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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 agencues 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 towrds 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 initiiative 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.

DOLE Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY2012)


I. Agency's mandate and functions

II.  Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets for FY 2020

A. Budget

2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 

B. GAA performance targets

2018 / 2019 / 2020

III. Modification made pursuant to the general and special provision in the GAA of 2020


IV. Annual Procurement Plan/s

 

V. Major activities or projects categorized in accordance with the 0+10 point socioeconomic agenda and their target beneficiaries

 

VI. Status of implementation, evaluation or assessment reports of said programs or projects

 
Status of Implementation 2018 (as of June 2018)

VII. Budget and Financial Accountability Reports whole year as of December end of the year

A. Budget

2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 

B. GAA performance targets

2018 / 2019 / 2020

VIII. People's Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency 

Final People’s FOI Manual duly signed by the Head of the Agency

Agency Information Inventory, Registry and Summary Report 2017 - 2019

e-FOI Portal

IX. Annual Report on the status of income authorized by law to be restrained or used and be deposited outside of the National Treasury, which shall include the legal basis for its retention or use, the begining balanse, income collected and its sources, expenditures and ending balance for the preceding fiscal year

A. For NGA/SUCs

     BFor GOCC/WD (Not Applicable)

X. QMS Certification of at least one core process by an international certifiying body

Certification to ISO 9001: 2015

XI. System of Ranking Delivery Units for FY 2020 PBB

XII. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Dsiclosures   

 

 

Further, the Transparency seal shall also be inclusive with the following additional information:

A. Status of Cases, as required under Administrative Order No. 340, s. 2013

 

Pending Cases, Released Decision, Cases with Entry of Judgment –  2019

B. COA Annual Audit Report -2014 to 2019

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