Turkey quake: INASAR deploys 14 personnel to find victims

Jakarta The Indonesian Search and Rescue (INASAR) team has deployed 14 personnel at the Sector R operating point in Antakya, Hatay Province, Turkiye, to locate victims reported missing following the February 6, 2023, quake.

“The personnel who are members of the Charlie team are supported by a sniffer dog of the K-9 category,” INASAR team leader Yopi Hariyadi informed in an official statement received from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) here on Saturday.

The 14 personnel were deployed on Friday based on information regarding eight missing people in Sector R, an electrical area in Antakya. It was suspected that the missing people were buried under building debris, he said.

During the search and evacuation operation, the rescue team used excavators to dismantle debris, while still paying attention to safety, he added.

Meanwhile, team members used the K-9 sniffer dog to carry out a search of the buildings, Hariyadi said.

He informed that a few hours after the members were deployed and moved to another location, officers reported that three residents were suspected of being trapped under the rubble of a building. However, even after searching for about nine hours, the team has yet to find the residents.

He said that another team, the Alpha team, was deployed in the Diyarbakir area to look for two missing Indonesian citizens. However, the team returned to the INASAR post at 9:35 a.m. local time with no results.

The INASAR post is located in Hatay, Antakya, Hatay Province. In that area, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from several countries, including Australia, Argentina, and Switzerland, are still carrying out operations.

Starting Sunday, the search and rescue coordination will no longer be under the control of the USAR Coordination Cell (UCC), but will be taken over by the Turkish Disaster Management Agency (AFAD).

INASAR, which is under the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), is a USAR team with a medium qualification from the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), Hariyadi said.

Source: Antara News

Health Ministry procuring three antivenoms for hospitals

Jakarta The Ministry of Health is procuring three types of antivenom serums this year for provincial-level referral hospitals, Head of the Public Communication and Services Bureau of the ministry Siti Nadia Tarmizi has informed.

“Currently, the antivenoms that we have purchased only exist in the central facility, and there are only three types of them,” she said here on Saturday.

The three types of antivenoms are king cobra antivenom, Thai neuro polyvalent antivenom, and Daboia siamensis antivenom.

State-owned vaccine company PT Bio Farma is also producing the BioSave serum, which can neutralize the venom of the ground snake, striped snake, and Javanese cobra.

The procurement of the three antivenoms is being undertaken in 2023, and they will be distributed immediately to provincial-level referral hospitals, Tarmizi informed.

Throughout the procurement process, venomous snake bite incidents can be treated through the first aid method, she said.

The method involves washing a snake bite with soap and water and keeping the bitten area still and lower than the heart.

The next step is to cover the bitten area with a clean, cold compress or moist pads to reduce swelling and discomfort and monitor breathing and heartbeat.

This needs to be followed by removing all tight rings, watches, and clothing, in case of swelling. The time when the bite occurred also needs to be recorded so that it can be reported to an intensive care unit health service provider, if necessary.

If possible, the initial reaction as well as the snake’s size and type should be recorded to help the medical staff determine a more accurate treatment.

Health workers at public health centers (puskesmas) have already mastered the method, Tarmizi said.

“What puskesmas staff need to do in the case of snake bite incident is to carry out first aid as an early treatment to prevent systemic reaction such as immobilization,” she explained.

Source: Antara News

Teaching Campus program can help recover learning post pandemic: govt

I hope the young colleagues (college students) can share their experiences and knowledge on the latest (innovative) learning contents…

Jakarta The Kampus Mengajar (Teaching Campus) program is one of the solutions for recovering learning activities, which were disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry.

“The Kampus Mengajar Program has proven to be a solution to expedite the post-pandemic recovery of student learning (activities) in schools,” Director General of Early Childhood Education, Basic Education, and Secondary Education at the ministry Iwan Syahril said on Saturday.

During the ‘Dispatch of Kampus Mengajar Participants Batch 5,’ he highlighted that as a result of the pandemic, Indonesia is facing learning losses, which have affected students’ literacy and numeracy abilities.

During a national assessment conducted by the Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry in 2021, one out of two basic and secondary students have not yet reached the minimum literacy competency.

Furthermore, the assessment found that two out of three basic and secondary students have not reached the minimum numeracy competency.

Hence, the implementation of the Kampus Mengajar Program is focusing on improving the literacy and numeracy competencies of students by involving college students to help teachers develop learning strategies.

The 5th batch of the program will involve 21,045 college students in teaching activities at 5,093 schools throughout Indonesia.

Of the figure, 467 college students will be involved in the Kampus Mengajar Program in Jakarta and will be assigned to 114 educational units across the province.

In addition to improving the students’ literacy and numeracy skills, the participants of the program are being asked to assist the learning and school management process based on the needs of the respective schools.

Meanwhile, Head of Educators and Education Personnel at the Jakarta Provincial Education Office Muh Roji said he expected the resumption of offline learning at schools to help students get a better learning experience.

Most schools in Jakarta have implemented the Kurikulum Merdeka (Independent Curriculum), thus they need help and assistance from college students in technology adaptation, such as in using Platform Merdeka Mengajar (PMM/Freedom in Teaching Platform).

“I hope the young colleagues (college students) can share their experiences and knowledge on the latest (innovative) learning contents, as well as collaborate with the school principals and teachers,” Roji added.

Source: Antara News

BNPB chief provides aid to flood-affected in Solo city

This (aid disbursement) is a direct order from the President (Joko Widodo) to help the people of Solo city and Sukoharjo district (in Central Java province) who have been affected by the flood.

Solo, W Java Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Lieutenant General Suharyanto on Saturday distributed logistical assistance to residents affected by the recent flood in Gandekan Village, Pasar Kliwon Sub-district, Solo City, Central Java Province.

He, along with the deputy for emergency mitigation at BNPB, Major General Fajar Setyawan, visited the refugee camp at the Gandekan Village Office to hand over the aid.

“This (aid disbursement) is a direct order from the President (Joko Widodo) to help the people of Solo City and Sukoharjo District (in Central Java Province) who have been affected by the flood,” Suharyanto said.

BNPB also held a coordination meeting with local governments to seek measures to keep the disaster from recurring.

After handing over logistical assistance in Solo city, the BNPB head left for Sukoharjo district to disburse aid to flood-affected residents there.

The floods in Solo city and Sukoharjo district were caused by incessant rainfall since Thursday (February 16, 2023) afternoon, which caused the Bengawan Solo River to overflow. In total, 16 villages in 4 sub-districts were affected by the disaster.

The Solo City Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that 4,440 residents had to take shelter at 12 locations in Joyoakan, Gendekan, Semanggi, Pucang Sawit, Kedunglumbu, Sudiro Prajan, and Pasar Kliwon areas.

There were still a number of refugees at the refugee camps on Saturday, although the floodwaters had receded in some areas, it said.

According to the Solo city BPBD, the BNPB has provided Rp500 million ready-to-use budget, 2,500 blankets, 2,500 mattresses, two thousand food packages, one thousand hygiene kits, one thousand cleaning tools, 200 family tents, five large tents, as well as two polyethylene boats in aid.

The medical team of Solo City Resort Police provided free health services at Joyotakan 59 Elementary School from Friday to Saturday (February 17–18) to help people affected by the flood.

Source: Antara News

Get to know your partner to prevent domestic violence: Ministry

Jakarta The Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry urged women to get to know their partners before taking the next step in their relationship to prevent unhealthy relationships and the practice of domestic violence.

Women can coax their partners into opening up about their background or familial circumstances to know whether they have had a happy childhood free from trauma, the ministry’s official Eni Widiyanti noted in a discussion here, Friday.

If they had no traumatic experience, then it is a sign that they are a safe relationship partner, she stated during a discussion themed “Prevent Women from Being Trapped in a Toxic Relationship with Possessive Men.”

She remarked that several teenagers chose their partners based on their physical characteristics alone without getting to know about their personality.

The ministry also highlighted a phenomenon wherein several couples tolerate violence in their relationship since they were in love with one another.

This is despite the fact that violence can repeatedly occur in a relationship, and the intensity can increase.

For instance, domestic violence can begin on a small scale, but it can gradually escalate into a life-threatening danger, she highlighted.

To this end, the ministry urged women to choose a good partner based on their level of awareness of the person and not merely on the basis of feelings of love.

During the event, Widiyanti also emphasized that there was no room for tolerance for any form of violence, including verbal or mental.

“All (forms of) domestic violence cannot be tolerated. In fact, verbal violence, in the eyes of the ministry, is not right,” she emphasized.

She underlined that women that do not experience physical violence but face verbal or mental violence or experience abandonment are the victims of violence.

Source: Antara News

PSSI plans ad hoc committees for supporters, infrastructure

Jakarta Chairperson of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Erick Thohir has said that the association will set up two ad hoc committees for supporters and infrastructure to support the football transformation in the country.

“Today, the executive committee of PSSI has decided to establish an ad hoc supporter committee because supporters are a part of our football development as well. Meanwhile, we also plan to form an ad hoc infrastructure committee to build a training center for our national team,” Thohir informed in Jakarta on Saturday.

The decision to establish the ad hoc supporter committee is related to the clash that broke out between PSIS supporters and police outside Jatidiri Stadium in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday (February 17, 2023), he explained.

At the time, the police shot tear gas to disperse fans who forced their way into the stadium even though the match was conducted without spectators.

The incident was a reminder of the tragedy at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, in October 2022, when police fired tear gas, causing Arema FC supporters to flee the stadium. The ensuing stampede claimed 135 lives.

“The Kanjuruhan incident is not the last, it could happen again. For example, the incident at Jatidiri Stadium. We must investigate it and make sure that the supporters can go home safely. If supporters want to be part of our football transformation, they must be responsible,” Thohir said.

Regarding the ad hoc infrastructure committee, he informed that next week, the association will send a team to conduct a land survey to select a potential location for the national team training center.

He said that the training center is part of a shared commitment to develop national football.

“The financing will not only come from the International Federation of the Football Association (FIFA). We will try other financing mechanisms,” Thohir informed.

In addition, a member of the PSSI’s executive committee (Exco), Arya Sinulingga, said that Thohir will appoint members to the ad hoc supporter and infrastructure committees.

“The ad hoc committee members will consist of some PSSI Exco members,” he informed.

The two ad hoc committees will be an addition to the 14 permanent committees of PSSI.

Based on its statutes, the association has 14 permanent committees: finance committee, competition committee, technical and development committee, referee committee, legal committee, women’s football committee, youth development committee, futsal committee, medical committee, player status committee, fair play games and social responsibility committee, media committee, football committee, and safety committee.

Source: Antara News

Jokowi reviews stocks, prices of food commodities at Wonokromo Market

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited the Wonokromo Market in Surabaya City, East Java, Saturday, to check the stocks and prices of food commodities, such as rice, cooking oil, and eggs.

According to Jokowi, the pricing for rice in the market was quite good, at around Rp9,000 per kilogram, thereby indicating that market operations conducted by the state-owned logistics agency, Bulog, to stabilize rice prices were already underway.

“I want to check the rice (pricing) at Wonokromo market. The Bulog market operation has worked. The rice price here is around Rp44,000 (US$2.9) for five kilograms. That means the price is below Rp9,000 (US$0.59) per kilogram. All merchants in this market have sufficient rice stock,” he noted in an official statement received here, Saturday.

Jokowi remarked that several regions had entered the main harvest season that lasts from the end of February to early March.

With this harvest season, the head of state is optimistic of more abundant rice stocks that will in turn affect the price of the commodity in the market.

The president estimates that the national harvest area in February 2023 will reach one million hectares, while in March, he projected it to reach 1.9 million hectares.

“The national harvest area will be around that figure. I think we have abundant rice stock. If the stock is sufficient and the demand is constant, then the price will automatically fall,” Jokowi remarked.

During his visit, Jokowi also reviewed the prices of other food commodities, such as cooking oil, at an average price of Rp14,000 (US$0.92) per liter. The prices of eggs and shallots also decreased, albeit not significantly, he noted.

Jokowi expressed optimism that the stability in food prices in the regions would be maintained to control inflation both at the regional and national levels.

“The price of rice last month caused a spike in our inflation. Do not let that happen again. The market operation carried out by Bulog has shown some progress, although it had not reached all regions,” he stated.

Source: Antara News

Sorting crucial for waste management: ministry

Jakarta The Environment and Forestry Ministry stated that sorting waste based on the category and type became key in the effort to manage waste.

People’s involvement at the household level plays an important role in waste management since they are the direct consumers of various products, the ministry’s official, Ujang Solihin Sidik, noted here, Saturday.

“The key to all of that is sorting. Which one to recycle, which one for biogas, which one for compost. They need to be sorted,” he remarked.

According to Sidik, household waste remained the largest source of waste in Indonesia, reaching 37.6 percent.

To this end, public participation is deemed necessary, so that addressal of the waste issue can begin from home, starting from sorting through plastic.

The issue of waste is also the responsibility of all parties, which necessitate collaboration in managing them.

At the production level, producers are also expected to create products with eco-friendly packaging made from recycling or those that do not use any plastic.

Cross-sectoral collaboration in waste management is expected to aid in supporting Indonesia’s Zero Waste, Zero Emission action plan from the domestic solid waste sub-sector.

Indonesia should be ready to address the issue of waste and bring prosperity to the people through its potential economic value.

It was recorded that in 2021, some 64.52 percent of the waste in Indonesia had been managed, and it was estimated to have a potential economic value reaching Rp426 billion.

“If we each manage our own waste, we can sort them based on their type, while we can compost the rest. Thus, we contribute in resolving 50-60 percent of the waste problem,” Sidik explained.

Moreover, he noted that the ministry raises the theme of “Resolve Waste Management for People’s Prosperity” to commemorate the 2023 National Waste Awareness Day (HSPN) on February 21.

This theme focuses on the importance of collaboration with all parties in creating a circular economy through better management of waste, he explained.

The goal of a circular economy is to extend the use cycle of a product, such as plastic, to reduce the production of new plastic.

Source: Antara News