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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 <>.
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 (<>)
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

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.
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: (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 <>.
E. R., 20 December 2005

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

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.

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: (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: (page 26)

Later, under Law 298 of July 25, 1996 the Unidad Administrativa Especial Contaduría General de la Nación was established.
Source: (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:
The flag is a white horizontal flag with the logo  in the middle.
For the complete historical background of this entity please see:
For additional information please visit CGN (official website):
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: <>. 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 <>.
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)

image by Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004

ceremonial flag
image by Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004

image by Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004

From <>:
"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

DNE - Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes (Narcotics National Directorate)

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.
Its main purpose is to advise, coordinate and execute the Government's policies focused on lowering illegal narcotics production, traficking and consumption.
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):
Esteban Rivera, 20 March 2011

ECOPETROL - Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos (Colombian Oil Company)

image by Luis Carrillo, 18 July 2002

Flag of Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos ECOPETROL.
Luis Carrillo, 18 July 2002

FENACON - Federación Nacional de Concejos (Councils' National Federation)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 october 2007

The flag of FENACON (Federación Nacional de Concejos), or Councils' National Federation. "Council" is the Legislative Branch of government in a Municipality in Colombia, and the Federation is the gathering of the councilmen of (so far) 623 Municipalities' Councils. Image is baed on photo taken from the official website of the Colombian Ministry of National Defense. In the photo there is the Colombian Defens Minister Juan Manuel Santos as he appears in front of the Colombian flag (left) and the FENACON flag (right), togheter with FENACON's current President Mauricio Tobón, who is also the President of Medellín's Council.
FENACON official website is at <>.
E.R., 14 october 2007

Fiscalía General de la Nación (Nation's General Attorney)

image by Jaume Ollé, 30 May 2005

The flag of the Fiscalía General de la Nación (nation's General Attorney). Official website at <>.
The purpose of the "Fiscalía" (as it is widely known locally) is to investigate crimes and qualify the judicial processes before judges and tribunals.
The logo, a puzzle piece, is oficially called "Pieza clave" (it could be translated as "smoking gun", or main proof) and it was created in 1996 (see <>. The image is based on the actual Fiscalía flag taken form the official website.
E. R., 30 May 2005

The emblem of the Fiscalía General de la Nación (Nation's General Attorney) was designed by Góndola company in 1996, as reported by the Colombian magazine ProyectoDiseño.   This magazine is the most important magazine in the Country for Design and Architecture.  
The Fiscalia was established by the Colombian Constitution of 1991 and began operating on 1 July 1992.
Source: wikipedia.
E. R., 23 August 2008

FONADE- Fondo Financiero de Proyectos de Desarrollo (Financial Fund for Development Projects)

image from <>

There is a Colombian government company called FONADE (Fondo Financiero de Proyectos de Desarrollo- Financial Fund for Development Projects). It depends on the DNP (Departamento Nacional de Planeación, or Nationa Planning Department). The DNP stands at the same administrative level as DAS for being an Administrative Department within the Government. The DNP is in charge of the strategic economic and social planning of the country, as well as the management of the sources and resources to execute such projects nationwide. The FONADE has the main task of managing development projects in the early stages, supporting the project through financig, advisory, administrative research projects, grants credits, as well as supports for scientific, technological and environmental activities within a specific project. It is mostly a development agency. For the emblem of FONADE refer to the corporate image manual, where a detailed 18 page document ellaborated in 2000 shows the uses and misues of the FONADE emblem at <>.
E. R., 2 August 2006

ICBF - Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (Colombian Institute of Family Welfare)

The ICBF (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare in English) is a government organization that depends on the Ministerio de Protección Social (Social Protection Ministry). It was established in 1968 as a response to issues such as malnutrition, family disintegration, and childhood care. It is present in each of the 32 Department Capitals of the country.

The flag is the logo on a rectangular flag. The flag has three horizontal stripes, the top and bottom stripes are green occupying 25% of the total space each, while the central stripe is white, occupying 50% of the available space. It has the entity's logo ( ) in the middle as seen in this picture:

However there's a variant of this flag, seen here: (a white rectangular flag with the logo in the middle).

For additional information please see:
ICBF (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 13 April 2010

INVIAS - Instituto Nacional de Vías (National institute of Roads)

image by Ivan Sache, 12 January 2009

"Instituto Nacional de Vías" (INVÍAS, National Institute of Roads) is a government agency in charge of the building, improvement and management of the national road infrastructure in Colombia. Founded in 1994, INVÍAS had its statutes last modified on 27 July 2000 (Decree No. 018).
The flag of INVÍAS, as shown graphically and described on the website of the agency, is orange with a winding white stripe in the middle. The flag was designed by Yesidh Albenio Rodriguez Romero.
On a previous version of the INVÍAS website, the flag was shown with a orange dashed line in the middle of the "road" (see below).
Ivan Sache, 12 January 2009

Previous flag

image by Ivan Sarajcic, 26 July 2002

Based on image from <>.
Dov Gutterman, 22, July 2002

INVIMA - Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (National Institute of Medication and Food Surveilance)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 3 August 2008

INVIMA - Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (National Institute of Medication and Food Surveilance) is the Colombian equivalent to the American FDA. It was established by Law 100 of December 23, 1993.
It is a government organization which dependes on the Ministerio de Proteccion Social (Social Protection Ministry).
The flag is horizontally divided into two equal stripes, the top green, and the bottom white, with the Coat of Arms on the middle.
For additional reference, see INVIMA official web site.
E. R., 3 August 2008

Two days ago in recent news seen on RCN ( ) news channel, the currenf Director of the INVIMA is seen with the INVIMA flag displayed on the background. The text in the inner white circle reads in bold capital black letters: MINISTERIO DE LA PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL, and on the bottom it reads Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos, as seen on this official document (top right):
Esteban Rivera, 31 May 2010

Procuraduría General de la Nación (Advocate General of the Nation)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 August 2005

The Procuraduría General de la Nación represents the citizens before the State. It currently has around 3,400 employees and its mission is to oversee the proceedures of the State, abiding by the laws and the functions it has according to the 1991 Political Constitution. Its main three goals are: 1. Preventive function: this goal is directed towards "alerting" instead of "punishing", watching over government employees. 2. Intervention function: this is oriented towards defending the rights on behalf of any Colombian authority (religious, military, governmental, judiciary, police, civil, agricultural or any other kind). 3. Disciplinary function: this goal is focused on the sanctions carried out by violations of one or multiple individuals who, in office, have carried out improper activities as government officials.
The flag is the logo with the Colombian Coat of Arms (without the motto) on white background.
E. R., 30 May and 25 August 2005

The Procuraduría General de la Nación (Advocate General of the Nation) ( ) has a variant official flag, which is the same horizontal background flag with the logo and
the name of the entity, as seen in this picture:

located by Esteban Rivera, 27 September 2010

Screenshot from RCN news channel, see the flag on the right of the image.
Esteban Rivera, 28 September 2010

Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil (Civil State National Registry)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 8 March 2006

This is the flag of Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil (Civil State National Registry). Official website at <>. This government body is in charge of registring all civilians, give them their ID's, pass laws regardig these subjects to Congress, classify and file these information, and also manage the Consejo Nacional Electoral (National Election Council, abbreviated CNE, official website at <>). At the same time the CNE is in charge of all matters related to the election process in Colombia. The flag of the Registraduría (as it is commonly known), is a green over white flag (internal ratio 1:1) , pretty much like the flag of the Department of La Guajira, but the shade of green resembles more that of the flag of the Department of Antioquia, plus the Coat of Arms on the center.
E. R., 8 March 2006

image by Zoltan Horvath, 26 March 2011

On August 6, 2008, in a news broadcast by local channel RCN  an additional flag of the Civil State National Registry was seen. The flag is the same as the one reported previously, the only difference being that this variant has the name of the government organization below the CoA, as "REGISTRADURIA" on black capital letters, and in smaller capital letters "NACIONAL DEL ESTADO CIVIL" in black as well.
Esteban Rivera, 1 March 2011

There is one more difference, namely that the order of stripes. Flag reported previously is green over white, but flag on attached picture seems to be white over green.
Zoltan Horvath, 1 March 2011

SENA - Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (National Service of Education)

The SENA flag is the logo on white background. The logo is composed of a cogwill (which symbolizes the industry as an economic sector, a caduceus, which stands for commerce and the coffe grain, which represents the primary or agricultural sector). The logo can be seen here and the flag can be seen here.
The SENA is an institution which focuses on the development of professional education programs with the aim of achieving social development in Colombia and to promote employment through alliances with companies.
The SENA was established by Decree No. 118 of June 21, 1957, during the government of the Military Junta of General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla and currently has branches in all the 32 Departments of Colombia.
Sources: wikipedia, official website.
E. R., 5 October 2008

Seguro Social (Social Inssurance)

image by Jorge Candeias, 17 April 2004

In a commercial (?) site there is a flag that seems to be the national security flag. Is it a governmental flag or a commercial one?
See <>.
Dov Gutterman, 19 November 2003

Seguro (Social inssurance) refers surely to a social services from the state, like health and pensions. Seems that this hospital is collaborating with the department of Social inssurance of Colombia
Jaume Olle', 19 November 2003

The Instituto del Seguro Social is a governmental organization for health care and pension.  There are also some private organizations but this one is public.  I don't recall having seen an actual flag, but I cannot deny it either.
Carlos Thompson, 20 November 2003

The flag is a white-green bicolour with an "S" logo in the upper field and the name in the top of the lower field.
Jorge Candeias, 17 April 2004

UAEAC - Unidad Administrativa Especial Aeronáutica Civil (Special Administrative Unit - Civil Aeronautics)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 August 2005

image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 March 2006

The flag of the Colombian Aviation Authority (its official name is UAEAC, or Unidad Administrativa Especial Aeronáutica Civil, or Special Administrative Unit Civil Aeronautics, usually shortened Aeronáutica Civil or Aerocivil - official website: <>).
E.R., 19 August 2005

Variant of flag
image by Zoltan Horvath, 26 March 2011

Yesterday I saw an alternate flag of Aeronáutica Civil. The flag has the same color structure, the only difference being that around the logo it reads in golden capital letters REPÚBLICA DE COLOMBIA and below it reads in golden capital letters AERONÁUTICA CIVIL.
Image taken from this article:
Esteban Rivera, 5 March 2011