Friday, June 30, 2017

583 towns to get P8.17-B ADM fund for basic service facilities

From the Website of DILG

583 towns to get P8.17-B ADM fund for basic service facilities

Five hundred eighty-three towns across the country will be receiving fund from the national government amounting to P8.17-billion through the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program being administered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The ADM program aims to contribute to the full attainment of empowered, responsible, and responsive local government units (LGUs). The scheme of transferring funds through this program is expected to have a much stronger equalization effect among LGUs.

DILG Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Catalino S. Cuy says that the newly released fund will be used for 1,959 local projects such as water system, evacuation facility, local access roads, small water impounding, and sanitation and health facilities.

According to Cuy, the recipient municipalities belong to the second batch of recipients that have complied with the DILG’s Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) and the assessment of their Performance Management System (PFM) as well as the adoption of the corresponding improvement measures.

Early this year, the first batch composed of 547 towns received P8.15-billion ADM fund. Said towns are currently implementing local projects which are closely being monitored by the Department.

While the ADM fund empowers LGUs to propose and implement projects that are responsive to their constituents’ needs, Cuy points out that recipient LGUs are held responsible and accountable in using the funds to improve the performance of public services.

ADM Roadmap

The DILG reveals that the ADM program is following a five-year governance roadmap that generally aims to contribute to the attainment of a fully decentralized basic service delivery in all municipalities.

This year, it aims to make Local Development Councils (LDCs) fully functional in compliance with the requirements of General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2017’s DILG Special Provision No. 12. Said provision states that the DILG shall make sure that all LDCs at all levels are fully-functional and are responsive to the national priorities.

The Department further says that this will be done in consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs), people’s organizations (POs), and other development partners.

Meanwhile, by the end of 2018, the ADM program is aimed to have enhanced the quality of Local Development Investment Program (LDIPs) of municipal governments.

In 2019, the program is targeted to have institutionalized full service delivery system.

In 2020, local plans of municipal governments are expected to have a stronger vertical linkage, that is, with the national level.

Summing up the expected four-year governance milestones of the ADM program, by 2021, LGUs are expected to have an Improved Asset Management and Resource Mobilization Capacity. Various capacity development shall be given to LGUs in partnership with national government’s development partners.

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