Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas players have distributed Rp 5.5 billion (US$340,662) worth of food and medical aid to 11 oil and gas-producing provinces to help local communities get through the COVID-19 outbreak.
The funds include Rp 5.06 billion from oil and gas companies and Rp 457.02 million from employees of the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), the latter said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The employee donations were distributed to 26 hospitals and public buildings around Java, which has 80 percent of all COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.
“Ever since the pandemic was detected in provinces with upstream operations, SKK Migas immediately mobilized oil and gas companies [...] to provide aid,” said SKK Migas deputy for business development Sulistya Hastuti Wahyu.
“Remembering that social distancing is still enforced and that the fasting season is around the corner, we hope that this aid will help communities acquire food.”
Sulistya said companies have also been instructed to implement COVID-19 containment measures at their respective worksites, including compulsory health checks, limiting field visits and reducing interaction with local communities.
The government has announced several social safety nets, including free electricity, food aid and relaxed loan payment deadlines, to help the country's most vulnerable citizens.