The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the 2019 city budget would focus on education and waste management following the approval of the budget at Rp 89.08 trillion (US$6.13 million).
The budget, approved in a plenary meeting at the City Council on Friday, recorded a 7 percent increase from 2018’s budget of Rp 83.26 trillion.
Anies said next year’s budget would mainly be used for regional programs, including the city’s flagship education scheme, the Jakarta Smart Card Plus (KJP Plus).
The city administration aims to improve data collection and management of KJP Plus recipients.
“Therefore, all programs related to poverty eradication is based on the data collected by the technical management unit, including [data on] KJP Plus recipients,” he said on Friday as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
A child that met the requirements of the KJP Plus program would receive the benefits without restrictions.
The benefits from the program depend on education level, starting from Rp 250,000 a month for elementary school students, up to Rp 450,000 a month for vocational high school students.
Anies also said that with the increased budget, the city aimed to improve its waste management, including by enchancing its waste bank and temporary disposal sites.The city also eyes optimizing Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, and realizing the development of an intermediate treatment facility in Sunter, North Jakarta. (sau)