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Pangkep Population Administration Completion Movement (GERTAK) Program

Author: Admin
Published: 10/05/2019

Dewi Sriyani, a 20th high school student in Pangkep District conducted a data recording process for the making of her first KTP (Photo: KOMPAK)

Dewi Sriyani sits on a chair before a camera, in front of a red cloth background. This Class 7 student occasionally clasps her hands in front of her mouth, trying to hold back laughter in front of her peers. “It's okay, just relax. Smile and look at the camera,” says Sukmawati, staff of the Population and Civil Registration Office of Pangkajene and Kepulauan district (Pangkep). Meanwhile, her classmates sit waiting for their own turn while teasing Dewi, who has just recorded data for her e-KTP. She is relieved as soon as the data recording process is over. Half running, she heads for the second row of plastic chairs. “This is the first time I’ve ever made a KTP record because it’s the first time the process has come to my village,” she says.

That day, the Department of Population and Civil Registration (Disdukcapil) of Pangkep district carries out data recording at the State Senior Secondary School (SMA) No. 20 in Pangkep. This activity is part of the Pangkep Population Administration Completion Movement (GERTAK) program, which was launched in May 2017. This program is the result of cooperation between Pangkep district government and KOMPAK (through the Community Collaboration and Services for Welfare team 

“The Pangkep district government is implementing the Population Administration Completion Movement Program to increase the coverage of legal identity ownership, especially ID cards and birth certificates," explains Mustari, who is the head of the Pangkep District Dukcapil Office. Mustari adds that in 2017, of the 234,000 inhabitants of Pangkep who were aged 17 years and over, only 64 percent, or around 150,000, had e-KTPs, while ownership of birth certificates for children aged up to 18 has only reached 50 percent, or around 73,000 people.

The basic principle of the GERTAK program in Pangkep district is to bring population services closer to the community. “We carry out mobile services both to villages and schools, especially for recording e-KTP,” explains Mustari. This mobile service is also intended for the people of Pangkep district who live on islands. This is vital, as Pangkep district comprises 115 islands, 80 of which are inhabited. As many as 20 percent, or around 66,000 people, live on four island subdistricts. Traveling services of the GETAK program to the islands take place every May, October and November when the seas are calmer. “Communities in the islands are our priority, given the difficulties of access to sea transport and communication,” Mustari states. 

Disdukcapil also cooperates with the Health Office to issue birth certificates for children born at the Puskesmas, regional general hospitals, or other government-owned health facilities. Another Disdukcapil breakthrough is the Adminduk Night Service. The Adminduk Night Service is the provision of night-time administration services in crowded communities. “We intentionally open the night service because many people don’t have time to go in the afternoons. In addition, crowded places are community gathering points, so we can reach more people there,” Mustari explains.

By midday, the queue of students waiting for the recording of e-KTP data begins to shorten. But there are still dozens of people in the hall and Nurhalifah is one of them. "I’m happy and excited," he says when asked how he feels. This is his first experience of dealing with population administration. According to him, this mobile Adminduk Night Service makes it easier for the community because the government approaches the residents. “I used to think that getting government services was difficult, but it turns out to be very easy,” he says. 

For round-the-clock admission services in schools, Disdukcapil works with the Education Office. Each school records all its 17-year-old students. “We gather these students to socialize the importance of the ownership of legal identity documents, such as KTPs and birth certificates,” explains Sukmawati. At the end of the activity, Disdukcapil asks the students to bring their birth certificates and covering letters from the village for the purpose of recording e-KTP data. The time for recording data is adjusted to fit in with the agenda of each school. “This week we have recorded data in five schools with a total of 319 students,” states Sukmawati.

This government effort is now starting to pay off. The Disdukcapil notes that in May 2018, one year after the GERTAK program was launched, the number of people who have received e-KTP increased by 28 percent. Currently, 211,431 residents of Pangkep district already have e-KTPs, while ownership of birth certificates for children aged up to 18 years has increased by 23 percent, to 96,293. According to Mustari, this success is largely thanks to the close cooperation between various parties, especially regional organisations (OPD), and subdistrict and village governments. “I’m happy that there’s a recording of e-KTP in schools. KTPs are important as an identity document in later life. If I have a KTP, I can improve my standard of living,” says Fauzan Abdurahman, a Class 7 student.

 


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