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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.

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.

BFAR-CAR Compliance with R.A. No. 10964 (General Appropriations Act Volume IA and IB Fiscal Year 2018)

  1. The Agency’s mandates and Function, name of its official with their position and designation, and contact information

    1. Mandates

    2. Vision & Mission

    3. Functions

    4. Key Official and Contact Information

  2. Annual Report

    1. Statement of Allotment, Obligation and Balance

      1. FY 2013 

    2. Disbursement and Income

      1. Disbursement

      2. Income

      3. Physical Plan

      4. Financial Accountability Reports

  3. BFAR Approved Budget and Corresponding Targets

    1. Approved Budgets
    2. Corresponding Targets

  4. Major Programs and Projects categorized in accordance with the five key result areas under E.O. No. 43, s2011

  5. Programs and Projects

  6. The Program/Projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provision.


    The beneficiaries of major fisheries programs and projects such as fish seed production and distribution, distribution of fishing gears/paraphernalia, input assistance, establishment of seaweed nurseries, training and technical assistance, Fisheries scholarship program, credit facilitation among others comprised of fishfarmers, LGUs, individual or associations/cooperatives. Likewise, private sectors in the fishing industry are also considered partners and beneficiaries thru market matching, participation to Agri-Aqua Fairs and Exhibits, International Seafood Expo.

    List of Beneficiaries

  8. Status of Implementation and Program and Project evaluation and/or assessment reports.

  9. Annual Procurement Plan, Contracts Awarded and Names of Contractors / Suppliers / Consultants.

    1. Annual Procurement Plan
    2. Contract Awarded and Names of Contractors / Suppliers / Consultants
  10. Good Governance Condition and Certification

  11. System of Ranking Delivery Units and Individuals

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

Office Address
Easter Road, Guisad, Baguio City, 2600 Benguet , Philippines

Telephone | Fax Numbers
(074) 443 6716 - Office of the Regional Director
(074) 445 8499 - Office of the Assistant Regional Director
(074) 422 2508 - Fisheries Management, Regulatory & Enforcement Division
(074) 422 2506 - Fisheries Post-Harvest and Marketing Section
(074) 620 3995 - Regional Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Section

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