Provincial Government of Bulacan and Two Bulacan Towns Only Qualified.
Baliwag, Bulacan – Reversing its earlier circular, the Department of Interior and Local Government announced that the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Municipality of Baliwag qualified to receive the coveted Performance-Based Bonus or PBB.
Sometime in April, DILG released a circular indicating that only the Municipality of Guiguinto qualified to receive the PBB after it passed ALL FOUR CRITERIA set by the Technical Working Group composed of the Bureau of Local Government Supervision of DILG, Commission on Audit and the Civil Service Commission. It required applicants of PBB that it must passed all four criteria such as the (1) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), (2) SPMS, (3) Anti-Red Tape Act Compliant and lastly, (4) at least 30 percent compliance to COA AOM from the Annual Audit Report. The Civil Service Commission, by error, indicated non-compliance for the Municipality of Baliwag, disqualifying it. That prompted the Human Resource Management Office of Baliwag to file a petition to the Regional Office of the CSC. It presented a copy of the affidavit that Mayor Ferdie Estrella executed last year to manifest compliance of Baliwag to ARTA. It was validated last year by the CSC and certified compliance.
The Municipality of Baliwag qualified to receive all four assessment areas. It received the SGLG last year and the only newbie municipality in Bulacan to receive the seal.
Last year, a group of employees was pushing for the release of PBB. Their call was so loud it even prompted the Sangguniang Bayan to invite the Municipal Administrator to clarify the administration’s position on the matter.
The administration believes that before a PBB merits, a clear criteria must be issued. It must bear the gold standard in public service. We cannot call it performance-based if there is no actual record of performance or measurable targets aligned to the objectives of the government. If we so decide to release PBB, given this scenario when in 2016, there was no SGLG for Baliwag; its rank in the National Competitiveness was 960th out of 1245 municipalities; 18th in Nutrition; no ISO, strategic performance management system was not in place; Civil Service Commission rated Baliwag unsatisfactory; and the Central Luzon Growrh Corridor Foundation Inc rated Baliwag’s BPLO 78% in streamlining.
All of these were reversed in just one year. Baliwag received eleven national awards and three regional and provincial awards in 2017. A feat, no doubt, making them deserving of a PBB.