S Y M B O L I S M
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 services to be more open to citizen engagement, on the other hand, 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 Philippine as the Pearl of the Orient - a shining example for demographic virtue in the region.
The Transparency Seal is displayed in the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. X (DOST-X) website in compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of 2012 issued by the Department of Budget and Management and is linked to the following pages within the DOST-X website: