Executive Order No. 80 of PNoy-A A +A
The Council Reports
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HAD the City Council conducted its regular session Monday it would have certainly discussed the ramifications of Executive Order No. 80 of the President of the Republic as it relates (or not) with local government units in the archipelago.
The said order introduces a performance-based incentive system applicable to all employees of the national government.
The city council first learned of the matter in a resolution authored by City councilors Leandro Yangot and Fred Bagbagen entitled “Inviting the Human Resource Management Officer and the Local Finance Committee to explain and to give details on whether or not Executive Order no. 80 can apply to officials and employees of the City Government of Baguio.
Now what exactly is the performance based incentive (PBI) system all about? Well according to the said executive order “there is a need to rationalize the current incentive system in government which is generally characterized by across-the-board bonuses that are given uniformly to all civil servants”.
In other words Executive Order No. 80 intends to supply the mechanism thru which incentives and bonuses are permitted to be given to national government employees based on quantifiable performance objectives. In layman’s terms you are entitled to an incentive or bonus, as a national government employee, provided your office or bureau has performed well and attained its objectives.
The executive order further explains that “there is a need to establish and implement a Performance Based Incentive (PBI) System that will motivate higher performance and greater accountability in the public sector and ensure the accomplishment of commitments and targets xxx”.
Quite clearly the President is on the right track on this one since his plan is simply to ensure that whatever incentive or bonuses, peoples’ money that is, disbursed and given to the employees is a result of outstanding performance and getting the ‘job done’.
This is very clear in the fourth whereas of the said order which states that “Administrative Order (AO) No. 25, series of 2011 seeks to establish a unified and integrated Results-Based Performance Monitoring System (RBPMS) across all departments and agencies within the Executive Branch of the Government, incorporating a common set performance scorecard, and creating an accurate, accessible, and up-to-date government-wide, sectoral, and organizational performance information system, which shall be used as basis for determining entitlement to performance-based allowances, incentives, or compensation of government personnel”.
The PBI system as adopted and implemented by the national government consists of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) and the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB). Under the PEI an amount of P5,000 shall continually be granted across-the-board in accordance with guidelines established by the DBM. On the other hand the PBB, which is called a “top-up bonus” shall be given to personnel of bureaus or delivery units in accordance with their contribution to the accomplishment of their Department’s overall targets and commitments and subject to a pre-determined criteria/s. The amounts to which bureaus are entitled under the PBB scheme are P35,000 for Best Bureau and Best Performer, P20,000 for better performer, and P10,000 for good performer. Meanwhile a better bureau and best performer will receive P25,000, P13,500 for a better performer and P7,000 for a good performer, and lastly a good bureau and best performer will receive P15,000, P10,000 for a better performer and P5,000 for a good performer.
It must of course be reiterated that all of the above entitlements are based on performance or achievement by either personnel or bureau of the national government. The PBI seems to be a very good system of justifying rewards given to employees of the national government.
Can this system or mechanism be made to apply in the local government level such as the city government of Baguio? That is the very question that the city council seeks to answer when it meets in its regular session come Monday. At present the city government relies on a system called Program and Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE established by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) upon which incentives, bonuses and rewards are given to officers and employees of local government units.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 06, 2013.