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In National Budget Circular No. 542, issued on August 29, 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reiterates compliance by all offices of the national government, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units with Section 98, the Transparency Seal provision, of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10155, also known as the General Appropriations Act of 2012, 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 Circular also declares that the respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

The Circular directs that the Transparency Seal must be prominently displayed on the main page of the agency website, and linked to a page within the agency website that contains the aforementioned documents in downloadable format.

Symbolism of the Transparency Seal

A pearl that is 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, it seeks 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.

DENR compliance with Transparency Seal (per Annex 5 of DBM Memo Circular No. 2016-1 dated May 12, 2016)

I. DENR mandates and functions, names of officials with their positions and designations, and contact information

a. DENR Mandate, Vision, Mission
b. Organizational Structure

II. Annual Financial Reports

FAR No. 1. Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances

YEAR  Quarter 1  Quarter 2  Quarter 3  Quarter 4
2017  Quarter 1  Quarter 2  Quarter 3  Quarter 4
2016  Quarter 1  Quarter 2  Quarter 3  Quarter 4
2015  Quarter 1  Quarter 2  Quarter 3  Quarter 4

III. Report on Disbursements

(Month) FY-2016 FY-2017
January  January Report  January Report
February  February Report  February Report
March  March Report  March Report
April  April Report  April Report
May  May Report  May Report
June  June Report  June Report
July  July Report  July Report
August  August Report  August Report
September  September Report  September Report
October  October Report  October Report
November  November Report  November Report
December  December Report  December Report

IV. Annual Procurement Plan

2017  APP-2017
2016  APP-2016

V. Monthly Accomplishment Report

Month FY-2016 FY-2017
December Month of December - B  Month of December - B
Month of December - A  Month of December - A
November Month of November - B  Month of November - B
Month of November - A  Month of November - A
October Month of October - B  Month of October - B
Month of October - A  Month of October - A
September Month of September - B  Month of September - B
Month of September - A  Month of September - A
August Month of August - B  Month of August - B
Month of August - A  Month of August - A
July Month of July - B Month of July - B
Month of July - A Month of July - A
June Month of June - B Month of June - B
Month of June - A Month of June - A
May Month of May - B Month of May - B
Month of May - A Month of May - A
April Month of April - B Month of April - B
Month of April - A Month of April - A
March Month of March - B Month of March - B
Month of March - A Month of March - A
February Month of February - B Month of February - B
Month of February - A Month of February - A
January Month of January - B Month of January - B
Month of January - A Month of January - A

VI. BAR Reports

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
2017  Quarter 1
  Quarter 2  Quarter 3  Quarter 4
2016  Quarter 1  Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4