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 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.

RDC-CAR/NEDA-CAR Compliance

I.  The agency’s Mandates, Vision, Mission and List of Officials

    a. NEDA’s Legal Mandate

    b. The NEDA Vision and Mission

    c. Directory of NEDA/RDC Officials

II.  Annual Financial Reports

III. DBM Approved Budget and Targets

    a. Budget 2019

    b. Targets/MFOs/GAA Targets 2019

IV. Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation

    a. Projects and Programs (Not Applicable)

    b. Beneficiaries (Not Applicable)

    c. Status of Implementation (Not Applicable)

V.  Annual Procurement Plans

    a. Annual Procurement Plans for Common-Use Supplies and Equipment (APP-CSE) and Non-CSE

        FY 2020 APP (GAA)

         FY 2020     (at least 50% of early procurement conducted)

         FY 2020 APP Non-CSE (Indicative)     |     FY 2020 APP-CSE (Indicative)

         FY 2019     (at least 50% of early procurement conducted)

         FY 2019 APP Non-CSE                        |     FY 2019 APP-CSE

         FY 2018     NEDA     |     RDC         

         FY 2017     NEDA     |     RDC

     b. Procurement Monitoring Report     

         FY 2019     First Semester     |     Second Semester       

         FY 2018     First Semester     |     Second Semester

         FY 2017     NEDA                  |     RDC

VI. Quality Management System (QMS) Certification to ISO 9001:2015 issued by any of the certification bodies (CBs) accredited by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) members

      NEDA Central Office ISO 9001:2015 Certificate covering the Appraisal of Program/Project Proposals and Facilitation of the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) Action issued by AJA Registrars, Inc.

      a. ISO 9001:2015 Registration Certificate

      b. ISO 9001:2015 Registration Schedule  

      NEDA Region CAR Office ISO 9001:2015 Certificate covering core processes on Regional Development Planning and Plan Monitoring, Regional Development Investment Program Formulation and Project Evaluation, Project Monitoring and Evaluation and Support Processes issued by AJA Registrars, Inc.

      a. ISO 9001:2015 Registration Certificate

      b. ISO 9001:2015 Registration Schedule  

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units

VIII. Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) Review Process

      a. Review Process

      b. 2018 COC SALN Submission

      c. 2017 COC SALN Submission

      d. 2016 COC SALN Submission

IX.  NEDA FOI Manual

      a. NEDA Freedom of Information Guidelines

      b. NEDA Citizen’s Manual

      c. FOI Registry, Information Inventory and Summary Report

         2017     |     2018     |     2019