Disaster relief

FIJI National Provident Fund members affected by the recent flooding can apply for up to $1000 under the Natural Disaster Withdrawal Scheme.

This was confirmed by the fund’s chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi yesterday.

Mr Koroi said members had always appreciated FNPF’s response during times of disaster because it allows them to cater for their immediate needs.

Mr Koroi confirming that members living in flood affected areas in the Western Division would be able to withdraw up to $1000 under the Natural Disaster Withdrawal Scheme.

“This assistance will be deducted from the members’ general account eligibility and the fund has waived the processing fee for this withdrawal,” he said.

Mr Koroi confirmed that FNPF officers would be deployed to flood-affected areas from today and would work closely with the Commissioner Western’s Office in assisting members.

“We will commence inspection in Ba from tomorrow, and then move to other affected areas.

“We will be advertising our team’s location daily,” Mr Koroi said.

He said members would be required to show proof of residence by providing their FEA or water bills or through verification by delegated government officials.

“Members must also provide a recent bank statement because all payments would be made to their personal bank accounts.

“Like other key disaster response organisations, we carry out our assessments before deciding on the type of assistance to provide to members,” he said.

Mr Koroi also clarified that members could also access housing withdrawal assistance under current approved grounds if they needed more funds for rehabilitation works.

“The $1000 is for immediate relief. We understand that some members will need more than $1000 for their repairs.

“The housing withdrawal assistance is also available to our members should they need to access more funds.

“We also have the Quick Repair Assistance in which members can access up to $5000 for repair works,” Mr Koroi said.

The FNPF will also ensure that proper counselling are provided to members during this assistance process.

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