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:
1. the agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information;
2. 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;
3. their respective approved budgets and corresponding targets immediately upon approval of this Act;
4. major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011;
5. the program/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions;
6. status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports; and
7. 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.
BWC Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Apprpriations Act FY2012)
In compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of FY 2012 (Republic Act No. 10155) to enhance transparency and enforce accountability, the Philippine Transparency Seal is displayed in the BWC website.
All information regarding the Bureau’s mandates and functions, name of officials and their contact information, accomplishment reports, work and financial plans, status of fund utilization, statistical performance reporting system reports and annual procurement plans can be viewed and downloaded in this site.
I. BWC MANDATE, FUNCTIONS AND OFFICIALS
II. MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
III. STATEMENT OF ALLOTMENT AND OBLIGATIONS AND BALANCES
ANNEX A: Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances
IV. APPROVED BUDGET (Work and Financial Plan)
Annual Financial Reports
FAR 1: Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances
FAR 4: Summary Reports of Disbursement
FAR 5: Quarterly Report of Revenue and Other Receipt
Financial Plan (Detailed Statement of Current Year's Obligations, Disbursements and Unpaid Obligations)
BED 2: Physical Plan
BAR 1: Quarterly Physical Reports of Operations
DBM-Approved Budget and Targets
Programs, Projects, and Activities, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation
2015 Status of Implementation
System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals
Quality Management Certificate
BWC Additional Transparency Compliance
Case Status Report
Status of Appealed Labor Standards Cases
IX. PBB Scorecard