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transparency sealA 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.

 

The General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on 28 December 2020, states in Section 96 the requirements for the Transparency Seal compliance:  

To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all agencies of the government shall maintain a Transparency Seal to be posted on their websites. The Transparency Seal shall contain the following: (i) the agency’s mandates and functions, name of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information; (ii) approved budgets and corresponding targets, immediately upon approval of this Act; (iii) modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in this Act: (iv) annual procurement plan/s and contracts awarded with the winning supplier, contractor, or consultant; (v) major activities or projects categorized in accordance with the 0+10 point socioeconomic agenda and the their target beneficiaries; (vi) status of implementation, evaluation, or assessment reports of said programs and projects; (vii) Budget and Financial Accountability Reports; (viii) People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency, Agency Information Inventory, 2019 and 2020 FOI Summary Report, and 2019 and 2020 FOI Registry; and (ix) annual reports on the status of income authorized by law to be retained or used and be deposited outside of the expenditures, and ending balance for the preceding fiscal year.

 

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.

 

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

a.      The agency’s mandates and functions

•       BPI Mandate, Mission, and Vision

b.      Position, designation, and contact information

•       BPI Officials

II.    DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets

a.     Budget for FY 2018

b.      GAA Performance Targets for FY 2018

III.    Modifications made Pursuant to the General and Special Provisions in the FY 2018 GAA

                •       Not applicable

IV.    Annual Procurement Plan

a.      FY 2018 Annual Procurement Plan (FY 2018 APP Non-CSE)

V.    Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation  

VI.   Annual Financial Reports

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

•         2018 FAR No. 1 (as of March 31, 2018)

•         2017 FAR No. 1 (as of December 31, 2017)

•         2016 FAR No. 1 (as of December 31, 2016)

•         2015 FAR No. 1 (as of December 31, 2015)

•         2014 FAR No. 1 (as of December 2014)

         b.      BAR No. 1: Annual Physical Report of Operations / Physical Plan

VII.   Annual Reports on the Status of Income Authorized by Law to be deposited outside the National Treasury

               •       Not applicable

VIII.  QMS Certification

 a.      Certificate of Accrediation 

       •       PNS ISO / IEC 17025:2005

                   1. Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Section

                   2. Plant Product Safety Services Division

                          Certificate & Scope of Accreditation

IX.   System of Ranking Delivery Units

 a.      System of Ranking FY 2018

X.    The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures

XI.   Freedom of Information

a.     Final People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual signed by Head of Agency

b.     2018 & 2017 FOI Summary Reports and Registry

Plant Product Safety Services Division 1

 

PPSSD Building

Republic Act No. 10611 also known as the “Food Safety Act of 2013” mandated the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) as a Food Safety Regulatory Agency (FSRA) under the Department of Agriculture. The BPI-Plant Product Safety Services Division (PPSSD) undertakes responsibilities relevant to food safety of fresh and minimally processed plant foods from primary production to post-harvest stages of the food supply chain.

 

VISION/MISSION

Vision

PPSSD is an internationally recognized regulatory office in providing competent, efficient and quality services responsive to the needs of plant food stakeholders.

Mission

We ensure safe plant food from primary production to post-harvest stages of the food supply chain through effective food control systems and laboratory services.

 

FUNCTIONS 

The Plant Product Safety Services Division ensures plant product safety of fresh and minimally processed plant foods consistent with the Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act of 2013 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. It is tasked to implement the following:

1. Strengthen the implementation of food control system on plant foods;
2. Intensify the monitoring system of contaminants and pesticide residue to assure the supply of safe food for the consumers;
3. Provide analytical services for microbiological, physico-chemical, pesticide formulation and pesticide residue analyses; and
4. Coordinate 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, Risk Analysis Unit, and GAP Unit and is tasked to:
 

1. Inspect, register, and issue endorsement prior to licensing of packing houses and establishments for compliance to food safety standards and regulations involved in the distribution of fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables;
2. Inspect packinghouses of fresh agricultural produce intended for export and domestic markets for compliance to food safety standards and regulations;
3. Conduct food safety risk analysis of imported plant food for market access;
4. Conduct food safety risk assessment of plants and plant products derived from modern biotechnology; and
5. Implement Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) Program including assigning inspectors to perform farm inspection and generating reports to be reviewed and approved by the PhilGAP certification committee, and act as the Secretariat for the PhilGAP certification.

 
 Contaminants Laboratory Section (CLS)
 
 Composed of Microbiological Contaminants Unit and Chemical Contaminants Unit, and is tasked to:
 

1. Monitor and provide analytical services for microbiological contaminants in fresh and minimally processed plant food; and
2. Monitor chemical contaminants and provide analytical services for fresh and minimally processed agricultural produce.

Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Section (PALS)

Composed of Pesticide Residue Unit and Formulation Analysis Unit, both are ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certified, and is 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.
  • Covers Region III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and NCR

 

Satellite Pesticide Analytical Laboratories (SPALs)

Four (SPALs) are tasked to monitor pesticide residue levels and provide pesticide residue analytical services in their respective regions.

1. SPAL Baguio (covers Regions I, II and Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR)

BAGUIO SPAL

 

2. SPAL Cebu (covers Regions VI, VII and VIII)

 CEBU SPAL

 

3. SPAL Cagayan de Oro (covers Regions IX, X, XIII)

 CDO SPAL

 

4. SPAL Davao (covers Regions XI, XII and BARMM)

 SPAL DAVAO

 

SERVICES OFFERED 

1. PhilGAP Certification
2. Licensing of Cold Storage Warehouses (CSWs)
3. Licensing of Food Business Operators
4. Registration of FBO-Designated Food Safety Compliance Officer (FSCO) 
5. Accreditation of BPI Training Service Provider on Food Safety
6. Analysis of Pesticide Residues 
7. Analysis of Microbiological Contaminants 
8. Analysis of Chemical Contaminants
9. Analysis of Pesticide Formulation 
10. Accreditation of Plant Food Testing Laboratories

APPLICATION AND REQUEST FORMS

AIS 

BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F1 - PhilGAP Application Form
BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F1A - Annex A - Production and Harvesting Records
BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F1B - Annex B - List of Farm Inputs
BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F25 - CSW Application Form
BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F32 - Application for License to Operate
BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F37 - Application for Registration of Food Safety Compliance Officer (FSCO)
BPI-QMS-PPSSD-F39 - Application for Accreditation of Training Service Provider

PALS / CLS

PPSSD-01A - Request of Analysis and Order of Payment (Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Section)
PPSSD-01B - Request of Analysis and Order of Payment (Contaminants Laboratory Section)
PPSSD-01C - Request of Analysis and Order of Payment (SPAL-Baguio)
PPSSD-01D - Request of Analysis and Order of Payment (SPAL-CDO)
PPSSD-01E - Request of Analysis and Order of Payment (SPAL-Cebu)
PPSSD-01F - Request of Analysis and Order of Payment (SPAL-Davao)
PPSSD-12 - Complaint, Evaluation, and Progress Report
PPSSD-19 - Request for Quotation

LEGAL REFERENCES / GUIDELINES

CERTIFICATION OF ACCREDITATION

 

 

 

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