Brunei builds houses for disaster-stricken Sulawesi

James Kon

Monies collected from the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam for the Sulawesi Disaster Humanitarian Fund, have been put to good use for the construction of 31 of the 75 houses in the ASEAN Village to house the victims of the natural disaster that took place in September 2018.

The ASEAN Village project is under the purview of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The centre held a video conference on Thursday with Palu City Government, central Sulawesi, Indonesia to officially hand over the completed houses.

The project is jointly borne by Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of the Philippines and Australia. Each of the houses have two bedrooms and one latrine and the village has access to public facilities including community street, drainage, clean water access and electricity supply.

Brunei Darussalam raised BND545,955.61. The collection was channelled in two phases, for AHA Centre and for the construction of ASEAN Village project.

The first phase includes the construction of 31 houses which cost BND272,000. The construction will continue into its second phase until the end of 2020, to construct an additional 25 permanent houses and one musolla using the remainder of the fund of BND273,955.61.

Speaking during the virtual handover, AHA Centre Executive Director Adelina Kamal expressed her appreciation to the Government of Indonesia, Indonesia’s Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) and the Palu City for the collaboration extended to the AHA Centre and for allowing the centre to learn from the process.

“I thank the Mayor of Palu City for his guidance to conduct the handover of the houses immediately after the construction finished in March, to allow the disaster-affected communities who are still living in temporary shelters to move into the houses and reduce the risks of COVID-19 virus transmission.”

The launching ceremony of the ASEAN Village will be held after the completion of construction of another 25 units, a mosque and a health facility, and after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Mayor of Palu City Drs Hidayat said, “On behalf of the Palu City Government, we gladly received 75 permanent houses handed over by the AHA Centre. We hope these will bring happiness and prosperity to the disaster-affected communities and the people of Palu City.”

The newly built houses of ASEAN Village project. PHOTO: KKBS