Gov’t Distributes 1,507 Waqf Land Certificates in Sukabumi

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 11 April 2019
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Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut and Agrarian Minister deliver waqf certificates at the Al-Masthuriyah Islamic Foundation Building, Cisaat, Sukabumi Regency, West Java, Wednesday (10/4). (Photo by: Ministry of Agrarian & Spatial Planning PR)

Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut and Agrarian Minister deliver waqf certificates at the Al-Masthuriyah Islamic Foundation Building, Cisaat, Sukabumi Regency, West Java, Wednesday (10/4). (Photo by: Ministry of Agrarian & Spatial Planning PR)

The Government is committed to consistently resolving land disputes that widely occur in Indonesia, particularly those related to mosques, Islamic boarding schools, musallas or other places of worship.

To that end, Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning through the Complete Systematic Land Registration (PTSL) program on Wednesday (10/4) distributed 1,507 waqf (religious endowment) land certificates to a number of nazir (administrator of religious institution).

The distribution ceremony took place at the Al-Masthuriyah Islamic Foundation Building in Cisaat, Sukabumi Regency, West Java province.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Panjaitan symbolically handed over the waqf land certificates to twelve representatives of waqf certificate recipients. On that occasion, Luhut praised the performance of the Ministry for completing 1,507 certificates only within two weeks.

Meanwhile, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of National Land Agency Sofyan A. Djalil  revealed the number of waqf land certificates that had been issued in West Java province until 2019.

“To date, there have been 23,730 land parcels whose land certificates have been completed in West Java and today 1,507 certificates have been distributed,” Sofyan said, adding that the target of PTSL program has been continuously increased annually so by 2025 all parcels of lands in Indonesia will be certified.

A waqf land certificate serves to provide legal certainty to prevent land disputes and also functions as collateral to the bank to apply for business capital.

“In 2017, we managed to distribute 5.4 million waqf land certificates from 5 million target and in 2018 we distributed 9.3 million certificates. This year, God willing, we can complete the issuance of at least 11 million and all land parcels in Indonesia are targeted to be certified by 2025 at the latest,” Sofyan said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum said that religious education administrators previously faced obstacles when they wanted to apply for assistance such as scholarships and other matters to the Government at the regency/city or central levels due to certain conditions, namely the land must be certified and waqf status.

“Praise be to God, the distribution of waqf land certificates in West Java and other provinces proves that the Government cares about the people, society and religion,” he said.

Recipients of waqf land certificates also admitted that it now takes only one week to have their land certificate issued. (Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning PR/EN)

Translated by: Muhardi

Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas

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