Philippine Transparency Seal

National Budget Circular 542, issued by the Department of Budget and Management on August 29, 2012, reiterates compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of FY2012. Section 93 is the Transparency Seal provision, 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 respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

A Transparency Seal, prominently displayed on the main page of the website of a particular government agency, is a certificate that it has complied with the requirements of Section 93. This Seal links to a page within the agency’s website which contains an index of downloadable items of each of the above-mentioned documents.


Symbolism

A pearl 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, 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.

Department of Agriculture Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY 2012)

I. The Agency's Mandate, Vision, Mission and List of Officials
    A. The agency's mandates and functions
    B. Position, Designation and Contact Information

II. Annual Financial Reports

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

         1. FY 2016

         2. FY 2015

    B. Summary Report on Disbursements (FAR No. 4)

         1. FY 2016

         2. FY 2015
         
    C. Quarterly Physical Report of Operations / Physical Plan (BAR No. 1)

         1. FY 2015 (as of September 2015)

              a. Rice

              b. Corn

              c. High Value Crops Development

              d. Livestock

              e. Organic Agriculture

              f. Market Oriented Program and Trading Center

    D. Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts (FAR No. 5)

         1. FY 2015 

         2. FY 2014

    E. Financial Plan (Detailed Statement of Current Year's Obligations Disbursements and Unpaid Obligations) (FAR No. 1-A)

         1. FY 2015

         2. FY 2014

         3. FY 2013

    F. Annual Reports

         1. FY 2014

         2. FY 2013

III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets

    A. 2015 Budget

    B. 2015 Targets / MFO's / GAA Targets

IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation
    A. 2015 Programs, Projects
    B. 2015 Beneficiaries
         1. Rice
         2. Corn
         3. High Value Crops Development
         4. Livestock
         5. Organic Agriculture
         6. Various Support Services
    C. 2015 Status of Implementation (as of September 2015)

V. Annual Procurement Plan
    A. 2015 Annual Procurement Plan

VI. System of Ranking Delivery UNits and Individuals

VII. Agency Operations Manual

 

IDSS Chief, Erwin Rodriguez (in black) explaining to the active participants of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, the proper way of making the corn husk doll’s head.

 

Eye-catching colourful flowers and glamorous dolls were crafted out of corn husk in the municipalities of Tigbao and Mahayag, respectively.
Each municipality was participated in by Women Empowerment Movement-Rural Improvement Club (WEMRIC), 4H Club members and from academe.
The Corn banner program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Institutional Development Support Services (IDSS) initiated a Hands-on Training for Corn By-products to ensure that corn producing municipality will be able to recycle their corn husk, considered as waste during harvest time. This too is in support to achieving zero waste.

(L-R)Dipolog City Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy, Vice-Mayor Horacio B. Velasco, Provincial Agriculturist Celsa Gayapa, DA Regional Information Officer Maria Melba B. Wee, and City Agriculturist Jose Kerr Porlas pledged to consume brown rice and other staple food aside from white rice during the BROWN4good launching in Dipolog City on August 30, 2016.

“We will support the BROWN4good Challenge because this project brings goodness to the consumers, the farmers, and most of all it will help those who have less in life,” spurred Hon. Darel Dexter T. Uy, Mayor of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
The BROWN4good Challenge was officially launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) at the Boulevard, Dipolog City on August 31, 2016.

Zamboanga Peninsula has more than P1.52 billion portfolio under the Infrastructure Development component of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) out of the P18.5 Billion project cost allocation nationwide.

In a press conference held in Ipil last week, Regional Director Constancio G. Alama bared the accomplishments and on-going activities of PRDP in Region IX since December 2014.

“Lots of activities were undertaken in the field yet we missed to inform the people fully. We need you to amplify the things we have done, not only in PRDP but all the programs and projects undertaken by DA,” Regional Director Constancio G. Alama told the media practitioners in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Some 500 students enjoyed a cup of brown rice chow fanduring the Brown Rice symposium held at Zamboanga del Sur National High School (ZSNHS) Gymnasium, Pagadian City on August 18, 2016.

“It’s my first time to eat brown rice. I love it because it’s delicious and it makes me feel so full,” Jolina M. Guiling, Grade 7, said after consuming her meal.

Maria Melba B. Wee, Regional Information Officer stressed, “brown rice is not a variety of rice rather it is an unpolished rice; meaning it has undergone only single pass of milling. With this kind of process,brown rice ismore nutritious, and has 75% higher milling recovery compared to white rice. Regular consumption of brown rice helps reduce cancer incidence and heart diseases.”

“It is my moral obligation to provide available and affordable food for my people,” as President Rodrigo Duterte said in a book entitled “Feeding Millions” authored by now Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol. Realizing this is DA’s MaunladnaAgrikulturaSa Nayon (MANA), special project that would support and match an enhanced provision of agricultural investments and services to empower more farmers and fisherfolk.

Participants to the 2016 Regional Food Terminal Summit

Currently, 67 Food Terminals (FT) are operational in Region 9; 23 in Zamboanga del Sur, 25 in Zamboanga del Norte, 8 in Zamboanga Sibugay , 3 in Isabela City and 8 in Zamboanga City.
This year’s 5th Summit theme “Improving Food Accessibility through Market Linkages and Convergence” will strengthen the existence and sustain the food terminal in their respective area. As encouraged by Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot the Regional Focal person for Food Terminal project said that “one of the marching orders of Secretary Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture is to ensure the availability and affordability of food for Filipinos. This is where our Food Terminals would come in. We have a big contribution in ensuring not just available food but at the same time affordable for the consumers.”

Some 40 farmers attend the GAP Corn training in SitioTaloptap, Vitali, Zamboanga City. Seated are resource speakers from DA Corn Program, Integrated Laboratory, Engineering and Vitali District Office.

About 40 participants joined the two-day training for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Corn held at Sinoropan Elementary School, Vitali district, Zamboanga City recently.
The GAP training is conducted in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist through its field office.
According to Arben Madugo, Vitali District– Agriculture field officer, the existing corn area in Vitali covers approximately 200 hectares. Corn farmers usually do two to three croppings per year depending on variety used. Magdugo said corn is one of the priority commodities in Vitali as it is also one of the staple food aside from rice. “We are grateful for DA and this opportunity to enhance our farmer’s knowledge on the operations in corn production from site selection to post harvest activities. We hope that with the adaptation of the best practices, it would lessen production waste and increase corn output and also farmers’ income.”

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