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 1st Regional ManCon for CY 2016
by:  Deniel Salvador B. Morillo


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)MIMAROPA Region held its first Regional Management Conference (ManCon) for Calendar Year 2016 last March 16-17 at the Aroma Family Hotel and Resort Complex, Airport Road, San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

1st mancon 2016-1Headed by DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Oscar C. Dominguez, the two-day conference convened to assess the targets and provide updates on the different projects of the Region. The quarterly event also had the goal to prepare the different field offices for future projects and events.

The Regional Management Conference was formally opened by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Occidental Mindoro, Conrado A. Espejo Jr., who welcomed the delegates from the regional and field offices. In his speech, he highlighted the prominent scenic spots of Occidental Mindoro, such as the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP), and Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park (MIBNP) - which is the home of the endemic and endangered Tamaraw. He also took pride that Occidental Mindoro is considered as the largest rice and leading corn producer in MIMAROPA.

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