising ceremonies. The DENR is one of the five agencies regionwide that are in HR Maturity Level 2. With Director Agustin are Jovy VT. Miguel, CSC Acting Director for Cagayan and Batanes Field Offices and Atty. Gil A. Aromin and For. Wilfredo C. Malvar, DENR Assistant Regional Directors for Management and Technical Services, respectively.#
UPGRADING PPLS MANAGEMENT – Dr. Roberto A. Araño, project manager of the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience Program, shares their innovations in ecosystem management focusing on forest patrolling and reporting built on science, technology and partnership through a mobile software application during the capacitation for the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) Local Working Group and the Protected Area Management Board for Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS). PhilCCAP Focal Person Mina L. Labuguen and Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation Technical Assistant George Michael D. Soriano also apprised the participants about good practices on climate change adaptation and crop/fruit tree insurance for upland farmers, respectively. The capacitation was held on Jan. 28, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. #
LEVELLING UP LEADERSHIP COMPETENCE – Provincial Director Rewina D. Arugay of the Civil Service Commission, Isabela Field Office, confers the forty-two graduates of the 1st Batch Supervisory Development Course (SDC) Track I on Feb. 24, this year at the DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City after completing the three-day learning event.  The learners, who are holders of positions with salary grades 18, 19, 22 and 24, had successfully completed the four supervisory sessions:  Enhancing Personal Effectiveness, Managing One’s Career, Becoming a Supervisor, and The Difference between Managing and Doing.  These topics were all geared toward the different supervisory development and management skills and techniques of becoming an effective and efficient supervisor.  The SDC was conducted for first line supervisors to enhance their skills and capabilities on managerial and developmental aspects of supervisory level.  It has to be undertaken up to three tracks to improve their strong leadership and commitment as supervisors.#


CAGAYAN RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT –For. Wilfredo C. Malvar, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services briefs the participants about the Cagayan River Basin Integrated Management and Development Master Plan and its Institutional Framework for the Creation of the Cagayan River Basin Management Council during the Regional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council Joint Meeting at the Pamegafanan Conference Hall, National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office, Tuguegarao City on Mar. 16, this year. Meanwhile, outgoing River Basin Coordinator Edmund S. Malupeng described the project as a challenging one. “In this endeavour, we will be addressing all concerns relative to the development and management of the River Basin to respond on the impact of climate change thru a shared responsibility,” he added.The Cagayan River Basin encompasses the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino in Region 2; portions of Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; and some parts of Aurora in Region 3. #
DENR ON WATER REGULATION – Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa expounds on water regulation, a new function of the Department through his Division, during the “Tipon-Tipan sa PIA” today, Mar. 15, at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Engr. Mabasa said DENR together with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Irrigation Administration was deputized to assist in the regulation of water usage since National Water Resources Management Board does not have field offices. He added that the major role of the Department is to accept, verify and endorse water permit applications, conduct inventory of legal and illegal water users and identify water sources. The media committed to help in information dissemination to avoid water depletion and to regulate its usage. Other topics discussed during the press conference were National Greening Program (NGP), Forest Protection, Management of Protected Areas and Land Titling. With Chief Mabasa are (right to left) Enforcement Division Chief Joel S. Daquioag, Conservation and Development Division Chief Sanrose M.  Pulangco, Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section Chief Robert V. Rivera, NGP Regional Focal Person Remedios T. Agnar and Park Operations Superintendent Mina L. Labuguen. #
NEW BIODIVERSITY MONITORING TOOL – Dr. Roberto R. Araño, Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program consultant, briefly discusses the features of the new technology “LAWIN” during the Monday Convocation held today, Feb. 29. Developed by an international group in 2013, LAWIN or Landscape and Wildlife Indicators is used for monitoring, detecting and viewing specific area of illegal activities particularly in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP) where the B+WISER Program is being implemented. In his message, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan said through the gadget, monitoring the biodiversity within NSMNP and detection of illegal activities within the park is now easy especially that Region 2 has been declared as zero illegal logging hotspot.#
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT – Atty. Mari-Grace L. Cumagun of Civil Service Commission Region 2 accepts her Certificate of Appreciation from DENR Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, for being the guest speaker and lecturer during the kick-off program in celebration of the 2016 National Women’s Month on Mar. 7, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Atty. Cumagun stressed out that empowerment is a choice and should begin on every woman to be able to empower others as well. She also discussed the Philippine laws on women empowerment particularly Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004. Joining ARD Aromin are ARD for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar, Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag and Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel. # 
K4 GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Juan T. Evangelista, president of the Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4), gives update on accomplishments, resolutions passed and adopted, and plans and projects during the 6thAnnual General Assembly (GA) on Feb. 24, this year.  He emphasized in his President’s Report the K4’s contribution in the successful implementation of the Rationalization Plan.  The K4 is now exploring to extend health services to all members through ‘medicard’ aside from financial and medical assistance it has been providing to active members.  Venturing into a joint K4 and Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) income generating project like ‘stall-for-rent for vendors’ is also one of the programs for implementation this year.  The K4 aims to protect the rights and general welfare of each member; promote effective and collective efforts to attain harmonious relationship between the employer and the employees; promote unionism; and seek ways and means to help members lessen their burden by giving financial assistance in times of calamity, hospitalization, and death of member and beneficiary.  With the theme, “Solidarity and Equality in the Pursuit of Common Good,” the GA was held at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.#
GROWING TREES, SAVING FOREST — Using a drone, the newest aerial documentation equipment, this 40-hectare mango plantation maintained by Sta. Victoria Forest Credit Cooperative is vividly seen fruiting after it was established in 2011 in Sta. Victoria, City of Ilagan, Isabela.  Through the use of advance technology, documentation of DENR efforts particularly in forest development has become easier and more accurate .#
BEAUTY AND NATURE -Miss Jovine M. Martin, 21, the official candidate of Tuguegarao City to Miss Philippines Earth 2016, does her part in greening the environment by planting Narra and Mahogany seedlings in Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City on April 7, this year. She was assisted by the members of the Cagayan-I Cycling Association and representatives from the DENR.Miss Martin emphasized that “Saving Mother Earth is not just a one-day activity…but an everyday event, a way of living.” She also encouraged everyone to be responsible ‘eco-warriors’ by taking the initiative to influence people.Martin is competing on the said pageant inJune 12.#
SAVING TREES FROM CARBON RISKS - Environment Management Specialist II Arthur T. Tanguilan of the Environmental Management Bureau Region 2 explains the good practices on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) on Apr. 18, this year at the DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City in celebration of the International Earth Day on April 22.  He highlighted in his presentation proper waste seggregation and establishment of Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) as he emphasized that improper waste management poses threats to both human health and environment.  This year’s theme “Trees for the Earth. Let’s Get Planting,” enjoins everyone not only to to plant trees but also to properly manage  wastes. #
SIMPLIFYING LAND MANAGEMENT– Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar lectures about Land Governance and Transparency before the 57 participating personnel from Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Cagayan and Isabela during the kick-off of the three-day Learning Session on Public Land Disposition (Cluster II) on May 24, this year. He said the event aims to simplify sketchy, technical jargons in the minds of land inspectors and land management officers. Aside from tackling about technical aspects in land disposition, morality and different tenets of good governance were also the focus of his discussion. The learning session is being conducted at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.#

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