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.


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.

Compliance by the Tariff Commission (TC) with Section 93 (Transparency Seal) of RA No. 10155
(General Appropriations Act FY 2012)
    1. Mandate / Key Officials / Contact Information
      About TC
      Vision and Mission
      Key Officials and Contact Details

    2. Compliance
      Anti-Red Tape Act
      Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
      Transparency Seal
      MFO Accountability Report Card 2015 (MARC -1)
      Management Accountability Report Card (MARC -2)

    3. Approved Budget
      Current Approved Budget

    4. Budget and Financial Accountability Reports
      Financial Performance Report
      Report on Ageing of Cash Advances
      Budget Utilization Rate
      Physical Report of Operations
      Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts
      Summary Report on Disbursements
      Aging of Due and Demandable Obligations

    5. Budget Execution Documents
      Financial Plan
      Physical Plan
      Monthly Disbursement Program

    6. Regular Programs and Projects
      Regular Programs and Projects with Major Final Outputs

    7. Major Programs, Beneficiaries and Implementation - not applicable

    8. Procurement Plans and Contracts Awarded
      Procurement Plans
      Contracts Awarded
      Procurement Monitoring Report as of December 31, 2017

    9. Operations Manual

    10. FOI People's Manual

    11. ISO 9001:2015 - Aligned QMS Implementation
      Approved Quality Manual
      Approved Procedures and Work Instructions Manual
      Certification on Conduct of IQA
      Approved Minutes of FY 2017 Management Review

    12. System of Performance Ranking
      2017 TC Ranking System
      2016 TC Ranking System
      2015 TC Ranking System