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Other Governmental Organizations:


See also:


Auditoría General de la República (General Auditorship of the Republic)


image by Zoltan Horvath, 11 November 2012

The AGR (Auditoría General de la República, General Auditorship of the Republic) oversees the fiscal supervision of the Contraloría General de República and its dependencies at Department, District and Municipal level, as mentioned in Article 274 of the Political Constitution of 1991 (the AGR was established in 1992)
Sources: http://www.auditoria.gov.co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=183:que-es-la-agr&catid=146:que-es-la-agr&Itemid=133
and http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auditor%C3%ADa_General_de_la_Rep%C3%BAblica

The AGR flag is the logo on a white horizontal background.
Source: http://www.serjudicial.com/enlaces.htm
Flag of the AGR is seen here.
Source: http://www.eltiempo.com/economia/negocios/ARTICULO-WEB-NEW_NOTA_INTERIOR-8970925.html
For additional information go to: Auditoría General de la República (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 18 June 2012

On December 2, 2013 I saw this flag on RCN news channel where they interview the current Attorney General. The flag is on the right, a white horizontal background with a yellow/blue logo in the middle. I can't identify this flag and my best guess is that it may be the flag of the General Auditorship of the Republic, but when one looks closer to the logo, there are some differences which does not allow to conclude that the spotted flag is the same as de General Auditorship of the Republic.
Esteban Rivera, 21 December 2013


Cámaras de Comercio (Chambers of Commerce)


Bogotá Chamber of Commerce - official flag
image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 September 2008


Bogotá Chamber of Commerce - standard
image by Eugene Ipavec, 2 September 2008

There are currently a total of 57 Chambers of Commerce in Colombia, gathered in an organization called CONFECAMARAS (Confederación Colombiana de Cámaras de Comercio, Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce). Their official website is at  www.confecamaras.org.co.
Each Chamber of Commerce has its own official flag (following to the pattern of the Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá flag above) and its standard is individual according to the regulation by each Chamber of Commerce. For example - The standard of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce is Bogotá flag colors with the chamber's logo in the middle.
The Chambers of Commerce are regulated by the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio, Superintendency of Industry and Commerce ( www.sic.gov.co)
The Chambers of Commerce are in charge of the registration of all commercial traders, companies, and business in their jurisdiction in order to serve as database for tax collection, as well as advisory on  establishing new companies, funding, training, keeping up to date on commercial new legislation, organizing commercial and trade fairs for various sectors, among other important tasks.
E.R., 1 September 2008


CAPROVIMPO (Caja Promotora de Vivienda Militar y de Policía)


located by Zoltan Horvath, 22 August 2013

CAPROVIMPO (Caja Promotora de Vivienda Militar y de Policía, Military and Police Housing Promoting Bank in English) is a financial government institution in charge of promoting housing for its members (active and retired military and police personnel). It was established in 1947.
Source: http://www.caprovimpo.gov.co/CAPROVIMPO/Paginas/NaturalezaJuridica.aspx
The flag is a horizontal flag, split into four, having the colors red on the top left (Army), blue on the top right (Navy), light blue on the bottom left (Air Force) and Green on the bottom right (Police). In the middle it has the Coat of Arms
Images of flag: Picture taken on August 22, 2011 at a local office in the city of Medellín, and cropped image from the following video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nag3WiDl_Q (1:46)
For additional information please visit: CAPRVIMPO (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 12 December 2011


Comisión Colombiana del Océano (Oceanic Colombian Commission)


located by Esteban Rivera, 19 September 2010

The Comisión Colombiana del Océano (Oceanic Colombian Commission) is a government agency in charge of the Oceanographic Policy of the country as well as its scientific and technical derivative study areas, with the purpose of integrating the national maritime community into the international cooperation programs of this field. The CCO was created by Decre No. 763 of 1969.
Source: http://www.cco.gov.co/reshis.htm
The flag is a navy blue horizontal background, with the CCO's logo, seen on the right of this banner) and bordering the logo is a grey fringe with blue capital letters with the name of the commission, starting from the top of the fringe, in the middle, reading (clockwise from top to bottom) COMISIÓN COLOMBIANA DEL OCEANO.
Image from (broken link) website: http://www.cco.gov.co/anterior/simposio%20dia%20oceanos.htm (no longer available) (imaged saved on January 7, 2010, no longer on the website)
For additional information check: CCO (official website).
Esteban Rivera, 19 September 2010


Contraloría General de la República (Comptroller General of the Republic)


image by Eugene Ipavec, 20 December 2005

This Colombian governmental flag is very similar to the flag of the Procuraduría General de la Nación. It has the same ratio, and same white background. This government organization is in charge of keeping accounting records as control over public expenditures. The main building for this government organization is located in Bogota, but it has branch offices in all the 32 Departments and also in the main cities.
Source: Official website www.contraloriagen.gov.co.
E. R., 20 December 2005


Contaduría General de la Nación (Nation's General Accounting)


located by Zoltan Horvath, 22 August 2013

The CGN (Contaduría General de la Nación) (Nation's General Accounting) purpose is to improve the quality of accounting information, having products and services to enhance better finance management for the administrative authorities, modernizing the processes of gathering data, also incorporating international fiscal standards fro transparency pruposes and promoting participation of all economic actors.
Source: http://www.contaduria.gov.co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=46&lang=es

The CGN has its roots in the first political Consitution of Colombia, in 1821, which created the Secretaría de Hacienda (Secretary of Treasury), today the Ministry of Finance), and particularly by the Law of October 8, 821, which established the functions of the Contaduría General de Hacienda (Treasury's General Accounting) and ended in the more proper Law 36 of 1918 which reorganized the Corte de Cuentas (Accounts Court) and set the rules for the demise of both organizations.
Source: http://www.contaduria.gov.co/dmdocuments/contaduria/resenah/historiaCGN.pdf (page 3)

The functions of the current CGN were for many decades carried out by the Comptroller General of the Republic until the new Constitution of 1991, which in its Article 354 established the creation of the post of Contador General de la Nación (Nation's General Accountant).
Source: http://www.contaduria.gov.co/dmdocuments/contaduria/resenah/historiaCGN.pdf (page 26)

Later, under Law 298 of July 25, 1996 the Unidad Administrativa Especial Contaduría General de la Nación was established.
Source: http://www.contaduria.gov.co/dmdocuments/contaduria/resenah/historiaCGN.pdf (page 27)

According to the above, the CGN should be located next to the Aeronáutica Civil since they both are Unidades Administrativas Especiales (UAE).
The flag is seen here: at website: http://www.auditoria.gov.co/templates/6_PrensaArchivo_150709.asp
The flag is a white horizontal flag with the logo  in the middle. http://www.seminariosandinos.com/contaduria01/conta.jpg
For the complete historical background of this entity please see: http://www.contaduria.gov.co/dmdocuments/contaduria/resenah/historiaCGN.pdf
For additional information please visit CGN (official website): http://www.contaduria.gov.co/
Esteban Rivera, 3 September 2010


CNE - Consejo Nacional Electoral (National Electoral Council)


image by Eugene Ipavec,

The CNE is in charge of all matters related to the election process in Colombia.
I just saw on RCN tv news the flag of the CNE (Consejo Nacional Electoral, National Election Council). The flag is the CNE logo on the middle surrounded by a green circular fringe, on a white rectangular background.
For a brief history of the entity see: www.cne.gov.co>. For more information see wikipedia.
E. R., 25 November 2009


Defensoría del Pueblo ("Ombudsman")


image by Eugene Ipavec, 2 July 2006

This is the flag of a Colombian government organization named Defensoría del Pueblo, which is the equivalent to the European Ombudsman. The flag should be a plain white background with the Emblem on the middle.
Official website at www.defensoria.org.co.
E. R., 2 July 2006


Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales - DIAN (National Tariffs and Taxes Directorate)


image by Eugene Ipavec, 6 March 2008

The flag DIAN (Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales, or National Tariffs and Taxes Directorate). The DIAN has the category of a Unidad Administrativa Especial (Special Administrative Unit), same status as Aeorcivil. The DIAN was formed by the merger of the DAN (Dirección de Aduanas Nacionales, National Tariffs Directorate) and the DIN (Dirección de Impuestos Nacionales, National Taxes Directorate), on June 1, 1993, when Decree No. 2117 of 1992 entered into force.  The DIAN is in charge of the administration and control of of national taxes and tariffs.
The flag is the DIAN's logo (seen on the official website) on a white background.
Source:  Screenshot of newspaper El Tiempo of its online edition of February 4, 2008
E. R., 6 March 2008


Dirección General de Prevención y Atención de Desastres - DGPAD


located  by Esteban Rivera, 7 January 2010

The DGPAD (Dirección General de Prevención y Atención de Desastres) (General Directorate of Prevention and Attention of Disasters) evolved from the DPAD (Dirección de Prevención y Atención de Desastres) (Disaster Prevention and Attention Directorate) which was established by Decree No. 919 of 1989. Its predecessor was the ONPAD (Oficina Nacional para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres) (National Office for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters) which in turn was established by Decree No. 46 of 1988.
The main background for this organization, were the three rather consecutive disasters the country suffered: Tsunami in Tumaco (1979), and earthquake in Popayán (1983) and the mudslide of the Armero Volcano (1985)
Thus by Decree No. 46 of 1988 the SINPAD (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres) (National System for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters) was created, as an integrated framework of cooperation between National, Regional and Local committies that work toghether in order to face any disaster situation.
At the beggining, the ONPAD was an organization under the Ministry of Interior), and later it was declared UAE (Unidad Administrativa Especial) (Special Administrative Unit), like the Aerocivil, thus being called the UAEPAD (Unidad Administrativa Especial para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres), by Decree No. 0372 of February 26, 1996. Then by Decree No. 2546 of December 23, 1999 it is changed into its current name, DGPAD.
The DGPAD flag is on the right of this screenshot of tv news channel Caracol TV, taken on January 7, 2010.
For more information please see: DGPAD (official website).
Esteban Rivera, 10 October 2010


Dirección General de Prisiones - INPEC (General Prision Directorate)

Current Flag:


image by Zoltan Horvath, 20 August 2013

The INPEC has changed its flag recently. The new flag is a blue horizontal background with the new Coat of Arms in the middle.
For the explanation of the CoA, please refer to this page.
Esteban Rivera, 28 May 2013

Prevous Flags:


image by Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004


ceremonial flag
image by Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004


emblem
image by Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004

From www.inpec.gov.co:
"Mediante resolución Ministerial No. 3991 del 6 de septiembre de 1965, sen adoptó la bandera de la Dirección General de Prisiones, con las siguientes características:
La bandera estará compuesta por los colores blanco, rojo y negro, distribuidos en tres franjas horizontales de iguales dimensiones, de las cuales el blanco ocupará la superior, el rojo la central y el negro la inferior. El color blanco significará la purificación del individuo por la pena. El color rojo, tenido como expresión del amor a la libertad, recordará que aquella se conquista por la acción del trabajo. El color negro evocará la austeridad  e indicará que el perfeccionamiento del hombre y su superación se logran con base en el esfuerzo y constante disciplina.
La bandera del servicio de Prisiones que se ice en Pabellones, deberá tener tres (3) metros de largo por dos (2) de ancho.
La bandera de Prisiones para desfiles tendrá un metro con treinta y cinco (1.35) centímetros de largo, por un metro con diez (1.10) centímetros de ancho. La bandera de desfiles llevará en el centro un escudo que adopte como distintivo la Dirección General de Prisiones.
La bandera estará confeccionada en seda suelta e irá sujeta al asta por medio de un dobladillo o jareta amplia, hecho con la misma tela."
Dov Gutterman, 26 May 2002

Flags of the General Prision Direction in Colombia (Dirección General de Prisiones, known by their previous acronym: INPEC). The flag for flying is 2 m. width by 3 m. long, and the ceremonial flag is 1.10 m. width by 1.35 m. long, with the emblem in the center. In the emblem, in the left side of the book (dexter) is the following cite:   "Con el estudio, el trabajo y la disciplina romperás las cadenas del cautiverio, porque el estudio eleva, el trabajo redime y la disciplina libera". and around the legend says: "Ministerio de Justicia y del Derecho - Instituto Nacional Penitenciario y Carcelario"   I don't know if this has changed, since now the Ministry of Justice has merged with the Ministry of Interior, and INPEC official name is Dirección Nacional de Prisiones.
Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004

INPEC stands for "Instituto Nacional Penitenciario y Carcelario". It changed its name on5th of November, 2004. However the abbreviation still stands even though the name changed because people are more familair with it.
It is not a police force. They are allowed to wear uniforms, use weapons and have custody of all prisons but they are not an organizational part of the Colombian Police, they are under the the Minister of Interior and Justice.  
Here is INPEC's coat of arms from the book "Himnos y Símbolos de Nuestra Colombia" , page 277. Written in 2000 by Julio Cesar García, edited by Camer Editores. ISBN 958-33-1489-7.
E. R., 12 June 2006

Today during a news broadcast of local nes channel Hora 13 Noticias (13 Hour News), a variant flag of the INPEC is shown. It might be the flag of one of the jails administered by the INPEC, called "Bellavista". (Source: http://www.h13n.com/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=1180&Itemid=85) (The flag is shown on 1:00, on the far right, and it shows the color scheme of the INPEC, white, red and black, plus a Coat of Arms)
Esteban Rivera, 31 January 2013


DNE - Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes (Narcotics National Directorate)


image located by Esteban Rivera, 20 March 2011

On March 10 a news broadcast by local news channel RCN showed the flag of the DNE (Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes) (Narcotics National Directorate).
The DNE was established as a UAE (Unidad Administrativa Especial) (Special Administrative Unit) on February 27, 1990, as an organization serving the Ministry of Justice.
Source: http://www.dne.gov.co/?idcategoria=10919
Its main purpose is to advise, coordinate and execute the Government's policies focused on lowering illegal narcotics production, traficking and consumption.
Source: http://www.dne.gov.co/?idcategoria=122
The full extent of its current functions are outlined by Decree No. 2568 of 2003. These functions are outlined here.
The flag is the logo of the DNE on a white rectangular background, as seen on these images:
- a cropped image taken from video of news broadcast of RCN news channel,
- and logo of the DNE, taken from the DNE's official website.
For additional information: DNE (official website): http://www.dne.gov.co/
Esteban Rivera, 20 March 2011