President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 26th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Luzon Ballroom of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 18). Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 26 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country’s leading journalists. In photo is Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said he’ll prioritize ironing out public workers’ bonuses and land use issue next year.

“We were trying to foster what we call the performance-based bonus. In government presently, you are rated by your supervisor—you are given the marks—and since we want to be always ‘nakikisama,’ the least mark for government employees will be… the supervisor will not give a rating below ‘very satisfactory.’ So it’s either ‘excellent’ or ‘very satisfactory’,” he said during a forum at the Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party in Pasay City.

The President said he wants to change the culture in the bureaucracy by putting a system in which the workers will determine whether they are entitled for bonuses or not.

The Chief Executive said he believes mediocrity is being promoted to the detriment of those who are really performing a good job.

“The basic philosophy is —it is the worker who will determine how much of a bonus he gets. There’s a limit cap. I think it’s about two and a half month’s pay. But it will not be your supervisor who determines it. You set up goals. If the goals are met or exceeded, you are entitled to the full bonus,” he explained.

Currently, there’s an ongoing study on the issue and the President said he expects it to be completed by October next year.

The government will also focus on the land use issue particularly those areas devoted to agriculture, and industrial purposes, the President said adding that these also include areas considered uninhabitable and dangerous during disasters, the President added. PND (as)