Pertamina’s support for residents in Papua during the COVID-19 pandemic
Pertamina’s support for Papuan people
Jayapura (ANTARA) – The COVID-19 pandemic that has hit Papua Province since March 2020 has had an impact not only on health, but also on the economic side. People with low income were also affected.
For this reason, as a State Owned Enterprise (BUMN), PT Pertamina (Persero) through the Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VIII which oversees the Provinces of Papua, West Papua and Maluku continues to strive to provide support in various ways.
Starting from business capital assistance with a partnership program, launching a COVID-19 standby village to environmental development equipment assistance for farmers in Jayapura, where Pertamina hopes to help the community’s economy in stages.
Unit Manager Communication, Relations and CSR MOR VIII PT Pertamina (Persero) Edi Mangun said the venture capital was to increase entrepreneurial skills while welcoming the momentum of adapting new habits to rise after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The program is in the form of capital loan assistance with a maximum loan value of Rp. 200 million for each UMKM that is deemed feasible,” he said.
The capital assistance channeled was IDR 2,860 billion to a total of 54 UMKM partners on Saturday (29/8) morning, where previously, Pertamina had distributed IDR 1,150 billion in the first week of August 2020 to 11 partners in the Pinky Movement program in the region. Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VIII.
Distribution in the Papua region this time is so that Eastern Indonesian MSMEs can immediately rise, consumption still dominates the economy, but the Eastern Market Growth has not yet moved up so that an increase in capital for MSMEs is needed in order to penetrate markets outside Papua Province.
Pertamina’s Partnership Program itself is aimed at increasing the ability of Pertamina-assisted Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) so that they become strong and independent while having an impact on improving the welfare of the community.
“Papua has many creative MSMEs even though in several business categories, the strategy used is still ‘defensive’ because of the pandemic, we hope that our SME friends can be helped to reduce logistics costs in Pertamina’s assistance program so they can find markets outside Papua Province,” he said.
Pertamina realizes that the role of MSMEs is very helpful in terms of job creation, supporting regional economic movements and increasing the independence and entrepreneurship of MSME players, where it has provided business capital assistance to approximately 2,674 MSMEs in Papua, West Papua, Maluku and North Maluku.
With the joining of 54 new partners from the Papua region, the number of Pertamina MOR VIII MSME partners has exceeded 2,738 fostered partners who are in a mutually beneficial ecosystem between one type of business and another, where after becoming Pertamina’s fostered partner, they can have access to capital. , Pertamina Group market access and Pertamina’s UMKM network, as well as access to competency enhancement which is required to attend training and mentoring on entrepreneurship.
After that, PT Pertamina (Persero) Marketing Operating Regional (MOR) VIII collaborated with Dompet Dhuafa Papua together with the Head of North Jayapura District Adam S. Rumbiak inaugurating the existence of COVID-19 Alert Village in Imbi Village, North Jayapura District, Jayapura City.
Supervisor for Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Fuel Terminal Jayapura PT Pertamina (Persero) Arfianto Trisnawan said the aim of the COVID-19 Alert Village program was to determine the resilience of the community in monitoring the health of the surrounding residents.
In addition, the existence of this village is also to prevent and manage incidents related to COVID-19 in the local area, because Pertamina hopes that with this COVID-alert Village, the spread of the virus can end soon and does not spread again, especially in the City. Jayapura.
In line with Arfianto Trisnawan, Umayra Maulida, Head of the Papua Dhuafa Wallet Branch, said that apart from Imbi Village, North Jayapura District, Jayapura City, the COVID-19 Alert Village also exists in two other districts, namely Yobeh Village Jayapura Regency and Biak Numfor Regency where his party is is an implementation team in the field that holds outreach through FGDs and so on.
Meanwhile, Head of RT 05 Kelurahan Imbi Ian Aninam said that his party appreciated PT Pertamina (Persero) for making the area as a COVID-19 Alert Village.
“This is very good, because by being a COVID-19 Alert Village, it is hoped that it can help prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.
To help grassroots communities in the Jayapura area, PT Pertamina (Persero) handed over food security assistance in the form of seeds, fertilizers and environmental development equipment for 300 farmers in Mambai Village, Pasir VI, North Jayapura District.
Edi Mangun, Manager of Communication, Public Relations and Social Responsibility Unit of PT Pertamina (Persero) MOR VIII said that the provision of assistance in the form of agricultural tools and fertilizers was in the context of independent local food security.
This assistance is also in the context of addressing problems in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic where food security is starting to decline, because there is a common concern that when agricultural centers in Java have decreased production, it is not impossible to keep it for the benefit of the local community.
“So that the steps taken by customary rights owners to cultivate their land and use it for farming and asking for participation from Pertamina to help are appropriate,” he said.
In line with Edi Mangun, Daniel Toto Ondoafi Pasir VI Gunung, North Jayapura District, Jayapura City said that this assistance is expected to provide motivation for the community to plant in land conditions that are difficult to cultivate.
“We are grateful that Pertamina has been actively involved in contributing to provide agricultural equipment assistance for the people in Pasir VI,” he said.
The same thing was also conveyed by Erens Jikwa, Chair of the Corona Farmers Group, where his party is grateful that Pertamina and Koramil 1701-02 / North Jayapura have worked on their land in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writer: Hendrina Dian Kandipi
Pertamina’s support for Papuan people is part of its social responsibility. As we can see from Pertamina’s website, many programs have been executed by Pertamina social responsibility unit in Papua, West Papua and Maluku.
Pertamina’s support for Papuan people is also part the bigger picture of developing Papua and West Papua and other provinces of Indonesia.
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