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.

DA 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


II. Annual Plans/Programs/Physical/Activities


III. Annual Report

A. Statement of Allotment, Obligation and Balances


B. Disbursement and Income


B-1. Disbursement



B-2. Income



C. Physical Plan & Financial Accomplishment



D. Financial Report of Operation


  • FY 2013 (Please refer to Financial Accountability Reports (E. FY 2013))
  • FY 2012
  • FY 2011


E. Financial Accountability Reports


  • FY 2013


III. DA Approved Budgets and Corresponding Targets

A. DA Approved Budgets


  • FY 2017
  • FY 2016
  • FY 2015
  • FY 2014
  • FY 2013
  • FY 2012
  • FY 2011


B. Corresponding Targets


  • (Please refer to Physical Plan Report (C. Physical Plan)


IV. Major Program/Projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O 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 assestment reports



VII. Annual Procurement Plan, Contracts awarded and the name of contractors/supplies/consultants


A. Annual Procurement Plan



B. Contracts awarded and the name of Contractors/Suppliers









The Department of Agriculture is the government agency responsible for the promotion of agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises.

In the fulfillment of this mandate, it shall be the primary concern of the Department to improve farm income and generate work opportunities for farmers, fishermen, and other rural workers. It shall encourage people’s participation in agricultural development through sectoral representation in agricultural policy-making bodies so that the policies, plans and programs of the Department are formulated and executed to satisfy their needs.

      It shall ensure social justice, equity, productivity and sustainability in the use of agricultural resources.




  1. Provide integrated services to farmers, fishermen, and other food producers on production, utilization, conservation and disposition of agricultural and fishery resources;
  2. Be responsible for the planning, formulation, execution, regulation, and monitoring of programs and activities relating to agriculture, food production and supply;
  3. Promulgate and enforce all laws, rules, and regulations governing the conservation and proper utilization of agricultural and fishery resources;
  4. Establish central and regional information systems to serve the production, marketing and financing data requirements of the farmers as well as domestic and foreign investors in agribusiness ventures;
  5. Provide comprehensive and effective extension services and training to farmers and other agricultural entrepreneurs on the production, marketing and financing aspects of agricultural enterprises;
  6. Conduct, coordinate, and disseminate research studies on appropriate technologies for the improvement and development of agricultural crops, fisheries, and other allied commodities;
  7. Provide the mechanism for the participation of farmers, fishermen, and entrepreneurs at all levels of policy-making, planning and program formulation;
  8. Coordinate with and enlist other public and private agencies for cooperation and assistance on matters affecting the policies, plans and programs of the Department.



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