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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 2 of AO25 IATF MC-2020-1-PBB2020 Guidelines

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

  1. DENR Mandate, Vision and Mission
  2. ERDB mandates and functions 
  3. Directory of ERDB Officials 

II. Annual Financial Reports

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

  1. FY 2020- (Current) (Q2,  Q3)    (Continuing) (Q2,  Q3)
  2. FY 2019- (Current) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)    (Continuing) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)
  3. FY 2018- (Current) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)
  4. FY 2017- (Current) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)    (Continuing) ( Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)
  5. FY 2016- (Current) ( Q1, Q2Q3, Q4)    (Continuing) ( Q1Q2, Q3, Q4)

b. FAR No. 4 Summary Report on Disbursements

  1. FY 2020 - (January, February, March) ( April, May, June) (July, August, September)
  2. FY 2019 - (JanuaryFebruary, March)  (April, MayJune) (July, August, September) (October, November, December)
  3. FY 2018 - (JanuaryFebruary, March)  (April, MayJune) (July, August, September) (October, November, December)
  4. FY 2017 - (January, February, March)  (April, MayJune) (July, August, September) (October, November, December)
  5. FY 2016 - (January-December)

c. BAR No. 1  Quarterly Physical Report of Operations

  1. FY 2020 (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)
  2. FY 2019  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)
  3. FY 2018  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)
  4. FY 2017  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)
  5. FY 2016  (Q1)  (Q2)  (Q3)  (Q4)

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

  1.   FY 2020 (Q1,   Q2,  Q3)
  2.   FY 2019 (Q1,  Q2,  Q3,  Q4)
  3.   FY 2018 (Q1,  Q2,  Q3,  Q4)
  4.   FY 2017 (Q1,  Q2,  Q3,  Q4)
  5.   FY 2016 (Q1,  Q2,  Q3,  Q4)

e. Physical and Financial Plan 

  1. FY 2020
  2. FY 2019
  3. FY 2018
  4. FY 2017
  5. FY 2016

 

III. DBM approved Budgets and Targets for FY 2020

  1. Budget for FY 2020
  2. GAA targets for FY 2020

 

IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation

  1. RDE Programs, Projects and Studies 2020

 

V. Annual Procurement Plan (APP)

  1. Indicative Annual Procurement Plan for Non Common CSE FY 2021
  2. FY 2020 Annual Procurement Plan-Common-Use Supplies and Equipment (APP-CSE)
  3. Annual Procurement Plan for FY 2020 (APP-nonCSE)

 

VI. QMS Certification by any International Organization Approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force or ISO 9001:2015 Aligned QMS Documents

  1. DENR Quality Policy 2018
  2. Quality Management Manual
  3. Certification on the conduct Internal Quality Audit
  4. Minutes of the FY 2017 Management Review
  5. QMS ISO Registration Certificates

 

VII.  System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

  1. Guidelines on the Ranking of Delivery Units for the Grant of FY 2020 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) - (DENR M.C. No. 2020-09)

 

VIII. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosure  (to be uploaded not later than October 1, 2020)

  1.  ERDB Review and Compliance Procedure for SALN
  2. ERDB SALN Review and Compliance Committee
  3. Certificate of Compliance SALN Submission/Filing

 

IX. Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual

  1.  DENR Freedom of Information Manual (DAO-2016-29)
  2.  DENR FOI Certificate of Compliance (MC 2017-1, Sec. 5)
  3.  FOI Reports
  4.  Screenshot of ERDB website containing a visible and functional FOI logo
  5. FOI One Page Manual
  6.  FOI Certificate of Compliance 2018
  7.  FOI Certificate of Compliance 2019