We are optimistic that the housing project will fulfill the needs for proper dwelling for fishermen while also improving their social and economic conditions
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) will construct 25 special houses under a housing project for fishermen from the low-income group living in South Bolaang Mongondow District, North Sulawesi Province.

"Construction of the special housing project is part of the 'Million Houses Program' of the ministry, and (the houses are being) constructed by the government to meet the public’s needs for housing," Khalawi Abdul Hamid, the ministry's Director General of Housing, stated on Monday.

Hamid noted that special house benefits target low-income residents, especially those impacted by natural disasters, relocated by government projects, and residing in the frontier areas or in remote and least developed islands.

He remarked that detached, semi-detached, or row houses, with the landed or stilt house typology, will be constructed under the benefits scheme. Public facilities and utilities will provided close to the special housing complex.

"We are optimistic that residents living in the special houses can lead a peaceful existence in a secure environment, especially during the pandemic," he affirmed.

Meanwhile, Hujurat, Head of the Directorate General's Housing Provision Office for Sulawesi, said that North Sulawesi Housing Provision Working Unit will conduct the construction of the 25 houses, with a budget totaling Rp3.2 billion (around US$222 thousand).

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The special housing project is being constructed under a single-year contract for the 2021 budget year, and is expected to be completed in 180 days, he noted.

The 25 houses constructed will comprise 12 semi-detached houses and one detached house. Each house measuring 28 square meters will have two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room.

The houses will be constructed by a conventional structure. The housing complex will have public facilities and utilities, including paved roads and drainage systems.

"We are optimistic that the housing project will fulfill the needs for proper dwelling for fishermen while also improving their social and economic conditions," he remarked.

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The first stone was laid for the housing project at the construction location in Tabilaa Village, Bolaang Uki Sub-district, South Bolaang Mongondow District, Hujurat noted.

South Bolaang Mongondow District Head Iskandar Kamaru highlighted that the construction of special houses is the government’s endeavor to relocate fishermen rather away from the coast and offer them safety from coastal and often unstable weather conditions.

"We expressed our gratitude to the PUPR Ministry and members of the Commission V of DPR RI (the Indonesian House of Representatives) for helping South Bolaang Mongondow’s fishermen own houses. My government is ready to cooperate (with the central authority) for supporting the housing project," Kamaru said.

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