Government to implement performance-based system of
giving bonuses to workers – DBM Secretary Abad
In order to prod government workers and institutions to perform their
respective mandates above par, the administration of President Benigno S.
Aquino III will implement a performance-based system of bonuses that will be
included in the 2013 General Appropriations Act, Budget Secretary Florencio
Abad said on Tuesday.
In a press briefing at Malacañang, Abad said this
“innovation” of awarding bonuses to deserving employees and institutions is
in line with President Aquino’s directive to harmonize all performance-based
management systems in government.
“…we hope to strengthen also the accountability of public institutions
and public servants to perform their mandates and, therefore, we continue to
deepen performance budgeting and harmonize all performance-based management
systems in government,” Abad said.
He added that the additional bonus is different from the usual
productivity enhancement incentive given to government workers and
institutions every year.
“But one innovation that we are going to introduce next year is a system
of performance-based bonuses which can range from 5,000 to 35,000 pesos per
employee on top of the productivity enhancement incentive of about 5,000
that they will be receiving,” Abad said.
He said that more details on the incentive program will be given at a
later date. (rck)
Department of Budget and Management announces
proposed 2013 budget
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has announced the completion in
terms of preparation of the proposed P2.006-trillion ‘Empowerment Budget’
under the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for fiscal year 2013 to support
the Aquino government’s unyielding efforts to fulfill its commitment to
achieve poverty reduction and sustainable economic development.
In a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Budget Secretary Florencio
‘Butch’ Abad said that the proposed 2013 national budget was crafted in
consideration of five key principles to ensure that the Aquino
administration’s priority program targets will be attained.
“This budget was crafted guided by five principles, the first one is the
President’s Greater and Deeper commitment to the Aquino Social Contract, the
second is Accelerated Completion of Priority Program Targets, third Stronger
Government Accountability to Perform, fourth is Transparency for Faster
Budget Execution and Clearer Results, and last but not the least is Greater
Stakeholder Participation in Preparation and Execution,” Abad said.
“We want this budget to accelerate the completion of priority program target
so, towards this end we have designated the Department of Public Works and
Highways as the principal infrastructure agency, meaning all construction
activities will now be undertaken… the design, costing, the procurement or
the bidding as well as the supervision by the DPWH so that the other
agencies can concentrate on their core mandates,” he added.
The proposed 2013 NEP, Abad further noted, will be anchored on the theme
“Atas ng Bayan” which aims to deliver what the people, especially the
underprivileged sector, has been asking for.
“I will present to you the budget that we will submit on July 24 to
Congress… the day after the President delivers his SONA, ang tema po ng
budget for next year [ay] ‘Atas ng Bayan’. Last year our definition of
‘Paggugol ng Matuwid’ was spending that had direct, immediate and
substantial impact to the people,” Abad said.
“This year we define ‘Paggugol ng Matuwid as something that the people,
especially the poor had been asking for or in short ‘Atas ng Taumbayan’..
we’ll be calling it an empowerment budget because every government peso that
is spent in this budget is meant to benefit the people especially the poor
and in that way we feel that we are empowering them,” he stressed.
In a separate statement, the DBM chief underscored the people’s instructions
to President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“Malinaw po ang Atas ng Taumbayan kay Pangulong Aquino: Igugol nang matuwid
and bawat piso sa kaban ng bayan nang may direktang pakinabang sa kanila”,
“With this, the Aquino administration designed the 2013 expenditure plan as
an Empowerment Budget: a budget that seeks to unshackle the poor from
poverty and invest in their capabilities to participate meaningfully in the
economy. It is also a Budget that deepens reform by enabling citizens to
participate in governance and to hold government accountable to them,” he
said. (jcl/2:03 p.m.)
Abad bares 10.5 percent
increase in proposed National Expenditure Program for fiscal year 2013
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad bared a 10.5 per cent
increase in the proposed National Expenditure Program for the fiscal year
2013 which prioritizes funding for key programs that decisively address
poverty, foster inclusive economic growth and ultimately empower the people,
especially the poor.
In a press release issued by the Department of Budget
and Management (DBM) following his briefing with the members of the media in
Malacanang on Tuesday, Secretary Abad said that the greatest share or 34.8
percent of the proposed P2.006-trillion proposed budget, equivalent to
P698.4 billion pesos, has been earmarked for Social Services that will
support the reduction of poverty to 16.6 percent by the year 2016. This
allocation is 13.9 percent higher than the sector’s P613.4 billion budget in
The economic manager said that the allotment will support the closing of
resource gaps in basic education by next year; the coverage of 5.2 million
poor households under the National Health Insurance Program; the
construction of at least 103,000 affordable housing units for informal
settlers in danger zones for soldiers, policemen and other uniformed
personnel, among others; and the coverage of 3.8 million indigent households
under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
The budget also prioritizes Economic Services which will bolster the
country’s bid to achieve a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of six to
seven percent and to create more jobs and livelihood opportunities for the
With a proposed 25.5 percent or P510.9 billion share from next year’s
budget pie, the sectoral allocation increased by 16.4 percent from the
P439.0 billion in 2012.
The allocation will support the rehabilitation and concreting of all
primary roads by 2014 and all secondary roads and bridges by the year 2016;
the production of 20 million metric tons of palay to attain rice sufficiency
by next year; the attainment of 5.53 million tourist arrivals by 2013 and
ten million by 2016; and the distribution of 360,000 hectares of lands under
the agrarian reform by 2013. (jcl/2:25 p.m.)