TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Doni Monardo reported that the disaster trend in Indonesia continued to increase year after year. Over the past 20 years, the agency recorded around 1,000 catastrophes.
The major disaster was the 2004 tsunami in Aceh which killed more than 200,000 people, Doni added.
“We also face non-natural disasters such as the Covid-19 pandemic that we are dealing with now. This must be concerned as well because it causes high fatalities,” said Doni in a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VIII, Tuesday, June 23.
Despite the increasing trend in disasters, Doni revealed that the trend in the agency’s budget was declining. In 2015, the BNPB was granted a budget of Rp1.622 trillion and Rp1.653 trillion in 2016.
However, from 2017 to 2020, the budget kept dropping; Rp1.084 trillion in 2017, Rp748 billion in 2018 or declined by 30 percent, Rp614 billion in 2019 or cut by 17.9 percent, and Rp450 billion in 2020.
He added that since 2017, his agency had proposed additional budgets, yet the requests were not realized.
“There is a significant gap between disaster mitigation and the budget availability,” said Doni, who is also the head of the Covid-19 mitigation task force.
For 2021, Doni mentioned that the BNPB’s budget ceiling was set at Rp465 billion. In today’s meeting with the DPR, Doni proposed an additional budget of Rp51 billion. The fund will be used for a management support program of Rp2.259 billion and a disaster resilience program of Rp48.979 billion.
BUDIARTI UTAMI PUTRI