The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency is pushing for economic recovery as an impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, in accordance with the government's work plan in 2021. National Development Planning Minister/ Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa, in a quarterly virtual consultation meeting with regional governments in Jakarta on Tuesday (May26), said the economic recovery covered the industrial, health, tourism and investment sectors, especially the reduction of working hours that needed to be evaluated.
Previously, the Ministry of Finance had projected that total funds for handling and recovering the national economy due to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak reached 641.17 trillion rupiah. The funds are allocated for social assistance, interest subsidies and incentives for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The central government also allocated 15.1 trillion rupiah for local governments consisting of 9.1 trillion rupiah in special physical allocation funds (DAK), 5 trillion rupiah of regional economic incentives (DID), and 1 trillion rupiah of the provision of loan facilities to regions. In addition to economic recovery, the consultation meeting also discussed Covid-19 mitigation and health issues including preparing the national health system.
In the Government Work Plan (RKP) 2021, health reform is a concern including the focus on social protection reform, disaster resilience, and also reforms related to food security. Minister Suharso Monoarfa said, President Joko Widodo asked his Ministry to redesigning the National Health System. Therefore he hopes the same measures would be done by the regions because the end of the national health system is on the regions.
Meanwhile, the Deputy for Human, Community and Culture Development at the Ministry of Development Planning / Bappenas Subandi said that the utilization of special allocation funds for health would be optimized to support the strengthening of the national health system. This is done to strengthen the national health system in order to increase preparedness in mitigating pandemic, public health emergencies and the recovery and resolution of health problems.