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. Source: Section 7.0, National Budget Circular No. 542, August 29, 2012.
National Budget Circular 542
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 FY 2012. 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.
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.
DA Compliance with Sec. 99 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10964 (General Appropriations Act 2018)
I. The agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information
The Republic Act No. 10611 also known as Food Safety Act of 2013 mandates the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) as a Food Safety Regulatory Agency (FSRA) under the Department of Agriculture (DA). The Plant Product Safety Services Division (PPSSD) under the BPI is tasked to undertake responsibilities relevant to food safety of fresh and minimally processed plant foods from primary production to post-harvest stages of the food supply chain.
PPSSD is an internationally recognized regulatory office in providing competent efficient and quality services responsive to the need of plant food stakeholders.
We ensure safe plant food from primary production to post harvest stages of the food supply chain through effective food control system and laboratory services.
Enforces food safety control on plant foods;
Intensifies the monitoring system of contaminants and pesticide residue to assure the supply of safe food for the consumers;
Provides laboratory services for microbiological examination, physico-chemical analysis, pesticide formulation and pesticide residue analysis; and
Coordinates with other local and international authorities on activities relevant to the functions of the Division.
SECTIONS AND LABORATORIES
Accreditation and Inspection Section (AIS)
Composed of Food Safety Unit, PhilGAP Unit and Risk Assessment Unit and is tasked to:
Inspect packinghouses and establishments for compliances to food safety standards and regulations involved in the distribution of fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables;
Inspect packinghouses of fresh agricultural produce intended for export and domestic markets for compliance to food safety standards and regulations;
Conducts food safety risk assessment of plants and plant products for market access and those derived from modern biotechnology; and
Implements Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) Program
Contaminants Laboratory Section (CLS)
Composed of Microbiology Unit and Chemistry Unit, and is tasked to:
Monitor chemical and microbiological contaminants and biotoxins; and
Provide physico-chemical and microbiological analytical services for fresh and minimally processed agricultural produce.
Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Section (PALS)
Composed of Pesticide Residue Unit and Formulation Analysis Unit, both scopes are ISO / IEC 17025:2005 certified, tasked to:
Monitor pesticide residue level in locally produced and imported agricultural commodities; and
Provide analytical services for pesticide residues and formulation to various stakeholders.
Four (4) satellite pesticide analytical laboratories are tasked to monitor pesticide residue of local agricultural produce which are strategically located in:
SPAL Baguio (covers Regions I, II and Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR)
SPAL Cebu (covers Regions VI, VII and VIII)
SPAL Cagayan de Oro (covers Regions IX, X, Caraga)
SPAL Davao (covers Regions XI, XII and ARMM)
SERVICES OFFERED CERTIFICATE OF ACCREDITATION
Accreditation of Plant Food Testing Laboratory;
Pesticide Residue Analysis;
Physico-Chemical Analysis (ash, moisture, specific gravity, total nitrogen, percentage of total crude protein, total acidity;
Microbiological Analysis (standard plate count, yeast and mold count, coliform count and Salmonella);
Analysis of Heavy Metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead)
FORMS: GAP-F01 – PhilGAP Application Form GAP-F01A - ANNEX A – Production and Harvesting Records GAP-F01B - ANNEX B – List of Fertilizers, Pesticides and Other
Agricultural Chemicals PPSSD-01A - Request for Analysis (Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Section) PPSSD-01B - Request for Analysis (Contaminants Laboratory Section)
GUIDELINES DC03_S2016 - Guidelines on the Accreditation of Plant Food Testing Laboratories AC01_S2018 - Rules and Regulations on the Certification of Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) for Crops, Superseding Administrative Circular No. 10 Series 2013.