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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 

a.3.  FY 2015

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

b.3.  FY 2015

b.4.  FY 2014

b.5.  FY 2013


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

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

c.2.  FY 2016

c.3.  FY 2015

c.4.  FY 2014

c.5.  FY 2013

    Physical Plan (BED No. 2)

c.6.  FY 2017

c.7.  FY 2016

c.8.  FY 2015

c.9.  FY 2014

c.10.  FY 2013


d. FAR No. 5 - Consolidated Quarterly Report of Revenue and other Receipts

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

d.2.  FY 2016

d.3.  FY 2015

d.4.  FY 2014

d.5.  FY 2013


e. Financial Plan (BED No. 1)

e.1.  FY 2017

e.2.  FY 2016

e.3.  FY 2015

e.4.  FY 2014

e.5.  FY 2013


    • III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets

a. DENR Budget FY 2017

b. Corresponding GAA Targets FY 2017


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

a. National Greening Program FY 2017 - ( Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )

b. Land Disposition FY 2017 (  Q1  /  Q2  /  Q3  /  Q4  )


    • VI. QMS Certification by an international organization approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force or ISO 9001:2015 aligned QMS documents

a. DENR Quality Policy 2016 

b. Quality Management Manual 2016 

c. Quality Management Manual Annexes 2016 


    • VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units

a. Guidelines on Ranking Delivery Units as Basis for Granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY2017 (DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2017-10) 

b. Guidelines on Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals as Basis for Granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY 2016 (DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2016-10)

c. 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)


    • VIII. Freedom of Information Manual

a. DENR Freedom of Information Manual (DAO-2016-29)

b. DENR FOI Certificate of Compliance (MC 2017-1, Sec. 5)


    • IX. DENR Scorecards

a. MFO Accountability Report Card (MARC-1)

b. Management Accountatibility Report Card (MARC-2)

c. Priority Program Accountability Report Card (PARC)



“No longer just pen and paper”

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“No longer just pen and paper.” This was the sigh of relief of Arnil Junia, a forest protection officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attending a training on proper gun handling, operation, and firing by the Philippine National Police on November 8, 2017.

Forester Junia shared how demoralizing it is for a field officer to face armed violators without any tool but pen and paper. He added that their lives as forest officers are often in danger every time they apprehend illegal loggers, kaingineros, and wildlife poachers.

Another forest protection officer, Mark Anthony Gabuco, shared that, more often than not, they encounter violent resistance when they apprehend violators. Gabuco emphasized the need to improve their capacity to defend themselves so they can efficiently perform their job as law enforcer.

Junia and Gabuco, both from Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Brooke’s Point, are among the 143 forest officers undergoing training on law enforcement and forest protection in Puerto Princesa on November 6-10, 2017. Apart from gun handling and test firing, the training also includes lectures on  read more...


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