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 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/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.

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.

Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) Compliance with Section 93 (Transparency Seal)

I. Agency’s Mandate, Vision, Mission and List of Officials

II. DBM Approved Budget and Targets

Targets/MFO’s/General Appropriations Act (GAA)

III. Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY 2018 GAA

  • Not Applicable

IV. Annual Procurement Plan

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

a. Projects, Programs and Status of Implementation

b. Beneficiaries

VI. Annual Financial Reports

VII. Annual Reports on the Status of Income authorized by law to be deposited outside National Treasury

VIII. Quality Management System Certification

IX. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

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

XI. The Final People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual signed by Head of Agency

Freedom of Information Manual

Certificate of Compliance

FOI Registry Reports, Summary Reports and Agency Information Inventory

XII. CAAR and AAPSI (in compliance to Sec. 93 of the GAA of 2015)

a. PCC Consolidated Annual Audit Report (CAAR)

b. PCC Agency Action Plan and Status of Implementation (AAPSI)

XIII. Certification of Compliance

Annex 3 – PBB Form A

Annex 4 – Transparency Seal Certification Template

Annex 5 – 2016 Certification of Compliance (PhilGEPS)

2015 Certification of Compliance (PhilGEPS)

2014 Certification of Compliance (PhilGEPS)

2013 Certification of Compliance (PhilGEPS)

2012 Certification of Compliance (PhilGEPS)

Annex 6 – 2018 Report on Aging of Cash Advances (with Nov. 15, 2018 as cut-off)

2017 Report on Aging of Cash Advances (with Nov.15,2017 as cut-off)

2016 Report on Aging of Cash Advances (with Nov.15,2016 as cut-off)

2015 Report on Aging of Cash Advances (with Nov.15,2015 as cut-off)

2014 Report on Aging of Cash Advances (with Nov.15,2014 as cut-off)

2013 Report on Aging of Cash Advances (with Nov.15,2013 as cut-off)

Annex 7 – Anti-Red-Tape-Act ARTA Compliance Certification

Annex  8 – Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN)

Annex 9 – Form 1.0 (Report on Ranking of Bureaus/Offices/Attached Agencies/Delivery Units/Employees)

Performance Based Bonus (PBB) Accomplishment Report