The municipalities of Western Visayas Region will benefit from a total of P1,376,156,814 worth of projects under the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program of the government this year.
The amount will be used to fund 345 projects in 98 municipalities from the Region’s five provinces – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.

The ADM is a new program based on the budget philosophy of the Duterte Administration, which was anchored on the goal of outlining the role of LGUs as able partners in development. This goal is fulfilled by conditioning LGUs that funds will be given to them in the implementation of higher good governance standards, improved capacity to generate resources and strengthened ability to deliver basic services.

Of the five provinces, Iloilo has the most number of proposed projects. This totaled to 149 projects, with a fund allocation of P650,924,907.00.

This year, ADM Program targets a total of 1,373 municipalities all over the country with a total budget of 19.4 billion pesos under FY 2017 General Appropriations Act, Republic Act No. 10924.

Orientations and Workshops

To ensure that the LGUs and other major stakeholders will effectively facilitate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Program, the DILG Regional Office VI hosted the conduct of a two-day Orientation and Action Planning Workshops on FY 2017 ADM Program.

The first school was held at Best Western Boracay Tropics Hotel, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan last July 17-18, 2017. DILG Provincial Directors, Cluster Heads, Program Managers, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Municipal Engineers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs) and Municipal Accountants from the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz attended the first leg of the activity. The second school was conducted last July 20-21 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City for the Province of Iloilo.

In his message, Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG Region VI Regional Director, reiterated that the main purpose of the orientation is to discuss the guidelines of the ADM. He reminded the LGUs that have not yet received funds from Bureau of Treasury to fast-track the compliance of good governance requirements, i.e., the Good Financial Housekeeping of DILG and Public Financial Management of DBM. He reiterated that, these are the basis in releasing the funds, highlighting the condition that non-compliance means forfeiture of the funds.

Atty. Nuyda also appealed to the LGUs to implement the projects as soon as possible since the validity of funds is one (1) year, and the performance of the LGUs may also affect the succeeding fund release not just for ADM program, but for other nationally-funded projects as well.

Assistant Program Manager from Oversight Project Management Office, Glenn Q. Miranda, discussed the vision of the Program in addressing financial and infrastructure gaps in municipal government, and likewise, to contribute to the full attainment of empowered, responsible and responsive LGUs.

Miranda added, that following the national priorities, ADM is linked to Philippine Development Plan goals such as: Ensuring People-Centred, Clean, and Efficient Governance; Ensuring Functional Service Delivery Networks; and Strengthening Linkage in Planning Investment Programming and Budgeting. The ADM Program serves as the catchment facility of programs that cannot be accommodated by other government offices such as National Economic Development Authority – Social Development Committee, Legislative Offices, Department of Transportation and National Electrification Administration.

On the other hand, Miss Fe Crisilla Banluta, Program Manager Water Supply and Sanitation Project Management Office of Department of the Interior and Local Government – Office of Project Development Services, Miss Marivic Nocum - Asst. Project Manager, WSSPMO-DILG and Engr. Joemily Felicano - Asst. Project Manager, ADM/BUB Other Infra Project Management Office, discussed the salient features of DILG-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-03 “Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Implementation of the FY 2017 Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (LGSF-ADM) Program”.

An action planning covering the periods of July-December 2017 and January-June 2018 was undertaken to ensure timely implementation of the projects. The action planning is aimed to harmonize the strategies and plot detailed steps to increase the efficiency and accountability within the implementing LGUs. (Vincent Villorente, DILG6)