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 FY 20__. Section 93 is the Transparency Seal provision, to wit:

Sec. 93. Transparency Seal. To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all agencies of the government shall maintain a Transparency Seal to be posted on their websites. The transparency seal shall contain the following: (i) the agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information; (ii) approved budgets and corresponding targets, immediately upon approval of this Act; (iii) modifications made pursuant to the general provisions of this Act; (iv) annual procurement plan/s and contracts awarded with the winning supplier, contractor or consultant; (v) major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key result areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011 and their target beneficiaries; (vi) status of implementation, evaluation and/or assessment reports of said programs and projects; and (vii) Budget and Financial Accountability Reports, pursuant to COA and DBM J.C. No. 2014-1 dated July 1, 2014; and (viii) annual reports on the status of income authorized by law to be retained and/or used and be deposited outside the National Treasury, which shall include the legal basis for its retention and/or use, the beginning balance, income collected and its sources, expenditures, and ending balance for the preceding fiscal year.

The heads of the agencies and web administrators or their equivalent 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.

 

I. The agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information;

§ The agency’s mandates and functions

§ Position, designation and contact information

II. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets;

§ PFY 2022 Budget

§ PFY 2021 Budget

§ PFY 2019 Budget

§ PFY 2018 Budget

III. Modifications made Pursuant to the General and Special Provisions in the GAA (Not Applicable)

IV. Annual Procurement Plan

§ 2023 Procurement Plan

2023 Procurement Plan (Indicative)

§ 2022 Procurement Plan

2022 Procurement Plan (First Semester)

2022 Procurement Plan (CSE)

2022 Procurement Plan (Based on NEP)

§ 2021 Procurement Plan

2021 Procurement Plan (Second Semester)

2021 Procurement Plan (First Semester)

2021 Procurement Plan (Based on GAA)

2021 Procurement Plan (Indicative as per NEP)

§ 2020 Procurement Plan

§ 2019 Procurement Plan

2019 Procurement Plan (CSE)

2019 Procurement Plan (Not CSE)

§ 2018 Procurement Plan

V. Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation

§ Major Programs and Projects

VI. Annual Financial Reports

§ Financial Accountability Reports

FAR 2022 (as of September 30, 2022)

FAR 2021 (as of December 31, 2021)

FAR 2020 (as of December 31, 2020)

FAR 2019 (as of December 31, 2019)

FAR 2018 (as of December 31, 2018)

§ BAR NO. 1 – Quarterly Physical Report of Operations/Physical Plan

VII. Annual Reports on the Status of Income Authorized by Law to be deposited outside the National Treasury (Not Applicable)

VIII.QMS Certification of at least One (1) Core Process by an International Certifying Body (ICB) (On Going)

IX. System of Ranking Delivery Units for PBB

§ System of Ranking FY 2021

§ System of Ranking FY 2020

§ System of Ranking FY 2019

§ System of Ranking FY 2018

X. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures

§ Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures

§ DA-RFO-CAR Guidelines in filling out of the SALN

XI. Freedom of Information

§ DA FOI Manual

§ DA FOI Compliance 2020

§ FOI Summary

FOI Summary 2019

FOI Summary 2018

§ FOI Registry

FOI Registry 2019

FOI Registry 2018