By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The rural housing project for Alotau District in Milne Bay is continuing.
Recently, sheets of roofing iron were delivered to the inland areas of the Daga Local Level Government area. The project is a scheme where the district supplies 10 sheets per household to erect a semi-permanent house in their own village.
Alotau MP, Charles Abel, says the housing scheme is set to improve people’s standards of living, and encourage healthy lifestyles. It’s not only the inland communities that are benefiting, outer islands of the district are benefiting as well.
Moving these iron sheets is a challenge for the district, but it has been easy with the use of vessels bought by the district.
“Now you can see where the boats, roads and telecommunication come-in to add value to other services the district wants to provide to the people,” Abel said.
For the Daga people, a coffee shed is undergoing construction and is said to encourage coffee farming for the Daga communities. With that, the establishment of cooperative societies has been backed by the district through small funding grants.
Similar distribution of iron sheets and building materials is progressing in the other six LLGs of the district.