Republic Act No. 11518 General Appropriations Act (GAA) FY 2021
The General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on 28 December 2020, states in Section 96 the requirements for the Transparency Seal Compliance:
Sec. 96. Transparency Seal. To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all agencies of the government shall maintain a Transparency Seal to be psoted 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; (vii) annual procurement plan/s and contracts awarded with the winning supplier, contractor or consultant; (v) major activities or projects categorized in accordance with the 0+10 point socioeconomic agenda and their target beneficiaries; (vi) status implementation, evaluation or assessment reports of said programs and projects; (vii) Budget and Financial Accountability Reports; (viii) People's Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency, Agency Information Inventory, 2019 and 2020 FOI Summary Report, and 2019 and 2020 FOI Registry; 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 administrator 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.
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.
DND Compliance with Sec. 96 (Transparency Seal) General Appropriations Act (GAA) FY 2021
I. Agency's mandate, vision, mission and list of officials
II. Annual Financial Reports
III. DND Approved Budget and Targets
IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation
V. Annual Procurement Plan (Non Common-Use Supplies and Equipment)
VI. Annual Procurement Plan (Common-Use Supplies and Equipment)
VII. Procurement Monitoring Report (PMR)
VIII. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals
IX. Quality Management System Certified by International Certifying Body or Agency Operations Manual
X. MFO Accountability Report Card
XI. DND Proper Scorecard
XII. Department of National Defense Accomplishment Report
XIII. Freedom of Information (FOI)
XIV. Donations from various Foreign Governments
XV. Report on Ageing of Cash Advances
XVI. Review and Compliance Procedure on the Submission of Statements and Financial Disclosures