Press Release
July 29, 2010

Government Performance Act of 2010 Filed By Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda today said there is a need to institutionalize a system of performance planning and reporting that will strengthen the accountability of government managers .

"I filed Senate Bill No. 2127 recommending the measuring of government service quality versus public satisfaction."

Legarda's bill proposes that within 30 days after the start of the fiscal year, the head of each government agency shall submit to the Secretary and to Congress, a "Strategic Plan" for program activities to cover a period of not less than 5 years from the fiscal year in which it was submitted to be updated and revised at least every 3 years. Such plan shall contain:

1. A comprehensive mission statement covering the major functions and operations of the agency;

2. General goals and objectives including outcome-related goals and objectives for the major functions and operations of the agency;

3. A description of how the goals and objectives are to be achieved including a description of the operational processes, skills and technology and the human, capital, information and other resources required to meet those goals and objectives;

4. A description of how the performance goals included in the plan required by Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) shall be related to the general goals and objectives in the strategic plan;

5. An identification of key factors external to the agency and beyond its control that could significantly affect the achievement of the general goals and objectives; and

6. A description of the program evaluations used in establishing or revising general goals and objectives, with a schedule for future program evaluations.

" There should also be an "Annual Performance Plan" and "Program Performance Reports".

Along the same spirit, Legarda proposed a management training program to be developed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in consultation with the DBM and the Commission on Audit (COA), to orient the government's managers with planning and program performance measurement."

"Corruption lays to waste the resources that ought to be applied to fighting poverty. Waste and inefficiency in government programs undermine the confidence of the people in government and reduce the government's ability to adequately address vital public needs, " Legarda concluded.

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