Presidential Debate

Village fund helps development of infrastructure in rural areas

Village fund helps development of infrastructure in rural areas

The incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (first left), Head of General Elections Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman (center), and the challenger Prabowo Subianto at the second presidential debate in Hotel Sultan Jakarta, on Sunday, Feb 17, 2019. ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/pras.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The village fund channeled by the government has helped the development of various infrastructures that were needed to improve productivity in rural areas.

"In infrastructure sector, the government has distributed Rp187 trillion of village funds in the last three years," the incumbent pesidential candidate Joko Widodo said during the second round of presidential debate here on Sunday.

Joko Widodo or Jokowi as he popularly known stated that around 191 thousand kilometers of roads in villages had been built using the village funds.

According to him, the road would be beneficial for residents in rural areas.

As for farmers, he continued, 58 thousand irrigation units have been built using the village funds.

The second round of presidential debate held at The Sultan Hotel here on Sunday night comprises six segments, with the two presidential candidates picking random questions from a bucket of questions in the first segment.

According to the presidential debate format, each of the presidential candidates will explain their respective visions and missions.

They will later pick questions from the bucket of questions related to infrastructure, energy and food, natural resources and the environment that they will answer in the following segments.

In the second segment, they will elaborate on their visions and missions related to infrastructure, energy and food.

They will later explain their visions and missions related to natural resources and the environment in the third segment.

In the second and third segments, they will respond to each other`s visions and missions.

In the fourth segment, they will get involved in an exploratory debate where they will respond to the questions the panelists have actualized in a video form.

The chief of the General Elections Commission (KPU) will choose the video at random in the first segment.

In the fifth segment, they will raise questions to their contender freely. However, the questions must be related to the theme of the debate.

The two presidential candidates will deliver their closing remarks in the sixth segment.

Reporting by M Razi Rahman

Editing by Aziz Kurmala/Sri Haryati

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