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.
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.
LGU Mission and Vission (from CLUP)
Mission - To accelerate the quality of life of all residents in the Municipality through the provision of improved economic, social, and infrastructure facilities, increased agricultural production, sound environmental management, and effective local administration.
Vision - The Municipality of Mabini is envisioned to be self-reliant and progressive community, with sustainable tourism and agri-industrial-based economy, adequate infrastructure support facilities, with healthy, peace-loving and empowered citizens, under people centered, accountable, and effective local leaders.
Mandates and functions
Role of the Municipality. - The municipality, consisting of a group of barangays, serves primarily as a general purpose government for the coordination and delivery of basic, regular and direct services and effective governance of the inhabitants within its territorial jurisdiction. (Republic Act No. 7160)
LGU Officials - Elected and appointed Department Heads
LGU Directory - Contact information