Dr. Jose Neil M. Hortillo (University of the Philippines Visayas)
In today’s highly connected globalized economy, citizen’s demands not only transparent good governance, but also exemplary service from its leaders and various institutions. And like any other organizations, the government must constantly find ways to motivate public servants to live the public service ethos, “to serve with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency and act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives (1987 Philippine Constitution).
This paper examines the motivating factors that explain why Filipino public servants remain in public service. In the past, studies on public service motivation have focused on the intrinsic altruistic motivations of public service. This paper would go further and measure the importance of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivating factors that affect the work attitude of Filipino public servants. Apart from intrinsic motivators (like altruism, loyalty, patriotism), there are other extrinsic motivators in public service. These extrinsic rational motivators include security of tenure, career development, pension system and work flexibility.
Public service motivation transcends the public sector because it characterizes motivations in other areas of society that involves the pursuit of public good. Results of this study may not only pertain to public service, but also to any organization that seeks to satisfy their workers’ needs and responsibility to their family with integrity and an overall work attitude that is congruence to the achievement of the common good.
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