Philippine Transparency Seal



Nation al Budget Circular 542

National Budget Circular 542, issued by the Department of Budget and Management on August 29, 012, 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.


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.

MGB 12 Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY 2012)

I. The MGB  mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information

     a. The MGB  mandates and functions

     b. Directory of Key Officials

II.    Annual Financial Reports

           a.   FAR No. 1: SAAOBDB (Statement of Appropriations, Allotment, Obligation, Disbursement and Balances)
             a.1 FY 2017
                 a.1.1  Fund 101 - Current (1st Quarter) ; (2nd Quarter)
                           Fund 101 - Continuing (1st Quarter) ; (2nd Quarter)
                           Fund 338 - Current (1st Quarter)
             a.2 FY 2016
                 a.2.1 Fund 101 - Current: (1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter; 3rd Quarter) (4th Quarter)
                          Fund 101 - Continuing: (1st Quarter)
                 a.2.2 Fund 338 - Current: (3rd Quarter) ( 4th Quarter )
             a.3 FY 2015
                 a.3.1 Fund 101 - Current: (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
                          Fund 101 - Continuing: (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
                 a.3.2 Fund 338 - Current: (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
             a.3 FY 2014
             a.4 FY 2013
           b.   Report on Disbursements
               b.1  FY 2017 (1st Quarter)  (2nd Quarter)
               b.2 FY 2016: (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
               b.3 FY 2015: (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
               b.4 FY 2014  (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
               b.5 FY 2013  (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
          c.    BAR No. 1 - Quarterly Physical Report of Operation
               c.1 FY 2017 (1st Quarter)  (2nd Quarter)
               c.2 FY 2016 (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter) ;(4th Quarter)
               c.3 FY 2015 (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
               c.4 FY 2014 (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
               c.5 FY 2013 (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
        d.    FAR No. 5 - Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts
              d.1 FY 2017  (1st Quarter)  (2nd Quarter)
              d.2 FY 2016  (1st Quarter) ;(2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter) ; (4th Quarter)
              d.3 FY 2015: (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
              d.4 FY 2014  (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
              d.5 FY 2013  
       e.    Financial Plan
             e.1 FY 2017
             e.1 FY 2016
             e.2 FY 2015
             e.3 FY 2014
             e.4 FY 2013
           BED No. 1
III.    MGB approved Budgets and Targets
IV.   Projects, Program and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation
      e.   Status of Implementation 2015, (1st Quarter); (2nd Quarter); (3rd Quarter); (4th Quarter)
V.    Annual Procurement Plan
VII. Quality Management System Certified by International Certifying body or Agency Operation Manual
      a.    ISO 9001:2015 Certificate
      b.    Agency Operation Manual