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 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.
A Transparency Seal, prominently displayed on the main page of the website, is a certificate that PCW has complied with the requirements of Section 93. This Seal links to pages which contain 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.
PCW Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY 2012)
I. The agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information
II. Annual Financial Report as Required by National Budget Circular Nos. 507 and 507-A
IV. The program/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions
V. Annual Procurement Plan, Contracts awarded and the name of contractors / suppliers / consultants
VI. Quality Management System (QMS) Certification Initiatives and Efforts
VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units
VIII. Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosure
IX. Freedom of Information (FOI)
X. Major Programs/Projects Categorized in Accordance with the Five Key Result Areas Under Executive Order No. 43, s. 2011
XI. Good Governance Certifications and Report
XII. Accountability Report Card (MARC-1 and MARC-2)
XIII. Audit Observations and Recommendations