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Social Affairs Ministry Receive Aid from IOM for Indonesian Migrant Workers

Social Affairs Ministry Receive Aid from IOM for Indonesian Migrant Workers (netralnews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs has received aid from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Indonesian migrant workers. The aid comprises of 2,500 packages of Hygiene Kits containing cloth masks, hand sanitizers, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and brochures to prevent Covid-19 and human trafficking.

Director General of Social Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat expressed his gratitude for IOM's assistance in assessing and preventing Covid-19 control. The Ministry of Social Affairs is also grateful for supporting the provision of infrastructure for preventing Covid-19 control at temporary transit locations for migrant workers who are still in process.

"Apart from that, it is also related to the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and plans for psychosocial assistance and response to cases of victims of trafficking and cases of violence related to migrant workers. Hopefully, the components of this cooperation can be improved and expanded," said Harry.

This statement was conveyed by Harry during the symbolic handover of the Covid-19 Prevention Hygiene Kits to the Pontianak KPO Indonesian Citizen Return Post at the Media Center Room for the Social Safety Net for Covid-19 Handling, at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Jakarta, on Wednesday (08/26/2020).

Harry also said that it is important to collaborate with IOM to ensure Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) at the Trauma and Protection Centers (RPTC). The Ministry of Social Affairs believes in IOM's experience in the international world, especially in the middle of studying the opening of RPTC in other provinces which are transit points for migrant workers.

"(SOP) is related to how the standards of infrastructure and human resources (HR) are, if intensive cooperation is needed," said Harry.

On the same occasion, Acting Chief of Mission International Organization for Migration of Indonesia Yasar Ogul thanked the Ministry of Social Affairs for being a partner in carrying out various positive programs. One of the collaborative programs is on priority topics such as migrant workers and victims of human trafficking.

Through funding opportunities and with support, as well as good partnerships with the Ministry of Social Affairs and other ministries, IOM will carry out activities including:

Rapid joint assessment by the government and IOM are to be set at the five main points of arrival of migrant workers. The aim is to assess operations related to Covid 19, including registration, screening and referral of migrant workers who need to be identified and priorities to be addressed.

IOM also supports the repair of facilities at temporary transit locations, as well as supporting the prevention and control of Covid-19. In addition, in July 2020 an assessment was also carried out at RPTC Jakarta and Tanjung Pinang based on the Ministry's guidelines in providing shelter facilities for the quarantine and isolation of Covid-19 and it is still in the handling process.

"The distribution of hygiene kits for migrant workers is also carried out in holding centers at the post of returning Indonesian citizens to Pontianak," he said.

PPE is also being procured for shelter officers and staff at RPTCs in Jakarta, Tanjung Pinang and Pontianak. Finally, there is also coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs in order to provide psychosocial assistance at RPTC, namely self-help psychosocial support tools.

IOM is also committed to providing assistance to vulnerable cases in holding or transit for victims of human trafficking and other vulnerable cases.

"We hope the aid is beneficial for migrant workers and for the receiving community, and provide safety for service workers," Yasar added.