In the National Budget Circular No. 542, issued on August 29, 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reiterates compliance by all offices of the national government, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units with Section 93 or theTransparency Seal provision of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10155, also known as theGeneral Appropriations Act of 2012, to wit:
Sec. 93Transparency 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 agencymandates 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.
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 Orienta shining example for democratic virtue in the region.
I. Mandates and Functions
PICC shall always be a leading provider of quality and excellent convention, meetings, and exhibition facilities and related services towards enhancing the country position in global cooperation and foreign relations.
1. To maintain prominence in the world convention and exhibition markets;
2. To provide world-class facilities and relevant services; and
3. To continuously provide innovative services toward financial sustainability
CORE VALUES :
P – Professionalism
I – Innovation
C -Cultural Sensitivity
II. PICC Board of Directors
III. Audited Financial Statements
IV. Annual Budgets
V. Annual Procurement Plan
VI. Annual Procurement Monitoring Report