Answering Anxiety About Distribution of Logistics, MoSA Establishes Social Granary
JAKARTA (September 30, 2022) – Social Granary Program is one of the keys, as well as a bright spot in responding to the biggest challenges that are often faced, especially the difficulty of distributing logistical assistance to locations when a disaster occurs. This was conveyed by the Head of the Pacitan Regency Social Office, Sumorohadi.
He said that in disaster management, sending logistics to disaster-affected locations took quite a long time. "Logistics for people who needs it when a disaster occurs takes time to be distributed to disaster victims. Now, if we calculate, for example, we take (logistics) from Jakarta or Bekasi (to Pacitan), this will take quite a long time. We just pass the toll road (takes time) up to 10 hours,” said Sumorohadi recently.
This distribution was hampered by the length of time and distance traveled, while disaster assistance was needed in a fast and short time so that a solution is needed to deal with the anxiety that was often experienced.
It didn't stop there, Sumorohadi added an example of a major flood disaster that hit the area in Pacitan Regency five years ago. “In 2017, a big flood hit Pacitan Regency. The disaster caused several routes to Pacitan Regency to be cut off,” he said looking back at the flood incident.
In addition to the distance traveled, various other possibilities can be an obstacle to distribution. For example, roads are cut off, access cannot be passed because they are closed, and other possibilities can become obstacles during the distribution of aid.
This was made clear by the Head of Kiteran Village, Rembang Sub District, Pacitan District, Slamet Riyadi, who said that when the disaster occurred, the people experienced food shortages due to the cut-off road access to the location.
“At that time, our hamlet had difficulty getting food. It is quite difficult to rely on outside assistance because logistics distribution is hampered by the cut-off access to Pacitan due to floods and landslides," explained Slamet.
Reflecting on the obstacles that are often experienced, the Ministry of Social Affairs established Social Granary Program as an effort to meet basic needs in dealing with disasters in the form of buffer stocks of consumables, as well as other social assistance.