The government will increase money for the poor through the Family Hope Program (PKH) by 25% during the corona virus outbreak.
In addition to increasing the amount of money, the government also increased the number of PKH recipients to 10 million recipients, previously 9.2 million recipients. The policy will take effect in April 2020.
“PKH will increase the number of recipient families from 9.2 million to 10 million beneficiary families, while the amount of benefits will be increased by 25%,” said President Jokowi in a video press conference at the Bogor Palace, Tuesday (31/3/2020).
PKH is a program for providing conditional social assistance to Poor Families (KM) that are designated as PKH beneficiary families.
The assistance follows the government’s decision to establish a public health emergency status amid the corona virus outbreak. PKH funds will later be used for pregnant women, early childhood, and with disabilities.
“For example, the component for pregnant women increased from Rp. 2.4 million to Rp. 3 million per year. The component for early childhood was Rp. 3 million per year, the component for disability was Rp. 2.4 million per year and this policy is effective starting April 2020,” he said.
Jokowi will also provide a basic food card. The government, said Jokowi, has increased the number of recipients of basic food assistance from 15.2 million to 20 million. The basic food card assistance will be given for nine months.