Banjarbaru, – Closing a series of working visits for two days in South Kalimantan Province, Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin symbolically handed over Social Assistance to the beneficiaries at the Budi Luhur Social Rehabilitation Assistance Creation Center (ATENSI) Banjarbaru City, Jalan Ahmad Yani KM. 30, Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan, Thursday (13/10/2022).

In his press statement after delivering social assistance, the Vice President said that the government continues to strive to provide the best protection for the community. It is hoped that in the future, this assistance can trigger community empowerment and improve the lives of many people.

“This is indeed part of the government’s responsibility to provide social protection to those who are classified as poor, and the government is also determined to not only assist those we can empower. We will also empower to eliminate and reduce poverty,” said the Vice President.

“We are still facing a global impact which led to food, energy, and financial crisis, resulting in rising prices. This can also affect the socioeconomic conditions of the community. The government will continue to try to overcome it. This is part of the government’s efforts to maintain preparedness so that we can succeed,” he concluded.

Social assistance was given to PPKS (Social Welfare Service Needs) who are under the scope of work of Sentra Budi Luhur; including cash, school supplies, and supplies for the grocery and snack businesses.

Social assistance was given symbolically to representatives of the recipients, including Rahmat Rafli from PPKS for the children of Banjarmasin City, who received assistance in the amount of Rp. 6,226,700; Turiah from PPKS for persons with disabilities in Banjarmasin who received the assistance of Rp.4,209,400; Adellia from PPKS for persons with disabilities in Banjarmasin who received assistance in the amount of Rp.7,515,300; Melda Yanti from PPKS for persons with disabilities in Banjarmasin who received the assistance of Rp. 5,338,300; and Khalilurrahman from PPKS case response (vulnerable) Banjar Regency, who received assistance amounting to Rp. 8,205,000.

The total social assistance provided amounted to Rp.1,972,800,000, with details of Rp. 624,000,000 for 260 PPKS NAPZA (Narcotics, Psychotropics and Other Addictive Substances or Substances)/HIV; Rp.74.400.000 for 31 Vulnerable PPKS; Rp. 96,000,000 for 40 PPKS persons with disabilities; Rp.1,072,800,000 for 447 elderly PPKS; and Rp. 105.600.000 for 44 PPKS children.

For information, Sentra Budi Luhur is one of the work units under the coordination of the Ministry of Social Affairs, which is responsible to the Directorate of Social Rehabilitation. Sentra Budi Luhur implements a multi-service program, one of which is rehabilitation for PPKS.

Presented to accompany the Vice President in the Social Assistance handover, the Governor of South Kalimantan Sahbirin Noor, and the Head of Budi Luhur Banjarbaru Center, Badriyah. (SM/, BPMI – Setwapres)