The second phase of the Vunidogoloa Village relocation project is underway in the Northern Division.

While the first phase in building the 30 new homes completed, the acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said the second phase of the projectwould assist villagers improve and elevate their livelihood to another level.

“This involves the construction of waterways and drains; footpaths; landscaping and landslide mitigation,” Mr Bolalevu said.

“The newly occupied area of land is susceptible to soil erosion, therefore proper drainage is essential.”

Included in the second phase of the project is the construction of an evacuation centre that will assist villagers find shelter in times of disasters.

“This is important as we continue to help villages and settlements mitigate the impact of disasters.”

Mr Bolalevu said the construction of fish ponds and perhaps planting of rice would take place by villagers.

The assistance is part of a larger initiative by Government to make communities economically vibrant and to improve their livelihood.

Vunidogoloa Village headman Sailosi Ramatu on behalf of the community expressed gratitude to Government for the assistance.

“I thankful Government did not only assist with the relocation of the village, but also identified and established income-generating projects for the people,” Mr Ramatu said.

Fish ponds, farms, and a copra drier have been constructed in the village. The second phase of the Vunidogoloa project will be completed by the end of October this year.

Government is spending close to $200,000.00 on this project.