Transparency Seal (GAA 2018)



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 FY2017. Section 93 is the Transparency Seal provision, to wit:

To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all agencies of the government shall maintain a transparency seal to be posted on their official websites. The transparency seal shall contain the following: (i) the agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information; (ii) approved budgets and corresponding targets, immediately upon approval of this Act; (iii) modifications made pursuant to the general provision in this Act; (iv) annual procurement plan/s and contracts with the winning supplier, contractor or consultant; (v) major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011 and their target beneficiaries; (vi) status of implementation, evaluation and/or assessment reports of said programs and projects; (vii) Budget and Financial Accountability Reports, pursuant to COA and DBM J.C. No. 2014-1 dated July 1, 2014; and (viii) annual reports on the status of income authorized by law to be retained and/or used and be deposited outside of the National Treasury, which shall include the legal basis for its retention and/or use, the beginning balance, income collected and its sources, expenditures, and ending balance for the preceding fiscal year.


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.

I. Agency’s mandate, vision, mission, and list of officials
  1. Mandate
  2. Vision and Mission
  3. Key Officials and Directory
II. DBM Approved Budget and Targets
  1. Approved Budget 2018
  2. Targets/MFOs/GAA Targets 2018
III. Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY GAA
IV. Annual Procurement Plan V. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation (2018)
  1. Projects and Programs
  2. Beneficiaries
  3. Status of Implementation
VI. Annual Financial Reports
  1. Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements, and Balances (SAAODB, FAR No.01)
  2. Summary Report on Disbursements
  3. Physical Report of Operations (BAR No.01)/Physical Plan (BED No. 02)
  4. Report on Revenue and Other Receipts (FAR No. 5)
  5. Financial Plan (Detailed Statement of Current Year’s Obligations, Disbursements, and Unpaid Obligations)
VII. Annual Reports on the Status of Income authorized by law to be deposited outside the National Treasury, including the legal basis, beginning balance, income collected, and its sources, expenditures and ending balance.
VIII. QMS Certification of at least one core process by an international certifying body (ICB)
IX. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals
X. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure and Statements and Financial Disclosures
XI. The People’s Freedom of Information
  1. Freedom of Information (FOI) Memorandum Circular No. 04 s. 2017

Contact Information

SDO Masbate Province
Rodeo Road, Masbate City
5400, Philippines
(056) 333-4372