Daily Archives: June 24, 2020

Bappenas endorses budget planning to lower impacts of COVID-19

Jakarta The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (PPN/Bappenas) has encouraged local governments to strengthen the budgeting planning system, or “SEPAKAT,” to reduce the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The evidence-based planning system at the regional level should be strengthened,” Minister of PPN/Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa stated in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Monoarfa called for adopting a different approach through Sepakat, an evidence-based application, implemented at the provincial and village level to handle the social and economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monoarfa remarked that the SARS CoV-2 virus outbreak not only affected public health but also led to a rise in unemployment.

The pandemic has made it difficult for people to access basic services.

“Thus, eventually, new poor and vulnerable populations have emerged. The vulnerable population becomes poor, while the poor become poorer,” he remarked.

With this planning system, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic can be handled in a more precise and efficient manner so as to lower the socio-economic impacts.

Earlier, the minister had stated that the poverty rate could be reduced to a single-digit figure, with data for September 2019 showing that 24.79 million Indonesians lived in poverty, or equivalent to 9.22 percent of the population.

However, in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, poverty is expected to rise while the unemployment rate is projected to reach 8.1-9.2 percent.

The government’s intervention is expected to lower the impact so as to prevent the poverty rate from not jumping higher.

SEPAKAT, an Integrated System for Poverty Planning, Budgeting, Analysis and Evaluation, was released by Bappenas in 2018, and until now, only 129 districts and cities and seven provinces in the country have utilized it.

Monoarfa explained that SEPAKAT is the register of social compilation covering 100 percent of the population by digitizing village monographs whose integrated data collection and analysis of the budgeting planning, monitoring, and evaluation processes were conducted in an inclusive and pro-poor manner.

In the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024, the government targets that all provincial, district, and city governments will utilize the system.

“In the context of recovering from the socio-economic impacts of the COVID pandemic, SEPAKAT can support regions to formulate recovery strategies and policies through analysis of the socioeconomic indicators,” he added.


Source: Antara News


Pertamina donates personal protective gear to two Kupang hospitals

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara State-owned oil and gas holding company PT Pertamina (Persero) donated 400 hazmat suits, 200 goggles, and six thousand disposable handscoons to two hospitals in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara’s capital, the company’s official stated on Wednesday.

WZ Johannes Public Hospital and the East Nusa Tenggara Police Hospital received the donated protective gear, Pertamina’s Manager for the East Nusa Tenggara Retail Sales Area, Ahmad Thohir, informed local journalists in Kupang.

The personal protective equipment that Pertamina donated to the two hospitals, through its Marketing Operation Region (MOR) V for East Java, Bali, and Nusa Tenggara Office, is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to bolster the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, he stated.

This medical assistance program is expected to help those on the frontline in the battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, he stated, adding that Pertamina had until now disbursed Rp700 million for handling the COVID-19 program in East Nusa Tenggara.

Coronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.

The Indonesian government officially confirmed the country’s first cases on March 2 this year. This COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably a huge crisis in human history.

Gauging its wide-ranging impact on public health and the socio-economic sectors, the Indonesian government has also encouraged companies and community members to help those bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 outbreak.

To this end, state-owned contractor PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) has also allocated CSR funds amounting to Rp3.14 billion to be disbursed to assist frontline medical workers at hospitals along with community members.

The CSR funds were channeled to provide crucial essential items, including hazmat suits, face masks, and medical equipment, to several hospitals in Jakarta to fight the novel coronavirus disease, WIKA corporate secretary Mahendra Vijaya stated.

Jakarta’s National Brain Center Hospital, Columbia Hospital in Pulomas, Pondok Kopi Islamic Hospital, and Fatmawati Public Hospital were among the recipients of the aid, Vijaya revealed in a press statement received by ANTARA in Jakarta recently.

WIKA, along with other state-owned enterprises, helped fund the operations of a public kitchen in the Utan Kayu neighborhood of Matraman, East Jakarta, in providing daily meals to the needful, he stated.

The contributions by Pertamina and WIKA mirror the calls for mutual cooperation, echoed earlier by President Joko Widodo.


Source: Antara News

Indonesia’s 58 percent regions classified as COVID-19 green zones

Jakarta Some 58 percent of the regions in Indonesia are classified as green zones based on the low level of COVID-19 transmission, the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling stated.

“Based on the zone-wise mapping from May 31 to June 21, the number of green zones, with low risk of transmission, rose from 46.7 percent to 58.3 percent,” Wiku Adisasmito, head of the expert team of the task force, stated at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday.

Adisasmito remarked that the data indicated a lower rate of COVID-19 transmission in most Indonesian regions.

According to Adisasmito, the socio-economic impact of the pandemic on Indonesia was not worse than that on other countries.

However, the plan to reopen a region to revive its economy and simultaneously safeguard it from the spread of coronavirus must be conducted gradually.

Adisasmito noted that in the past three months, the Indonesian government had successfully improved the performance of hospitals and laboratories and also managed to produce healthcare equipment for handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Tuesday (June 23), Indonesia had recorded a total of 47,896 COVID-19 patients, of which 19,241 made a recovery, while 2,535 patients succumbed to the disease.


Source: Antara News

W Kalimantan police intensify security after incident in SE Sulawesi


Pontianak, W Kalimantan West Kalimantan police increased security in keeping with instructions of the National Police headquarters in Jakarta after an unidentified man attempted to trespass into Southeast Sulawesi Police’s mobile brigade command post on June 20, 2020.

“In line with the instruction of the National Police headquarters, security has been intensified at the West Kalimantan police headquarters and all police precincts across the province,” West Kalimantan Police spokesman Sen. Coms. Donny Charles Go notified journalists here, Wednesday.

Security for the police compounds and personnel has been stepped up not only on account of the recent incident but it also aligns with the police’s standard operating procedures to protect the personnel, their families, and the public, at large, he stated.

National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono had earlier noted that all police headquarters were instructed to intensify security after a criminal trespass attempt at the Southeast Sulawesi police’s mobile brigade command post on June 20.

All on-duty police officers were also instructed to streamline a body security system to avert any untoward incident in the aftermath of a sudden machete attack on two policemen in Karanganyar District, Central Java Province, on June 21, he pointed out.

On that day, a man unexpectedly attacked Second Brigadier Hanif Ariyono, a driver of Deputy Chief of Karanganyar Police Commissioner Busroni’s official vehicle, with a machete. Ariyono got injured on the back and neck as a result of the machete attack.

The attacker died of gunshot wounds on his leg.

On June 1, 2020, a lone wolf assaulted Brigadier Leonardo Latupapua, a policeman of the Daha Selatan police precinct in South Kalimantan Province. Latupapua succumbed to grave injuries following the early morning attack.

Before assaulting on-duty Brigadier Latupapua, the attacker set on fire a police patrol vehicle parked in the front yard of the police precinct, South Kalimantan Police spokesman Sen. Coms. Mochamad Rifa’I stated.

The assault that occurred at around 2:15 a.m. local time resulted in the suspect’s death after he blatantly disregarded the police’s order to surrender.

The police officers thereafter gunned down the suspect after which his body was taken to the Hasan Basyri Kandangan Public Hospital for a post-mortem examination, he revealed.

The police investigators conducted a preliminary investigation at the scene of crime during which they came across several items linked to the suspect’s evidence of crime, including a jerrican of fuel for setting ablaze the police patrol car and a samurai sword.

Since 2000, Indonesia has become the target of terrorist attacks, and the spread of radicalism and terrorism continues to threaten the nation.


Source: Antara News

Favipiravir shown effective to treat Covid-19 patients

Beijing (ANTARA) Favipiravir is a broad-spectrum antiviral agent that inhibits the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of RNA viruses. It has efficacy against a range of RNA viruses, including Ebola, influenza and COVID-19. No evident adverse reactions have been found since it came into the market. Unlike traditional antiviral drugs, Favipiravir can directly prevent the virus from replicating itself in cells, with a mechanism of action similar to Remdesivir.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese and Japanese governments have strongly recommended use of Favipiravir to treat the disease. Currently, over 100 countries have included Favipiravir as part of their treatments. Originally developed by Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd., Favipiravir was approved as strategic stockpile as a countermeasure for virus in Japan. In 2016, the patent of Favipiravir was exclusively franchised to Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (HISUN), which cooperated with CMAM to develop Favipiravir tablets. The finished drug was approved rapidly in February 2020.



Data from Favipiravir’s clinical tests published by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People´s Republic of China at an official press conference indicated Favipiravir has shown good clinical efficacy against the disease, and the tablet form makes it easily accessible. Once Favipiravir was launched in the Chinese market, it was included into the Major Anti-pandemic Materials by China’s State Council, and the Chinese government has unified the allocation of Favipiravir supplies. All Favipiravir tablets in China are manufactured by HISUN. As the situation with the disease is improving, the medication has been sold through omni-channel across China. It has also been used to support over 30 countries and regions in battling COVID-19. Favipiravir’s outstanding contribution in fighting COVID-19 has earned its producer, HISUN, the honorary title of “Ordnance Factory” responding to the COVID-19 crisis by the Chinese State Council.



Source: Antara News