Minister of PUPR: Drinking Water and Sanitation Can Reduce Poverty and Stunting Rates

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ACCURATE.CO PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the existence of drinking water and sanitation was very necessary to improve the welfare of the community. One of them can reduce poverty and stunting.

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This was conveyed by Basuki at the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) of the Community-Based Water Supply and Sanitation Program (Pamsimas) III 2021 on Thursday (25/11/2021).

Basuki explained that the Pamsimas program has been running for 14 years since 2008. Until now, the Pamsimas program has succeeded in contributing to the achievement of access to drinking water to 23.57 million people and sanitation to 16.44 million people spread over 33 provinces, 408 districts/cities. cities, and more than 35,000 villages.

“This achievement exceeds the target set at the beginning of the Pamsimas program. With this great achievement, there is also a great responsibility to maintain its sustainability. Please check periodically whether the Pamsimas that have been built are functioning properly or not and immediately report any problems or malfunctions,” he said.

Furthermore, Basuki also emphasized that the development of community-based drinking water and sanitation facilities in rural areas must focus on Optimization, Maintenance, Operation, and Rehabilitation (OPOR) to ensure its sustainability. The roles and functions of the Water Supply and Sanitation Management Group (KPSPAMS) as well as regional heads are very important in managing the Water Supply and Sanitation System (SPAMS) built and maintaining its sustainability through training, mentoring and coaching, especially in terms of managing bookkeeping, finances, operation, and maintenance of SPAMS.

The Pamsimas Program also increases the awareness of the Regional Government and Village Governments for the water and sanitation sector and increases the number of districts that replicate the Pamsimas Program with APBD funds. This is certainly proud, but there are still many villages that have not received the Pamsimas program, so the Ministry of PUPR expects the Village and District Governments to be able to replicate the Pamsimas program.

“I ask that the Pamsimas program be prioritized in areas where there is no water and then we look for water, not making projects in areas that already have a lot of water. To the managers and regional heads, please increase the Pamsimas program in areas where water is scarce,” said Basuki.

On the same occasion, Minister of Villages and Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (PDTT) A Halim Iskandar through the Director General of Village and Rural Development Sugito revealed that the Pamsimas Program has become a national platform in the development of drinking water and sanitation in rural areas. The Pamsimas program is a collaborative program that involves various stakeholders from the Central Government, Local Government, Village Government and the community, including support from the World Bank, Australian Government, Water.org, Baznas and the business world through CSR funds.

“The Pamsimas Program is an inclusive program that involves the active role of the community from the planning, implementation to maintenance stages and this program will be managed by the community through KPSPAMS,” he explained.

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