TRANSPARENCY SEAL

National Budget Circular 542
In the National Budget Circular No. 542, issued on August 29, 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reiterates compliance by all offices of the national government, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units with Section 93 or the Transparency Seal provision of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10155, also known as the General Appropriations Act of 2012, 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.

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.

Source: Section 7.0, National Budget Circular No. 542, August 29, 2012


Below are the required documents pursuant to Section 106 of the General Provisions of the FY 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

  1. Agency’s Mandate and List of Officials
  1. Annual Financial Reports
  1. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets
  1. Projects, Program and Activities, Beneficiaries, and status of Implementation for FY 2020
  • (Not applicable)
  1. FY 2020 Annual Procurement Plan (FY 2020 APP non-CSE), Indicative FY 2021 APP non-CSE; and FY 20221 APP for Common-Supplies and Equipment (FY 2021 APP CSE)
  1. QMS Certified by International Certifying Body or Agency Operations Manual
  1. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals
  1. Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures
  1. Freedom of Information (FOI) Program Compliance
  1. Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual
    1. Updated/Revised (FOI) Manual
    2. Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual

  2. FOI Reports (FOI Summary, FOI Registry and FOI Inventory)