MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that P831.8 million in funds have already been made available to several departments and agencies, state colleges and universities (SUCs), and government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) for the distribution of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) to their respective employees.

“We commend all departments, agencies, and GOCCs that successfully complied with their requirements, and whose employees were among the first to receive their PBB. Since the Administration launched the merit-based bonus scheme in December 2012, the DBM has been receiving and processing submissions from departments and agencies as efficiently as possible, in line with the PBB’s goal of rewarding excellent work among our government employees,” Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio B. Abad said.

Of the total amount, P806.1 million has already been authorized for release by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), with 26 GOCCs given the go signal for releasing the PBBs of 15,415 eligible officials and employees. These will be sourced from the GOCCs’ own corporate funds.

Another P25.7 million has also been rolled out to five agencies and three SUCs for the merit-based incentives of 2,780 officials and employees.

The DBM also confirmed that the Department of Health (DOH) and the Laguna State Polytechnic College have already complied with all their requirements, and their releases are being processed by DBM. DOH is the first major government agency to have fully complied with the PBB requirements, with 25,307 employees eligible for the PBB.

“I enjoin other agencies and departments to complete their submissions to the DBM. This will allow us to facilitate the quick release of their PBBs, and ultimately, ensure that their employees receive the bonuses due them,” said Abad.

The PBB is one of the components of the Administration’s Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS), an incentive program that recognizes and rewards exemplary performance in government. It aims to improve the delivery of goods and services to all Filipinos, as well as institute a culture of excellence in public service across the bureaucracy.

Under the PBIS, qualified agencies that submitted all compliance reports on time will be assessed, provided that they meet at least 90 percent of their targets for the year. Agencies are also required to fulfill all the good governance conditions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of the National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems, or the A.O. 25 Task Force.

Through the PBB, employees ranked as “Best” in a best-performing bureau stand to receive as much as P35,000, while underperformers­—those who were unable to meet at least 90 percent of their individual targets, or employees in a poorly ranked bureau—will not be eligible for PBB.

In releasing the PBB, the DBM emphasized the need for qualified departments and agencies to establish grievance mechanisms that will allow them to respond to employees’ feedback.

“Because the PBB is a new initiative, we have much to learn on implementing it with greater efficiency. Part of this fine-tuning process is the establishment of grievance mechanisms within agencies, specifically to give employees the chance to provide honest feedback on the execution of the program.

“All in all, we shouldn’t lose sight of the reason why we’re implementing PBB at all: to institute a culture of exemplary public service in the Philippine bureaucracy, so that Filipinos can expect increased transparency, accountability, and openness in the delivery of public goods and services,” Abad said. (PR/gov.ph)

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