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.
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:
I. Agency’s Mandate, Vision, Mission and List of Officials
II. DBM Approved Budget and Targets
III. Modifications made made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY 2018 GAA
IV. Annual Procurement Plan
V. Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation
VI. Annual Financial Reports
A. FOR NGA/SUCs
FAR No. 1: SAAOBDB
BAR No. 1 – Quarterly Physical Report of Operations/Physical Plan
VII. Annual Report on the Status on Income authorized by law to be deposited outside the National Treasury
VIII. QMS Certification by any international organization approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force or ISO 9001:2015 aligned QMS documents
XI. The Final People’s Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency; Agency Information Inventory; 2017 and 2018 FOI Summary Report, and 2017 and 2018 FOI Registry
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE
Summary Report on Disbursements
FAR NO. 5 – Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts
Annual Financial Plan