REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
PHILIPPINE STATISTICAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTE
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 of democratic virtue in the region.
The PSRTI was created by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 10625 or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013. It is the government agency chiefly mandated to conduct high quality, objective and responsive statistical research and training for the improvement of the quality of statistical information generated by the country’s statistical system. In undertaking its research function, PSRTI collaborates with the academe, data producers, and data users. Its non-degree training programs are designed to upgrade the quality of the statistics human resource base in the country. Finally, PSRTI is the repository of all statistical researches and studies generated by the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) and is tasked to back up files of data archives and other statistical databases of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS).
Functions based on RA 10625:
Vision and Mission
We envision the PSRTI as a leading statistical and training institute, taking a significant role in the development of a Philippine Statistical System that is characterized by independence, objectivity, and integrity. Therefore, it is our mission to upgrade the quality of statistics generated by the Philippine Statistical System through the conduct of high quality, timely, and responsive research and training.
We value your feedback and encourage you to suggest ways on how we can improve our services. Please send your communication to the PSRTI management:
JOSEFINA C. VENEGAS-ALMEDA, PH.D.
Executive Director III
Tel. No. (632) 8288-4948
MARIA PRAXEDES R. PEÑA
Chief, Training Division
Tel. No. (632) 8929-7543/8288-4150
SABRINA O. ROMASOC
OIC, Research Division
Tel. No. (632) 8926-0620
LOLITA M. OREO
Chief, Finance and Administrative Division
Tel. No. (632) 8920-9649
GERALDINE H. DELA PEÑA
OIC, Knowledge Management Division
Tel. No. (632) 8374-4587
Budget and Financial Accountability Reports
Projects, Programs and Activities, Beneficiaries, and Status of Implementation