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.


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

I.   The agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information

1. Mandate and functions

Section 3, Article II of 1987 Constitution: "The Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people and the state. Its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the state and the integrity of the national territory."

2. Key Officials

II.  Annual Financial Reports

1. 2013-2015 FAR No. 1 Statement of Appropriations, Allotments, Obligations, Disbursements and Balances

a. FY 2016

- FAR No. 1 Continuing CY 2016

- FAR No. 1 Current Year 16

- FAR No. 1A CY 2016

- FAR No. 1B CY 2016

b. FY 2015

- as of 30 September 2015

- as of 31 December 2015

- FAR 1 as of 30 June 2015

- FAR 1 as of 31 December 2015

- FAR 1A (30 June 2015)

- FAR 1A (31 December 2015)

- FAR 1B (31 December 2015)

c. FY 2014

2. 2014-2016 Summary Report on Disbursements

a. FY 2016

- FAR No. 4 Dec 2016

- FAR No. 4 Nov 2016

- FAR No. 4 Oct 2016

- FAR No. 4 Jan to Sept 2016

b. FY 2015

- December

- November

- October

- September









c. FY 2014

3.  2014-2016 BAR No. 1 - Quarterly Physical Report of Operations / BED No. 2 Physical Plan 

a. BAR No. 1 Physical Report of Operation

- FY 2016

FY 2015

- FY 2014

 b. BED No. 2 Physical Plan

- FY 2016

FY 2015

- FY 2014

4. 2014-2016 FAR No. 5 - Quarterly Report on Revenue and Other Receipts  

a. FY 2016

b. FY 2015

- as of 30 June 2015

- as of 30 September 2015

- as of 31 December 2015

b. FY 2014 as of December 2014

5. 2014-2016 Financial Plan (Detailed Statement of Current Year’s Obligations, Disbursements and Unpaid Obligations)       

a. FAR No. 2 CY 2016

b. FAR No. 2A CY 2016

c. FAR No. 3 CY 2016

d. FAR No. 1-A as of September 30, 2015

e. FAR No. 2-A as of 31 December 2015

f. FAR No. 3 as of 31 December 2015

g. FAR ANNEX B as of June 30, 2015

h. FAR No. 1-A as of September, 2014

III.   AFP Approved Budgets and MFO Targets

1. AFP Approved Budget

a. FY 2016

b. FY 2015 

c. FY 2014

2. MFO Targets

a. FY 2016

b. FY 2015

c. FY 2014

IV. Major program/projects categorized in accordance with the five Key Results Areas (KRA) under E.O. No. 43, s.2011 

a. FY 2016

b. FY 2015

c. FY 2014

V. Annual Procurement Plan, Contracts awarded and the name of contractors/suppliers/consultants

1. Annual Procurement Plan

a. APP for FY 2016

b. APP for FY 2015

c. APP for FY 2014

B. PhilGeps

Certificate of Compliance (PhilPgeps Posting)

VI.  System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

a. Guidelines and Procedure on PBB Rating

b. Parameters and Rating System

VII. Quality Management System Certified by International Certifying Body or Agency Operations Manual

Quality Management System

        VIII. AFP FOI Manual/Guidelines

a. Memorandum Circular on the Freedom of Information (FOI-MC) No. 4, s. 2017

b. Preliminary Guidelines on the Implementation of Executive Order No 02 (Freedom of Information)