TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The heavy downpour that quickly escalated to massive floods hitting the Greater Jakarta on New Year’s Day has claimed loss of lives, damage to properties and infrastructure, and displaced thousands of people.
Despite the scale of the tragedy, it has triggered humanitarian efforts and brought out a sense of magnanimity amongst the community. Since 1st of January, a team of volunteers consisting of Gojek employees and communities of driver-partners has evacuated 100 flood victims as well as delivering packages in more than 50 locations. Efforts continue with over 300 volunteers consisting of partners and Gojek employees having distributed more than 4,000 logistical assistance packages.
On 3rd of January, the homegrown super-app signed an agreement to support flood emergency response with the Jakarta government in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD).
Head of Jakarta Regional Disaster Management Agency, Subejo recently conveyed his appreciation and hopes that Gojek's role in collaborating with local governments can continue in all phases of disaster management, starting from pre-disaster, emergency response through to post-disaster phase.
Gojek flood relief effort
"Gojek can be involved in all phases because almost everyone have the Gojek app installed. In the pre-disaster phase, Gojek can assist in spreading awareness of disaster response. During the response period, Gojek can inform which locations need help or who have not been evacuated, right after distributing their assistance," said Subejo during a post-flood community service activity on Sunday, 5th of January 2020.
According to Subejo, the Jakarta Government appreciates Gojek’s support and collaboration. "This collaborative effort by Gojek must be sustainably maintained," Subejo said.
Meanwhile, GoPay CEO Aldi Haryopratomo, representing Gojek Group management during a volunteering flood relief effort (05/01/20), said, "We will continue to help thoroughly through fundraising, logistical assistance, as well as manpower support like what our team of volunteers has done for the past five days. Hopefully, things will improve soon."
The action involving the entire Gojek ecosystem follows other initiatives, namely the program raising donations flowing into the shelter account. The procurement and distribution of this assistance is Gojek's initiative besides setting a fundraising program to aid flood victims in Jakarta and the surrounding areas in cooperation with Kitabisa and Baznas.
As of Tuesday, 7th of January 2020, the number of funds collected from Gojek consumers through Gojek-Kitabisa-Baznas has reached more than IDR 520 million, despite it being set up from 2nd of January.
People can continue to donate by opening the Gojek app and choosing a shuffle card titled 'GoGive Flood Relief Effort (Aksi Peduli Banjir)' on the main page, or via http://bit.ly/