Examining the implementation of PBB scheme in the public sector

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In 2012, through Executive Order 80, s. 2012, the government adopted a Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) for employees in the public sector to reward exemplary performance, align individual personnel and departmental efforts with organizational targets, and improve service delivery. The PBIS is composed of the productivity enhancement incentive, an across-the-board bonus given to all government employees, and the performance-based bonus (PBB) given to qualified employees. Provision of the PBB is also associated with the organization-wide compliance with different eligibility requirements (e.g., citizens charter, transparency seal, ISO certification), which have been constantly changing over the years. Compliance with these requirements has, de facto, become part of the roll-out objectives of the PBB. This Policy Note examines how the PBB scheme is implemented in the public sector, particularly in three sectors/groups, namely, the national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned or controlled corporations, constitutional commissions, and other executive offices; the Department of Education (DepEd); and the Commission on Higher Education including state universities and colleges (SUCs). Information was obtained from documents provided by the PBB Secretariat, as well as key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs). A total of 304 study respondents participated in KIIs and FGDs across Metro Manila, balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.