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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.

DBM Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY 2012) 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. Agency's mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information

II. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets

III. Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY 2018 GAA

IV. Annual Procurement Plan

V. Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation for FY 2018

VI. Annual Financial Reports

Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursment and Balances.

FAR:

Annual Physical Report of Operations/Physical Plan

BAR:

Financial Statment

VII. Annual Reports on the Status of Income Authorized by Law to be deposited outside the National Treasury.

VIII. QMS Certification of at least one core process by an International Certifying Body (ICB)

IX. System of Ranking Delivery Units for FY 2018 PBB

X. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statemants and Financial Disclosure

XI. Freedom of Information