National Budget Circular No. 542 National Budget Circular No. 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 2012. 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/project 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.

I. Agency’s Mandate and Functions; Names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact Information

a. Vision, Mission, and Goal
b. Mandates and Functions

II. Annual Financial Report

a. Statement of Appropriations, Allotment, Obligations, and Balances
b. Summary Report on Disbursement
c. Quarterly Physical Report of Operation/ Physical Plan
d. Quarterly Report on Revenue and other Receipts
e. Financial Plan

III. Approved Budgets and Corresponding Targets

a. POPCOM Approved Budget
b. Targets/ MFOs/ GAA

IV. Programs, Projects, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementations

a. Major Programs and Projects
b. Beneficiaries
c. Status of Implementation

V. Annual Procurement Plan

FY 2020 APP non – CSE
Procurement Monitoring Report
Procurement Monitoring Report for the 1st Semester of FY 2020
Certificate of Compliance (No Early Procurement)
APCPI 2019
APP CSE 2021
PMR 1st Sem FY 2021
APCPI 2020
2021 APP -1st Sem changes
APP CSE 2022
PMR 2021 2nd Sem
Certification of EPA Exemption
APP 2021 2nd Sem Changes

VI. Quality Management System Certification

VI. Quality Management System Certification
c. Quarterly Physical Report of Operation/ Physical Plan

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units

VIII. Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosure

IX. Freedom of Information

XI. The People’s Freedom of Information (FOI)

IX. Freedom of Information