RAMON J.P. PAJE:  A 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.

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Book lauds island conservation efforts 

 

Book lauds island conservation efforts DENR MIMAROPA

June 16, 2017, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - MIMAROPA Region launches today the coffee table book “Apo Reef Natural Park, the Rising Jewel of the Deep” to immortalize the grandeur of the island paradise and showcase the concerted efforts of the government and stakeholders to protect the island’s unique biodiversity.

The Apo Reef Natural Park is located 33 kilometers off the coast of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and covers 27, 469 hectares of diverse flora and fauna. It is also one of the 240 protected areas in the country identified in the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.

Unfortunately, unsustainable and illegal fishing activities damaged the island and threatened its ecosystem. In response (...read more)

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