Paje orders blacklisting of erring cadastral survey contractors

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje has ordered his regional executive directors nationwide to blacklist survey contractors and geodetic engineers who failed to complete the cadastral survey projects awarded to them.

Paje’s move came in the wake of initial reports that a number of cadastral survey projects outsourced by the government were incomplete or abandoned by the survey contractors.   

“This blacklisting should serve as a warning to all survey contractors as well geodetic engineers to be more serious in the conduct of business with the government,” Paje said.

The blacklisting will also enable the DENR to move for the final disposition of abandoned cadastral survey projects to competent survey groups, he said.

According to Paje, President Aquino has given the DENR a marching order to hasten and complete the cadastral survey of the country in support of the government’s various projects such as land titling, land use planning, taxation and internal revenue allotment (IRA) program for the different municipalities nationwide.

In DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-05, Paje directed the Land Management Bureau to conduct an inventory and establish a database of abandoned cadastral survey projects.  

A cadastral survey project is said to be abandoned when field activities are left unfinished after the period stipulated in the contract, when the contractor fails to correct survey defects within a prescribed period, or when the contractor fails to return survey project records and other violations of the contract.

In the order, Paje has given the regional executive director (RED) the power to cancel abandoned survey projects, and to determine and impose the appropriate sanctions against the erring geodetic engineer or survey contractor.

The RED is also empowered to forfeit the performance bond of the contractor and file appropriate charges before a proper court, if warranted.

Paje also said that the RED can also file a petition to the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP) for the cancellation or suspension of the erring GE’s accreditation.

 


 


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

Paje urges LGUs to declare high risk areas as “no habitation zones”

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje is urging all local government units (LGUs) to declare as “no habitation zones” areas in their respective municipalities and cities that have been identified as high-risk to landslides and flashfloods. 

Paje likewise appealed to local officials to consider the relocations sites identified by the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureaus (MGB) in order to minimize the adverse impact of geological hazards on the people.

Paje’s twin appeal came on the heels on the landslide and flooding incidents that claimed several lives caused by the recent typhoons that entered the country’s area of responsibility.

“I am appealing to the LGUs to make use of the geohazard maps distributed by the DENR in order to avoid loss of lives and properties especially at this critical time when the typhoons passing the country trigger heavy precipitation on land,” Paje said.

According to Paje, the geohazard maps that were distributed to LGUs last year not only identify the areas susceptible to landslides, floods and flashfloods but also the level of their susceptibility such as high, moderate or low.

“I am strongly recommending that areas that are identified as high risks should be avoided for habitation and the residents immediately relocated,” Paje stressed.  He said that the MGB has also indicated in the geohazard maps possible relocation sites which the LGUs may consider in their resettlement program.

Under the existing protocol, LGUs shall evacuate inhabitants living in flood- and landslide-prone areas to relocation sites in times of impending typhoon or other weather disturbances that could bring about heavy rains.

Paje said that the 1:50,000-scale geohazard maps of the entire country have already been distributed to 1,600 municipalities and cities and 4,000 barangays nationwide as part of the risk reduction strategy of the government.

Information dissemination activities regarding the use of the maps were also conducted in different municipalities and barangays by the DENR.

Meanwhile, Paje said the densification of the geohazard maps is now underway throughout the country.  The map densification project, which is being implemented by the MGB until 2013, involves the production of a more detailed version of geohazard maps, having a scale of 1:10,000. 

 


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

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