Operation in Turkey Indonesia’s largest humanitarian mission: Minister

We help each other. The Turkish government and people are always there whenever we experience a disaster

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Supporting the handling of the Turkey quake has been the largest international humanitarian operation that the Indonesian government has ever carried out, according to Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy.The humanitarian mission to Turkey has been the largest ever conducted by Indonesia, with aid provided in the form of search and rescue as well as medical personnel, goods, and air transportation, he noted in a written statement released on Thursday.

Specifically, it has involved more than 250 personnel, 5 humanitarian aircraft units, 110 tons of cargo, 50 instant food containers, 1 field hospital, and 2 soup kitchens that are operational round-the-clock to this day.

In terms of personnel support, Indonesia sent a search and rescue team (INASAR), which has finished its duty and has returned to Indonesia, as well as an emergency medical team to Turkey.

Meanwhile, for air transportation, the Indonesian government is currently operating a wide-body transport aircraft Hercules C-130 requested by the Turkish government for ferrying humanitarian logistics.

This aid is a form of Indonesia’s compassion toward the people and the government of Turkey, Effendy remarked.

He said he expects the aid from Indonesia to help alleviate the suffering of Turkish citizens affected by the recent 7.8-magnitude temblor.

The Indonesian government and people can feel the sorrow that the Turkish people are experiencing given that Indonesians also frequently experience disasters, he added.

In addition, the humanitarian aid is also a symbol of the close relations between the Indonesian and Turkish governments.

“We help each other. The Turkish government and people are always there whenever we experience a disaster,” the minister highlighted.

For instance, Turkey provided assistance when the people of Aceh and its surrounding regions were affected by an earthquake and a tsunami in 2004 and when the people of Central Sulawesi experienced a similar disaster in 2018.

t the time, the Turkish government was the first to help the Indonesian people, thus, Aceh has a village developed by the Turkish people.

Effendy said that the two countries can share their experiences, specifically in disaster mitigation. They can also support each other in facing potential disasters in the future.

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Central Lombok forms tourist accommodation task force ahead of WSBK

The reason for the formation (of the task force) is to maintain our tourism image well.

C Lombok, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – The government of Central Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara, has formed a special task force for tourist accommodations ahead of the World Superbike (WSBK) racing event this year to improve tourism services in the region.”This is a form of support from the regional government for the improvement of services and tourist visits to Central Lombok,” Head of the Central Lombok Tourism OfficeLendek Jayadisaid here on Friday.

ccording to him, the task force has been formed to handle complaints from tourists if the services they receive do not meet their expectations.

“This is one of the efforts to improve services to the community,” he said.

During the 2022 WSBK edition, tourists had complained that when they tried to check into the hotel rooms they had booked, they found the rooms had been allotted to other people, he informed.

Jayadi said that the complaint service is expected to offer solutions to tourists facing accommodation-related issues during the WSBK implementation.

“The reason for the formation (of the task force) is to maintain our tourism image well,” he added.

The regional government has also prepared a district head regulation to strengthen the task force, whose members have been drawn from the Public Order Security Agency (Satpol PP), tourism players, and relevant government offices.

“We want the task force to work effectively and provide security and comfort to tourists,” he said.

WSBK 2023 will be held at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Central Lombok district, West Nusa Tenggara, from March 35.

Earlier on February 7, head of the West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Office, Jamaluddin Maladi, said that the West Nusa Tenggara government is targeting to attract a total of 100 thousand spectators for the WSBK.

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DAMRI to resume bus services to Brunei Darussalam from March

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned land transportation provider Perum DAMRI will restart bus services to Brunei Darussalam from March 1, 2023, after halting them amid pandemic-related mobility restrictions.”Public can go land travel between countries by using cross-border transportation or ALBN DAMRI,” said DAMRI’s corporate secretary, Akhmad Zulfikri, in a statement released in Jakarta on Friday.

Customers headed to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, will be served by an executive bus fleet, which will be equipped with Wi-Fi facilities, temperature control, safety equipment, luggage space, reclining seats, chargers, video and audio, CCTV, toilets, GPS, and blankets, he informed.

He said the ALBN DAMRI service from Pontianak (Indonesia) to Bandar Seri Begawan will resume from March 1.

The service was stopped due to restrictions on mobility, which were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety, comfort, and health of customers.

Now, restrictions on people’s mobility are starting to be relaxed, with the observance of the 3M health protocols, namely wearing masks, keeping a distance, and washing hands.

“Starting March 1, customers can order tickets through the DAMRI application to make it easier, faster, and more practical, which can be downloaded via the Google Play Store or App Store. Then, customers who want to enjoy the service must have a document in the form of a passport, which is a travel requirement,” said Zulfikri.

Buses to Bandar Seri Begawan will leave from Pontianak’s Sei Ambawang Interstate Terminal every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m.

Meanwhile, in Brunei Darussalam, buses will start their return journey from McArthur Street, Bandar Seri Begawan, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m.

one-way trip will cost Rp1.1 million or the Brunei Darussalam currency equivalent, which is 100 Brunei dollars.

The resumption of the ALBN DAMRI service is expected to make land travel easier for customers. It will also provide travel experiences to customers that are different from other types of transportation.

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Impose law on terrorism against armed criminal groups: BNPT

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) urged law enforcement personnel to not waver in imposing the law on terrorism against armed criminal groups in Papua since what they did had constituted acts of terrorism.”(What the) armed criminal groups have done fall under the scope of terrorism acts,” BNPT Head Boy Rafli Amar remarked here on Friday.

mar delivered the statement after meeting with the National Association of Village Consultative Agency (Abpednas) and Panca Marga Youth to forge collaboration on efforts to prevent terrorism.

mar noted that his administration consistently pursued coordination with law enforcement personnel in Papua to address the issue of armed criminal groups that was prevalent in that region.

The BNPT head reminded those personnel that the country had in place Law Number 5 of 2018 on Terrorism Eradication that could serve as a basis for them to take action against those violations.

Moreover, the agency has some programs to pursue peace in Papua that involve the local youth, he pointed out.

The government, through the National Police and National Defense Forces, are currently making all-out efforts to free Captain Philips Max Mehrtens, the Susi Air pilot, who is currently held hostage by the armed criminal group.

Hence, the people were obligated to always support the government in their efforts to address the situation.

“Thus, everything is on track, and the most important aspect is to give clarifications for Papuans to prevent them from accepting narratives built by armed criminal groups, who legalize violence for (meeting) their ends,” he affirmed.

He stated that the government would be hard-pressed to grant the armed criminal group’s demands of sums of money and weapons in exchange for the abducted pilot from New Zealand.

“Of course, we do not want unreasonable demands to be met,” he stressed.

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Expect F1 Powerboat to promote tourism in Lake Toba: Minister

I expect that the event, from today until Sunday, when Mr. President is scheduled to come, will push for something better in the future.Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitanhas said that he expects the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship (F1O) to promote Lake Toba as a go-to destination among domestic and foreign tourists.The championship, which will be hosted on February 25 and 26, 2023, will attract global attention, with as many as 180 million viewers expected to follow it via various media platforms and broadcasts.

“Thus, the government is consistently pushing for development, whether it’s on the accessibility, amenity, and attraction, be it in Toba or other super-priority tourism destinations,” Pandjaitan said at a press conference in Balige, North Sumatra, according to a written statement received here on Friday.

He commended the governor, district head, PT Aviasi Pariwisata Indonesia (Persero) or InJourney, and all those who have taken part in the effort to organize the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship at Lake Toba this year.

“I expect that the event, from today until Sunday, when Mr. President is scheduled to come, will push for something better in the future,” he remarked.

The minister said that he had asked the founder of O Racing, Nicolo di San Germano, to host the championship at Lake Toba for five consecutive years.

“But Germano said earlier: ‘Why only five years? Fifty years is also fine,'” he recalled.

He also disclosed that Germano was satisfied with the collaboration forged for hosting the event. It shows that the Indonesian people have grown more open-minded to new experiences.

Moreover, InJourney, which is hosting the event, said that all preparations, in terms of the infrastructure, facilities, venue, and logistics, have been completed, and the facilities can be readily used for free practice all the way until the day of the race.

“With the preparation and series of events we present, hopefully, we can make a good impression on the racers, crews, audience, and also the tourists who come,” director of the marketing and tourism program at InJourney, Maya Watono, said.

Watono also expressed her appreciation for Lake Toba residents who have taken part in hosting the event, and said she expects the event will be lively and provide them benefits.

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Indonesian EMT mission in Turkey extended till Feb 28

total of 115 (Indonesian) medical team personnel are still staying in Turkey.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The humanitarian mission of the Indonesian emergency medical team (EMT) to treat the victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Turkey has been extended till February 28, 2023, an official has said.”A total of 115 (Indonesian) medical team personnel are still staying in Turkey,” head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)Lieutenant General Suharyantoinformed at a press conference at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport here on Friday.

fter providing additional assistance for victims, he returned from Turkey on Friday along with Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, as well as the Indonesian Search and Rescue (INASAR) team.

The Turkish government has ceased search, rescue, and evacuation operations for victims of the February 6 quake, Suharyanto informed.

However, he said BNPB is awaiting further information from the Turkish government regarding earthquake handling.

In addition to the health team, an Indonesian Army Hercules aircraft will remain in Turkey until March 2 to help transport aid meant for the victims of the disaster.

On a separate occasion, Effendy had said that the humanitarian mission to Turkey was the largest one carried out by Indonesia as it involved about 250 personnel and 5 humanitarian aircraft units.

Indonesia also sent 10 tons of logistical assistance and 50 instant food containers to Turkey as well as built a field hospital and 2 public kitchens.

While receiving the INASAR team’s representative in Antakya on February 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his gratitude and commended the team, which comprised 48 personnel, a search and rescue dog, as well as 2 K-9 rescue dogs.

ccording to chief of the INASAR team, Yopi Haryadi, Erdogan said that he had received a call from Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) regarding Indonesia’s assistance for Turkey.

During its operation, the INASAR team, which was in Antakya since February 12, managed to evacuate the bodies of 15 victims. Two of the victims were Indonesian citizens whose bodies were found in Diyarbakir.

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Pursuing awareness to push women’s leadership : Minister

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA)Bintang Puspayogahas said that her ministry is continuing to raise public awareness on women’s empowerment and gender equality to support women’s leadership and advance the country.”There is a patriarchal culture that becomes a barrier for women to participate in our country’s development process. However, we continue to pursue the transformation of cultural perceptions by raising public awareness about women’s empowerment and gender equality,” she informed in a press release on the Global Summit of Women, which was received in Jakarta on Friday.

The minister joined the Global Summit of Women in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, via virtual means.

She said that women are valuable assets that must be managed and empowered to ensure a better future for themselves, their families, and the environment, and thereby, positively impact the country’s economy.

“Indonesia, which currently has a population of more than 270 million people, with almost half of whom are women, with 70 percent of them being women of reproductive age, is a tremendous asset to develop the country,” she said.

Regarding this matter, efforts to protect and empower women are not only a priority but also the key to achieving a peaceful and prosperous future for all, Puspayoga said.

“The Indonesian government has ensured the future of its people through the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia, which guarantees the right of all citizens to have equal rights to feel safe, protected from all forms of violence, and acts of discrimination,” she added.

The global women’s summit, which was themed “The Global Summit on The Role of Female Leadership in Establishing Peace, Social Integration, and Driving Prosperity,” was attended by representatives from more than 100 countries.

The meeting agreed on the importance of supporting women’s leadership and the support of fellow women given the increasing challenges on account of the pandemic and conflict. It also stressed on the importance of opening dialogue, cooperation, and joint statements to support each other to realize inclusive women’s leadership.

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Maintain food availability ahead of Ramadhan: Widodo to ministers

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked ministers to maintain food availability in the country ahead of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, which will start in the third week of March 2023.”Today, the President gathered us in a limited meeting, consisting of the coordinating minister, ministers, even police chief, and relevant parties, including the State Logistics Agency (Bulog),” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limposaid at the Presidential Palace here on Friday.

ccording to him, the president has monitored several commodities, such as rice, soybeans, shallots, garlic, large chilies, bird’s eye chilies, beef, chicken meat, eggs, and sugar, especially their availability, for Muslim fastingmonth of Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr festival.

Limpo said that President Widodo instructed all ministers to jointly check the buffer stocks of those foods in the field.

“Our balance sheet, Alhamdulillah (thank God), until March, is relatively available, and it means that we need to fix the logistics distribution, improve it, and cooperate with regional governments, governors, and district heads,” he added.

t the meeting, President Widodo paid special attention to the availability of rice in the JanuaryMarch period.

“Because this is related to the Agriculture Ministry; there will be (rice) harvest of 1 million hectares in February and March. Thus, the peak of the harvest will occur around this month,” he added.

part from that, cooperation with private parties is also needed to maintain food distribution.

“Cooking oil is reported to be the same: our balance sheet is sufficiently available. Hopefully, during Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr, all will run as expected,” he added.

Then, regarding imported foods, such as meat, the president asked his ministers to ensure their availability.

Meanwhile, head of the National Food Agency (BPN), Arief Prasetyo Adi, said that the president specifically called for ensuring the availability of rice.

“He is, indeed, a bit strict about ensuring the stocks are available. First is rice; for the next month, we are in harvest (season), so Bulog was ordered to get ready to start raising the price of unhulledrice so that Bulog can absorb it,” Adisaid.

The meeting on Friday was chaired directly by President Widodo and attended by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto,Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan,Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo, and Adi.

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