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.



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    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P Paje was in Puerto Princesa City last March 22, 2014 for an on-site visitation to insure operation of field station in idyllic Snake Island in Honda Bay, Palawan.

     Provincial Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez and his staff accompanied the Secretary during his visit in the province and rode on-board a chopper to reach Snake Island. The said chopper was the first one that landed at Snake Island's helipad. Secretary Paje and Governor Alvarez were warmly welcomed by MIMAROPA's Regional Director Oscar C. Dominguez, PENRO Palawan Juan C. Dela Cruz and some DENR personnel in the island.

     The Snake Island was chosen as a prime research center for the country’s coastal and marine resources or the National Coastal and Marine Center for Research (NCMCR) by virtue of DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-12 dated November 3, 2011. It was established to have a more effective and efficient conservation of our country’s vast biodiversity and serve as a field station for applied research on marine and coastal ecosystems, ecotourism and biodiversity. In effect, Snake Island was temporarily closed to any tourism activities since February 2, 2012 for restoration purposes. The existing DENR building was renovated and additional facilities such as mangrove boardwalk and helipad with gazebo were constructed. DENR also acquired a service motorboat - M/B Hawksbill for the conduct of patrol and monitoring activities within the island. (Vivian Soriano)


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