Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) will continue to encourage the implementation of the One Million Houses Program to offer decent housing to the public.

"The One Million Houses Program will continue to be encouraged, so that Indonesian people have decent houses," Director of Housing Financing of the Directorate General of Infrastructure Financing of the ministry, Haryo Bekti Martoyoedo, noted during an online seminar here on Tuesday.

According to Martoyoedo, the ministry was currently running the program, which is one of the government's priority programs in fulfilling major projects, as set out in the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), through infrastructure and housing development for the community.

In the program, the government targets the construction of one million housing units for the community that are divided into two sectors, comprising 70 percent of houses for people from the Low-Income group (MBR) and 30 percent of houses for people from the non-low-income group (non-MBR).

Various programs, such as the construction of flats, special houses, self-help housing, distribution of subsidized housing infrastructure, facilities and utilities, subsidized housing loans (KPR), as well as assistance from local governments and the private sector are also being pursued.

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The ministry had earlier announced that before the 76th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence, some 515,107 housing units had been built throughout Indonesia under the One Million Houses Program.

The ministry's Director General of Housing, Khalawi Abdul Hamid, expects this figure to consistently increase in line with housing developments by the central and local governments as well as housing developers and the community.

Based on the direction of the PUPR minister, Khalawi remarked that the One Million Houses Program will continue to be implemented across Indonesia as the demand for housing in Indonesia is still quite high.

Hence, the ministry is optimistic of support and cooperation from various stakeholders in the housing sector to jointly ensure the success of the National Strategic Program.

The One Million Houses Program was launched by President Joko Widodo on April 29, 2015, in Ungaran District, Central Java.

Through this program, the government is seeking to encourage the participation of every stakeholder in the housing sector, both from the central and local governments, housing developers from various associations, banks, the private sector, educational institutions, and the wider community to actively participate in housing development in the country.

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