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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. 2018-01 dated May 28, 2018)
    • I. DENR mandates and functions, names of officials with their positions and designations, and contact information



To spearhead the campaign in educating the youth on the importance of world wildlife, the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol with the Provincial Government of Albay celebrated the 2019 World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2019 at the Albay Parks and Wildlife, Legazpi City.

The celebration was participated in by the youth coming from different municipalities and cities in the province of Albay. World Wildlife Day is celebrated globally every March 3, the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973.

With the theme, “Life Below Water for People and Planet”, WWD 2019 focuses on marine species, highlighting the critical issues and values of marine wildlife to our everyday lives. The activity also aims to highlight the opportunity to celebrate various successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and to gear up support for future endeavors.

In her talk during the Symposium, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez emphasized the role of the youth in the conservation and protection of our natural resources. “You are the all catalysts of change, your actions no matter how small they are can bring a huge impact to our environment,” said Director Rodriguez.

The celebration of the WWD 2019 was marked by a series of events and activities. As part of the activities, the DENR headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV and the Provincial Government of Albay through the leadership of Governor Al Francis C. Bichara conducted the following activities: Poster and Slogan Making, Essay Writing, Mobile Photography and Quiz Bee. All these activities are aimed at raising the awareness of the youth on the importance of life below water and highlight what they can contribute in the protection and conservation of our ecosystem.

Meanwhile, RED Aromin in his message said, “This day is an eye opener for all of us to develop our sense of connection to help reduce the threat to our marine species. Stop using plastic.” RED Aromin added that the youth plays a great role in the preservation of Mother Nature for they are the ones who will inherit the gains of a healthy environment.###


Photo Releases

DENR Bicol Hastens Government Procurement Process

DENR BICOL HAS A NEW GUARD. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol has a new guard in the person of Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV. By virtue of Special Order 2019-07 dated January 7, 2019, Atty. Aromin will lead DENR Bicol replacing Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag, CESO IV who will also serve as RED of DENR Region 2.



Masbate Kids Celebrate WMBD. (Photo by: Cyrus Job Dela Cruz)

Sunset as seen near the Naro Island Wildlife Sanctuary (NIWS), a Protected Area (PA) located at the southern part of Masbate Province. (Photo by: Cyrus Job Dela Cruz)

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