Transparency Seal Explained

In National Budget Circular No. 542, issued on August 29, 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reiterates compliance by all offices of the national government, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units with Section 93, the Transparency Seal provision, of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10155, also known as the General Appropriations Act of 2012, 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 Circular also declares that the respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section. 

The Circular directs that the Transparency Seal must be prominently displayed on the main page of the agency website, and linked to a page within the agency website that contains the aforementioned documents in downloadable format. 

Symbolism of the Transparency Seal 

A pearl that is 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, it seeks 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.

ERDB compliance with Transparency Seal (per Annex 5 of DBM Memo Circular No. 2016-1 dated May 12, 2016)

I. ERDB mandates and functions, names of officials with their positions and designations, and contact information

           a. DENR Mandate, Vision and Mission

           bERDB mandates and functions 

           c. Directory of ERDB Officials 

II. Annual Financial Reports

a. FAR No.1 Statement of Allotment, Obligation and Balances (SAAOBDB)

            a.1 FY 2018- (Current) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) 

           a.2 FY 2017- (Current) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)    (Continuing) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

           a.3 FY 2016- (Current) ( Q1, Q2Q3, Q4)    (Continuing) ( Q1Q2, Q3, Q4)

           a.4 FY 2015- (Current) (Q1, Q2,  Q3, Q4)     (Continuing) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

           a.5 FY 2014- (Current) (4th Quarter)  (Continuing)  (4th Quarter)

           a.6 FY 2013

b. FAR No.4 Summary Report on Disbursements

           b.1 FY 2018- (JanuaryFebruary, March)  (April, MayJune) (July, August, September)

           b.2 FY 2017- (January, February, March)  (April, May, June) (July, August, September) (October, November, December)

           b.3 FY 2016- (January-December)

           b.4 FY 2015- (January-December

           b.5 FY 2014- (January-December)

           b.6 FY 2013- (January-December)

c. BAR No. 1 Quarterly Physical Report of Operations

           c.1 FY 2018  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)

           c.2 FY 2017  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)

           c.3 FY 2016  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)

           c.4 FY 2015   

           c.5 FY 2014

           c.6 FY 2013

  d. Physical Plan 

          d.1 FY 2018

          d.2 FY 2017

          d.3 FY 2016

          d.5 FY 2015        

         d.6 FY 2014

         d.7 FY 2013

 e. FAR No. 5 Consolidated Quarterly Report of Revenue and other Receipts 

          e.1 FY 2018 (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

          e.1 FY 2017 (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

          e.2 FY 2016 (Q1Q2, Q3, Q4)    

          e.3 FY 2015 (Q1, Q2, Q3Q4)

          e.4 FY 2014 as of December 31

          e.5 FY 2013 as of December 31 

f. Financial Plan 

          f.1 FY 2018

          f.2 FY 2017

          f.3 FY 2016

          f.4 FY 2015        

         f.5 FY 2014

         f.6 FY 2013

III. ERDB approved budgets and corresponding targets

         a. ERDB Approved Budget (FY 2018) (FY 2017) (FY 2016)

          b. Corresponding Targets  (FY 2018) (FY 2017) (FY 2016)

IV. Major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key result areas under E.O. 43, s. 2011

         a. RDE Programs and Projects 2018

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

a. ERDB Annual Reports 

         a.1. FY 2016

         a.2. FY 2014

         a.3. FY 2013

         a.4. FY 2012

VI. Annual procurement plans, contracts awarded and the name of contractors/ suppliers/consultants 

a. Annual Procurement Plans 

         a.1. FY 2019 CSE,  FY 2019 (Non-Common)

         a.2. FY 2018

         a.3. FY 2017

         a.4. FY 2016          

         a.5. FY 2015

b. Contracts awarded and the name of contractors / suppliers / consultants 

         b.1. Certificate of Compliance – Philgeps Posting 2017

         b.2. Certificate of Compliance – Philgeps Posting 2016 

         b.3. FY 2015

         b.4. FY 2014

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

    a. Guidelines on Ranking Delivery Units as basis for Granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY2017 – (DENR M.C. No. 2017-10)

     b. Guidelines on Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals as basis for Granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY 2016 (DENR M.C. No. 2016-10)

     c. Supplemental Guidelines on Ranking of Delivery Units as basis for the Grant of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for CY 2016 (DENR M.C. No. 2016-12)             

VIII. Quality Management System Certification/Agency Operation Manual

        a.  DENR Quality Policy 2016

          b. Quality Management Manual 2016

          c.  Quality Management Manual Annexes 2016

IX. Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual

       a.  DENR Freedom of Information Manual

         b.  DENR FOI Certificate of Compliance (MC 2017-1, Sec. 5)

X. DENR Scorecards  

        a. MFO Accountability Report Card (MARC-I 2015)

        b. Management Accountability Report Card (MARC-II 2015)

         c. Priority Program Accountability Report Card (PPARC 2015)