Disaster Mitigation Pivotal in Development Planning, President Jokowi Says
President Joko Jokowi Widodo has insructed regional heads to pay attention to disaster risk reduction for development planning in their areas.
The Presidents directive was read by Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo during the Governor Working Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Forum in Bandung, West Java, Tuesday (26/3).
To comply with the existing spatial planning regulations of provinces, regencies and municipalities, especially in several disaster-prone provinces such as Lampung and NTT (East Nusa Tenggara), regional governments should provide budget for disaster management, Tjahjo Kumolo quoted the President.
The President, according to Tjahjo, added that the involvement of academics and disaster experts in each region is important in reviewing and analyzing potential disasters, predicting the threats, and providing public education on disaster awareness. By doing so, the regions could anticipate and reduce the impact of disasters, he said.
Tjahjo went on to say that the President has also instructed regional leaders to build and develop an integrated early warning system in the central and regional governments and to provide disaster preparedness training that involves religious leaders, traditional leaders, community leaders, youth leaders and all elements of society.
All elements of society in villages, districts, and regencies/municipalities should participate in the education disaster measures, Tjahjo added.
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Edited by: Ridwan Ibadurrahman/M. Ersan Pamungkas