Transparency Seal Explained

transparencyIn 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 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.

DENR compliance with Transparency Seal (per Annex 2 of DBM Memo Circular No. 2019-01 dated September 03, 2019)

I  DENR mandates, and functions, names of officials with their positions and contact information
  a.   DENR Mandate, Vision, Mission
  b.  DENR Directory of Officials
II Annual Financial Reports  
  a.  FAR No. 1 Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, obligations, Disbursements and Balances (SAAOBDB)
     a.1 FY 2019 - Current Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4;  Continuing Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
     a.2 FY 2018 Current
     a.3 FY 2017 Current, Continuing
     a.4 FY 2016 Current, Continuing
     a.5 FY 2015 Current, Continuing
  b.  FAR No. 4 Monthly Report of Disbursements
     b.1 FY 2019 - JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
     b.2 FY 2018
     b.3 FY 2017
     b.4 FY 2016
     b.5 FY 2015
  c. BAR No. 1 Quarterly Physical Report of Operations
     c.1 FY 2019 - Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
     c.2 FY 2018
     c.3 FY 2017
     c.4 FY 2016
     c.5 FY 2015
  d.  BED No. 2 Physical Plan
     d.1 FY 2019
     d.2 FY 2018
     d.3 FY 2017
     d.4 FY 2016
     d.5 FY 2015
  e.  FAR No. 5 Quarterly Report on Revenue and other Receipts
     e.1 FY 2019 - Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
     e.2 FY 2018
     e.3 FY 2017
     e.4 FY 2016
     e.5 FY 2015
   f.  BED No. 1 Financial Plan
     f.1 FY 2019
     f.2 FY 2018
     f.3 FY 2017
     f.4 FY 2016
     f.5 FY 2015
III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets   
   a.  DENR Budget FY 2019
   b.  Corresponding GAA Targets FY 2019
IV. DENR Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation - (As of 3rd Quarter)
   a.  Enhanced National Greening Program (FY 2019)
   b.  Land Disposition (FY 2019)
V. Annual Procurement Plan  
  a.  FY 2019 Annual Procurement Plan (APP-non-CSE)
  b.  FY 2020 Indicative Annual Procurement Plan (APP-non-CSE)
  c.  FY 2020 Annual Procurement Plan-Common-Use Supplies and Equipment
VI. QMS Certification of at least one core process   
  a.  DENR Quality Policy
  b.  Quality Management Manual
  c.   Quality Management Manual Annexes
  d.  QMS ISO Registration Certificates
VII. System Ranking of Delivery Units   
  a.  Guidelines on Rangking Delivery Units and Individuals as Basis for granting the Performance Based Bonus (PBB)for FY 2019
     (DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2019-06)
VIII. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures   
   a.  DENR Review and Compliance Procedure of SALN
IX. Freedom of Information (FOI)   
   a.  DENR Freedom of Information Manual (DAO 2016-29 Updated)
   b.  DENR Information Inventory
   c.  FY 2019 DENR FOI Summary Report
   d.  FY 2019 DENR FOI Registry
   e.  Screenshot of DENR Website containing visible and functional FOI Logo linked to e-FOI portal
   f.  DENR FOI Certificate of Compliance
  DENR compliance with Transparency Seal (per Annex 2 of DBM Memo Circular No. 2018-01 dated May 28, 2018)