JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs is accelerating the distribution of the Presidential food aid to residents affected by Covid-19, one of which is by cooperating with mass organization Pemuda Pancasila (PP).
"In carrying out state duties, the government cannot work alone but needs to collaborate with organizations such as PP, especially in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic," said Social Affairs Minister Juliari P Batubara.
The statement was conveyed by the Minister of Social Affairs when symbolically distributing 2,856 packages of food assistance from the Presidential Aid program to the Greater Jakarta PP Branch Management Council in Jakarta, Wednesday (07/29/2020).
Present at the event were Director General of Social Protection and Security Pepen Nazarudin, Expert Staff of the Minister on Social Accessibility Sonny W. Manalu, as well as Special Staff of the Minister of Social Affairs Erwin Tobing.
In addition, there were also Expert Staff of Minister of Social Affairs Kukuh Ariwibowo, PP MPN Secretary General H Arif Rahman; Chairman of the Pancasila Students Unit (Sapma) of Pemuda Pancasila Aulia Arief.
One of the main tasks and functions, said Juliari, is that the Ministry of Social Affairs is distributing food aid packages for people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We hope that with the distribution of the President's food packages as a starting point for a mutually beneficial and most important partnership, there will be data on residents submitted and those receiving social assistance," Juliari said.
Through the President's food packages that are distributed, hopefully they can be useful for citizens who receive aid and ease the burden of their daily needs.
"By cooperating with PP organization, the distribution of basic food aid can reach the community more quickly and be immediately utilized and can ease their burdens," he added.
On the same occasion, General Chairperson of the National Leadership Council (MPN) PP Japto Soerjo Soemano expressed his gratitude for the Government's attention and the food aid provided by the President which was channeled through PP mass organizations.
"This is an opportunity to help the community, we thank the President and Minister of Social Affairs for their attention and not about the amount of aid delivered," said Japto.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people lost their jobs or were laid off, unable to pay rent, and had difficulty meeting their daily needs.
"Not only the poor, but perhaps employees are also affected by Covid-19 who need food assistance, including PP members throughout Indonesia," he said.