Transparency Seal


DOF Compliance with Sec. 104 (Transparency Seal) R.A. 11936 (General Appropriations Act of FY 2023)


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.

DOF Compliance with Sec. 104 (Transparency Seal) of R.A. 11936 (General Appropriations Act of FY 2023)

Sec. 104. Transparency Seal.

To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all agencies of the government shall maintain a Transparency Seal to be posted on their websites. The Transparency Seal shall contain the following:

(i) the agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information;

(ii) approved budgets and corresponding targets, immediately upon approval of this Act;

(iii) modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in this Act;

(iv) annual procurement plan/s and contracts awarded with the winning supplier, contractor or consultant;

(v) major activities or projects and their target beneficiaries;

(vi) status of implementation, evaluation or assessment reports of said programs or projects;

(vii) Budget and Financial Accountability Reports;

(viii) Updated People’s Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency, Updated One-Page FOI Manual and Agency FOI Reports; and

(ix) annual reports on the status of income authorized by law to be retained or used and be deposited outside of 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.

The heads of the agencies and their web administrators or their equivalent shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this Section.

The DBM shall post on its website the status of compliance by all agencies of the government. The DBM shall ensure that posts in their websites are searchable by keywords for the public’s easy access to information regarding matters on public funds.

I. Agency’s Mandate, Vision, Mission and List of Officials with their position, designation and contact information
II. Annual Financial Reports
III. DBM Approved Budget and Correspond Targets
IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation

V. Annual Procurement Plan

VI. QMS ISO Certification for at least one core process by any International Certifying Body approved by the IATF or ISO-aligned QMS documents

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units

VIII. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures


X. Management Accountability Report Card