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Transparency Seal explained

In National Budget Circular No. 542, issued on August 29, 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reiterates compliance by all offices of the national government, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units with Section 93, the Transparency Seal provision, of the General Appropriations Act of 2012, to wit:

“Sec. 93. Transparency Seal. To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all national government agencies shall maintain a transparency seal on their official websites. The transparency seal shall contain the following information: (i) the agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information; (ii) annual reports, as required under National Budget Circular Nos. 507 and 507-A dated January 31, 2007 and June 12, 2007, respectively, for the last three (3) years; (iii) their respective approved budgets and corresponding targets immediately upon approval of this Act; (iv) major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011; (v) the program/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions; (vi) status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports; and (vii) annual procurement plan, contracts awarded and the name of contractors/suppliers/consultants.”

The Circular also declares that the respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

The Circular directs that the Transparency Seal must be prominently displayed on the main page of the agency website, and linked to a page within the agency website that contains the aforementioned documents in downloadable format. 

Symbolism of the Transparency Seal 

A pearl that is buried inside a tightly-shut shell is practically worthless. Government information is a pearl, meant to be shared with the public in order to maximize its inherent value.

The Transparency Seal, depicted by a pearl shining out of an open shell, is a symbol of a policy shift towards openness in access to government information. On the one hand, it hopes to inspire Filipinos in the civil service to be more open to citizen engagement; on the other, it seeks to invite the Filipino citizenry to exercise their right to participate in governance.

This initiative is envisioned as a step in the right direction towards solidifying the position of the Philippines as the Pearl of the Orient – a shining example for democratic virtue in the region.


DENR compliance with Transparency Seal (per Annex 10 of DBM Memorandum Circular No. 2015-1 dated August 10, 2015)


    • I. DENR mandates and functions, names of officials with their positions and designations, and contact information

a. DENR Mandate, Vision and Mission

b. Directory of MIMAROPA Region Key Officials


    • II. Annual Financial Reports

a. FAR No. 1 - Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances (SAAOBDB)

a.1.  FY 2017  (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  ) 

a.2.  FY 2016  (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  ) 

a.3.  FY 2015  (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  ) 

a.4.  FY 2014 

a.5.  FY 2013


b. FAR No. 4 - Summary Report on Disbursements

b.1.  FY 2017 (  Jan  /  Feb  /  Mar  ) ,  (  Apr  /  May  /  Jun  ), (  July  /  August  /  Sept  ),  (  Oct  /  Nov  /  Dec  )

b.2.  FY 2016 (  Jan  /  Feb  /  Mar  ) ,  (  Apr  /  May  /  Jun  ), (  July  /  August  /  Sept  ),  (  Oct  /  Nov  /  Dec  )

b.3.  FY 2015 (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )

b.4.  FY 2014

b.5.  FY 2013


c. BAR No. 1 - Quarterly Physical Report on Operations/Physical Plan

c.1.  FY 2017 (  Q1   /   Q2    /   Q3   /   Q4  )

c.2.  FY 2016 (  Q1   /   Q2   /   Q3   /   Q4  )

c.3.  FY 2015 (  Q1   /   Q2   /   Q3   /   Q4  )

c.4.  FY 2014

c.5.  FY 2013


d. Physical Plan 

d.1.  FY 2017

d.2.  FY 2016

d.3.  FY 2015

d.4.  FY 2014

d.5.  FY 2013


e. FAR No. 5 - Quarterly Report on Revenue and other Receipts

e.1.  FY 2017 (  Q1   /   Q2    /   Q3   /   Q4  )

e.2.  FY 2016 (  Q1   /   Q2   /   Q3   /   Q4  )

e.3.  FY 2015 (  Q1   /   Q2   /   Q3   /   Q4  )

e.4.  FY 2014

e.5.  FY 2013


f. Financial Plan 

f.1.  FY 2017

f.2.  FY 2016

f.3.  FY 2015

f.4.  FY 2014

f.5.  FY 2013


    • III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets

a. Budget  (FY 2017) (FY 2016)

b. Targets/MFOs/GAA Targets  (FY 2017)  ;  (FY 2016)


    • IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation

a. National Greening Program

a.1 FY 2017 ( Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )

a.2 FY 2016 ( Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )

b. Land Disposition

b.1 FY 2017 (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )

b.2 FY 2016 (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )


    • VI. Quality Management Manual Aligned to ISO 9001:2015

a. DENR Quality Policy 2016 

b. Quality Management Manual 2016 

c. Quality Management Manual Annexes 2016 


    • VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

a. Guidelines on Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals as Basis for Granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY 2016 (DENR Memorandum Circular 2016-10)

b. Supplemental Guidelines on Ranking of Delivery Units as basis for the Grant of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for CY2016 (DENR Memorandum Circular No 2016-12)



    • IX. DENR Scorecards

a. MFO Accountability Report Card (MARC-1)

b. Management Accountatibility Report Card (MARC-2)

c. Priority Program Accountability Report Card (PARC)



DENR slaps criminal charge against Ipilan Nickel Corporation


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July 14, 2017. Puerto Princesa City. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through Brooke’s Point Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Conrado Corpuz, files today at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor a criminal charge against Ipilan Nickel Corporation for violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines.

The case filed by DENR involves a 1.7 hectare area out of the total 24-hectare forest cleared by Ipilan Nickel Corporation in Barangay Maasin, Brooke’s Point which DENR argues to be undoubtedly outside the company’s tree cutting permit.

DENR issued INC a special tree cutting permit in May 2016 as part of its Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA). However, former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez cancelled INC’s environmental compliance certificate (ECC) on December 16, 2016, rendering its tree cutting permit invalid. INC argues its tree cutting permit remains valid.

“Granting without admitting that INC’s tree cutting permit was valid, DENR has a strong case against the company on the 1.7-hectare cleared area,” asserts DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Bernardino.

“This is just the first in a series of cases against INC,” says Corpuz. He said that DENR will also file other charges against INC upon completion of the inventory of the trees cut in the remaining 22.3 hectares. The onset of the rainy season and the huge number of felled trees has slowed down the retrieval and inventory of trees.

DENR is also investigating another violation – the construction of a mine yard road without clearance from DENR. Apart from this, Brooke’s Point Mayor Jean Feliciano is also batting to revoke the SEP (Strategic Environmental Plan) clearance issued by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development to INC.

“INC is criminally liable and Secretary Roy Cimatu wants to ensure that irresponsible miners do not get around the law,” says Palawan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo B. Cayatoc referring to the Secretary’s instruction to not let INC off the hook.Further, President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on July 12, 2017 that mining companies must make up for the destructive impact of their operations on the livelihood of farmers and fishpond owners.

“With the string of cases facing INC, there is little chance it will be allowed to continue its mining operations,” adds Bernardino.

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