TANGERANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Directorate General for the Management of the Poor, has started the distribution of Social Cash Assistance (BST) program at the beginning of the year. Kota Tangerang is one of the areas implementing the BST 2021 phase I distribution.
Representing Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, Director General for the Management of the Poor Asep Sasa Purnama said that according to the Indonesian President's direction, as many as 10 million beneficiary receiver (KPM) in Indonesia receive BST of IDR300,000 per month for four months. It seems that the shift in the form of aid did not hinder the distribution of BST in Kota Tangerang.
"The implementation of the BST channel in Kota Tangerang is extraordinary, as it is escorted by the ranks of the Regional Work Units (SKPD) so that the distribution process runs smoothly," said Asep during the distribution of BST at SDN 1 Cipondoh, Kota Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday (01/10/2020).
Also attending the event were Tangerang City Regional Secretary Herman Suwarman, Head of BPBD Kota Tangerang Deni Koswara, Head of Kota Tangerang Social Services Suli Rosadi, Head of Kota Tangerang Kesbangpol R. Irman Pujahendra, Head of Cipondoh Sub-district Rizal Ridoloh, and representatives of PT Pos Indonesia.
The Cash Social Assistance (BST) program in Tangerang City targets 135,584 KPMs across 104 urban villages. Distribution was carried out in various locations, one of which was schools.
"By utilizing school building facilities that are currently not being used and officers serving in every classroom, the distribution of BST is expected to comply with health protocols by applying distance restrictions so that there are no crowds in queues that can cause clusters of COVID-19 transmission," said Asep.
On this occasion, Asep did not forget to remind the KPMs to take advantage of the assistance they receive for their daily needs.
"BST should be used to meet primary needs, not to buy cigarettes, liquor, or other useless items," he said.
Omi Ordiana (48) agreed to use the BST as well as possible. Omi, who works as a washing and scrubbing worker, admitted that she felt financially difficult during this pandemic.
"My husband has not worked for eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank God, since last year, the government has provided assistance that can be used to buy rice and pay for children's school fees," she said.
The same thing was also conveyed by Miun (70). No longer working because of old age, he will use BST to meet his daily needs.