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OVO to disburse cash benefit for preemployment card recipients

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 13, 2020   /   01:17 pm
OVO to disburse cash benefit for preemployment card recipients OVO Corner at Lippo Kuningan Building in South Jakarta on Oct. 8, 2018. (Antara/Arindra Meodia)

Digital payment service provider OVO has partnered with state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) to distribute cash benefits to recipients of the government’s preemployment card program.

Under the partnership, OVO will disburse Rp 600,000 (US$38) monthly cash benefit for four months to the e-wallet accounts of program participants after they finish their training courses. The participants will also receive Rp 1 million worth of training courses from the program’s digital education platform partners, such as Sekolah.mu and Ruangguru.

“OVO is committed to distributing the government’s cash benefits to improve Indonesia’s workforce skills and competitiveness,” OVO CEO Karaniya Dharmasaputra said as quoted in a press release on Saturday.

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“Five OVO engineers and two Bareksa UI/UX designers are also working alongside the government to improve the preemployment card system,” he added.

Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto officially launched the preemployment card registration on Saturday after launching the program at the end of March. The first registration period will end on Thursday with a quota of 164,000 participants, as the government plans up to 30 registration periods this year.

The government has allocated Rp 20 trillion out of this year’s budget for the program and targeted 5.6 million people aged over 18 who do not attend school or college, particularly those who have yet to receive any social assistance, to join the program. It expects to cushion the country’s workforce hit by business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will disburse the participant’s cash benefits through their bank account or e-wallet account such as LinkAja, Gopay and OVO,” Airlangga said during the livestreamed preemployment card registration launch on Saturday.

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Unemployed citizens can access the preemployment card by registering on the program’s website, prakerja.go.id, before picking their preferred training program.

Statistics Indonesia data show that out of the country’s workforce of 133.56 million, 7.05 million are unemployed and more than 55 percent of those employed work in the informal sector.

Manpower Ministry data released on Tuesday show that over 1.2 million workers from 74,439 companies in both the formal and informal sectors have either been told to stay home or have been laid off as a result of the pandemic.