Transparency Seal


Transparency Seal

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.

Revised Format for SUC’s: DBM Memorandum Circular No. 2016-1 ANNEX 5-Guidelines on Transparency Seal on May 12, 2016


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

a. Mandates, Vision, Mission and Functions

b. Position, designation and contact information of officials

II. Annual Financial Reports 2013 – 2018

a. ANNEX A / FAR No. 1: SAAOBDB (Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances)

b. Summary Report on Disbursements

c. BAR No. 1 / BED No. 2 – Quarterly Physical Report of Operations / Physical Plan

d. FAR No. 5 – Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts

e. BED No.1 – Financial Plan (Detailed Statement of Current Year’s Obligations, Disbursements and Unpaid Obligations)

III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets

a. 2018

a. Budget 2018

b. Target/MFO’s/GAA targets 2018

b. 2017

a. Budget 2017

b. Target/MFO’s/GAA targets 2017

c. 2016

a. Budget 2016

b. Target/MFO’s/GAA targets 2016

IV. Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY 2018 GAA (not applicable)

V. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation (not applicable)

VI. Annual Procurement Plan

  1. FY 2018
    1. FY 2018 Annual Procurement Plan (FY 2018 APP Non-CSE)
    2. Indicative FY 2019 APP Non-CSE
    3. FY 2019 APP for Common-Supplies and Equipment (FY 2019 APP CSE)
      1. SSU Main Campus
      2. SSU Mercedes Campus
      3. SSU Paranas Campus

b. FY 2017

b. Annual Procurement Plan (APP 2017)

c. FY 2016

a. Annual Procurement Plan (APP 2016) – Main Campus

b. Annual Procurement Plan (APP 2016) – Mercedes Campus

c. Annual Procurement Plan (APP 2016) – Paranas Campus

d. Supplemental Annual Procurement Plan (1st Quarter 2016)

e. Supplemental Annual Procurement Plan (2nd Quarter 2016)

f. Supplemental Annual Procurement Plan (3rd Quarter 2016)

g. Supplemental Annual Procurement Plan (4th Quarter 2016)

g.1. Supplemental APP (4th Quarter 2016)

g.2. Supplemental APP (4th Quarter 2016)

g.3. Supplemental APP (4th Quarter 2016)

VII. QMS ISO Certification for at least one core process by any international certifying body approved by the IATF or ISO-aligned QMS documents

VIII. System of Ranking of the Delivery Units

IX. Guidelines in the Review and Compliance Procedures in the Filing and Submission of SALN