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.

POPCOM Compliance with Sec. 93 (Transparency Seal) R.A. No. 10155 (General Appropriations Act FY 2012)

I. Agency’s Mandate and Functions; Names of its Officials with their Position and Designation, and Contact Information

II. Annual Financial Report

III. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets

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

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

VI. QMS Certification

VII. System of Ranking Delivery Units

VIII. Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosure

IX. People’s Freedom of Information (FOI)

X. Citizen’s Charter