The Java-Bali PPKM has been extended from September 14, 2021 to September 20, 2021. This is done to reduce the spread of Covid-19, which is getting out of control. Evidently, after the PPKM program was consistently promoted, the number of Covid-19 cases started to decrease.
However, this PPKM policy has another very large impact on the welfare condition of the Indonesian people, especially at the lower middle level. PPKM limits the scope of movement in the fields of religion, social, culture, economy, as well as education. In fact, the economic sector got the most impact because as we can see, many shopping and trading centers are closed for a while. This also applies in public areas and places of worship.
Ahmad Buchari, a Public Policy Expert at Padjadjaran University strongly agrees with the implementation of the PPKM policy in order to reduce the number of active cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia. However, on the other hand, Buchari has concerns about the condition of the food needs of the lower middle class. “The purpose of implementing the PPKM policy is expected to be right on target, namely to reduce the number of active cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia. However, there are important things that should not be overlooked, namely who can provide and meet the food needs of the underprivileged communities, what do they want to eat, “said Buchari.
“How will the community meet their basic needs during this PPKM period, what are the supporting facilities that can help them to still be able to eat, for example there is the distribution of basic necessities as well as market operations may be able to help. So, the next question is whether people feel safe and comfortable,” Buchari continued.
Buchari added that the implementation of the PPKM policy could be a momentum for the joint awakening of every element of society. However, this momentum must be supported by the presence of social capital, namely the attitude of helping each other among others, both from the government side, humanitarian institutions, and the community itself.
“Actually, the most important thing about this PPKM policy is the attitude of caring for each other, but it’s a shame that this attitude is starting to disappear. In fact, we must build an attitude of mutual care that is based on concern for common problems. If caring for others has been done, automatically public trust between the community and the government will be built and can be used to synergize with each other, “explained Buchari.
In response to this, Human Initiative has an assistance program for those affected by Covid-19. Through this movement, the Human Initiative seeks to continue to make meaningful contributions to save the condition of underprivileged communities who are being affected by Covid-19, especially when the Implementation of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) is running. Of course, this movement badly needs support from mutual care among the Indonesian people.
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