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):

I. The agency's mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information

II. Annual Reports:

  • 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)

III. PIDS approved budgets and corresponding targets:

IV.Programs, Projects & Beneficiaries (For CY 2020 NOT APPLICABLE)

V. PIDS Accountability Report Card (MARC-I and MARC-II)

VI. Annual Procurement Plan, Procurement Monitoring Report, Contracts awarded and the name of contractors/suppliers/consultants

VII. Criteria and Ranking System in the Grant of Performance-Based Bonus (PBB)

VIII. ISO Certification

a. Initial Certification
b. Letter of Continued Certification – April 2020 to April 2021
c. Letter of Continued Certification – April 2021 to April 2022
d. Recertification - April 2022 to April 2025

e. Letter of Continued Certification - April 2023 to April 2024

IX. Freedom of Information Program

a. People's Freedom to Information Manual
b. 2023 PIDS FOI Reports (FOI Inventory, Registry and Summary Report)
c. One-Page FOI Manual

X. Creation of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) Review and Compliance Committee and Establishment of the Procedure in the Filing and Submission of SALN and Disclosure of Business Interests and Financial Connections of all PIDS Staff (No Changes)

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