HarianLampung.co.id – Jakarta’s Acting Governor, Heru Budi Hartono, is committed to ensuring economic stability in the capital city in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. He has implemented various measures to ensure food security, control inflation, and address poverty.
To fulfill this commitment, Heru has collaborated with the central government and promoted cross-sectional collaboration among various government bodies under the Jakarta Provincial Government.
As the leader of the Food Task Force, Heru has directly monitored the condition of various markets to check prices, availability, as well as the production and distribution of food.
He has also performed checks in various markets with President Joko Widodo, Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo, and National Food Agency Head Arief Prasetyo Adi.
“Pemprov DKI Jakarta, together with the central government, is continuously ensuring the implementation of the Supply and Price Stabilization Program (KPSH) runs smoothly and more massively.
During Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, we are also continuing to collaborate with the central government to ensure the availability of good quality food at stable and affordable prices for the people of Jakarta,” said Heru at City Hall on Wednesday (March 29th).
This synergy has been manifested in the smooth provision and distribution of food supplies through inter-regional collaboration via Business to Business (B2B) for commodities such as rice, beef, chicken, eggs, chili, and shallots in 36 regencies/cities in 9 provinces.
Chili and shallots are supplied from Central Java (Magelang and Temanggung) and West Java (Garut and Sumedang).
This collaboration in the food sector is also due in part to the role of the Jakarta Military Command and the Jakarta Metropolitan Police in monitoring local food prices and distribution.
This has helped control inflation in Jakarta, with the region having the lowest inflation rate in February 2023 compared to other provinces in Indonesia, at 4.07% (year on year).
Pemprov DKI Jakarta ensures that subsidies for food to those in need continue. Under this program, people can buy a food package worth Rp 126,000 consisting of commodities such as rice, beef, chicken, eggs, mackerel, and milk at 366 distribution locations.
The beneficiaries of this food subsidy program include Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) holders, Jakarta Workers’ Card (KPJ) holders, Jakarta Elderly Card (KLJ) holders, Jakarta Disability Card (KPDJ) holders, Jakarta Child Card (KAJ) holders, individual service providers (PJLP), honoree teachers, and non-PNS educators, public housing residents, and Family Welfare Empowerment (PKK) cadres.
In anticipation of a decrease in people’s purchasing power, efforts have been made to increase economic opportunities and entrepreneurship. To promote entrepreneurship, between October 17, 2022, and March 24, 2023, the Jakarta Provincial Industry, Trade, Cooperative, Small and Medium Enterprises Office received 18,183 new participants for the Jakarta Entrepreneur program, held Jakarta Entrepreneur training for 5,017 participants, issued 3,792 business licenses to Jakarta Entrepreneur participants, and marketed 376 Jakarta Entrepreneur products in various national and international exhibitions.
Meanwhile, the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration, and Energy Office has held training for 55 classes (regular and mobile training units), skills training in 7 Job Training Centers, and the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration, and Energy Islands Division, as well as job fairs in 5 city regions. As a result, 77.03% (5,871 out of 7,626 people) of training participants were accepted into the job market.
Efforts to encourage more new entrepreneurs in Jakarta have also been accompanied by an increase in the use of domestic products (P3DN). Pemprov DKI Jakarta has received an award from President Joko Widodo on March 15, 2023, for the Best Local Government Province for Using Domestic Products. The Jakarta P3DN team has made various efforts to encourage the use of domestic products, among them actively participating in National Business Matching Stages I to IV, promoting the procurement of certified domestic component level (TDKN) products by OPDs through e-catalogs and e-orders, and more.
“Based on the P3DN Supervision System of BPKP, the realization of the use of domestic products in DKI Jakarta in 2022 was IDR 20.454 trillion (180.47% of the Bangga Buatan Indonesia Affirmative Action Commitment). We will improve this in the following years,” said Heru.
The above efforts are also part of the commitment to reduce the extreme poverty rate in Jakarta to zero percent by 2024. Heru has instructed Jakarta Provincial Government personnel to continue implementing the Integrated Poverty Intervention Program.
The first intervention involves direct involvement in every region to validate and update data, involving cross-sectoral government bodies, including PKK cadres, Dasa Wisma, and other community members. The second involves reducing the cost burden for low-income families by continuing to provide subsidies in the social-health, food, clean water, septic tanks, public housing, and transportation sectors.
The third involves poverty alleviation through productivity and income improvement programs, such as job training, job fairs and exhibitions, and integrated entrepreneurship (Jakarta Entrepreneur). The fourth involves poverty control through region-based poverty reduction programs, including improving the quality of settlements around 220 RWs, implementing Family Planning programs for couples of childbearing age, and providing additional food for the elderly and toddlers. The hope is that these efforts will increase the welfare of the people and strengthen their purchasing power for economic stability.
“To achieve the target of zero percent, it won’t be easy, considering various challenges, including the mobility of incoming populations to Jakarta and the ease of movement from outside DKI Jakarta to Jakarta. However, Pemprov DKI Jakarta will continue to ensure that the Integrated Poverty Intervention Program beneficiaries remain on target,” concluded Heru.