For the year 2017, number of towns in the country received development funds under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s new program called the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipality.

ADM is consistent with the government’s general policy to provide a “catch-up mechanism” to assist municipal governments in increasing citizens’ access to basic facilities. It supports the 25-year old Republic Act (RA) No. 7160 or the Local Government Code which mandates national government agencies to devolve power and authority upon local government units (LGUs) for the provision of basic services and facilities.

The budget law, RA 10924 or the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for year 2017, allocates P19.43-billion for ADM which covers 1,373 municipalities nationwide.

Here in the province of Lanao del Norte, the municipality of Nunungan is the first municipality in the entire region to implement the 2017 Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) water project
“The award being conferred to LGU Nunungan for its exemplary implementation of ADM project and underscore the importance of partnership, effeciency and effectiveness a hallmarks in the continuos drive to scale up effective local governance”, DILG Provincial Director Bruce Colao said.
Project types funded by ADM program are water system, evacuation facility, local access roads, small water impounding, and sanitation and health facilities.