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
To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all agencies of the government shall maintain a Transparency Seal. The Transparency Seal shall contain the following:
The agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position
The agency’s approved budgets and corresponding targets, immediately upon approval of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11518 or FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA or the Act);
Modifications made by the agency pursuant to the General Provisions of the Act; (iv) Annual Procurement Plan/s and contracts awarded with the winning supplier, contractor, or consultant;
Major projects and programs categorized in accordance with the 10-point socio-economic agenda and their target beneficiaries;
Status of implementation, evaluation, and/or assessment reports of said programs or projects;
Budget and Financial Accountability Reports (BFARs);
People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual signed by the head of the agency, Agency Information Inventory, 2019, 2020 FOI Summary Report, 2019 and 2020 FOI Registry; and
Annual Reports on the status of income authorized by law to be retained and/or used and be deposited outside the National Treasury, which shall include the legal basis for its retention or use, the beginning balance, income collected and its sources, expenditures, and ending balance for the preceding fiscal year.
CFO Compliance with Sec. 96 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 11518 (General Appropriations Act FY 2021).