The Transparency Seal

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 of democratic virtue in the region.

Section 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:

1.The agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information.

2.Annual reports, as required under National Budget Circular Nos. 507-A dated January 31, 2007, and June 12, 2007, respectively, for the last three years.

3.Their respective approved budgets and corresponding targets immediately upon approval of this act.

4.Major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key result areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011.

5.The program/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions.

6.Status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports.

7.Annual procurement plan, contracts awarded, and the name of contractors/ suppliers/ consultants