by: Natividad C. Damil
Through the years, all
government agencies, the Court of Appeals (CA) included, follow the
standard performance rating system of the Civil Service Commission
(CSC). This system (a long-standing bone of contention between a
supervisor and his subordinate) is geared towards the employee's
career development and the determination of his security of tenure.
However, as in any system that has been in place for so long, the
current system required to be overhauled because of its perceived
weaknesses. To make it more relevant and effective, it has to be
attuned to the growing concerns of the judiciary. Thus, to address
this issue, the amplification of the Performance Evaluation System
(PES) but now the new trend is Performance Management System (PMS)
for court personnel who are not directly involved with the
adjudicative function of the judiciary was conceived.
Under the aegis of the
Action Program for Judicial Reforms (APJR) of the Supreme Court
(SC), the development of a new Performance Evaluation
System, solely for the judiciary, was set in motion as early
as September 2006.
The SC spearheaded the
project with the assistance of the Philippine Australian Aid
Program (AusAID) through the Philippine Australian Human
Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF) and commissioned the
Integrative Learning International (Phils.), Inc. to provide
technical assistance in coordination with the Office of the
Administrative Services (OAS) and the Program Management Office (PMO)
of the SC.
The launch of the
project was very opportune because on 18 April 2007 (or eight
months from its proposal) the CSC issued Memorandum Circular No. 07,
s. 2007. In the said Circular, the CSC announced the installation of
a Performance Management System (PMS) in the Civil Service.
Thus, in effect, recognized the necessity to upgrade and develop a
new PMS that will be in consonance with the agency's vision, mission
and strategic goals.
short-term training course, entitled Development of a
Performance Evaluation System for the Judiciary, (duly
approved by the Honorable Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno) is aimed at
developing a PES that will suitably measure the performance of
judiciary personnel and obtaining an accurate and judicious rating
for them. This course was supposed to have been completed in three
(3) months from February 12 – April 26, 2007.
However, on account of the intricacies of the issues and concerns
raised at the sessions held for the purpose, the participants
requested for an extension of the training course up to 31 May
2007 which request was subsequently granted by the Chief Justice.
The training course was
divided into three (3) Components. The first Component was held at
the Days Hotel in Tagaytay City, on February 12 – 23,
2007 with fifteen (15) participants from the Supreme Court, the
Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, the Court of Tax Appeals and the
Lower Courts. This training phase of the Course generated a kind of
fellowship and camaraderie among us participants that cannot be
quantified. The sharing of thoughts was not the usual perfunctory
exchange of ideas. In short, the evaluation process took on a human
face. Because of these, we came out of Component I better equipped to
draft a viable proposal for performance appraisal.
Component 2 covered the
coaching activity on March 5 – May 10, 2007 at the SC
and CA workplaces. Selected officials and employees of the CA
together with their representatives from the other participating
offices, were requested to take part in the pilot-testing on 11 April 2007
of the proposed Performance Rating forms. This
activity was aimed at testing the acceptability and viability of the
The final Component that
consisted of the presentation of the draft of the Performance
Management System for Court Personnel (PMS-COUPER) to the
Justices took place on 28 May 2007 at the Hyatt Hotel, Pedro
Gil, Manila with all the participants, coordinators, facilitators and
invited guests in attendance. The Supreme Court sent two of its most
senior Justices, namely, Honorable Justice Leonardo Quisumbing and
Honorable Madam Justice Ma. Alicia Austria-Martinez to
represent the Chief Justice. The CA's Presiding Justice Ruben T.
Reyes who, unfortunately, could not make it (due to his tight
schedule) was ably represented by the Honorable Justice Mariano C.
del Castillo at the turn-over ceremonies. The proposed draft will
be submitted to the SC en banc for approval in consultation
with the CSC.
An overlapping problem
with the Continuous Improvement of Performance and Accomplishment
Gauge (CIPAG) of the Lower Courts under OCA Circular No.
102-2006, cropped up in the course of the training sessions. This was
referred to the Honorable Court Administrator Christopher O. Lock,
who promptly resolved it. Hon. Lock declared that the status quo
be maintained until such time that new PMS-COUPER gets
implemented after the approval from the proper authorities had been
As envisioned by the
formulators of this enhanced and revised PMS-COUPER for the
judiciary, its long-term effect is the efficient and speedy delivery
of justice in the country.