Monday, 27 September 2021 | 05:44 WIB

Social Affairs Minister: Numerical and Spatial Data Important for Social Welfare

Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini signs MoU on the idea of spatial and numerical data with the Minister of Home Affairs and Chair of the Indonesian Chancellors Forum (kemsos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs views data as very important, as it is related to the mapping and planning of policies that will be implemented, including in efforts to improve social welfare.

"We are interested in the idea of ​​numerical and precise data. Various policies are often constrained in obtaining the right data," said Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini.

This statement was made by the Minister of Social Affairs when she signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Home Affairs and the Chair of the Indonesian Chancellors Forum at the Ministry of Home Affairs Head Office, Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara, Jakarta, on Monday (03/29/2021) morning.

For example, said the Minister of Social Affairs, someone builds a house measuring 6x6 meters and the interval becomes 10x6 meters. With the data, it can be seen that the changes are related to an increase in welfare or not.

"I am grateful that the data is not only numerical, but also spatial data which is very important, especially when combined between the two," explained the Minister of Social Affairs.

This includes knowing with spatial data from a farmer, whether he has his own land or not, how much land is cultivated, and what is cultivated on the land.

"With the spatial data, farmers can know with certainty and in detail from the size and land ownership," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

In Bojonegoro Regency, East Java, when farmers tried to plant trees, they did not grow well, so it was necessary to know what was contained in the soil.

“When I was on duty in Bojonegoro at that time, many people didn't believe why the trees didn't grow. However, after I conducted research, it was discovered that the ground contained petroleum," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs proposes the idea of ​​spatial and numerical data not be set too long, especially not for four years, but it could be even shorter.

"Over the next four years, if we accelerate it, it will become an extraordinary breakthrough, as in other countries spatial and numerical data are combined and can be accessed together. In the future, equipped with drone and satellite mapping photos, the results will become input for deciding policies," the Minister of Social said.