TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Village funds to be channeled into Padat Karya Tunai, Covid-19 prevention programs

  • Inforial

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Indonesia   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /   10:11 am
Village funds to be channeled into Padat Karya Tunai, Covid-19 prevention programs Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar. (./.)

Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar has said that the allocation of village funds should be focused only on the Padat Karya Tunai program andhandling the COVID-19 pandemic and has instructed all village heads to revise their village budgets (APBDes).

“The Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and TransmigrationMinistry has issued a circular letter to regents, mayors and village heads in regard to the policy,” said the minister in Jakarta on March 24.

According to Abdul, the Covid-19 pandemic would have a serious impact on the economy and public health. For that reason, at President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s direction, he said village funds should be primarily used to handle theproblem.

The minister explained that prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the allocation of village funds followed the guidelines on village fund utilization prioritiesenshrined in Permendes No. 11, 2019.

Under the regulation, village funds can be allocated for a range of programs, including Padat Karya Tunai, community empowerment, human resources development and building integrated health service posts (Posyandu). However, the government is now calling on villages to channel the funds into the two priority programs.

“So today, villages that have already set their APBDes according to Permendes No. 11, 2019 should revise them, with focus given to the Padat Karya Tunai program and the Covid-19 prevention program,” he said.

According to Abdul, the circular letter issued by the ministry explained in detail how to revise the APBDes and how to utilize the village funds for the two programs.

He added thatvillages must discuss with regional administrations and regional disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD) to determine the percentage of funds that should be earmarked for the two respective programs.    

“The percentage allocatedfor the Padat Karya Tunai program and the percentage allocated for Convid-19 should be adjusted to the circumstances of the respective villages. The allocations should be discussed with the regional administration and the BPBD to ensure the correct balance is achieved,” explained the former head of the East Java Legislative Council (DPRD).

He added that the Padat Karya Tunai program was aimed at increasingthe economic resilience of rural areas. “As we know, Covid-19 has caused global economic turbulence,” he said.

“The Padat Karya Tunai program has boosted people’s purchasing power. The working wage is to be paid daily so that money continues to circulate, which will lead to improved purchasing power. Hopefully, this will increase the economic resilience of rural regions,” he remarked.

Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar has said that the allocation of village funds should be focused only on the Padat Karya Tunai program andhandling the COVID-19 pandemic and has instructed all village heads to revise their village budgets (APBDes).

“The Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and TransmigrationMinistry has issued a circular letter to regents, mayors and village heads in regard to the policy,” said the minister in Jakarta on March 24.

According to Abdul, the Covid-19 pandemic would have a serious impact on the economy and public health. For that reason, at President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s direction, he said village funds should be primarily used to handle theproblem.

The minister explained that prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the allocation of village funds followed the guidelines on village fund utilization prioritiesenshrined in Permendes No. 11, 2019.

Under the regulation, village funds can be allocated for a range of programs, including Padat Karya Tunai, community empowerment, human resources development and building integrated health service posts (Posyandu). However, the government is now calling on villages to channel the funds into the two priority programs.

“So today, villages that have already set their APBDes according to Permendes No. 11, 2019 should revise them, with focus given to the Padat Karya Tunai program and the Covid-19 prevention program,” he said.

According to Abdul, the circular letter issued by the ministry explained in detail how to revise the APBDes and how to utilize the village funds for the two programs.

He added thatvillages must discuss with regional administrations and regional disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD) to determine the percentage of funds that should be earmarked for the two respective programs.    

“The percentage allocatedfor the Padat Karya Tunai program and the percentage allocated for Convid-19 should be adjusted to the circumstances of the respective villages. The allocations should be discussed with the regional administration and the BPBD to ensure the correct balance is achieved,” explained the former head of the East Java Legislative Council (DPRD).

He added that the Padat Karya Tunai program was aimed at increasingthe economic resilience of rural areas. “As we know, Covid-19 has caused global economic turbulence,” he said.

“The Padat Karya Tunai program has boosted people’s purchasing power. The working wage is to be paid daily so that money continues to circulate, which will lead to improved purchasing power. Hopefully, this will increase the economic resilience of rural regions,” he remarked.