Articles of Covid-19 Response

Ensuring Civil Registration Services Remain Operational During the Pandemic

Author: Paulus Enggal Sulaksono
Published: 09/10/2020

In July, the Bayan Village Government distributed the third tranche of Village Fund Cash Assistance (BLT-Dana Desa) to 435 families who had been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A village official named Sukrati explained, “They are street vendors, laid-off employees, or families of migrant workers who are no longer receive money,” he said.

Among the recipients were elderly people who had not been registered on the Integrated Social Welfare Database (DTKS), which would enable them to receive Conditional Cash Transfers (PKH) or Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) from the Ministry of Social Affairs. This, explained Sukrati, is because they did not have  electronic Identity Card or e-KTP with their national identity number (NIK) on it. Thus, the village government was unable to input their names into the DTKS.

“I have no time. I’m old and have no energy to go to Bayan sub-district office,” said Sarip*, a 91-year woman, when asked why she had not applied for an e-KTP. The subdistrict office is 20 kilometres from where she lives. To help Sarip and other elderly people without NIK qualify for BLT-Dana Desa, the village government decided to issue a residency certificate.

Every citizen has the right to own a legal identity document and it’s our job as the government to make sure their rights are met

sukrati, head of village governance of bayan village

“We need to think ahead,” Sukrati said, “BLT-Dana Desa is only temporary, and our elderly residents need a longer-term solution, such as PKH and BPNT. Every citizen has the right to own a legal identity document and it’s our job as the government to make sure their rights are met.”

In July, the Bayan Village Government and the District Civil Registration Office (Dinas Dukcapil) organised a pop-up civil registration service in the village. As many as 207 legal identity documents were issued to elderly people, persons with disabilities, children, and other residents.

Arif Aryadi, Head of Service Innovation and Cooperation Section at the Dinas Dukcapil, said that the pop-up service was possible thanks to the village government’s support through the Village Civil Registration Working Group (Pokja Adminduk). “We supplied the equipment, personnel, and the operational funds. Meanwhile, the Pokja Adminduk, whose members had been trained by KOMPAK and PUSKAPA provided the data, compiled the requirements, and more importantly, encouraged people to apply for legal identity documents,” he said.

*Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.

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