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 holds the First-Ever Mutya ng Kalikasan 2015

mutya ng kalikasanAs part of the culmination of the month-long celebration of Environment Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources MIMAROPA held its first-ever Mutya ng Kalikasan 2015 Pageant.

Eleven (11) beautiful candidates coming from the different offices across the region joined the pageant last July 18, 2015 at the Marinduque Convention Center, Boac, Marinduque. Regional Office was represented by Ms. Edzen Marie Trambulo of Management Services and Ms. Sabriza Lucidos of Technical Services. From the Province of Oriental Mindoro, Ms. Charity D. Aguila represented PENRO Calapan and Ms. Josephine Lovella Malijan of CENRO Roxas. Occidental Mindoro's representatives were Ms. Dona Carissa U. Alvarez of PENRO Mamburao, Kathleen Jane Lugtu of CENRO San Jose, and Kathleen Pascual of CENRO Sablayan. Candidates from Palawan were Ms. Sherly C. Bacan of PENRO Palawan and Ms. Donna C. Cocjen of CENRO Taytay. PENRO Romblon's candidate was Ms. Iloisa Amor Mingoa and from the host province, PENRO Marinduque was Ms. Jhonna Liza Medenilla.

One of the primary goals of the pageant is to project a vibrant and dynamic DENR MIMAROPA Region by creating a core of intelligent, youthful and presentable DENR personnel who will serve as the face of the Department in promoting public awareness in the conservation, protection, and sustainable management of ENR resources.

The candidates were judged based on intelligence, personality and talent. The candidates also competed for the special awards namely: best in talent, best in swimwear, best in creative gown and most photogenic. The talents showcased by the   read more...

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