"The housing stimulus is distributed to residents whose houses are in urgent need of repair and renovation," Director General of Housing of the ministry Khalawi Abdul Hamid noted in his press statement in Jakarta, Monday.
Some 30 housing units in Yoboi and 20 housing units in the Asei tourism villages in Sentani District will receive the renovation stimulus, he informed.
The ministry has encouraged locals to contribute to the renovation of the stimulus recipients' houses, with assistance from competent facilitators from the ministry. He also urged the regional government to emulate the local collaboration in their respective jurisdictions.
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"We are endeavoring to eradicate improper housing and enhancing the quality of life of residents. We encourage beneficiary recipients to actively take part in handling technical and administrative requirements of the program," Hamid stated.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General's Head of the Housing Provision Office in Papua Faisal Soedarno stated that the housing stimulus program in Sentani District is provided through an additional quota released by the ministry.
Apart from Sentani District's 50 houses, he noted that 50 housing units in Jayapura District, 30 in Keerom District, 150 in Tolikara District, 50 in Jayawijaya District, and 20 in Jayapura City, all within Papua Province, were also targeted under the program.
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"Housing renovations and construction sponsored by the program will involve local residents, and the total budget spent for the program reaches Rp7.05 billion (around US$493 thousand) for the renovation of 300 housing units in the province," Soedarno stated.
He lauded the ministry's decision to renovate housing units in the Yoboi and Asei tourism villages, as both are essential for tourism and economic recovery in the region after the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Some Rp705 million (around US$49 thousand) was disbursed for the renovation of 30 housing units in Yoboi Village. We are optimistic that apart from improving the residents' quality of life, the renovations would also beautify this tourism village that is among the top 50 of the recovering tourism villages nationwide," Soedarno noted.
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