THE PHILIPPINE TRANSPARENCY SEAL
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.
Section 7.0, National Budget Circular No. 542, August 29, 2012.
NATIONAL BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. 542
Issued by the Department of Budget and Management on August 29, 2012. Reiterating Compliance with Section 93, the Transparency Seal Provision, of the General Appropriations Act of 2012.
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.
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MGB IV CALABARZON Compliance with Sec. 91 (Official Website & Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10633 (General Appropriations Act FY 2014)
I. The Agency’s mandate and function, vision, mission, thrust and name of its officials with their position and designation and contact information.
II. ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORTS
A. Disbursement and Income
FY 2017 (As of January)
B. Physical Plan
● FY 2017
● FY 2016
● FY 2015
● FY 2014
C. Financial Report of Operation
D. Financial Accountability Reports for
COA-DBM Circular No. 2014-1 (2015 – 2016 Reports)
COA-DBM Circular No. 2014-1 (January- October 2015 Reports)
E. Physical and Financial Performance Report
F. Financial Monitoring Report
G. Performance Information Reporting
III. MGB APPROVED BUDGET AND CORRESPONDING TARGETS
A. Approved Budget
● FY 2017
● FY 2016
● FY 2015
● FY 2014
● FY 2013
● FY 201
B. Corresponding Targets
IV. MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Major programs/projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011.
V. PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS BENEFICIARIES
The programs/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions.
VI. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION AND PROGRAM/PROJECT REPORTS
Status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports.
VII. ANNUAL PROCUREMENT PLAN AND CONTRACTS AWARDED
B. Contracts Awarded and the name of Contractors/Suppliers/Consultants
VIII. SYSTEM OF RANKING DELIVERY UNITS
IX. Utilization of Funds