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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. Annual Financial Reports

III. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets.

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

V. Annual Procurement Plan, Indicative  Non-CSE; and APP for Common-Supplies and Equipment 

VI. QMS Certification of at least one core process by an International Certifying Body (ICB)

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units for PBB 

VIII. Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures 

IX. The Final People’s Freedom to Information (FOI) Manual signed by head of agency; Agency Information Inventory;

X. Designation of the Agency’s Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART)