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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 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 Appropriations 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.