Transparency Seal 2023

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 inderent 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.

Section 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:

  1. Agency’s Mandate, Vision, Mission and List of Officials
  2. Annual Financial Reports

  3. DBM Approved Budget and Targets for FY 2023
  4. Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation for FY 2023(Not Applicable)
  5. QMS Certification of at least one core process by an international certifying body (ICB)
  6. System of Ranking Delivery Units and individuals
  7. Updated People’s Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency; Agency Information Inventory, 2022 FOI Registry and 2022 FOI Summary Report