Written by the Web Team
PhilRice only wants the best for the country’s rice farmers. Nothing less. Thus, it stands true to its mission of competitively increasing productivity and profitability of rice farmers to help achieve food self-sufficiency.
This is no empty boast – in fact, the Department of Budget and Management has congratulated PhilRice for satisfactorily achieving its institutional targets for 2012, based on the evaluation conducted by the Inter-agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information, and Reporting Systems.
“The evaluation was done in compliance to the granting of the performance-based bonus (PBB) to government employees. Among the things looked into included the attainment of at least 90% of the agency target for the year and the conditions of good governance set by AO [Administrative Order] 25,” said PhilRice Planning and Collaborative Programs Office (PCPO) head, Teodora Briones. PCPO handled the development of proposal submitted to the inter-agency task force .
The document submitted to the task force detailed the research and development (R&D) programs of PhilRice, which particularly highlighted the varieties developed for commercial production; improvement in rice mechanization; new integrated nutrient and pest management techniques; and policies, trainings, and knowledge products developed on rice production. It also presented the efficiency of the administrative support system that contributed to the general performance of the institute.
“I must say the evaluation focused mainly on our R&D initiatives and outputs. We have developed a good number of technologies useful to the farmers,” said Dr. Eduardo Jimmy Quilang, PhilRice deputy executive director for development.
Quilang stressed that the individual performance of PhilRice employees greatly contributed to the institute’s successful endeavors, with achievements exceeding the objectives set for the 2012.
“If without our hardworking people who sacrificed to accomplish tasks even beyond office hours, this commendation would not be possible. The PBB is just appropriate to thank them for their effort,” the Philrice official added.
The PBB is a top-up bonus given to government employees based on their individual contribution to accomplish their respective department’s targets. It aims to instill a culture of fairness among workers and help agencies achieve departmental goals.
With the PBB, Quilang sees an R&D workforce that is motivated to make PhilRice more productive in the years to come.