The City Government of Balanga and the Philippine Navy have been named as recipients of the prestigious 2016 Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing StrategyTM. These two government organizations are the fourth and fifth Philippine government institutions to be inducted into the global hall of fame, an annual search set up in 2000 by Drs. Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, creators of the Balanced Scorecard.

The award, which is the global benchmark for outstanding strategic execution, was given at the Shaping the Future through Positive Impact Summit 2017 in London on Tuesday, March 21. Bataan 2nd District Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III and Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Gaudencio Collado, Jr. received the recognition on behalf of their respective organizations.

Previous public sector winners from the Philippines include the cities of Iloilo (2010), San Fernando, Pampanga (2010), and San Fernando, La Union (2015). Notable public sector honorees include the Barcelona City Council (2009), US Federal Bureau of Investigation (2010), and the UAE Ministry of Interior (2014).

As members of the international hall of fame, the cases of the City Government of Balanga and the Philippine Navy can now be studied by institutions worldwide that are seeking their own breakthroughs and transformations.

The City Government of Balanga, the capital of Bataan, was cited for its creative strategy, which not only sees the city becoming a University Town by 2020 but at the same time develops its knowledge industry so it can link education efforts to economic results. One of the most impressive transformations in the city is the net contribution of local economic enterprises, which rose to Php36.08 million in 2015 (the date of application for the award) from a negative figure of Php2.03 million in 2007, the year Balanga designed its current strategy. Despite beginning with zero funding from public-private partnerships, Balanga can now count on more than Php268 million in investments; the city is also able to double its number of government scholars from 1,535 in 2007 to 2,921.

In photo (L-R): Balanga City Office for Strategy Management Head Edmer Fabian; Palladium Founder and Balanced Scorecard Creator Robert Kaplan; Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo; Balanga City Accountant and PGS Core Team Chair Myrna Roman; Bataan 2nd District Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III; Balanga City Administrator Rodolfo de Mesa; Balanga City Planning and Development Head Elsa Ilagan.

 

The Philippine Navy is the first national government agency to be inducted into the hall of fame. Pursuing a 2020 vision of becoming “a strong and credible Navy that our maritime nation can be proud of”, the organization worked on using technology to improve financial processes as well as communication efforts. This has resulted in an increased operational readiness which was pegged at 90.38% in 2015 versus 67.93 in 2008, when it began its good governance program (Sail Plan 2020). In terms of safeguarding Philippine maritime territories, the country can now count on 36 Maritime Situational Awareness Platforms operating 24/7 to provide key information for governance, development, and security undertakings, coming from a baseline of 8 in 2008. This also means that the organization is able to monitor more foreign and domestic vessels passing through Philippine waters—with the figure rising from 3,016 in 2008 to 45,859 in 2015.

In photo (L-R): Palladium Founder and Balanced Scorecard Creator Robert Kaplan; Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo; Chief of Naval Staff Gaudencio Collado, Jr.; Center for Naval Leadership and Excellence Chief Armil Angeles.

Both institutions were endorsed for the award by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), an advocacy group founded by civil society leader Jesus Estanislao. ISA implements good governance programs to improve public service delivery at the national level, and raise community incomes at the local level.

To contact the writer of this story, email Marielle Antonio through mantonio@isacenter.org.