Court Explores Village Empowerment Programs with OJK
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Acting Secretary-General Heru Setiawan with Head of the Planning and Finance Bureau Tatang Garjito, Head of the Public Relations and National Affairs Department Fajar Laksono, Head of the National Affairs Division Yossy Adriva, and secretary to the acting secretary-general Rumaisha at an audience with the OJK (Financial Services Authority), Tuesday (3/7/2023). Photo by MKRI/Panji.


Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 13:21 WIB

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The OJK (Financial Services Authority) had an audience with the Constitutional Court (MK) on Tuesday morning, March 7, 2023. They were welcomed by Acting Secretary-General Heru Setiawan alongside Head of the Planning and Finance Bureau Tatang Garjito, Head of the Public Relations and National Affairs Department Fajar Laksono, Head of the National Affairs Division Yossy Adriva, and secretary to the acting secretary-general Rumaisha in the meeting room on the 11th floor of the Constitutional Court’s (MK) main building.

The OJK delegation were Director of Litigation and Legal Aid Suharjo, Director of Institutional Public Relations Hendra Jaya Sukmana, senior analyst at the Directorate of Litigation and Legal Aid Gabriella Deklaratia, Institutional Public Relations officer Aditya Prabowo), and Consumer Education and Protection officers Cindy Amylia and Nita Astria.

Suharjo said the audience was a follow-up on the audience of OJK leaders with the Court a while ago. He added that there were things to follow-up on that meeting.

“The spirit of togetherness, especially the new OJK leadership needs to meet with several institutions or ministries and explore potential cooperation. Regarding the work program and the results of the previous audience, indeed we plan to cooperate with the Constitutional Court, which we will write into a memorandum of understanding. We will discuss this MoU together relating to work programs, both those initiated by the Court and those initiated by the OJK. We can coordinate to combine the events,” he said.

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Suharjo said the OJK has a village empowerment program called “Desaku Cakap Keuangan” (My Village Financially Capable). The Court also has a village-related program: constitution villages. He believes both institutions can cooperate on those programs.

“So, the OJK’s mission is to educate financially illiterate community members on finances. It not only is related to constitution village, but is inseparable from it and can be done by the two institutions. Of course, this will be explored in the MoU. We will discuss these programs and follow them up with MoU signing,” he explained.

He also talked about forum discussions. He said he would discuss this with other departments in the OJK whose functions relate to customer protection as mandated by the OJK Law.

“There programs can be included in the MoU to become our joint programs,” he added.

Suharjo said the current audience served as a means for brainstorming. The OJK wished to find information on the Court’s programs and to explore programs that the two institutions can cooperate on.

Financially Able Constitution Villages

In response, Acting Secretary-General Heru Setiawan said that the Court had MoU signing targets for 2023. The Court intends to improve citizens’ understanding of their constitutional rights. This program, he said, has been carried out regularly.

“In terms of constitution villages, what is necessary is not mere dissemination. Our mission is to empower [the villages]. When constitution villages are determined by campus recommendation, we inaugurate them,” Heru said of the Court’s village program.

He expressed hope that the cooperation would combine both institution’s missions: improving the citizens’ understanding of constitutional rights and giving financial education.

“So, the MoU will relate to constitution villages and the financially able villages. This MoU can take place with uniform understanding,” he said.

Court’s Partners

Head of the Public Relations and National Affairs Department Fajar Laksono explained that the Court’s biggest partners are higher education institutions. “The Constitutional Court is a singular judicial institution, as it only has headquarters in Jakarta, unlike the OJK that has branches in the regions. The Court does not have representation. One of our most effective partners is higher education institutions,” he added.

However, the Court does not only partner with higher education institutions, he said. It has also worked with other institutions such as the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the House of Representatives (DPR), and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Fajar revealed that the Court’s cooperation always relates to the Court’s second mission, to improve constitutional awareness among state administrators and citizens. He then explained that currently, there are five constitution villages: Galesong Village in Takalar Regency, South Sulawesi; Wasur Village in Merauke Regency; Bangbang Village in Bangli Regency; Pasia Laweh Nagari in Agam Regency; and Mekar Sari Viallge in Kubu Raya Regency, West Kalimantan.

Author       : Utami Argawati
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Translation uploaded on 3/9/2023 14:17 WIB

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.


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