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KSP Pledge To Assist Subsidized Fuel Distribution

JAKARTA - The Executive Office of the President (KSP) has stated its commitment to build an optimal communication with ministries/agencies in order to identify specific issues that limit the flow of subsidized fuel distribution towards fishermen.

"We will push for a more optimal distribution of subsidized fuel for fishermen and we need a breakthrough in the management system, especially relating to the accuracy of recipient data," said Deputy Chief of Staff for Infrastructure, Energy and Investment of KSP, Febry Calvin Tetelepta, while chairing the virtual coordination meeting on the Pilot Project for Subsidized Fuel for Fishermen on Thursday (15/7).

According to Febry, the fact that the subsidized fuel consumption in 2020 only reached 500,000 kilo liters or about 26% of the total quota has raised so many questions regarding the existing mechanism. To showcase the government’s stance in supporting the Indonesian fishermen, Febry said, KSP was tasked to decipher the clogged problems especially in the distribution process. Moreover, the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin administration has made the maritime sector top of their priority set.

Since 2018, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has proposed 1.9 million kilo liters of subsidized diesel oil intended for all fishing vessels with a capacity of up to 30 GT. To get this subsidized fuel, fishermen must be registered in the KKP system and have their data verified, then they need to obtain recommendations from the local Regional Work Unit (SKPD).

In Addition, the government alse set a sight to optimize the development of Maluku region as the epicenter of National’s Marine biodiversity (MLIN). "As the main locus of this pilot project, we have to make sure that subsidized fuel distribution is no longer an issue in Maluku," said Febry. He went on to say that it was necessary for the government to simplify the registration mechanism for subsidized fuel. According to him, the weak data accuracy which leads to the low distribution of subsidized fuel was caused by the many and complicated application process for fishermen in order to receive the subsidized fuel.

"The application process can be simplified with the KUSUKA Card from the KKP, in the hope that it would encourage more fishermen to register and thus optimize the subsidized fuel distribution," he added.

“I wish all stakeholders involved to draw up an exact timeline to decide the kick-off of this pilot project. It must include a target of consumption and a strategy to accelerate the data collection for the KUSUKA Card. So, we can optimally monitor and evaluate the project," said Febry.

Another obstacle that hinders the government in distributing subsidized fuel to fishermen is the limited number of fishing center gas stations (SPBUN), which prompts fishermen to buy fuels from regular gas stations instead. By then, the subsidized fuel was not well distributed and the fuel they bought was not recorded as part of the fishery business consumption.

Therefore, PT. Pertamina (Persero), as the country’s largest oil and fuel provider, stated its commitment to continue establishing SPBUN service points in more fishing centers nationwide. This move is deemed effective to provide easier access for fishermen in getting affordable fuel in nearby locations