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 96
of the General Provisions of the General Appropriations Act of 2021. 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.
I. POEA Mandate, Vision, Mission, Functions and List of