Commission VIII Appreciates Social Affairs Minister for Developing ATENSI SKA

Thursday, 09-September-2021 19:35

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (left)
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (left)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representatives has praised the policies created by Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini who consistently developed the ATENSI Creation Center (SKA). Commission VIII ensure that they will support the steps and policies of the Minister of Social Affairs that improve the welfare of the public.

"This (SKA) is a big leap. We in the House will support the Minister of Social Affairs both in terms of policies and budgets for programs to tackle poverty and empower the underprivileged," said Chairman of Commission VIII Yandri Susanto at the inauguration ceremony of the SKA at Mulya Jaya Center in Jakarta, on Thursday (09/09/2021).

Today, the Minister of Social Affairs inaugurated the 13th SKA. Present to accompany the Minister of Social Affairs in this event were Echelon 1 Officials, Special Staff to the Minister, Expert Staff to the Minister, Head of the Greater Jakarta Regional Office, and related officials in Jakarta Province.

In a subsequent statement, Yandri expressed pride in the Minister of Social Affairs who had initiated the SKA. He stated that SKA is a breakthrough in dealing with poverty.

"This is extraordinary. And the House appreciates the Minister and staff who have worked hard to bring together the less fortunate people to be able to get guidance and opportunities to increase their income," he said.

On the same occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs conveyed the purpose of developing SKA as a place for People Needing Social Welfare Services (PPKS) who have received training to market their products.

"SKA is an event for PPKS who have received guidance from the Ministry of Social Affairs to present various training results that have been obtained so far," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

However, the same opportunity is also open for the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) and Non-Cash Food Aid (BPNT) recipients who live around the center to market their products in SKA.

"I think it's a shame if this SKA is only used by beneficiaries who are here, who are in the center. Therefore, if later there are PKH families around here then there are also BPNT recipients who have businesses, please display their products here," she said.

The Minister of Social Affairs visited several booths at the ATENSI Creative Center, namely Makeup and Salon, Culinary, Sewing Gallery, Mini Mart, Plant/Fish Cultivation and Handycraft. The ATENSI Creative Center can be filled by beneficiaries of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Social Welfare Institutions, and the general public.

In another part of her statement, the Minister of Social Affairs expressed hope that all elements of society would synergize in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The government cannot possibly work alone, but it requires the participation of all elements in handling the COVID-19 pandemic," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

The government really needs the participation of various parties, namely the private sector, communities, volunteers, community leaders, and the media. The Ministry of Social Affairs also activates the Social Pillars which are expected to appear and act as the frontline in preventing and handling social problems that occur as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social pillars such as Community Social Workers (PSM), District Social Welfare Workers (TKSK), Youth Organizations, Disaster Preparedness Officers (TAGANA), Social Welfare Institutions (LKS) and Community Social Counselors (Pensosmas), are expected to assist the Government in dealing with social problems in society.

"They are Social Welfare HR in each region who really understand the condition of the people. They are the spearhead in helping to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and can synergize with stakeholders in the regions," Risma said.

During this activity, various aids were also delivered, namely ATENSI Entrepreneurship assistance for 181 PPKS with a total assistance of IDR497,967,342; Accessibility ATENSI assistance for 319 PPKS totaling IDR228,576,395, and ATENSI Basic Needs assistance for 266 PPKS totaling IDR64,030,890.

Then, ATENSI assistance for orphans was also handed over to 23 children with a total aid of IDR15,000,000, and delivery of ATENSI Room Facilities for 8 Elderly PPKS with a value of IDR4,908160.

This ATENSI support is a collaboration of several Social Centers, namely Inten Soeweno Center, Mulya Jaya Jakarta Center, Panasea Center, Handayani Center, Melati Center, Budhi Dharma Center, Pangudi Luhur Center, Galih Pakuan Center, Wyata Guna Center, Abiyoso Center, and Kahuripan Center.

Personally, Social Affairs Minister Risma also provided 2 units of sewing machines for the Kumala Social Welfare Institution (LKS), 3 units for Swara Peduli LKS, a total of four units for LKS Balarenik, 2 units for LKS KPIM, 2 units for LKS ERBE, 2 units for LKS KDM and 20 units for the Association of Indonesian Women with Disabilities (HWDI). The sewing machines will be used by beneficiaries assisted by the LKS-LKS.

A partner of the Ministry of Social Affairs, namely the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), also provided grants in the form of 2 ambulances which were given to Handayani Jakarta Center and the Taruna Jaya 1 Jakarta Youth Development Social Institution (PSBR). 

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