JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Jakarta Provincial Funeral Service Officers have received 1,877 basic food packages from the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs (Kemensos).
The assistance was delivered by the Dharma Wanita Advisor for the Ministry of Social Affairs who is also a member of the OASE Kabinet Indonesia Maju, Grace Batubara. For the assistance that was given directly by the wife of the Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara, the Funeral Service Officers felt that their profession was recognized and credited.
This was stated by the Secretary of the City Parks and Forests of Jakarta Romy Sidharta when giving a speech at the Karet Bivak Public Cemetery, on Wednesday (10/28/2020).
"The office is quite happy to be visited by Grace. It means that they both give happiness. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a form of empathy and recognition for our services in handling the Covid-19 Pandemic," said Romy in his remarks.
Romy explained that Karet Bivak Public Cemetery sits on an area of 16 hectares. There are 82 public cemeteries in Jakarta, and four cemeteries in Central Jakarta.
From March to this month, Funeral Service Officers performed an extraordinary amount of service. Admittedly, there was a surge in funeral services, one of which was because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
"Our officers are fighters dealing with the pandemic problem. They usually work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but working hours have been extended to 8:00 p.m. due to the pandemic. Because there are health protocols, bodies with Covid-19 must be buried for no more than four hours. When it is late, the bodies are sent to the hospital. Of course, because of limited personnel," he explained.
On the same occasion, Director of Social Protection for Social Disaster Victims (PSKBS) Sunarti said, there was a spirit of the Ministry of Social Affairs to be present in commemoration of the Youth Pledge, as well as the spirit of togetherness in implementing and obeying what was passed during the pandemic.
"I thank you because today you can attend as well as commemorate Youth Pledge Day. Thankful, today you can receive your help and encourage us all," Sunarti said.
Sunarti explained that the assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs was a social security program. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, various assistance has also been mobilized with the expectation of providing benefits and strength.
"This basic food is a form of bond between the central government and the ladies and gentlemen. Also those who are members of the regional government, provincial governments, cities and council members," Sunarti added