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.
I. Agency's mandate and functions; names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information;
II. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets;
III. Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions;
IV. Annual Procurement Plan;
V. Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries and Status of Implementation;
VI. Annual Financial Reports;
VII. Annual Reports on the Status of Income authorized by law to be deposited outside the National Treasury;
VIII. QMS Certification of at least one core process by an international certifying body (ICB);
IX. System of Ranking Delivery Units
X. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures;
XI. The Final People's Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual; Agency Information Inventory; FOI Summary Report and FOI Registry;