Better road improves livelihood of Buruma people

Representatives from the national and local Government of Timor-Leste and UNDP inaugurated the road rehabilitation project at Buruma village. (Photo: Joanna Wong / UNDP Timor-Leste)

Baucau, May 12, 2017 - The road rehabilitation project at Buruma village was officially commissioned by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of State Administration (MSA), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment (MCIE), the Ministry of Public Works and International Labour Organization (ILO) Road for Development (R4D) Team.

“In the past, the road was not rehabilitated and we had to bring tomatoes to main road by foot. Now the road condition is good and we can sell our local products in the local market, because cars and motorbikes can enter, and this makes our work easy,” said villager Mr. Timotio Ernesto da Silva.

The rehabilitation of 2.77 km of road from Wamutu to Afatalakai and Waimatame at the village, which was completed in May 2017, will benefit more than 4700 people.  The road provides better access to market and tourism sites which will help improve economy and livelihood. In addition, it also connects the community to basic services such as education and health.

“This road is very important for our community because we can use the road to do our daily activities and work for example bringing products to sell in the market, and children will be able to access to the road and go to school,” said Mr. Antonio F. Belo, Chief of Buruma village.

The project includes construction of masonry retaining wall and drainage structures, concrete surfacing in the steep sections and gravelling, and bio-engineering intervention.

“In the next few years, this place will get income from tourism because the good road provides access to the beach side. It is not only for tourism but also for improving livelihood and economy. As the road is fixed, it will attract tourists from Baucau and other municipalities to come, and eventually will increase income for the community,” said H.E. Dr. Dionisio Babo Soares, Coordinating Minister of State Administration and Justice and Minister of State Administration.

Mr. Antonio Augusto Guterres, President of Baucau Municipal Authority also congratulates the Buruma community and hopes that they will take care of the road. “Maintenance is important for the project to be long lasting,” he added. “I request the community to contribute to the maintenance as an owner of this project.”

The Buruma road project is one of the six rural roads project interventions that are implemented by UNDP SSRI Project in the most vulnerable villages in Baucau, Ermera, and Liquiça municipalities of Timor-Leste between 2015 and 2017, benefitting more than 25,000 rural population in more than 10 villages.

“We would like to congratulate the community for their active engagement and participation during the construction of this project. We are happy to see that with this road rehabilitation, the community can now access to this tourism site, markets and health services,” said Mr. Mariano Duarte Quintao Carmo, UNDP Assistant Country Director.

From August 2017, the Ministry of Public Works in partnership with ILO R4D programme will provide routine maintenance of the road.

Highlights:

  • The rehabilitation of 2.77 km of road from Wamutu to Afatalakai and Waimatame at the Buruma village was completed in May 2017.
  • The rehabilitated road will benefit more than 4700 people and improve economy and livelihood.
  • The project includes construction of masonry retaining wall and drainage structures, concrete surfacing in the steep sections and gravelling, and bio-engineering intervention.

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