Jababeka Group ‘Gotong Royong’ project (Source: telusur.co.id)

Prominent Indonesia conglomerates are helping the country’s citizens help overcome the challenges of everyday living brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

FOR inspiring examples, public-listed Jababeka Group through PT Jababeka Infrastruktur, the developers of the first open industrial areas in Indonesia, working together with Badan Amil Zakat (Baznas) have distributed  2,500 basic food packages to 13 villages surrounding the Jababeka Industrial Estate in Cikarang in the Bekasi Regency of West Java in late April. The areas include the Desa Mekar Mukti, Pasir Gombong and city of Cikarang.

According to reports by telusur.co.id, for some of the recipients this was the first time they are receiving such aid since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. Mr Tjahjadi Rahardja, the President Director of PT Jababeka Infrastruktur who manages the Jababeka Industrial Estate said that everyone in the community should step forward to help in these difficult times. He said that incomes of workers in the informal sectors and those in jobs such as hawkers, trades in the markets, motorcycle taxi riders who receive only a daily wage has seen their incomes reduced greatly: “Because of this reason we have distributed the food aid to those who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Our hope is that the distribution of these basic food essentials will help them meet their daily needs.”

The food distribution exercise is the third one related to combating the effects of COVID-19. Previously the company has distributed free face masks in the Jababeka Industrial Estate and cleaning supplies such as spraying disinfectants to communities the surrounding 13 villages in the area.

The ‘Gotong Royong Corporate Assistance in Jababeka’ above is the result of cooperation between Jababeka and several tenants from its Industrial Estate such as PT Artha Karya Utama, PT Unilever Indonesia, and PT Haluan Utama Karya.

A spokesperson from Jababeka Group also revealed that apart from food distribution, the company has also provided aid in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals, public health centres and clinics in the Cikarang area.

SUBSIDIARY FOLLOW SUIT: One of Jababeka’s subsidiaries, PT Banten West Java, which manages the Tanjung Lesung Special Economic Zone, has also provided assistance to one hospital, three health centres and communities in the Pandeglang-Banten in support of the Indonesian government’s efforts to break the chain of infection by the coronavirus. The help came in the form of PPEs, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and face masks for health care workers and communities who need them. According to its President Director, Mr Poernomo Siswoprasetijo, said they have distributed the items to 18 locations which included to workers who are still working in essential services.


L’Oreal Partners with Jababeka

L’Oreal Indonesia Plant work with Jababeka to distribute aid in Berkasi (Source: industry.co.id)

PT Yasulor Indonesia which runs the L’Oreal Indonesia Plant, is another company that is active in combating against COVID-19. This is in the form of its participation in the Program Solidaritas COVID-19 L’Oreal working together with PT Jababeka Infrastrutur COVID-19 Crisis Team.

According to a report by industry.co.id, Mr Puneet Verma, a Director of L’Oreal Indonesia Plant, said this is the time to share beauty for social purposes and make it a top priority as these are unprecedented times in overcoming the impact of the coronavirus.

The L’Oreal plant is a tenant of the Jababeka Industrial Estate and Mr Verma said: “L’Oreal Indonesia Plant has been a partner with PT Jababeka Infrastruktur for a long time in being committed to supporting the surrounding environment is now more important than ever and is one of the ways to be of service to the community.”

L’Oreal support comes in the form of 10,000 Garnier hand sanitizers, 246,000 cleaning products and PPEs worth 1.7 billion rupiah. These items will be distributed by PT Jababeka Infrastruktur  COVID-19 Crisis Team to health volunteers, people and patients in observation and isolation  as well as people who are affected by large-scale social restrictions in West Java Province between 15th to 12th May 2020.