JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Betawi Youth Forum, have delivered 2,000 food packages from the Presidential Social Assistance program for communities affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The food packages were delivered to five areas in Jakarta, Depok, South Tangerang, and Tangerang City.
Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara, accompanied by Director General of Social Empowerment Edi Suharto and Special Staff to the Ministry of Social Affairs Eriwn Tobing, delivered 200 food packages to residents from 13 neighborhoods in RW 03 Pondok Kelapa hamlet, Duren Sawit Sub-District, East Jakarta.
The majority of RW 03 Pondok Kelapa residents work as day traders, plastic screen-printing workers and private company employees, but some are laid off. The residents have never received assistance from the central government and the regional government of Jakarta.
Juliari said the Ministry of Social Affairs was ready to support social actions like this that were intended for fellow citizens affected by Covid-19.
"There are many people who are not working, or whose work are affected by layoffs. I am here to express this commitment, hopefully through our presence, we can continue to be kept in touch," he said in a written statement received by Netralnews on Thursday (06/18/2020).
The Social Affairs Minister visited the first house where Mrs. Tasem (52) lives. She is a mother of four children, and sells uduk rice as well as staple food in front of her house. Mrs Tasem said the covid-19 pandemic has signficantly affected her income.
"The food packages can be used for daily needs, I am very happy to be able to receive the Presidential Social Assistance. Thank you Mr. President and Mr. Minister," said Ms. Tasem.
The Social Affairs Minister continued his visit to meet with Franky Maulana (19), whose mother was selling food at school. Since the school was temporarily closed, Franky decided to help his mother at home.
"I am very happy and thankful for the assistance," Franky said.