COA hits Marinduque town for granting excessive performance incentive
MOGPOG, Marinduque – State auditors scored the municipal government of Mogpog in Marinduque for granting performance enhancement incentive (PEI) worth P1,747,462 that was in excess of the authorized amount.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that according to Executive Order No. 181 dated May 15, 2015, the PEI is equivalent to P5,000 or one month basic salary as of May 31, 2015.
Auditors said the total P1.74 million performance incentive was too excessive an amount as allowed for under the executive order.
“Post audit conducted on the disbursements of the Municipality for the year disclosed the total amount of P1,740,464 representing Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) for CY 2015 were paid to its officials and employees. Said incentives were based on One-month Basic Salary per individual,” auditors said.
“Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) is given to government employees as rewards for exceeding agency financial and operational performance targets and to motivate employee efforts toward higher productivity. The above-mentioned EOs clearly specify the equivalent amount of P5,000 or one-month basic salary may be granted to government employees provided that the conditions set forth are complied,” the auditors added.
The municipal budget officer admitted that she overlooked the specific guidelines prescribed for the PEI 2015.
The auditors urged the municipal mayor Senen Livelo Jr. to adhere with the law on granting the additional benefits to its officials and employees particularly the Productivity Enhancement Incentive which is uniformly given to government employees every year.