Philippine Transparency Seal
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.
Department of Agriculture Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY 2012)
I. The Agency's Mandate, Vision, Mission and List of Officials
A. The agency's mandates and functions
B. Position, Designation and Contact Information
II. Annual Financial Reports
A. Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations Disbursements and Balances (FAR No. 1)
1. FY 2016
2. FY 2015
B. Summary Report on Disbursements (FAR No. 4)
1. FY 2016
2. FY 2015
C. Quarterly Physical Report of Operations / Physical Plan (BAR No. 1)
1. FY 2015 (as of September 2015)
c. High Value Crops Development
e. Organic Agriculture
f. Market Oriented Program and Trading Center
D. Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts (FAR No. 5)
1. FY 2015
2. FY 2014
E. Financial Plan (Detailed Statement of Current Year's Obligations Disbursements and Unpaid Obligations) (FAR No. 1-A)
1. FY 2015
2. FY 2014
3. FY 2013
F. Annual Reports
1. FY 2014
2. FY 2013
III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets
A. 2015 Budget
B. 2015 Targets / MFO's / GAA Targets
IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation
A. 2015 Programs, Projects
B. 2015 Beneficiaries
3. High Value Crops Development
5. Organic Agriculture
6. Various Support Services
C. 2015 Status of Implementation (as of September 2015)
V. Annual Procurement Plan
A. 2015 Annual Procurement Plan
VI. System of Ranking Delivery UNits and Individuals
VII. Agency Operations Manual
Eye-catching colourful flowers and glamorous dolls were crafted out of corn husk in the municipalities of Tigbao and Mahayag, respectively.
Each municipality was participated in by Women Empowerment Movement-Rural Improvement Club (WEMRIC), 4H Club members and from academe.
The Corn banner program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Institutional Development Support Services (IDSS) initiated a Hands-on Training for Corn By-products to ensure that corn producing municipality will be able to recycle their corn husk, considered as waste during harvest time. This too is in support to achieving zero waste.