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.

Symbolism

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.

NEDA Region VIII 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.  NEDA’s Legal Mandate
b.  The NEDA Vision and Mission
c.  Directory of Officials and Contact Information
II Annual Financial Reports
a.  FAR No. 1:  Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligation Disbursements and Balances (SAAOBDB)
     2016 – As of September 30
                NRO   Current Appropriations   Continuing Appropriations
                RDC   Current Appropriations   Continuing Appropriations
     2015 – As of December 31
                NRO   Current Appropriations   Continuing Appropriations
                RDC   Current Appropriations   Continuing Appropriations
     2014 – As of December 31
                NRO   Current Appropriations   Continuing Appropriations
                RDC   Current Appropriations   Continuing Appropriations
     2013 – As of December 31
                NRO   Current Appropriations
                RDC   Current Appropriations
 b.  Summary Report on Disbursements
      2016
            December              NRO     RDC
            November              NRO     RDC
            October              NRO     RDC
            September         NRO     RDC
            August                 NRO     RDC
            July                        NRO     RDC
            June                      NRO     RDC
            May                       NRO     RDC
            April                      NRO     RDC
            March                   NRO     RDC
            February              NRO     RDC
            January                NRO     RDC
      2015
            December              NRO     RDC
            November              NRO     RDC
            October                  NRO     RDC
            September            NRO     RDC
            August                    NRO     RDC
            July                         NRO     RDC
            June                        NRO     RDC
            May                         NRO     RDC
            April                        NRO     RDC
            March                    NRO     RDC
            February               NRO     RDC
            January                 NRO     RDC
      2014
            December              NRO     RDC
            November              NRO     RDC
            October                  NRO     RDC
            September            NRO     RDC
            August                    NRO     RDC
            July                         NRO     RDC
            June                        NRO     RDC
            May                         NRO     RDC
            April                        NRO     RDC
            March                    NRO     RDC
            February               NRO     RDC
            January                 NRO     RDC
      2013
            December              NRO     RDC
            November              NRO     RDC
            October                  NRO     RDC
            September             NRO     RDC
            August                    NRO     RDC
            July                          NRO     RDC
            June                         NRO     RDC
            May                           NRO     RDC
            April                         NRO     RDC
            March                   NRO     RDC
            February              NRO     RDC
            January                   NRO     RDC
 c.  BAR No. 1:  Quarterly Physical Report of Operations
      2016
            As of March 31      As of June 30       As of September 30
      2015
            As of December 31
      2014
            As of December 31
      2013
            Q4 (October – December)
            Q3 (July – September)
            Q2 (April – May)
            Q1 (January – March)
 d.  FAR No. 5:  Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts (Not Applicable)
 e.  Financial Plan
       2017        NRO      RDC
       2016        NRO      RDC
       2015        NRO      RDC
       2014        NRO      RDC
       2013        NRO      RDC
 III  DBM approved budgets and Targets
Budget 2017
Targets/MFOs/GAA Targets 2017
IV Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation
 a. Projects and Programs (Not Applicable)
 b. Beneficiaries (Not Applicable)
 c. Status of Implementation (Not Applicable)
V Annual Procurement Plan 2017
VI Quality Management System Certified by International Certifying Body or Agency Operations Manual
Operations Manual on the ICC Approval Process and ICC Secretariat Appraisal of New and Ongoing Purely Government-Funded Programs and Projects
      Annex 1 – ICC Guidelines and Procedures as of March 2005
      Annex 2 – List ICC Requisite Documents
      Annex 3 – ICC Checklist for New Proposals
      Annex 4 – ICC Checklist for Re-evaluation of Ongoing Projects
      Annex 5 – ICC Project Evaluation Procedures and Guidelines
      Annex 6 – ICC Project Evaluation Report Format
      Annex 7 – ICC Project Evaluation Matrix
      Annex 8 – PIS Referral Template
VII System of Ranking Delivery Units
Preliminary Guidelines on the Ranking of NEDA Delivery Units and Individuals in line with the Grant of Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY 2015