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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 2 of DBM Memo Circular No. 2018-1 dated May 28, 2018)

    • I. DENR MANDATES AND FUNCTIONS, NAMES OF OFFICIALS WITH THEIR POSITIONS AND DESIGNATIONS, AND CONTACT INFORMATION

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

OTHER FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS (FY2018)

d. FAR No. 1-A. Summary of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures (SAAODBOE)

e. FAR No. 1-B. List of Allotments and Sub-Allotments (LASA)

   e.1. FY 2018

 f. FAR No. 3. Aging of Due and Demandable Obligations (ADDO) (Annual)

g. FAR No. 4. Summary Report on Disbursements

 i. BED No. 1 Financial Plan

        1. e.1. FY 2018
        2. e.2. FY 2017
        3. e.3. FY 2016
        4. e.4. FY 2015

                      VII. ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE STATUS OF INCOME AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO BE DEPOSITED OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL TREASURY, including the legal basis, beginning balance, income collected, and its sources, expenditures and ending balance (indicate if not applicable)

a. BP 100-B Statement of Other Receipts/Expenditures
a.1. DENR Off-Budget Account for 2019
a.2. DENR Off-Budget Account for 2018
a.3. DENR Off-Budget Account for 2017

b. FAR No. 2.  Statements of Approved Budget, Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances (SABUDB)

b.1. FY 2018 (Q1) (Q2) (Q3) (Q4)

c. FAR No. 2-A. Summary of Approved Budget Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures (SABUDBOE)

c.1. FY 2018 (Q1) (Q2) (Q3) (Q4)

X. THE AGENCY REVIEW AND COMPLIANCE PROCEDURE OF STATEMENTS AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES

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Upland farmers use cost-efficient technology to reforest grassland area in Zambales

A group of upland farmers has helped the government in bringing back trees in a portion of grassland ecosystem in Zambales using cost-efficient way and by enhancing the establishment of second-growth forest, environment officials here revealed. 

Arthur Salazar, deputy director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office, said the Malatapi Community Livelihood Center, Incorporated (MCLCI) in Candelaria, Zambales, a people’s organization (PO) and beneficiary of the DENR’s community-based forest management program (CBFMP) has managed to reforest a total of 60-hectare grassland portion of their CBFMP area without planting any seedlings or additional cost from the DENR but through assisted natural regeneration (ANR). 

“What these upland farmers did is to find surviving tree species or seedlings including wildlings in the grassland area, then, they uprooted the grass around the tree, combined with grass pressing by foot to clear the surrounding of the tree species from weeds. This method of forest restoration is technically called as ANR,” he explained. 

He said ANR is a cost-efficient technology of rehabilitating degraded forest land and shrub vegetation by taking advantage of trees already growing in the area, and by protecting and nurturing it. 

“They have protected the tree species from grass fire and grazing by establishing fire lines or fire breaks to make sure its survival. They have also constructed look-out tower for regular monitoring against any forest disturbance,” he said. 

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