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.

The Institute for Labor Studies supports national initiatives to promote transparency in government transactions. In compliance with National Budget Circular 542 issued by the Department of Budget and Management, The Institute has in place a Transparency Seal prominently placed at the left side of this website that forwards to an index of downloadable items required under Section 93 of the 2012 General Appropriations Act.

I. The Agency’s Mandates and Functions, names of its officials with position designation, and contact information

II. DBM Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets

III. Modifications made pursuant to the general and special provisions in the FY 2018 GAA – Not Applicable

IV.  Annual Procurement Plan (APP)

V. Major Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation

VI. Annual Financial Reports

VII. Annual Reports on the Status of Income authorized by law to be deposited outside the National  Treasury  Not Applicable

VII. Quality Management System (QMS)

IX. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

X. The Agency Review and Compliance Procedure of Statements and Financial Disclosures

XI. Freedom of Information (FOI)

XII. Additional Requirements