JAKARTA - The Executive Office of the President (KSP) has lauded the workers training program aimed to widen opportunities for Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) to get jobs overseas.
The training program was part of the initiative made by the Manpower Ministry's Directorate General for Workers' Training and Plotting (Binapenta and PKK).
To further expand the program, Moeldoko also said that he had communicated with officials from the pre-employment card program to enforce a partnership with the Manpower Ministry in conducting training programs for migrant workers.
“The pre-employment card program is ready to conduct work training for Indonesian migrant workers and former migrant workers. If necessary, KSP would mediate the communication between the ministry and the program management,” he said during a meeting at Bina Graha Building in Jakarta on Friday (2/7).
According to the ministry’s data, as many as 3,008 participants were registered to join the fully funded training program in 2021.
“Fund remains to be one of the main hurdles in conducting the training program as no participants are allowed to be charged with fees,” Director General of the Binapenta and PKK Suhartono said in his visit to the Executive Office.
He went on to say that the ministry has arranged the cost structure for the training program to be evaluated so that it would enhance the opportunities for Indonesian migrant workers to obtain skills and jobs overseas without burdening them with any costs.
In addition, certain requirements on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and COVID-19 vaccine also hindered some migrant workers from being granted entry to other countries.
“Several countries only accept certain kinds of COVID-19 vaccines,” he continued.
Responding to the situation, Moeldoko said that he would plan some meetings with related institutions to discuss the matter regarding vaccine requirements.
In conclusion, he promised to find some solutions for any obstacles faced by Indonesian migrant workers searching for opportunities abroad.
"Regarding PCR and vaccines, I don't think it's that difficult as we have our own vaccination program. If working requirements need certain vaccines for migrant working at certain countries destination, we will try to procure it," Moeldoko said.
"If they need the Pfizer vaccine to go to Europe, We will try our best to get the vaccine for them,".
Regardless, according to Moeldoko, the only thing that matters is a good communication between all stakeholders in guaranteeing the needs of migrant workers..
“However, there must be an exact timeline and detailed information regarding who, when, where to and what vaccine needed. It requires some coordination with the Health Ministry,” Moeldoko said.