Transparency Seal

NOTE:  This Transparency Seal Page was approved and rated 8.33/10 by the Department of 
 Budget and Management last May 29, 2015.


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 FY2012. 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.
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.
DBM Compliance with Sec. 91 (Transparency Seal) R.A.  No. 10633 (General Appropriations Act FY 2014)
I. MANDATE, FUNCTIONS, CONTACT INFORMATION OF ITS OFFICIALS

     Our Mandate and Functions
     Organizational Structure
     Our Contact Numbers

II. ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORTS

     2009 - 2012 Financial Statement
     2013 Financial Statements
     2014 Financial Statements
     2015 Financial Statements
     2016 Financial Statements

III. APPROVED BUDGET AND TARGETS

     2013 Approved Budget
     2014 Approved Budget   
     2015 Approved Budget
     2016 Approved Budget

IV. PROGRAMS, PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES, BENEFICIARIES AND STATUS OF
     IMPLEMENTATION

     2014 Major Programs and Projects
     Projects/Programs, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation 2015
     Projects/Programs, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation 2016

V. ANNUAL PROCUREMENT PLAN

     2014 APP
     2015 APP
     2016 APP

VI. QMS CERTIFICATION BY ANY INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION APPROVED BY
      THE INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE OR AGENCY OPERATIONS MANUAL

     Agency Operations Manual

VII. SYSTEM OF RANKING DELIVERY UNITS

     Guidelines on System Ranking of Delivery Units and Individuals



VIII. CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

     Certificate of Cash Advance Liquidation 2015

     Certificate of Compliance – ARTA

     Certificate of Compliance – PhilGEPS
          2014
          2015

     Certificate of Compliance – SALN
          2014
          2015

     Certificate of Compliance – Transparency Seal