Govt to Increase Village Facilitators Salary
The Government ensures that it will immediately raise salaries for village facilitators (PLD) in 2019, according to Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo.
“The increase is made at the request of President Joko Widodo who considered that the village facilitators salaries are too low,” the Minister said during dissemination of Ministerial Regulation Number 16 of 2018, in Lampung, Sunday (3/2).
According to Eko, the salary increase is an appreciation for village facilitators who have worked hard to support a better Village Fund management and support a rapid progress of village development. Eko added that the salary increase is expected in February or March.
The Minister went on to say that in the last four years the Village Fund has supported infrastructure development for community economic activities, including 1,140,378 meters of bridges, 191,600 kilometers of village roads, 8,983 village markets, 37,830 activities of Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes), 4,175 village retention basins, 58,931 irrigation facilities, 959,569 clean water facilities, 240,587 units of public toilets, 9,692 Village Birthing Centers (Polindes), 50,854 Early Childhood Education Centers (PAUD), 24,820 Integrated Health Centers (Posyandu) and 29,557,922 drainage systems.
Eko also said that in the last four years poverty in village declines, stunting rate drops from 37% to 30%, per capita income increases by almost 50%, unemployment and Gini ratio decreases, and employment increases.
On the occasion, he advised all village facilitators in Lampung to use 2019 Village Fund for economic empowerment and rural community empowerment.
Tourism sector can generate village economic development, and Lampung has a great potential for establishing tourist villages and improving its economy,” he said.
The Minister also encouraged villages to join Village Excellent Products program to improve the economy and increase income of the villagers. (Humas Kemendesa PDTT/ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Mia Medyana