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Social Affairs Ministry Launches I AM SAFE Project

Social Affairs Ministry Launches I AM SAFE Project (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs has welcomed the launching of the I AM SAFE Project: Inclusive Access to Multi-sectoral Services and Assistance for Everyone.

This project is the result of collaboration with Human and Inclusion (HI) to increase the expansion of social security and social rehabilitation system for persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups.

Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara welcomed this cooperation. He said there were complexities in the delivery of public services, and the government had limitations. In this context, the role of non-government actors such as HI will be very significant and necessary.

"Therefore, we welcome the launching of the I AM SAFE program as part of the priority program of the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs-HI memorandum of understanding for the 2018-2021 period," Juliari said in Jakarta, on Wednesday (10/21/2020).

On a different occasion, Head of the Planning Bureau of the Ministry of Social Affairs Adhy Karyono said this support was in line with the direction of Minister of Social Affairs Juliari since March 2020 in the early phase of the pandemic regarding the need to encourage foreign development partners, both bilateral, multilateral, and non-governmental, to support Indonesia in handling Covid-19.

According to him, the pandemic situation demands a quick and innovative modification of the program planning and budgeting policy system. The government quickly responded by forming a Task Force for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery (PEN).

"The government's quick response to forming the Covid-19 and PEN Task Force shows that the government is serious. The government is also careful mobilizing all resources for protection and acceleration of economic recovery," said Adhy.

That statement was conveyed by Adhy during the launching of the I AM SAFE Project: Inclusive Access to Multi-sectoral Services and Assistance for Everyone, in Jakarta today.

The government has allocated IDR695.2 trillion (USD47.9 billion) from the state budget, IDR78.2 trillion (USD 5.3 billion) from the regional budget, and IDR31.8 trillion (USD 2.19 billion) from Village Funds as the Covid-19 Response Fund on this year from the central and the regional governments.

"It is realized that this government cannot work alone, but needs to collaborate with various other related parties," Adhy said.

Also attending the event were Mr Vincent Piket, Ambassador of the European Union for Indonesia, and Deputy Governor of East Nusa Tenggara Josef Nae Soi.

There were also representatives of Ministries/Agencies such as Bappenas, Ministry of Health, and BNPB, representatives of the government and district/city local agencies of Yogyakarta and East Nusa Tenggara Province, as well as representatives of national and international civil society organizations and organizations of persons with disabilities.