KEBUMEN, NNC - PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (IDX:BBNI) or BNI became the first state-owned enterprise to start the Cash for Work (CFW) program. This program is in accordance with the direction of the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in collecting and focusing the environmental activities of various SOEs to mobilize the culture of mutual cooperation amid rural communities and utilize it to build or renovate important public facilities and infrastructure.
BNI is currently working on CFW program in cooperation with the community in Kebumen, Central Java, starting on March 21, 2018. This time around 800 Jatijajar and Demangsari villagers of Kebumen, Central Java utilized this Cash for Work program.
The activity is normalization of irrigation channel to 8 kilometer (km) farmland in Jatijajar Village and Demangsari Village with manpower of 800 people, where every 100 residents will normalize 1 km of irrigation. The event was attended by Vice Regent of Kebumen Yazid Mahfudz and CEO of BNI of Yogyakarta Region Arif Suwasono.
Through press release, Wednesday (3/21), Arif Suwasono said this Cash for Work program is prioritized as a program to reduce unemployment rate. Through this CFW program, people who have not had a job and are looking for work are expected to participate.
The projects that can be done by utilizing this Cash for Work Program have criteria in every implementation, with maximum of five activities in one location, such as village road, reservoir, and bridge as well as development of village markets.
Initially, the BNI's Cash for Work program was conducted in Ngimbang Village, Palang Sub-district, Tuban, East Java in early March 2018. At that time, the CFW program was juxtaposed with the Social Forestry Program, in the form of a 1.1 km road hardening project. In the CFW program in Ngimbang Village, BNI cooperated with other SOEs that also intend to develop the community's economy in Tuban, such as state-owned forest company Perhutani, Logistics Agency (Bulog), and state-owned agribusiness company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN).
The CFW Project Expansion Campaign continues to be conducted, among others, with the Working Visit of SOE Minister Rini M Soemarno to one of the CFW Projects in Kanangasari Village, Cikalong Wetan, West Bandung Regency, West Java, on Wednesday, (3/21).
On that occasion, Minister Rini had the opportunity to witness the implementation of Cash for Work program coordinated by BNI in three locations in three sub-districts in three provinces by way of live streaming.
Minister Rini hoped this CFW program will provide many benefits for the citizens and be able to actually improve the economic capacity. "Hopefully [it runs] smoothly, useful and can provide additional income," she said.