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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

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

II. Annual Reports

  • b. Disbursement and Income
  • c. Physical Plan 
  • e. Financial Accountability Reports 

III. DENR approved budgets and corresponding targets

  • a. Approved Budget

b. Corresponding Targets

                      b.1. FY 2013 
                      b.2. FY 2012 

IV. Major DENR programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key result areas under E.O. 43, s. 2011


V. The program/project beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions


VI. Status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports

  • a. Accomplishment Report for FY 2013

 •   FY 2013 3rd Quarter Accomplishment Report

                              -  Support to Operations
                              -  General Administration and Support Services
                              -  Forest Management Service
                              -  Land Management Service (as of October)
                              -  Protected Areas, Watershed and Coastal Zone Management Service
                              -  Ecosystem Research Development Service (as of October)

               •   FY 2013 2nd Quarter Accomplishment Report

                              -  Support to Operations
                              -  General Administration and Support Services
                              -  Forest Management Service
                              -  Land Management Service
                              -  Protected Areas, Watershed and Coastal Zone Management Service
                              -  Ecosystem Research Development Service     

                •   FY 2013 1st Quarter Accomplishment Report

                              -  Support to Operations
                              -  General Administration and Support Services
                              -  Forest Management Service
                              -  Land Management Service
                              -  Protected Areas, Watershed and Coastal Zone Management Service
                              -  Ecosystem Research Development Service  
                                   * ERDS Narrative Report                               

VII. Annual procurement plans, contracts awarded and the name of contractors/ suppliers/ consultants





Different images of the environment ranging from lush vegetation, women protecting Mother Nature, deforestation, global warming, tree planting, disasters, fishes in abstract form and others were portrayed in the Environmental Painting Contest launched by the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

RD Samuel Peñafiel in his message during the Awarding Program pointing of the two (2) scenarios depicted in the paintings, one that is grim and the other hope said that “there is no reason to be negative as there are many things that are being done by different groups, organizations locally and globally to minimize the impact of Climate Change”. He then urged everyone “to continue with economic progress and help one another to avert the negative scenario”. 

            The competition was launched by the EMB in cooperation of the Artists Guild of La Union (AGLAUN) and private companies within Region 1 as part of the Environment Month Celebration in June.  Fourteen (14) entries of oil paintings using the theme “Raise your Voice not the Sea Level” were submitted wherein judging and awarding ceremonies was held at the Atrium of SM Rosales in Pangasinan on July 15, 2014.

Three (3) winners were adjudged for their originality, artistry and environmental message by a 5-member Judges consisting of RTD Barbara Pernia of the Forest Management Service, RTD Ronnie Jacinto Ms. Marizel Calpito of the Protected Areas Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) and chaired by Dr. Nathaniel Rimando of the AGLAUN. 

The beautifully-crafted painting of women embracing Mother Nature with a fitting title “The Warm Embrace” entry of Mr. Ricardo Sanchez garnered the top prize of P30,000. The artist from Bauang, La Union, Mr. Bernard Barbadillo with his piece “Ang aking impresyon sa pagbabago ng panahon… ikaw at ako ay may pananagutan” captured the 2nd prize of P25,000 while the entry of Mr. Felicisimo Ryan Boado with a title “Nasa Atin ang Simula” grabbed the 3rd prize of Php20,000. 

Dr. Nathaniel Rimando, Chairman of the Board of Judges and founder of AGLAUN said that majority of the participants are members of their organization. Mr. Bernard Barbadillo, 3rd Prize winner appreciated the  competition as this is a “very good opportunity of the artists to meet, converge and know one-another (for new members) and show our concern for the environment through our artistic skills”.

Eng’r. Alberto F. Badillo of the 1590 Energy Corporation and one of the judges and sponsor of the event, in his message stressed that he was overwhelmed about the competition because of the varied   environmental messages depicted in the paintings which he hoped that the meaningful aspirations will be taken heartily and not only portrayed in the paintings for a brighter future.

The private companies who sponsored the competition include Toyota Dagupan City, Inc., Honda Cars, Pangasinan, 1590 Energy Corporation, Nepo Mall Dagupan, Northern Cement Corporation, HOLCIM Phils., Borealis Corp., Jollibee, PCAPI and SoilTech Agrl. Products.

All the oil painting entries are now on display at the DENR gallery for viewing while the winning pieces will be the property of the office. EEPatrimonio/DENR-RPAO-1

Photo Releases

DENR-1 BUILDING LANDSCAPE & MIN-GARDEN UNVEILED. Photo shows RD Samuel Peňafiel (right), RTD for Forestry For. Barbara Pernia (left), RD Joel Salvador of EMB and Finance Chief Rosalia Soriano during the opening of the building’s landscape located on the terrace of the 2nd Flr.

RD Peňafiel delivers his inspirational message to the audienceand awarding of the top winner of the 1st One-MGB Photo Contest, Mr. Bob Gayo with RD Carlos Tayag of MGB-1

Top photo shows the First prize Winner in the Mural Painting Contest –the Damortis National High School as awarded by PENRO Samuel Songcuan and RD Peñafiel. Below photo shows the seven (7) DENR-1 employees recognized for their meritorious accomplishments together with DENR key official

La Union PENRO Officer Samuel Songcuan gives message in a short program during the launching of the Mural painting Contest with the theme “Kulayan Natin and Pilipinas”, a climate change advocacy of the DENR-PIA-1.

A total of fifteen (15) public and private secondary schools of La Union participated in painting ecological figures and messages of the fence wall along the Government Center in Sevilla, City of San Fernando.

The winning entries were bagged by students of the Damortis National High School (left, 1st prize), La Union National High School (right top, 2nd prize) and Aringay National High School (right down, 3rd prize)

DENR-1 HAS NEW AUDITOR.   Regional Director Peñafiel welcomed the new Auditor, Ms. Shirley F. Sison (in black blazer) for the DENR-1 concurrently also with EMB-1 and PENRO-Pangasinan while the former Auditor, Ms. Rosita Junio (next to Ms. Sison) will be assigned to PENROs La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte during the EXECOM Meeting on July 14, 2014 at the DENR Conference Hall.

BOOK ON INEC-IFMA PROJECT LAUNCHED. A book entitled POLES of HOPE was launched at the DENR-1 Regional Office with a presentation of the book’s highlights before the EXECOM Members by I.Norte-PENRO Juan P. Delos Reyes and turning over a copy to RD Peñafiel and FMS-Regional Technical Director Barbara M. Pernia.The book is about the success story of the partnership of PENRO I. Norte and the Ilocos Norte Electric Company in leading innovations adopted through the Industrial Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) of the DENR.

DENR-1 STRENGTHENED IEC ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS THROUGH THE MGB’S GEOHAZARD MAPPING. Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, DENR Region I is interviewed by Radio Anchor Romy Acosta of DWLU-FM, a local radio station, giving details of certain activities slated to highlight the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.

Dr. Nathaniel Rimando (center) of AGLAUN announcing the winners, (from left) 1st Prize Richard Sanchez, Bernard Barbadillo (2nd Prize). Also in the photo are RD Samuel Peñafiel and Ms. Venus Junio

The artist’s display of their oil painting entries (top) and the winning entry “The Warm Embrace”  (center photo)

GIANT TURTLE CAPTURED.  A Marine Turtle locally called “pawikan” was caught by fisherman at the coastal area of Sitio Aliguas, Libsong East, Lingayen, Pangasinan on July 21, 2014. The swimming turtle which was trapped in a net by Mr. Luis Casaclang was measured to be 91.5 cm long with a width of 80.4 cm. Based on a report of For. Marlyn M. Banda of DENR-CENRO Dagupan, the captured turtle with no identification or tag bear no injuries was immediately released to the sea on the same day after this was properly tagged.

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