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Ministry of National Development (MND)

MND’s mission is:

  • To develop world-class infrastructure;
  • To create a vibrant and sustainable living environment; and
  • To build rooted and cohesive communities for Singapore.

A total budget of $2.15 billion has been allocated to MND in FY2008 to achieve this mission.

MND aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Affordable and Quality Public Housing
  • Rejuvenating and Remaking our Heartland
  • Best Built Environment for Our People
  • Make Singapore a Distinctive, Attractive & Vibrant City
  • Singapore as a City in a Garden
  • Ensure a Resilient Supply of Safe Food
  • Safeguard Animal and Plant Health, as well as Public Health from Zoonotic Diseases

Affordable and Quality Public Housing

$242 million will be spent to subsidise public housing.

Rejuvenating and Remaking Our Heartland

$1.06 billion will be spent to rejuvenate older housing estates through various estate renewal programmes so that residents can enjoy improved living conditions.

To achieve this outcome, HDB will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes:

Remaking Our Heartland (ROH)

Remaking Our Heartland (ROH)

Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) encompasses a makeover plan to transform our new, middle-aged and old HDB estates into more vibrant homes for Singaporeans. For new towns such as Punggol, new housing concepts such as waterfront housing and recreational facilities along a coastal promenade will be introduced. For middle-aged estates such as Yishun and Tampines, new upgrading programmes namely, the Home Improvement Programme and Neighbourhood Renewal Programme will be implemented. To further rejuvenate these estates, additional plans will also be drawn up to spruce up the community and existing recreational facilities in the town. As for the older estates, a new generation of public housing which explores concepts such as housing-in-a-park, sky gardens and multi-generation living will be introduced to regenerate the estates.

Home Improvement Programme/ Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

The two new upgrading programmes, the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) and the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP), were introduced in response to the recommendations by of the Forum on HDB Heartware1 . The programmes will provide greater flexibility in the provision of flat improvement works and precinct facilities, optimisation of facilities across adjoining precincts, and greater consultation with residents. The new programmes will replace the Main Upgrading Programme (MUP) and the Interim Upgrading Programme (IUP) Plus.

  • The HIP helps lessees deal with common maintenance problems in ageing flats, such as spalling concrete and ceiling leaks, in a systematic and comprehensive manner. It also offers lessees a choice on the works that they want to include in the upgrading of their flats. It comprises two components – Optional Improvements and Essential Improvements. For Singapore Citizen households, the Government will subsidise a major portion (87.5% to 95%) of the cost of the Optional Improvements depending on their respective flat types and 100% of the Essential Improvements. Flats built in or before 1986 that have not undergone the MUP are eligible for HIP. In total, around 300,000 flats will be eligible for the HIP.
  • The NRP focuses on precinct- and block-level improvements. Under the NRP, residents will be invited to provide their feedback and views on the facilities to be built in their neighbourhood. This new programme will be carried out on a larger scale, i.e. for two or more contiguous precincts. This will ensure that facilities provided in adjoining precincts enjoy greater economies of scale and complement one another. The NRP is fully funded by the Government. Flats built in or before 1989 that have not undergone the MUP, IUP or IUP Plus are eligible for NRP. In total, around 200,000 flats will be eligible for the NRP.

1This is a public consultation exercise chaired by Minister of State (National Development), Ms Grace Fu in 2007.

Main Upgrading Programme/ IUP Plus / Lift Upgrading Programme

In FY2008, 7,631 and 19,417 flats are expected to be completed under MUP and IUP Plus respectively.

20,345 flats will also enjoy direct access to newer and faster lifts under the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP). To date, approximately 61% of eligible blocks have been selected for LUP and are at various stages of implementation.

Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS)

Residents of about 2,900 flats will receive compensation for their properties acquired under the Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) in FY2008. SERS optimises land use and presents a unique opportunity for residents living in older HDB estates to upgrade to new flats on fresh 99-year leases, while preserving family and community ties built over the years.

Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS)

Housing Estate Management Programme

$110 million of operating grants will be provided to Town Councils to help cover service and conservancy costs.

$67 million will be spent to improve public facilities in public and private housing estates. The improvement to public housing estates will allow residents in HDB precincts to enjoy the conveniences of facilities like walkways and children’s playgrounds. Upgrading works for selected private housing estates will include park-related and road-related upgrading works, improvements to connectivity and accessibility to/within the estates, and enhancements to estate identity.

Best Built Environment for Our People

BCA aims to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and user-friendly built environment for Singapore. Our vision is to provide the best built environment for Singapore, our Distinctive Global City. This will be achieved by:

  • ensuring high standards of building safety;
  • promoting quality excellence; and
  • promoting barrier-free accessibility and sustainability of the built environment.

A total of $43 million will be allocated to achieve this outcome.

BCA will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes:

Ensuring High Standards of Building Safety

To enhance safety standards in construction, BCA will implement a scheme to license builders. The Building Control Act and Regulations will also be constantly reviewed to strengthen the regulatory framework. BCA has also been working with a panel of renowned international experts in building safety to review our current rules and practices for further improvement.

Promoting Quality Excellence

To continually raise the industry average CONQUAS score, BCA is promoting the wider adoption of its quality systems, i.e. CONQUAS and Quality Mark, for both public and private sector projects. To achieve this objective, BCA intends to build up industry capability by conducting courses at the BCA Academy and developing on–site customised training to meet specific needs. BCA will also encourage more developers to benchmark their projects using CONQUAS. Residential developments will also be encouraged to participate in the Quality Mark scheme. Committed developers and contractors who have delivered quality projects will be accorded recognition through BCA quality awards.

Promoting Barrier-Free Accessibility (BFA)

To facilitate a friendly built-environment that caters to families, the elderly and the disabled, BCA is implementing the BFA Masterplan to encourage buildings in both public and private sectors to be barrier-free, and to adopt Universal Design (UD) principles. An Accessibility Fund of $7 million has been allocated to co-fund voluntary BFA upgrading costs of existing private buildings, as well as to raise public awareness on accessibility, UD and relevant assistive technology.

Promoting Barrier-Free Accessibility (BFA)

Promoting Sustainability of the Built Environment

To promote sustainability of the built environment, BCA is promoting R&D and the wider adoption of green building designs, technologies and practices. $3 million has been set aside FY2008 to implement the various initiatives under its Green Building Masterplan, such as the Green Mark Incentive Scheme. The industry will also be able to tap on the $10 million set aside for the MND Research Fund to intensify research and development efforts in green building technologies and energy efficiency.

Promoting Sustainability of the Built Environment

Making Singapore a distinctive, attractive & vibrant city

As Singapore's national land use planning authority, URA aims to plan for a more attractive, distinctive and vibrant city and to facilitate the realisation of their plans in partnership with the community. URA’s planning, land use policies and development efforts are geared towards making Singapore an attractive destination for businesses and new investments as well as enhancing the quality of life, providing a wider range of leisure and recreation options and addressing the lifestyle preferences of our people.

A total budget of $117 million has been allocated to URA, of which $49 million has been set aside for URA’s planning services. URA will undertake the following initiatives and programmes:

Marina Bay

The development of Marina Bay area is one of Singapore's key focuses for the next 15 to 20 years to meet the continued demand for prime sites for new office, hotel and residential developments. As part of the plan to adopt a pro-active approach to realise the vision of making the Marina Bay area a thriving financial and business hub, the Government is putting in place key infrastructures and facilities to make it more accessible and attractive to the public and investors.

Marina Bay

Large-scale construction works at the Marina Bay are currently in progress. The construction of the Common Services Tunnels (CST) Phase 1B & 2 is scheduled to complete in FY2010. In addition, the construction of the CST Phase 3A has commenced. The implementation of these key infrastructures will ensure timely provision of utilities supply to the developments in the area, cater to future demand and propel growth in the area. A total budget of $62 million has been allocated to achieve this.

Enhancing Buzz in Singapore's Nightlife

URA will partner other agencies to bring more buzz to the nightlife in four key areas, i.e. Orchard, Bras Basah, Bugis, Singapore River and Marina Bay. The idea is to position and strengthen Singapore as a safe destination for entertainment, shopping and dining 24/7. This holistic approach to enhance our 'evening economy’ will cover the implementation of hardware, software and activities, as well as the creation of an enabling environment. In the next few years we will develop the Floating Stage (a floating venue for arts and cultural events, performances as well as corporate functions on the Singapore River) and work with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to implement the lighting plan for the Singapore River. URA is also calling a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Lighting and Special Effects Display (an outdoor lighting display) to enhance the attractiveness of Marina Bay. A total budget of $6 million has been allocated to achieve these aims.

Singapore as a City in a Garden

The National Parks Board (NParks) aims to transform Singapore into a “City in the Garden” and create a pleasant living environment through the provision of excellent greenery and recreational spaces, in partnership with the community. NParks seeks to deliver its mission through three strategic thrusts:

  1. Strengthening greenery infrastructure,
  2. Developing horticultural excellence, and
  3. Engaging the community.

A total budget of $399 million has been allocated to NParks to achieve these aims.

NParks will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes:

Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens by the Bay, which consists of 3 landmark waterfront gardens in Marina Bay, will contribute significantly to efforts to make the heart of Singapore’s new downtown district a fascinating destination to live, work and play in. When completed, the Gardens will be a green oasis in the heart of the city that all Singaporeans can enjoy with their families and loved ones. The Gardens are also expected to attract 2.7 million tourists annually.

Gardens by the Bay

Park Connectors

The Park Connector Network is an island-wide network of green corridors that link major parks, nature sites and housing estates in Singapore. Besides bringing about green connectivity and ensuring a continuous green mantle, park connectors are popular venues for lifestyle and community activities.

Park Connectors

Streetscape Greenery Master Plan (SGMP)

NParks is implementing the Streetscape Greenery Masterplan, a blueprint to accentuate, enhance and revitalise the Garden City, through the intensification of streetscapes to create unique identities for clusters of roads at strategic locations.

Skyrise Greenery

Skyrise greenery helps to optimise land use and yield environmental benefits such as reducing the urban heat island effect. NParks takes an active role in implementing and promoting skyrise greenery in Singapore.

Develop Horticultural Excellence

There are on-going programmes to build capabilities and capacities in the landscaping industry. These include building a strong core of skilled local workforce through training and certification, enhancing the professional image of and career opportunities in the industry, and developing and implementing industry standards. NParks also aims to promote Singapore’s botanical and horticultural expertise internationally.

Engage the Community

NParks works closely with the public, private and people sectors to inculcate community passion and ownership in transforming Singapore into a global City in a Garden. Programmes include Community-in-Bloom, Plant-A-Tree, Adopt-a-Park, Park Watch, Young Arborist, Heritage Trees, outreach activities and partnerships with volunteers and industry partners.

Engage the Community
Photographer: Tan Choon Lai.

In total, $139 million will be spent on the development of horticultural excellence and engaging the community. These include organizing the Singapore Garden Festival 2008 and the Community in Bloom program. In addition, $60 million will be spent on strengthening Singapore’s greenery infrastructure, including the development of new parks and park connectors, redevelopment of parks, implementation of the Streetscape Greenery Masterplan and the promotion of skyrise greenery. A budget of $200 million has also been allocated for the development of the Gardens by the Bay project.

Ensure a Resilient Supply of Safe Food

$47 million will be spent to ensure the safety of all food from the point of production to retail to provide Singapore with a stable supply of wholesome food.

AVA will undertake the following major initiatives and programmes to achieve this outcome:

  • Adopt a risk management approach based on international food safety standards to ensure a safe food supply.
  • Diversify food sources through transfer of technology to develop aquaculture and vegetable production in the region, seeking potential overseas sources and promotion of product substitution.
  • Optimise local production by encouraging farms to adopt good agricultural practices, improved technology and modern farming methods.
  • Strengthen AVA’s integrated food safety programme and upgrading of food testing capabilities.

  • Increase public awareness of food safety as a shared responsibility of the food industry and consumers, and of the availability of product substitutes.

Safeguard Animal and Plant Health, as well as Public Health from Zoonotic Diseases

$17 million has been set aside to keep Singapore free from exotic animal and plant health diseases by controlling and preventing the introduction of animal and plant diseases. This includes combating global threats of food-related diseases such as Bird Flu.

AVA will undertake the following major initiatives and programmes:

  • Enhancing import control, border checks, upgrading disease surveillance and diagnostic capabilities, and maintaining emergency preparedness to deal with disease outbreaks.

  • Implementing a multi-layered defence strategy against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. This includes maintaining vigilance and preparedness against disease introduction, upgrading diagnostic capabilities for prompt disease detection, as well as establishing strategic partnerships with neighbouring countries and helping them to control the disease.

To find out more about MND and our initiatives, please feel free to visit our website.

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