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.

Symbolism

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.

NCMB Compliance with Sec. 93 of the General Appropriations Act of 2013 (RA No. 10352):

NCMB
• Mandate and Functions
• Name, Position and Contact Information of Officials

Budget Execution Documents
• Physical Plan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Financial Plan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Monthly Cash Program 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Estimated Monthly Income 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
• List of not yet due and Demandable Obligations 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Budget Accountability Reports
• Physical Report of Operations 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
• Financial Report of Operations 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
• Report of Actual Income 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
• Statements of Allotments, Obligations and Balances 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Report of Disbursements 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Budget and Financial Accountability Reports (BFARs)
• Quarterly Physical Report of Operation 2014
• Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances (SAAODB) 2014
• Summary of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures (SAAODBOE) 2014
• List of Allotments and Sub-Allotments (LASA) 2014
• Statement of Approved Budget, Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances (SABUDB) for Off-Budget Fund – Not Applicable
• Summary of Approved Budget, Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures (SABUDBOE) for Off-Budget Fund – Not Applicable
• Aging of Due and Demandable Obligations (ADDO) – Not Applicable
• Monthly Report of Disbursements (MRD) 2014
• Report of Revenue and Other Receipts (QRROR) 2014

Financial Accountability Reports (FARs)
• Statement of Appropriations 2013, 2014
• List of Agency Budget Matrix 2013, 2014
• Detailed Statement of Current Year’s Obligations 2013, 2014
• Summary of Prior Year’s Obligations 2013, 2014
• Summary Report of Disbursements 2013, 2014

Approved Budget
• 2015
• 2014
• 2013

Agency Budget Matrix
• 2012
• 2011

Corresponding Targets
• 2015
• 2014
• 2013
• 2012
• 2011

Major Programs and Projects classified according to the Key Result Area (KRA)

Key Programs and Projects
• Partnership and Labor-Management Empowerment
• Conciliation and Mediation
• Arbitration and Adjudication

Program/Project Beneficiaries as Identified in Special Provisions in the Agency Budget (not related to the functions of the Board)

Status of Implementation of Major Programs/Projects
• 2013, 2014, 2015

Inventory/Accomplishment of Citizen’s Served in the Frontline Services Enrolled in the Citizens Charter
• 2013 May, Dec.

Annual Procurement Plan, Name of Suppliers/Contractors/ Consultants
• 2015
• 2014
• 2013
• 2012
• 2011

List of Suppliers
• Awarded Contracts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014