DBP gets highest performance bonus
MANILA – The performance bonuses approved for members of the Social Security System (SSS) board have drawn a lot of negative reactions, but there are agencies whose officials got even more.
Topping the list is the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
The Governance Commission for Government-owned and -controlled corporations (GCG) has approved a more than P1.5 million bonus for five of DBP's eight board members.
Approved performance bonuses for board members of the DBP are as follows:
Jose Nuñez Jr. - P1.5 million
Francisco del Rosario - P1.1 million
Gil Buenaventura - P384,000
Alberto Lim - P1.5 million
Blas James Viterbo - P1.5 million
Cecilio Lorenzo - P1.5 million
Daniel Laogan - P1.5 million
Juan Kevin Belmonte - P1.3 million
For Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), all members of the board got at least P1.4 million, including its chairman Daniel Lacson (P1.6 million), president Robert Vergara (P1.4 million), board members Geraldine Berberabe-Martinez (P1.4 million), Gregorio Yu (P1.4 million), Karina Constantino-David (P1.5 million), Mario Aguja (P1.4 million), and Roman Felipe Reyes (P1.4 million).
While several SSS board members have declared their intention to return their bonus, the commission said other board members of GOCCs need not follow the SSS lead.
“Pagtinignan naman ‘yung amount, reasonable pa din ‘yan kumpara sa private sector,” said Atty. Paolo Salvosa, spokesman of the Governance Commission for GOCCs.
ACT party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said it's prudent for board members, especially those of the GSIS, to return their bonuses.
“Ibalik ang bonuses in solidarity with the plight of the ordinary employees,” said Tinio.
But GSIS President Robert Vergara said the agency has worked hard to improve its services and finances.
The state pension fund earned more than P93 billion last year.
“I don’t like it to look like that by returning the bonus, there might be a perception that we don’t think that we deserve it,” said Vergara.
In a House hearing Tuesday, another legislator questioned why officials of an agency like the National Livelihood Development Center, supposedly involved in the controversial pork barrel scam, warranted a performance bonus.
“Ano ang kagandahan ng kanilang ginawa kung ghost projects naman ang pag-implement ng mandato nila?” said Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.
Colmenares appeals to all board members who got bonuses to return the amount and let the commission do another thorough review of the performance of GOCCs.