President’s social assistance program go straight to the poor
reported by: Setiawan Liu
Jakarta, May 2, 2020/Indonesia Media – Federation of Lemhanas Alumni Association (IKAL) 49 figured out the Indonesian President’s social assistance program comprising staple foods, electricity bill subsidy, proved to be right though the potential problem of distribution in the field is 5 – 10 percent. It means, there were some people who were wealthy, and their conditions were quite good, but they received the loan. “The program is not wrong, but (the loan) was not distributed fairly. The distributions of the assistance go straight to the poor and needy. The problem in the field is still simply acceptable. But the chief of neighbourhood who really knows the poor and the rich (in the neighbourhood), not the President, not the Governor either,” said Frans Go (Go Kai Fa), member of IKAL 49
Lemhanas itself is short for National Resilience Institutue of Republic of Indonesia. The institute holds regular education program in which the the participants spend seven months for completion. The participants will legitimately leave the participant title and replace it with Lemhanas RI Alumni, and automatically become member of the federation. IKAL, either in personal term of Frans or member (of IKAL) also held charity, by giving food donation for the poor but needy. His office staff everyday shares the quick snack fast-breaking during the Holy Ramadan in front of the office in Jl. Kendal, Menteng, central Jakarta. “I am sure, Pak Jokowi (Indonesian President, Joko Widodo) is active, spontaneous, and straight when sharing (the loan) to the people,” said the President Director of Jakarta-based GMT property management.
He reiterated that he held the charity in the interests of both personal and IKAL. Since social charity is contributed by Indonesian armed forces (TNI) and Police (Polri). “Some of the commissaries, including the head of IKAL are either military or police retirees,” said Frans Go.
The staple foods are distributed once in every two weeks, equals to Rp 300.000 (about 20 US Dollar) each for Jakarta, and has been distributed per 20th April 2020. Based on Indonesian Social Affairs Ministry (Kemensos)’s data, the distribution of social assistance has arrived at recipient family of benefit (KPM) till 39,6 percent out of 947.126 KPM in total. The government has used some logistic warehouse of stocks for the social assistance program, which are located in Marunda, north Jakarta. The warehouse is the point of distribution for north Jakarta and Thousand Islands’ KPM. “Amid the economic uncertainty, I choose to return to help empower the farmers who carry on the farming in the homeyards in Sawangan, Depok (province of west Java). I and the farmers harvest the vegetables, and we distribute to some areas including Jakarta. I have spent around 10 years farming in the homeyards. I help the farmers by providing the seeds, and market access. The effort proves to be helpful after the epidemic of coronavirus posed threat to the national economy. while waiting for the recovery of economy, and trying to contain the virus, we can develop the farming for source of income,” said Frans Go. (sl/IM