Waiting for Presidential Regulation and Ministrial Decree on Sanitation

12 January 2015 Sanitation, UC PIU-IF, UC PIU-T 0 Comments

JAKARTA – A day prior to the Provincial Sanitation Development Advisor (ProSDA) Meeting, a discussion session was conducted between PIU – Institutional and Finance (PIU-IF) with USDP Prosda. Ir. Edi Sugiharto, M.Sc. from PIU-IF which also served as Direktur Fasilitas Penataan Ruang dan Lingkungan Hidup, Ditjen Bina Pembangunan Daerah, Ministry of Home Affairs, said that the discussion is in order to explore the experiences of Prosda that have accompanied many Sanitation Working Group in local level.

He stressed that in accordance to Law No. 23 of 2014, sanitation is a mandatory matter related to public service. The government has launched the Acceleratited Sanitation Development in Human Settlements Program (PPSP), where various ministries involved in its implementation through the Programme Management Unit (PMU) and Programme Implementation Units (PIUs). Each PIU would have its own targets, but all would be lead to the achievement of universal access in 2019. That is why every component needs to be mutually supportive.

PIU-IF realize that at the local level, the regulation of sanitation is still lacking. The current legal framework is the Minister of Home Affairs Circular Letter No. 660 of 2012. The implementation is different in various regions. One example is the coordination line of the Sanitation Working Group. Under the regulation, formal responsibilities are in the Regional Secretariat, not in the Planning Agency. Although it must be recognized that context and readiness of each area is different, so is the capacity and capability to implement the plan. But, it is closely related to the issue of transparency in which each party should work and be responsible on their main duties and function.

Related to the regulation, the government through the Ministry of Home Affairs is currently trying to complete the Presidential Decree and the Ministerial Decree of sanitation. Ministerial Decree regulating managerial matters, and is expected to be followed by local regulations which is more operational. These regulations are considered important to provide legal protection for all parties to move more quickly to the fulfillment of public access to proper sanitation.

Some other things that are also discussed in this meeting is a pre workshops and workshops of Sanitation Memorandum Program (MPS), calculations before entering the funding gap, the completion of the province sanitation roadmap, coordination, expectations at the local level with respect to mentoring and coaching from PIU-IF, preparation to enter the second cycle of PPSP, and so forth. (USDP/SL)

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