Paje , Ramon Jesus P.
November 27, 1960
Newly-appointed Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, a top-rank Career Executive Service Officer, replaced Horacio Ramos, a fellow career officer, in a simple turnover ceremony held on Friday at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.
Ramon J.P. Paje is the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the Noynoy Aquino administration. He was also an undersecretary for Forestry Research of the DENR.
He is also one of the 1996 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardees for Government Service.
Before his appointment as the DENR’s 19th secretary, Paje was the agency’s Undersecretary for Field Operations and the concurrent Executive Director of the Minerals Development Council under the Office of the President.
Paje’s ascension to the post marks only the second time in the DENR’s 23-year history to have the proverbial “bottom-to-top” success by a rank-and-file employee.
His 28-year career span started in 1982 as a junior forester conducting field inspection of reforestation projects of then Bureau of Forest Development (now Forest Management Bureau).
He has then occupied various positions such as senior forester, service director, and assistant secretary prior to his appointment as undersecretary in 1998.
A recipient of a government scholarship, Paje graduated with a degree in BS Forestry in 1982 at the UP Los Baños. He then earned his masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UP-Diliman, and his doctorate in Public Administration in the same school.
He has likewise taken short courses in Harvard University in Massachussets, USA and the Australian National University in Canberra.
Paje has also received various awards, including a Dr. Jose Rizal Huwarang Pilipino Award for Public Service in 1999, and being cited by the Philippine Jaycees as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in 1996. (PNA Features).