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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.

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.


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.



DA 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

          a. The agency's mandates and functions

          b. Position, designation and contact information

 II.     DBM Approved Budgets and Targets

           a. FY 2021 Approved Budget

           b. GAA Performance Targets for FY 2018 Targets

 III.    Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY 2019 GAA

 IV.     Annual Procurement Plan

           a.  FY 2020 APP CSE 

           b.  FY 2020 APP NON-CSE 

 V.     Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries ans Status of Implementation for FY 2018              

 VI.     Annual Financial Report

            a.  FAR No.1       FY2016     FY2017     FY2018     FY2019     FY2020     FY2021

            b.  BAR No.1        FY2015     FY2016     FY2017     FY2018     FY2019

            c.  FY 2021 FAR 

                 1.  FY2021 FAR 1

                 2.  FY2021 FAR 1A

                 3.  FY2021 FAR 1B

                 4.  FY2021 FAR 5               


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

   VIII.    QMS Certification of at least one core process by an international certifying body (ICB).      

   IX.      System of Ranking Delivery Units 

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

   XI.     Freedom of Information

              a. FOI Manual

              b. FOI Reports

   XII.   Public Bidding              

             a.  Minutes of Pre-bidding

                   1. January 16, 2019

                   2. February 7, 2019

             b.  Failed Biddings

             c.  Procurement Monitoring Report

                  1.  FY 2020 PMR

                  2.  FY 2021 PMR


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