The Philippine Transparency Seal

THE PHILIPPINE TRANSPARENCY SEAL EXPLAINED

 

In 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, 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 Circular also declares that the respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

The Circular directs that the Transparency Seal must be prominently displayed on the main page of the agency website, and linked to a page within the agency website that contains the aforementioned documents in downloadable format.

 

 

SYMBOLISM OF THE TRANSPARENCY SEAL

 

A pearl that is 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, it seeks 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.

 

As mandated in Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of 2013 (or RA 10352), this contains the following information:


I.       Citizens Charter 2020

               a.   Certificate of Compliance

               

II.      Mandates, Functions, Contact Information of Officials

III.     DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets

               a.   Budget for FY 2017

               b.   Budget for FY 2018

               c.   Budget for FY 2019-1

               d.   Budget for FY 2019-2

               e.   Budget for FY 2020-1

               f.    Budget for FY 2020-2

          

IV.      Financial Audit Reports

               a.   CY 2014

               b.   CY 2015

               c.   CY 2016

               d.   CY 2017

               e.   CY 2018-1

               f.    CY 2018-2

               g.   CY 2019

           

          Monthly Datasheets / Financial Statements

               a.   CY 2014

               b.   CY 2015

               c.   CY 2016

               d.   CY 2017

               e.   CY 2018

               f.    CY 2019

          

          Annual Financial Reports

               a.   CY 2015

               b.   CY 2016

               c.   CY 2017

               d.   CY 2018

               e.   CY 2019

          

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

               a.   2017 Status of Implementation of Major Programs/Projects

               b.   2018 Activities, Status of Implementation of Major Programs/Projects

               c.   2019 3rd Quarter Project, Programs, Activities

               d.   2019 4th Quarter Project, Programs, Activities

               e.   2020 Project, Programs, Activities

VI.      Bidding Documents

               a.   2020

                     ITB Procurement of Vacuum Truck for the Septage Treatment Plant

                     Bid Bulletin - Vaccum Truck

               b.   2020

                     ITB Procurement of Security Personnel

               c.   2020

                     ITB Procurement of Gate Valves

            

               d.   2020

                     ITB Procurement of Construction of Norzagaray Water Supply System Improvement Project

                          Bidding document

                          Drawings

                          Annexes

                          Bid Bulletin

VII.     Annual Procurement Plan

               a.   2018

               b.   2019

               c.   Early Procurement Activities 2019

               d.   2020

               e.   CSE 2020

               f.    2020 APP Non-CSE

               g.   2021 APP Non-CSE

VIII.    Systems of Ranking Delivery Units and Individual

               a.   2017

               b.   2018

               c.   2019

               d.   2020 (no changes)

VIX.    Certification of SALN Submission

               a.   2017

               b.   2018

               c.   2019

             

X.        Review and Compliance of SALN

               a.   2019

               b.   Guidelines 

XI.        Quality Management System Certified by International Certifying Body or Agency Operations Manual

XII.       Freedom of information

               a.   People's FOI Manual

               b.   FOI Reports

               c.   One-Page Manual

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