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Security and External Relations
Ministry of National Development
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 $2.57 billion has been allocated to MND in FY2011 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
Making Singapore a more Liveable, Sustainable & Vibrant City
Singapore as a City in a Garden
A Resilient Supply of Safe Food
Freedom from Important Animal and Plant Diseases
Affordable and Quality Public Housing
Public housing has played a critical role in promoting rootedness and social cohesion among Singaporeans. It has given our people a tangible stake in the country and facilitated upward social mobility. It has also given Singaporean households an asset that they can monetise to meet retirement needs. MND will continue to provide affordable and quality public housing that meets the needs and aspirations of Singaporeans, and promote home ownership for the vast majority who can afford it. $500 million will be allocated to Housing Development Board as an operating grant for this purpose.
Rejuvenating and Remaking Our Heartland
$1,106 million will be spent to rejuvenate 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) is an effort to transform our HDB estates comprehensively into more vibrant homes for Singaporeans. Punggol, Yishun and Dawson were the first heartland towns and estates selected. Residents from these three towns responded positively to the extensive ROH plans implemented. For the second batch of ROH, the Hougang, East Coast and Jurong Lake areas have been selected for a comprehensive makeover. The ROH plans for these three areas will share four common themes:
Rejuvenating homes, as well as Town and Neighbourhood Centres
Enhancing outdoor recreation choices
Improving connectivity to activity nodes
Promoting heartland identity and heritage
Home Improvement Programme (HIP)/Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP)
The HIP offers useful improvements within the flat to residents. The HIP comprises two components – Essential improvements and Optional improvements.
Essential improvements include works that are necessary for public health, safety or technical reasons such as the replacement of deteriorating waste pipes, upgrading of the electrical load, ceiling leaks and spalling concrete
Optional improvements include toilet upgrades and new entrance door/grilles. Residents can choose which optional improvements to include in the upgrading.
For Singapore Citizen households, the Government will subsidise 100% of the cost of Essential Improvements and the bulk (87.5% to 95%) of the cost of the Optional Improvements depending on the resident’s flat type.
The NRP focuses on precinct and block-level improvements for two or more contiguous precincts. The upgrading of a larger area enables better integration of upgraded facilities and ensures that improvements across neighbouring precincts complement one another. Residents are invited to provide feedback on the facilities to create a stronger sense of ownership and belonging, and ensure that the items provided better meet their needs. The NRP is fully funded by the Government.
In FY2011, 9,900 and 3,400 flats are expected to be completed under HIP and NRP respectively.
Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) /IUP Plus /Main Upgrading Programme (MUP)
In support of Government’s efforts to provide barrier-free access for an ageing population, the target is to provide lifts that stop on every floor for all eligible blocks by 2014. In FY2011, an estimated 39,000, 6,500 and 1,600 flats are expected to be completed under the LUP, IUP Plus and MUP respectively.
Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS)
SERS is part of the Government’s renewal plans for older HDB estates. The scheme optimises land-use in older estates with redevelopment potential, while presenting a unique opportunity for residents living in older HDB estates to upgrade to new flats on fresh 99-year leases, without losing the family and community ties built over the years. In FY2011, residents of about 3,300 flats will receive compensation for their properties acquired under SERS.Housing Estate Management
$114.6 million of grants will be provided to help Town Councils with their service and conservancy costs.
$59.4 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 convenience of facilities such as 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 friendly built environment. This will be achieved by:
Ensuring high standards of building safety;
Promoting construction quality excellence;
Promoting environmental sustainability in buildings and their immediate surroundings;
Ensuring barrier free accessibility in the built environment and promoting universal design principles; and
Transforming the construction industry, building up sustained contracting capabilities and enhancing productivity.
A total of $48.6 million will be allocated in FY2011 to achieve this outcome
BCA will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes to achieve this outcome:
Ensuring High Standards of Building Safety
To enhance safety standards in design and construction of buildings, BCA administers the Building Control Act and Regulations and periodically reviews them to ensure that safety requirements remain relevant and effective. A systematic and comprehensive work plan has been put in place under the “3-year Periodic Rules Review” programme to review BCA’s rules and regulations. In addition, BCA spearheaded an accreditation scheme for the certification of suppliers of ready-mixed concrete for use in structural applications. This accreditation scheme was implemented by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) in 2010 and by 1 April 2011, BCA intends to make it a requirement for structural concrete to be supplied only by accredited ready-mix concrete suppliers. To prepare the industry for the impending migration to Eurocodes for structural design, BCA will be rolling out programmes to educate and train the industry on the design and requirements of the Eurocodes. BCA set up a national Geological Office in April 2010 that will serve as the authority on geological information of Singapore. The Geological Office will centralise, manage and provide geological information, advice and services to development agencies on their projects on geological matters.
Promoting Quality Excellence
To achieve construction quality excellence in buildings, BCA promotes wider adoption of its quality assessment systems i.e. CONQUAS and Quality Mark, in both public and private sector projects. The aim is to continually improve quality standards by attaining a higher industry average CONQUAS score. To achieve this objective, BCA encourages more developers to benchmark their projects using CONQUAS and participate in the Quality Mark Scheme for residential developments. BCA will build up industry capability through courses conducted at the BCA Academy and developing on–site customized training for site management and supervisory personnel. Developers, consultants and contractors who have delivered high quality projects will be accorded recognition through BCA's construction excellence awards, project rating and personnel certification schemes for quality excellence.
Promoting Sustainability of the Built Environment
BCA continues to promote the adoption of green building designs and practices through its green building rating system, the BCA Green Mark scheme. This scheme promotes energy efficiency, water savings, sustainable construction, better indoor environment quality and environmental protection for a more sustainable built environment. Continuing disbursement will take place in FY2011 under the Green Mark Incentive Scheme for New Buildings and Existing Buildings respectively to promote the development of new and existing green buildings. The MND Research Fund will also continue to support research and development in green building technologies and energy efficiency. To facilitate the greater adoption of recycled materials and encourage optimal use of building materials through efficient design, the building industry can continue to tap on the Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund. In an effort to bring the energy performance of our buildings to the next higher level, the Green Mark Incentive Scheme (Prototype) was launched in FY2010 to encourage the conceptualization and implementation of super energy efficient building designs and technologies. BCA is also working towards mandatory submission of energy data by building owners and the imposition of minimum energy performance standards for existing buildings.
Promoting Barrier-Free Accessibility (BFA)
To facilitate a friendly built environment that caters to the elderly, families and disabled, BCA has implemented a 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 $1.5 million has been allocated in FY2011 to co-fund voluntary BFA upgrading costs of existing private buildings, as well as to raise public awareness on accessibility, UD and relevant assistive technologies. A Friendly Buildings portal has also been set up and currently captures information on the level of accessibility in 2,200 buildings.
Transforming the Construction Industry through Capability Development and Productivity Improvement
As part of the Government’s efforts to raise the productivity of Singapore, BCA has introduced a S$250-million Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF) in June 2010 to help the construction industry improve productivity and strengthen its capability. The CPCF covers three broad aspects, namely manpower development, technology adoption and capability development. The Fund, which was launched on 1 June 2010, would be made available to the industry over a period of 5 years. As at 7 January 2011, the Fund will be benefiting about 440 companies, two-thirds of which are small and medium enterprises.
Making Singapore a more Liveable, Sustainable and Vibrant City
URA, Singapore's national land use planning and conservation agency, aims to create a more liveable, sustainable and vibrant city. It aims to facilitate the realisation of its 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 investments, as well as a great place to live and play in for the people.
To realise this vision, a total budget of $278 million has been allocated to URA to undertake key initiatives and programmes in FY2011 including:
Concept Plan 2011 Review
URA is conducting a review of the Concept Plan, which is a strategic land use and transportation plan that will guide the physical development of Singapore over the next 40 to 50 years. The Concept Plan Review will play a vital role in helping us to balance the various land use needs, to ensure that the changing needs of our population and economy are met, and that the development directions set out will make Singapore more sustainable. When drawn up, the long term plan will facilitate the provision of adequate housing and facilities of various forms for an ageing and more diverse population, enable us to continue to safeguard growth opportunities in Marina Bay and new growth areas to support Singapore’s long term economic strategies, increase our people’s mobility and use of public transportation, provide a diversity of cultural and leisure options for both locals and visitors, enhance our greenery provision and so on. Whilst enabling Singapore to accommodate more growth, the Concept Plan will also guide our development such that our country remains an endearing home.
In preparing the Concept Plan 2011, various forms of public consultation such as the Lifestyle Survey, online surveys, public forums and focus group discussions were carried out in 2010. These enabled the URA to engage a wide spectrum of the community, to find out more about the needs and aspirations of residents and foreigners living in Singapore. URA will provide more opportunities for the public to submit feedback on our long term plans in particular at the Draft Concept Plan 2011 Exhibition later this year. The Concept Plan 2011 will incorporate the public’s views and ideas received via the consultation process. The Plan will be completed at the end of the year. The Concept Plan 2011 will guide the forthcoming Master Plan Review. URA will initiate the preparatory work for the Master Plan 2013.
Sustainable Development Initiatives
URA adopts a long-term and integrated approach to ensure that Singapore develops in a sustainable manner. We want to incorporate more innovative sustainable urban development strategies in our planning to create a quality living environment, and also deepen our planning expertise.
URA will work with consultants to undertake a holistic review of the master plans for Marina Bay and Jurong Lake District, to propose strategies to enhance the sustainability performance of these areas.
URA, together with HDB, will also work with other agencies to scope and implement a cluster of research studies on sustainable urban living, facilitate test-bedding of technologies, and identify suitable opportunities for further applied research.
Developing Key Growth Areas
To create new opportunities and support Singapore’s economic growth, URA will continue to develop the City Centre and other key growth areas like the Jurong Lake District, Paya Lebar Central and Kallang Riverside through the formulation and implementation of detailed urban design plans and key infrastructure. URA will promote these areas and market Singapore as a distinctive global city at overseas trade and marketing events to generate interest and draw investments and talents to Singapore.
Developing Marina Bay
The development of Marina Bay as a seamless expansion of the existing CBD continues to be one of Singapore's key focus areas. Year 2010 saw the completion of key developments at Marina Bay, including the opening of Helix Bridge & Bayfront Bridge, Youth Olympic Park, Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade and Marina Bay City Gallery. URA marked this major milestone by lining up a series of events under the theme “Marina Bay Invitations 2010” throughout the year to draw Singaporeans and visitors to the area.
However, the work is not complete yet and we will continue to develop the area to support the vision to turn Marina Bay into a world class sustainable Business and Financial District. To ensure its continued growth, construction of the supporting infrastructure will continue with the Common Services Tunnels, Marina Coastal Expressway, Downtown Line RTS and a new pedestrian bridge parallel to the Esplanade Bridge. The International Cruise Terminal at Straits View and Gardens by the Bay are targeted to be completed by end 2011 and Jun 2012 respectively. This year will also mark the completion of the Landmark Land Swap with Malaysia where 4 prime sites in Marina Bay will be vested for development in the next couple of years.
With the completion of the public facilities such as the waterfront promenade and open spaces, URA will also focus on the place management of the area. The intention is to establish greater engagement with the stakeholders to encourage more private sector participation and greater ownership in the place making of Marina Bay.
URA has plans to carry out educational programmes, co-ordinate visits, promote and facilitate Marina Bay as the choice venue for international and local events. In addition URA will oversee the management, maintenance and security of the MND-allocated waterfront promenade and open spaces as well as leasing and licensing to facilitate the use of the public open spaces and waterfront promenade for events and activities.
Enhancing the heartland
Enhancing the quality of the living environment remains a key priority for URA. Much effort will continue to be placed on strengthening the identity and vibrancy of significant districts in various parts of Singapore. Key initiatives include firming up the detailed phasing of the Round Island Route, developing the detailed plans for environmental improvement plans at Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk, Kranji Marshes, Geylang Road and Muscat Street.
Fostering a Sense of Identity and Rootedness
Besides Marina Bay, URA also oversees the place management of historic districts and key locations such as the Singapore River and Kampong Glam, to enhance the distinctiveness and vibrancy of these areas in collaboration with various stakeholders. For Singapore River, URA will carry out consultancy studies and visitor perception surveys to establish the interest for the future works.
URA will also continue to identify and conserve significant buildings as well as familiar landmarks and markers of collective social memories, as part of the planning process and to enhance the character of selected places by implementing environmental improvement works, to contribute towards giving Singaporeans a sense of history and belonging.
Promoting Architecture and Urban Design Excellence
To raise Singapore’s international profile and set ourselves apart from other cities, URA will continue to emphasise excellence in architecture and urban design. URA will introduce a variety of initiatives and outreach programmes for both the general public and industry professionals. These include exhibitions, talks, workshops, conferences/ and design competitions. URA also supports private organisations and individuals who wish to carry out outreach activities through the A•UDE Promotion Programme, which provides funding to encourage different and innovative approaches to promoting architecture and urban design excellence in Singapore.
In addition, URA will continue to co-organise the biennial Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in recognition of outstanding individuals and organization who have contributed urban initiatives, policies and projects which epitomize foresight, good governance or innovation. International roadshows and overseas networking sessions are carried out to generate interest and garner nominations for Prize. Tie-ups with relevant strategic partners and supporting organisations, pitch interviews and feature articles to the media, magazines and trade journals are also planned to further broaden the outreach of the Prize. The first Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize was awarded in 2010 to Bilbao City Hall. The Award Ceremony and Prize lecture, held in conjunction with World Cities Summit 2010, were well attended by the international and local delegates.
Singapore as a City in a Garden
The National Parks Board (NParks) aims to transform Singapore into a “City in a Garden” and create the best living environment through excellent greenery and recreation in partnership with the community.
A total budget of $563 million has been allocated to NParks in FY2011 to achieve this.
NParks will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes to achieve this outcome:
Gardens By The Bay
The Gardens by the Bay, which consists of 3 landmark waterfront gardens in Marina Bay, will contribute significantly in making 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 is also expected to attract 2.7 million tourists annually.
The Park Connector Network is an island-wide network of green corridors that link up 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.
Streetscape Greenery Master Plan (SGMP)
NParks is implementing the Streetscape Greenery Masterplan, a blueprint to accentuate, enhance and revitalize the Garden City, through intensification of streetscapes to create unique identities for clusters of roads at strategic locations.
Skyrise greenery helps to optimise landuse and yield environmental benefits such as reducing the urban heat island effect. NParks takes an active role in skyrise greenery implementation in Singapore, and leads the promotion of skyrise greenery at a national level.
Landscape Industry Development
There are on-going programmes to build capabilities and capacities of the landscape industry. These include building a strong core of skilled local workforce through training and certification, enhancing the professional image and career opportunities, and developing and implementing industry standards. NParks also aims to promote Singapore’s botanical and horticultural expertise internationally.
Promoting Community Ownership
NParks works closely with the public, private and people sectors to inculcate community passion for and ownership in transforming Singapore into a global City in a Garden. Programmes include Community in Bloom, Plant-A-Tree, Garden City Fund, outreach activities and partnerships with volunteers and industry partners.
In total, $163 million will be spent on the landscape industry development and promoting community ownership, including Community in Bloom programme. In addition, $56 million will be spent on strengthening Singapore’s greenery infrastructure, including the development of new parks and park connectors, redevelopment of existing parks, implementation of the Streetscape Greenery Masterplan and the promotion of skyrise greenery. A budget of $344 million has also been allocated for the development of the Gardens by the Bay project in FY2011.
A Resilient Supply of Safe Food
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) ensures a stable supply of safe food for Singapore. A total budget of $52.9 million has been allocated to AVA in FY2011 to achieve this.
AVA will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes to achieve this outcome:
Open up and diversify the sources of supply of safe food:
Diversification of sources of supply is the key strategy for Singapore to be not overly reliant on a single source for any food item. AVA will continue to open up and diversify food sources, in collaboration with the industry, through food sourcing missions, transfer of technology to develop new sources of fish and vegetable production in the region, as well as facilitating private sector’s investment in overseas food zones and contract farming. AVA will also build mechanisms, including networks with our industry, to closely monitor and analyse food security concerns in the face of climate change, increasing food demand and other factors that can impact global food production and supply.
Not only must there be adequate and stable supply of food for Singapore, AVA must also ensure that the food is safe to eat. Risk management is an approach to mitigate food safety and disease risks. Through continuous sound risk mitigation measures and strengthening of its integrated food safety inspection and laboratory testing programmes, AVA will ensure that food can be brought in from diverse sources without compromising food safety – balancing the need for food supply resilience and safety.
Develop local farming and raise agricultural productivity
AVA will work with local farmers to raise the productivity of our farms in a sustainable manner, through the adoption of good agricultural practices and new technology, R&D into agricultural innovation, as well as skills upgrading.
AVA will enhance the administration and use of the Food Fund to support R&D and upgrading projects in local farms and partner with local and overseas institutions to develop new farming technology. Focus areas will be on vegetable, fish and egg farming.
Establish responsive mechanism to supply shocks and food safety risks
Ensuring a safe food supply is not just the responsibility of the Government. To engage the community, AVA will:
Continue its public education programmes to promote food substitutes, such as AVA’s effort to educate the public on frozen meat as a cheaper alternative to chilled meat, as well as liquid and powdered eggs as alternative to shell eggs.
Continue to raise public awareness of food safety as a shared responsibility through its food safety public education programme.
As for the industry, AVA will work with them on their business continuity management, such as oiling of trade links with alternate food sources to help mitigate sudden food supply shocks and facilitate rapid recovery.
Freedom from Important Animal and Plant Diseases
AVA also safeguards the health of animals and plants in Singapore and facilitates trade in agricultural products for Singapore. $19 million will be set aside to keep Singapore free from important animal and plant diseases of public health and economic importance.
AVA will be undertaking the following initiatives and programmes to achieve this outcome:
Reviews and updates to ensure risk-based policies, standards, processes and systems
AVA will enhance import control and inspection of imports, as well as upgrade disease surveillance to detect and deal with disease outbreaks. Areas of focus will include strengthening the aquatic animal health programme, animal feed regulations, and import requirements and pest treatment for plants.
Capabilities to prevent and control disease outbreaks;
AVA will continue to have in place a multi-layered defence strategy against bird flu. This includes maintaining vigilance and preparedness against disease introduction, upgrading diagnostic capabilities for prompt disease detection, as well as collaborating with neighbouring countries in controlling the disease.
AVA will also update and develop crisis management plans for other diseases and invest in diagnostic capabilities and R&D to improve the detection and control of diseases.
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