TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The COVID-19 pandemic has largely affected the construction service business, though fortunately has not forced companies joined in the Indonesian Contractors Association to close business.
The association’s general secretary, Joseph Pangalila, explains that the number of projects handled by members have greatly reduced compared to pre-pandemic situations. “The number of projects have reduced dramatically. Despite members still being in business, it has really affected them,” he said on Wednesday, September 16.
Citing the data from the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the budget reallocation in 2020 amidst the pandemic had reduced from Rp120.2 trillion to just Rp75.63 trillion.
According to Joseph, association members are requesting a government stimulus to help reduce the weight that has heavily affected construction firms in the form of stimulus and tax relaxations, similar to those that have been granted to other business sectors.