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Ministry of Finance Held a Public Hearing in order to Make National Economic Recovery Program Policy is Right on Target

Jakarta, 23/07/2020 Ministry of Finance - The Ministry of Finance held a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) to get input on the implementation of the National Economic Recovery (PEN) policy design, which is budgeted for a total of Rp695.2 trillion. Yustinus Prastowo, Special Staff to the Minister of Finance, moderated the PEN program discussion virtually on Thursday (23/07) in Jakarta.

"We have to listen a lot from people's voices from various perspectives not only from the economy, let alone the mainstream, but also other dimensions and aspects that are also an integral part of the development paradigm itself," he said.

From the results of the discussion, according to one of the participants from the Ethnographic Study Center for Indigenous Communities, Jogjakarta, M. Yusuf, several inputs were obtained, such as data problems regarding social assistance recipients (bansos) both for the central and regional levels and in the village through Village Direct Cash Assistance (BLT) Village which are not updated. Then, the Village Fund allocation is mandated to be reallocated and refocused on handling Covid-19 where there are different regulations, different translation of the execution, thus confusing the village in allocating funds. Likewise, Transfers to Regions that are reduced for refocusing and reallocation of Covid-19 handling where villages have no authority other than obeying the central government, while fiscal capacity of Village Original Income (PAD) is limited, if it is included in the General Allocation Fund (DAU), it is corcerned that there will be no more funds to pay for the government of their village. In addition, the Regional Incentive Fund (DID) is considered only a waste of competition to pack Covid-19 handling so that it is not on target.

In addition to rural issues, issues of sustainability, environmental issues, inclusiveness in terms of empowering women and children who were also affected by the pandemic were also discussed, such as the absence of posyandu activities and the occurrence of domestic violence due to increased stress levels during the pandemic, economic pressure and social restrictions.

 

"We have to think at the same time at the policy or paradigm level how the issues of sustainability and inclusiveness are the pillars of policy. Then in the formulation itself, it must be participatory, reach out, summarize, include many dimensions. This morning we included the dimensions of women, children, villages, communities, environmental issues etc. Then the implementation. Between sent and deliver is different. Often just sent, but whether the deliver is right on target, has an impact or has an outcome or not is another matter. This need all of your support," said Yustinus.

He also realized that the government needed to anticipate Covid-19 handling responsively, not reactively.

"The point is, everything returns to humans as subjects who must be the important actors and all must be involved, including how we anticipate the pandemic, should not be reactive but must be responsive," he concluded. (nr / ds)