Ministry introduces house renovation program in tourist destinations
The Jakarta Post
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is supporting the country's tourism by implementing the Independent Housing Stimulus Assistance Program (BSPS) program to renovate 100 houses located in tourist destinations. The houses will be used as home stays.
“Twenty-five location have been chosen for the program. Ten of them will be prioritized. The BSPS program is currently being implemented in Lake Toba, Tanjung Lesung and Bromo-Semeru-Tengger,” said Rido Matari Ichwan, the director general of regional infrastructure development at the ministry.
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Ichwan says 100 houses would be renovated to become home stays in each location or receive Rp 15 million (US$1,120) from the BSPS to do the renovations themselves. The development also includes infrastructure such as sanitation and waste management facilities and road construction.
Only those who have legal ownership of their property and whose maximum monthly income is Rp 2.3 million are eligible to participate in the program.
There are five components in the ministry's support for the tourist village program. First is the development of institutions, strategy and policy; second is development of the capacity of provincial administrations (Pemda) and the people including support for the management planning of an integrated tourist village; third is the funding of infrastructure and tourist village services; fourth is providing support and technical assistance; and the last one is providing support for programs or other activities, including during states of emergency.
“We will also provide field facilitators to assist local people. It is worth noting that the BSPS program is free of charge,” Rido said. (kes)
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