Bontoc is the only MP in  LGU eligible to receive PBB

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BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Bontoc municipal government is the only local government unit (LGU) in Mountain Province and among the only four municipal governments in the entire Cordillera region that was granted the Performance–Based Bonus (PBB) by the national government.

The Bontoc municipal government passed with flying colors the required standards set for LGUs to become eligible of the PBB for 2019. With this, the officials and employees of the municipal government received their PBB on June 30, 2020.

Per DILG–Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2019–01, the amount received by the employees depend on the Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR) accomplishment rating for the past two rating periods in 2019 of which the employees belong to.

On June 3, 2020, Vivian Suansing, Assistant Director of Bureau of Local Government Supervision and Chairperson of Technical Working Group for the PPB for LGUs issued a memorandum informing Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan that four LGUs in the Cordillera are notified of Eligibility on the Grant of the PBB for officials and employees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and to be given this year 2020.

The LGUs in Cordillera Administrative Region are Bontoc, Mountain Province; Kibungan Benguet; Lamut and Asipulo, both in the Province of Ifugao.

Suansing, in her memorandum, mentioned that said LGUs were able to satisfy all the conditions as stated in the DILG–Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2019–01.

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey remarked that this is the result of the collaborative efforts of all the municipal offices/ departments and partner stakeholders in the delivery of services to the public.

With this, the mayor is hopeful that the PBB will serve as an inspiration and a challenge to all the Bontoc LGU officials and employees to strive for excellence as their exemplary performances are rewarded.

Municipal Budget Officer Aida Lingbanan recalled that last year, the Bontoc municipal government submitted a Letter of Intent to the DILG for the grant of PBB to the officials and employees to be given this year 2020.

Lingbanan elaborated that Bontoc LGU has met the standards set by the national government for LGUs to become eligible of the 2019 PBB. The Bontoc municipal government is a Seal of Good Local Governance (Awardee), which is one of the highest awards given by the DILG to LGUs which recorded exemplary performance in government service. The municipality of Bontoc passed with flying colors the seven areas to include financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order; business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and tourism, culture and the arts. Under the leadership of Mayor Odsey, the municipality of Bontoc has passed the test of good governance for three consecutive years from 2017, and is the lone awardee in Mountain Province in 2018 and 2019.

Also, Bontoc municipal government was able to submit the Certificate of Compliance for RA 11032 (Anti –Red Tape Act); has fully functional strategic management system as required by the Civil Service Commission; and was able to satisfy the requirements of the Commission on Audit.

In stating all the eligibility requirements, Lingbanan noted that the Bontoc LGU did not only pass the prescribed regulatory requirements which are mandatory, but managed to meet the expectations of the public through efficient and effective implementation of programs, projects and activities.

She remarked that this reflects the exemplary leadership of the present administration as the Local Chief Executive and the Sangguniang Bayan have always been supportive to all undertakings of offices/ departments.

She likewise credited the assistance of Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Lourdes Claire Peel that made the Bontoc municipal government eligible for the 2019 PBB.

The PBB is a top-up bonus that is given to employees based on their performance and contributions to the accomplishment of their department’s overall targets and commitments. It was introduced by the Aquino Administration in 2012 to reward and encourage exemplary performance among public servants in the government. This is different from existing bonuses in government which are given to employees across the board, regardless of their performance such as the Mid –Year and Year End Bonuses, and Collective Negotiation Agreement bonus.

By Alpine L. Killa

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