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Transparency Seal explained

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 93, the Transparency Seal provision, of 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 2 of DBM Memo Circular No. 2018-1 dated May 28, 2018)

    • I. DENR MANDATES AND FUNCTIONS, NAMES OF OFFICIALS WITH THEIR POSITIONS AND DESIGNATIONS, AND CONTACT INFORMATION

                                a. FAR No. 1. Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances (SAAOBDB)

OTHER FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS (FY2018)

d. FAR No. 1-A. Summary of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures (SAAODBOE)

e. FAR No. 1-B. List of Allotments and Sub-Allotments (LASA)

   e.1. FY 2018

 f. FAR No. 3. Aging of Due and Demandable Obligations (ADDO) (Annual)

g. FAR No. 4. Summary Report on Disbursements

 i. BED No. 1 Financial Plan

        1. e.1. FY 2018
        2. e.2. FY 2017
        3. e.3. FY 2016
        4. e.4. FY 2015

                      VII. ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE STATUS OF INCOME AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO BE DEPOSITED OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL TREASURY, including the legal basis, beginning balance, income collected, and its sources, expenditures and ending balance (indicate if not applicable)

a. BP 100-B Statement of Other Receipts/Expenditures
a.1. DENR Off-Budget Account for 2019
a.2. DENR Off-Budget Account for 2018
a.3. DENR Off-Budget Account for 2017

b. FAR No. 2.  Statements of Approved Budget, Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances (SABUDB)

b.1. FY 2018 (Q1) (Q2) (Q3) (Q4)

c. FAR No. 2-A. Summary of Approved Budget Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures (SABUDBOE)

c.1. FY 2018 (Q1) (Q2) (Q3) (Q4)

X. THE AGENCY REVIEW AND COMPLIANCE PROCEDURE OF STATEMENTS AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES

News

DENR intensifies protection of marine resources in Zambales

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here recently intensified its campaign on the protection and conservation of marine resources in the more than 7,000-ha Masinloc-Oyon Bay Protected Landscape and Seascape (MOBPLS) in Masinloc town in Zambales through the launching of a flagship species mascot named “Maggie”, under the Costal and Marine Ecosystem Management Program (CMEMP), environment authorities said.

Arthur Salazar, deputy director for Technical Services of DENR Central Luzon said the mascot Maggie symbolizes the blue spotted rabbit fish scientific Siganus corallinus, which is now threatened in the MOBPLS.

“Maggie was named after the pristine Magalawa Island in Zambales. The fishing for this flagship species is now being regulated by the local government unit because of its declining population,” he explained.

He said the blue spotted rabbit fish was chosen by local communities as flagship species because of its economic and ecological importance, being a major food source and livelihood for the fisher folk in the area.

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