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Contraloría General de la República

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

Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad - DAS

image by Eugene Ipavec, 9 November 2005

image by Eugene Ipavec, 9 November 2005

image by Eugene Ipavec, 2 March 2006

Coat of Arms
image contributed by E. R., 12 June 2005

Translated from <> (located by Dov Gutterman): "On rectangular shape, is formed by sky blue and white colors in two equal horizontal bands, with sky blue on top and white on bottom, the national tricolor will appear in circular 'cucarda' shape in the center of the flag."  
Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (Administrative Security Department), is Colombia's secret police, in charge of home land security, immigration, emigration, bodyguards for public servants, criminal investigations, etc.
Carlos Thompson, 5 November 2004

Coat of Arms of DAS (Security, Intelligence and Secret Service) is taken from the book "Himnos y Símbolos de Nuestra Colombia" , page 278. Written in 2000 by Julio Cesar García, edited by Camer Editores. ISBN 958-33-1489-7.
E. R., 12 June 2005

There is an additional flag which has the same color pattern, only with the DAS Coat of Arms in the middle.
E. R., 9 November 2005

Dirección General de Prisiones - INPEC

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

ECOPETROL - Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos

image by Luis Carrillo, 18 July 2002

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

Fiscalía General de la Nación

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

INVIAS - Instituto Nacional de Vías

image by Ivan Sarajcic, 26 July 2002

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

Procuraduría General de la Nación

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

Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil

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

Seguro Social

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

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