This issue of the Philippine Journal of Development contains articles on the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), the Philippine water sector, local water districts, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The first article evaluates the PBB and shows its effects on the productivity of government employees. The second paper reviews the mandates of primary regulatory bodies responsible for local water services in the Philippines. The third article examines the financial conditions of water districts and their role in attaining the country’s water supply and sanitation goals. The last article looks at the readiness of the Philippine primary healthcare system in managing and treating NCDs.