RURAL housing projects for the Eastern Division are ongoing with more houses being built in Lau, Lomaiviti and Kadavu.
Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Netani Rika said rural development projects were progressing well for the division.
"Most villages in this region are carrying out half of the project works themselves," he said.
Lt-Col. Rika said villages like Matuku in Lau had put in much effort to develop their houses this year.
"Some of these villages have provided their own timber for the construction of their homes, with a lot of them owning a large number of pine trees," Lt-Col. Rika said.
"They have put the pine trees to good use and have fully utilised their resources.
"They contribute one third while the government provides the remaining two thirds to the project."
He said the one third contributions were mainly in kind through the provision of material like timber.
"Not only do the people in the Eastern side use their resources as building material, they also use them to earn income by selling to companies operating in Suva," he said.
"The Pine Trust, Department of Forestry and other stakeholders have been trying to create awareness on the use of pine from rural areas.
"The last consultation that was carried out in the Eastern Division was on Moturiki Island last week."