Highlights in the media today: CFD in Jakarta resumes with caution, DPR approves PKPU’s health protocols, oil palm smallholders hit by falling prices due to pandemic

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Sunday (June 21) that the administration would resume the weekly Car Free Day (CFD). However, activities during the transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period would be restricted to bicycle riding and outdoor exercise, with street vendors prohibited from operating.

According to the official government count, Jakarta had 10,098 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 586 deaths as of Monday (June 22).

As of June 23 16:00 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 47,896 COVID-19 cases with 19,241 recoveries and 2,535 deaths.

The House of Representatives (DPR) and the government approved the General Elections Commission’s  Regulation (PKPU) on Regional Elections (Pilkada) amid Non-Natural Disaster COVID-19. The regulation stipulates that all field organizers must wear masks, gloves, and face shields. Field officers must also keep at least one-meter distance when interacting with voters.

The health protocols will also apply to voters. Each voter will have their body temperature checked with a thermogun. KPU also suggested general meetings for campaign purposes to be conducted online. KPU Chairman Arief Budiman said that the commission will allow face-to-face meetings under several conditions, such as physical distancing and limitation on the number of participants.

Oil palm smallholders have suffered severe losses during the ongoing health crisis, from falling price of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) to pandemic-related restrictions. The price of FFB, a key component in the production of crude palm oil (CPO), fell to less than Rp1,000 per kilogram for independent farmers during the pandemic so far, according to Palm Oil Farmers Union (SPKS) Secretary-General Mansuetus Darto.

The Indonesian Oil Palm Association (GAPKI) said that palm oil exports in the first two months of this year were at 4.93 million metric tons, a 1.2 million metric tons decrease from 6.13 million metric tons shipped in the same period last year.

Source:

  • Kompas.com, June 23, 2020, Indonesia confirms 47,896 COVID-19 cases

  • The Jakarta Post, June 23, 2020, p.3, Large crowds on Car Free Day raise concerns of increased contagion

  • Kompas, June 23, 2020, p.2, DPR approves PKPU’s health protocols

  • The Jakarta Post, June 23, 2020, p.5, Oil palm smallholders hit by falling prices, virus restrictions

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