Municipalities in Region 6, including those in the newly-transitioned Province of Negros Occidental, will benefit from ₱1.78B worth of projects, through the Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) program of the national government.

The amount accounts for their share in the ₱21.4B 2018 nationwide total budget allocation for the said program.

It was distributed to the 117 municipalities of Western Visayas, using the following criteria:

  • Equal Share (guaranteed P8.2M per LGU),
  • Per Capita Share (roughly P72 per person per municipality),
  • BUB-Years-Based-Share (none to 4year BUB municipalities, 3.4M to 3-year BUB municipalities and 5.4M to 2-year BUB municipalities), and
  • Share of good performance or LGU Incentive Share

Of the six provinces of Region VI, Iloilo has the biggest budget allocation, with ₱691,921,580 to be divided among 42 LGUs and utilized in the implementation of 141 proposed sub-projects.

Negros Occidental is second to Iloilo with regard to fund share, receiving a total amount of ₱260,856,539.00 to fund 52 sub-projects.

They are followed by the provinces of Capiz (₱258,599,345 for 38 sub-projects) and Antique (₱252,763,989 for 44 sub-projects). Aklan and Guimaras will receive ₱228,047,161 for 51 sub-projects and ₱68,556,687 for 17 sub-projects, respectively.

The list of priority projects for inclusion in the FY 2018 LGSF-AM shall be limited to projects listed in the FY 2018 National Expenditure Program (NEP) under Special Provision No. 2 of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF). Included are Local Access Road, Sanitation and Health Facilities, Potable Water System, Rain Water Catchment Facility, Evacuation Center, DRR-related Equipment, Local Bridges, Small Water Impounding Projects and Municipal Drug Rehabilitation Facility.

The sub-projects to be included for national funding under the LGSF-Assistance to Municipalities are only those that are included in the municipality’s duly approved Local Development Investment Plan and Annual Investment Program which is the priority of the municipality and which are not funded.

With regards to fund release conditions, the LGUs must comply with the requirements of the DILG Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, Local Development Council Functionality Assessment and DBM Assessment of Public Financial Management System and adoption of the corresponding Improvement Measures. (Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)