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.


DENR MIMAROPA execs commit to uplift region’s performance ranking

By: Dona P. Corado


Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-MIMAORPA Region concluded a three-day management conference last April 26, 2017 with a clear road map to level up the agency’s performance ranking by ensuring timely and excellent accomplishment of its targets.

Regional Director Natividad Y. Bernardino, together with Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr., In-charge of the Office of the ARD for Management Services, Manuel T. Escasura, Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs and CENROs), Division Chiefs and Park Area Superintendents agreed to complete various commitments in a given timetable to catch up with the agency targets and improve its overall ranking, which slid down in the first quarter of 2017 due to its low budget utilization rate (BUR).

In her opening message, RD Bernardino stated that the conference would serve as a venue to “troubleshoot the low BUR” by identifying the cause and extent of the problem and from there draw up strategic measures to address the issue.

RD Bernardino, together with the PENROs and CENROs noted that the low BUR attributed to the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP), which was adversely affected due to the result of the validation done in some of the ....read more

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