The Jakarta Post
The Home Ministry has named Banyuwangi in East Java the best-performing administration of Indonesia, based on the results of its Regional Administration Implementation Performance Evaluation (EKPPD) for 2019.
In the Banyuwangi Regional Administration Implementation Report (LPPD), the Home Ministry said it assessed the level of regional governments’ success in applying the principles of regional autonomy and the administration of government affairs. Among 541 regencies and municipalities surveyed, Banyuwangi achieved the highest score of 3.5592.
The Home Ministry director of regional administration performance evaluation and regional capacity building, Akbar Ali, said the LPPD covered six governmental matters, namely education, health, public works and housing, agriculture, tourism and poverty management.
Of the six indicators, they are broken down into more than 800 assessment indicators.
"This shows Banyuwangi's measured governance performance. Banyuwangi has also succeeded in synergizing its development programs with provincial programs and the Nawacita," Akbar said, referring to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s nine-point development program.
Banyuwangi was also able to carry out bureaucratic reform, both in the aspects of reorientation, reorganization and restructuring.
"In essence, the Banyuwangi regency administration is already on the right track for good governance," Akbar added.
Meanwhile, Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas expressed his gratitude for the achievement and attributed it to the collective work and synergy of all regional officials together with social elements.
"The award is not what we aspire to achieve in developing Banyuwangi. However, we deserve to celebrate it because it is a token of recognition that is expected to motivate us to continue making improvements in the future," Anas said.
“Let us extend our gratitude to the home minister and East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa for providing guidance to Banyuwangi in carrying out our development programs. We also congratulate the East Java governor and her staff for also being named the best-performing provincial government.”
The results of the performance evaluation of the Banyuwangi regency administration has seen a gradual increase in achievements year by year. In 2010, Banyuwangi was only ranked 156th. It went up to 20th in 2015, 16th in 2016, sixth in 2017, fourth in 2018 before peaking in 2019.
"Alhamdulillah (thanks be God), every year the performance ranking continues to increase. Now, we are ranked first. This shows that the programs we have been doing are not just routine activities, but have been worked out measuredly with innovations," said Anas.
The impact of performance and development programs on the economy of Banyuwangi residents has also been positive. Poverty has decreased to the level of 7.52 percent from double digits in the previous years.
The income per capita of residents has jumped to Rp 51.80 million (US$3,642) per person per year, a significant rise from the previous Rp 20 million. The gross regional product has also continued to increase to Rp 83.61 trillion from the previous Rp 32.46 trillion.