Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | 11:28 WIB

Social Affairs Ministry Targets Assisting Everyone during Pandemic

The Ministry of Social Affairs' Dharma Wanita Association (DWP) advisor Grace Batubara (kemensos)

OGAN ILIR, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Directorate of Social Empowerment, continues to ensure that poor and vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic receive assistance through the distribution of basic needs aid through the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The Ministry of Social Affairs' Dharma Wanita Association (DWP) advisor Grace Batubara symbolically delivered the Ministry of Social Affairs' basic needs assistance to five residents at the Pemulutan Selatan District Office, which is located in Sungai Lebung Village, Pemulutan Selatan District, Ogan Ilir Regency, South Sumatra, on Thursday.

"During this pandemic, the Central Government, through the Ministry of Social Affairs, is trying to ensure that no Indonesian citizen does not get help. Hopefully this basic food aid can be distributed properly so that it can ease the burden of citizens," Grace said in a statement received by Netralnews, on Thursday (09/24/2020).

Also attending the event was Director of Social Assistance Fund Resources Management (PSDBS) Hotman, Regional Secretary of Ogan Ilir Regency, Chairman of the PKK Ogan Ilir Regency, Head of Social Service of Ogan Ilir Regency, Representatives of Dharma Wanita House of Representatives (DPR), and Trustees of the Rumah Anak Bangsa Foundation.

The aid, consisting of 2,000 basic food packages, will be distributed through the Rumah Anak Bangsa Foundation, each 1,000 packages for two sub-districts, namely Pemulutan Selatan and Rantau Panjang districts.

"The pandemic has a huge impact on people's lives, such as job losses, decreased income, parents who have difficulty at home because they have to accompany school children online, and so on," Grace said.

Next, Grace visited five residents' houses to deliver the basic needs assistance directly.

One local resident, Majalna (50), said their income from making songket cloth had decreased by almost half compared to before the pandemic.

"One month I was able to produce a songket set and sold it to the market for IDR500,000. After the pandemic, it was sold for IDR300,000 because it was difficult to sell," Majalna said.

Majalna also said that the Ministry of Social Affairs' basic needs assistance that they received today really helped ease their burden in the midst of difficult times like today.

Another resident, Anshori (46), also said that his income as a cilok snack seller had also decreased, as the school where he sold the snacks had to be closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Therefore, thank you to the Ministry of Social Affairs for the basic food assistance provided to me. It is very helpful," said Anshori.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sujang, Head of Sungai Lebung Village, also said that from an economic aspect, some of his village residents experienced a decline in income due to the pandemic.

"Most of them (residents) who work to fish and farmers in this dry season usually go to the city to find additional income as hard laborers and others. Due to the pandemic, they don't dare to go to the city, and automatically their income will decrease," he said .

For information, the Central government issued a Social Safety Net policy in the context of handling the impact of Covid-19. The program consists of Basic Food Social Assistance for Greater Jakarta, and Cash Social Assistance (BST) as well as the latest, namely Rice Social Assistance (BSB) for recipient families of the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) and Cash Assistance for families receiving the Basic Food Card Program.