Gov’t to Distribute 3.7B Infrastructure, Facilities, Utilities Assistance to Papua Province
Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has decided to distribute infrastructure, facilities, and utilities (PSU) assistance amounting to Rp3.7 billion to Papua Province, this year.
The assistance will be used for the construction of environmental roads for 395 subsidized housing units in the area. The assistance is a part of the Government’s commitment to improving the quality of housing, especially for low-income people. In 2021, the Ministry has set the target to distribute 25,000 units of assistance.
Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that the PSU assistance was a stimulant for housing developers to build houses for low-income people in order to achieve the target of One Million Houses Program.
“This program is a tangible form of the Government’s commitment in fulfilling housing needs for all levels of society, especially affordable, livable, and quality houses for low-income people,” the Minister said, as quoted from the Ministry’s website, Saturday (20/03).
For Papua Province, the PSU assistance was distributed to three regions, namely Jayapura City (235 units), Jayapura Regency (60 units), and Merauke Regency (100 units).
In line with Basuki Hadimuljono, Director General of Housing of the Ministry Khalawi Abdul Hamid said that the assistance was distributed so that people living in subsidized houses felt comfortable.
The assistance was based on Regulation of Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Number 03/PRT/M/2018 on Amendments to the Regulation of Minister of Public Work and Public Housing Number 38/PRT/M/2015 on Assistance for Public Infrastructure, Facilities and Utilities for Public Housing.
Apart from the construction of neighborhood roads, the PSU assistance could also cover the provision of a clean water network and integrated garbage dumps to housing developers building low-income housing.
The Ministry’s record has shown that PSU Housing assistance construction since the 2015-2019 fiscal year has always met the targets and even exceeded them. There were 29,956 units in 2015, 26,884 units in 2016, 17,218 units in 2017, 30,406 units in 2018, and 15,148 units in 2019. (PR of Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing/UN) (FI/LW)