A Transparency Seal, is a certificate that it has complied with the requirements of Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of 2012. This Seal links to a page within the agency’s website which contains an index of downloadable documents.

Participatory governance is one of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy. And a transparent government is a condition precedent for any meaningful citizen engagement.

The Transparency Seal provision of the General Appropriations Act of 2012 aims to leverage the Internet to make key information on each particular unit of the government, more accessible to the public.

The Transparency Seal

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.

In Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal); RA 10155 (General Appropriations Act)