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Thursday, June 11 2020 - 17:19
At the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, the Minister of Social Affairs Described 4 Key Steps to Overcome the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Poor and Vulnerable Groups
JAKARTA, Indonesia, June 11, 2020/Antara-AsiaNet/--

In the presence of the ASEAN Minister, Social Minister Juliari P. Batubara 
conveyed the government's important steps in handling the impact of the 
Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for the poor and vulnerable groups. Indonesia 
recommends the establishment of a comprehensive and sustainable social 
protection system.

"To the ASEAN ministers, I convey comprehensive and quick steps of the 
Indonesian government in handling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the 
context of the Ministry of Social Affairs' duties and functions, the government 
has increased the index and expanded the social assistance, especially for the 
poor and vulnerable groups, "said the Minister of Social Affairs Juliari after 
the meeting (10/06).

The meeting was held online and opened by ASEAN Secretary General Dato ’Lim 
Jock Hoi and attended by 10 ASEAN member Ministers dealing with social welfare 

In a meeting with the theme "Special Online Meeting of the ASEAN Ministerial 
Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD) on Mitigating Impact of 
COVID-19 on Vulnerable Groups in ASEAN", Social Minister Juliari acted as Chair 
of the Indonesian Delegation.

On that occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs delivered four important steps 
in mitigating the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, especially for the 
poor and vulnerable groups. The first step is increasing the number and 
coverage of social assistance and social safety nets, and the amount of 
assistance for several social protection programs.

Second, strengthening government investment in the development of Integrated 
Social Welfare Data (DTKS) and formulating an adaptive social protection 
platform in accordance with the 2019-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan 
(RPJMN) and Ministry of Social Affairs Strategic Plan 2020-2024. Then, the 
fourth is the crucial role of social solidarity.

"The government continues to increase commitment and serious steps in dealing 
with the impact of the pandemic. In the new (fourth) fiscal stimulus, the 
government allocates a budget of Rp677.2 trillion, of which Rp203.9 trillion is 
for social protection, "said the Minister.

This amount increased, compared to the third fiscal stimulus which amounted to 
Rp405.1 trillion, which for social protection amounted to Rp110 trillion. 
Social Minister explained, in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19, the 
government increased the index and expanded the participation of regular social 

The Social Assistance of Hope Family Program (PKH) reaches 10 million of 
Beneficiary Families (KPM). From the beginning KPM received benefits every 
three months, now it becomes every month, starting in April-December 2020, so 
that KPM PKH got a double benefit.

Then, in the Sembako Program (Non-Cash Food Aid / BPNT), the target expansion 
and the increasing index is carried out, from 15.2 million KPM to 20 million 
KPM, with an index from Rp 150 thousand to Rp 200 thousand.

The Ministry of Social Affairs also launched a non-regular social assistance 
program namely the Presidential Assistance of Staple Food Package (Banpres) and 
Cash Social Assistance (BST). Banpres began to be distributed to communities 
affected by Covid-19 in DKI Jakarta, Bogor Regency, Tangerang City and South 
Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi (Jabodetabek), on 20 April.

The Banpres reaches 1.9 million families (KK) with a value of Rp. 600,000 
distributed twice a month, so the total value is around Rp. 3.4 trillion.

While BST, it reaches 9 million families outside Jabodetabek who have not 
received the Family Hope Program (PKH) and the Sembako Program (Non-Cash Food 
Assistance) with a value of Rp. 600,000 / KK / month. Both Banpres and BST, it 
was distributed for three months-- April, May, and June 2020.

"With the latest stimulus of Rp. 677, 2 trillion, the government has extended 
the assistance until December 2020," said the father of two children.

The Minister also stressed the importance of managing poverty data or 
Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS), which is the basis for various social 
assistances. "DTKS contains 40% of the lowest income people in Indonesia. And 
with DTKS, it is very helpful in ensuring that social assistance is distributed 
on target, "said the Minister.

SOURCE: Ministry of Social Affairs of Republic of Indonesia 

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   Caption: Ministry of Social Affair of Republic of Indonesia, Juliari P