National Budget Circular 542

Official Philippine Transparency Seal Logo

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.


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.

ECC Compliance with Sec. 91 (Transparency Seal) R.A.  No. 10633 (General Appropriations Act FY 2014)

I. Agency’s mandate and functions; names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information;

  1. Corporate Profile, Mandates and Functions
  2. Name, Position and Contact Information of Officers

II. Annual Financial Reports

  • 2015 to 2019 Annual Report (For GOCC)
Year Date Posted (Website) Date Released
(Annual Report)
Date Released (AFS)
2018 June 27, 2019 June 27, 2019 March 28, 2019
2017 September 20, 2018 September 20, 2018 June 27, 2018
2016  June 30, 2018  May 30, 2017  June 6, 2017
2015 July 14, 2016 June 29, 2016 March 31, 2016
2014 2015 Aug. 10, 2015 Jun. 30, 2015

III. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets for FY 2019

IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation for FY 2019

  • Major Projects, Programs 2019
  • Beneficiaries 2019
    • Disposition of  EC Appealed Cases
      • List of EC Appealed Cases Appellants
      • Quick Response Program
    • Rehabilitation Services
      1. List of Beneficiaries of Skills/Entrepreneurial Training
      2. List of Beneficiaries of Rehabilitation Appliances/Prosthesis
      3. List of Beneficiaries of PT/OT/other Physical Restoration Services
  • Status of Implementation

V. FY 2019 Annual Procurement Plan

  • Annual Procurement Plan (APP non-CSE)
  • Indicative APP non-CSE
  • APP for Common-Supplies and Equipment (APP-CSE)

VI. QMS Certification of at lease one core process by an international certifying body (ICB)

VII. System Ranking Delivery Units for FY 2019 PBB

VIII. Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures

IX. Freedom of Information

Additional Requirements

A. Status of Cases

B. Annual Audit Reports

Year Date Published Date Received (from COA)
2018 April 2, 2019 March 28, 2019
2017  July 23, 2018 June 27, 2018
2016 April 19, 2017 March 29, 2017
2015 April 21, 2016 March 31, 2016
2014 July 17, 2015 June 30, 2015
2013 April 7, 2015
(Website Migration)
June 25, 2014
2012 July 12, 2013
2011 March 29, 2012 (released)
2010 June 2, 2011
2009 April 15, 2010 (released)
2008 April 20, 2009 (released)