Public Works Ministry Expands Scope of Cash for Work Program
Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has decided to expand the scope of Cash for Work (PKT) Program of 2020 across 34 provinces that includes the revitalization of 5,000 kilometers of national road drainage system and procurement of materials for Cold Paving Hot Mix Asbuton (CPHMA) with a total budget of Rp 1.2 trillion.
Through this program, the Ministry plans to absorb 28,000 workers in 3 months in order to support national economic recovery.
According to Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, the PKT program is implemented through infrastructure development involving local communities or residents as actors of development, especially for small-scale infrastructure or simple work that do not require technology.
“In addition to accelerating economic recovery and increasing people’s purchasing power, the PKT program also aims to distribute funds to villages/remote areas. The program implementation must also follow the physical & social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the Minister said.
The Ministry has allocated Rp 1 trillion for the revitalization of national road drainage system in 34 provinces.. Rp 587 billion of the budget will be distributed to national road drainage projects in Western Regions (Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Kalimantan), while Rp 413 billion will be distributed to the projects in Eastern Regions (Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua).
Based on data from the Directorate General of Highways, expansion of the scope of the PKT program consists of: the revitalization of 1,668 kilometers of national road drainage in Sumatra with a budget of Rp 309 billion; the revitalization of 773 kilometers of national road drainage in Java and Bali Islands with a budget of Rp 154 billion; and the revitalization of 807 kilometers of national road drainage in Kalimantan with a budget allocation of Rp 124 billion.
The Ministry has also set target to revitalize: 341 kilometers of national road drainage in Nusa Tenggara Islands with a budget of Rp 71 billion; 953 kilometers of national road drainage in Sulawesi Island with a budget of 189 billion; 230 kilometers of national road drainage in Maluku Islands with a budget of Rp 70 billion,; and 225 kilometers of national road drainage in Papua Island with a budget of Rp 81 billion.
The Ministry’s Director General of Highways Hedy Rahadian said that the PKT project that supports the national economic recovery will focus on drainage system revitalization that has been disrupted due to sedimentation.
“We will reconstruct the drainage system, we will fix clogged drainage system. The budget is actually available until December this year, but we will execute this project between August and September this year so that it will be completed immediately,” Hedy said.
The expansion of the PKT program will also cover the procurement of 100 thousand tons of Cold Paving Hot Mix Asbuton (CPHMA) with a budget allocation of Rp 200 billion in 34 provinces. Of the total budget, Rp 114 billion will be distributed for Western Regions (Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Kalimantan) for 56,489 tons of CPHMA, while Rp 86 billion will be distributed for Eastern Regions (Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua) for 43,511 tons of CPHMA.
In Aceh Province, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing through the Banda Aceh National Road Implementation Agency (BPJN) has started a program to revitalize 150 kilometers of national road drainage that consists of 133 kilometers of earthworks and 37 kilometers of paired/hardened water channels.
In the meantime, the procurement of CPHMA materials has a total budget of Rp 6 billion for 3,000 tons of CPHMA. “The implementation had started last week. To date, it has reached 10 percent progress. The project is targeted to complete by the end of September this year,” Head of the Banda Aceh BPJN Elvi Roza said.
To support national projects the Directorate General of Highways has also purchased an LDW device with a budget of Rp 5 billion. LDW is a device that is used to test the strength of sub-base/granular structure. It is semi-automatic and portable so it is easy to bring this device to a project site with difficult access. (BKP Kementerian PUPR/EN)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana