Govt Disburses Relief Funds to 5,000 Households in Quake-Hit Lombok
Around 5,000 households in quake-hit West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province have received relief funds to reconstruct their houses, which were severely damaged by the quake that hit several regions there in July.
The NTB Governor has told me that the relief funds have been disbursed to 5,000 households and the number of households that receive the relief funds will continue to increase, President Joko Jokowi Widodo told reporters during a working visit to the province on Thursday (18/10).
For the record, President Jokowi is in West Nusa Tenggara province again to monitor the process of relief funds disbursement on the ground following the report that several residents faced complicated procedures and complex bureaucracy in the disbursement process.
The President has previously said that the Government has cut the procedures of the disbursement from 17 procedures to only 1 without ignoring the accountability principle. Now, after the procedures has been cut to just one, I want to see it on the ground whether the disbursement process is still complicated or not, he added.
In the meantime, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono reported that the reconstruction of damaged public facilities have mostly completed, adding that the Ministry is reconstructing not only public facilities like hospitals, community health centers (Puskesmas), school buildings, and places of worship, but also residential houses.
I think the public should know that a lot of public facilities have been reconstructed, as previously reported by the Public Works and Public Housing Minister, the President added. (BPMI Sepres/ES) (RAS/EP/Naster)