National Budget Circular 542

National Budget Circular 542, issued by the Department of Budget and Management on August 29, 2012, reiterates compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of FY2012. Section 93 is the Transparency Seal provision, 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 respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

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.



PIDS compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10633 (General Appropriations Act FY 2014):

  1. The agency's mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information
  2. Annual Reports:
    • Financial Accountability Reports per DBM-COA Joint Circular No. 2014-1 dated July 2, 2014
    • Financial Accountability Reports per DBM-COA Joint Circular No. 2013-1 dated March 15, 2013
      • Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Disbursements and Balances ((Annex A)
      • List of Agency Budget Matrix/Special Allotment Release Orders/Sub-Allotment Release Orders (Annex A.1)
      • Detailed Statement of Current Year's Obligations, Disbursements and Unpaid Obligations (Annex B)
      • Summary of Prior Year's Obligations, Disbursements and Unpaid Prior Year Obligations (Annex C)
      • Summary Report of Disbursement (Annex D)
    • PIDS Annual Reports
  3. PIDS approved budgets and corresponding targets:
  4. Major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011

  5. The program/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions
  6. PIDS research is envisioned to help government planners and policy-makers in the executive and legislative branches of government.

  7. Status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports
  8. Annual Procurement Plan, Contracts awarded and the name of contractors/suppliers/consultants
  9. Operations Manual