Secretary Ramon Paje's Letter to Co-Workers


Dear Co-Workers,

The latest Social Weather Stations survey on the Net Satisfaction with National Administration showed that a good majority of the Filipino people are satisfied with the government's performance in environmental protection. According to the second quarter survey, 65% of the people are pleased with the government's performance in this vital area, while only 18% expressed dissatisfaction.

Out of the 17 specific issues presented to respondents by the SWS, the government's environmental performance got the highest rating. The net rating of +46 in this performance area was the highest in this category since 2000.

The results of the survey only indicate that the impact of the Aquino administration's environment programs is being felt by majority of our people. At the start of his term, President Benigno S. Aquino III immediately laid down a strong environment policy focusing on environmental protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation that would benefit more Filipinos for the long term.

The DENR has finally showed political will and resolve to stop illegal logging through EO 23; embarked on the biggest reforestation campaign in Philippine history through the National Greening Program; improved our capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to cope with geo-hazards; revived the health of our watersheds and waterways; and other initiatives to institutionalize key reforms in the environment and natural resources sector.

With this, we take distinct pride in contributing to the Administration's laudable environmental performance. At the same time, I acknowledge that the Department could not have achieved as much, had it not been for the outstanding support and dedication of our workforce, and that includes you. And so, for this big vote of confidence, the credit has to be shared with you.

So please accept my personal thanks, commendation, and congratulations for a job very well done. May this moment of pride inspire and challenge us all in the DENR family to push higher for quality outputs and greater honors.

Mabuhay tayong lahat!


Very truly yours,



View letter in PDF file: Message of the Secretary to the DENR Workforce

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