Jakarta (ANTARA) - The DKI Jakarta provincial government continues to distribute social aid packages, comprising six essential items, to people during the mandated large-scale social restriction period.

Chief of Health Resources of the DKI Jakarta government Ani Pusparini stated during a press conference in the City Hall, Friday, that the social aid package had six essential items, including a package of five-kilogram rice.

The package also contains two small cans of sardines, 0.9-litre packages of cooking oil, two packs of biscuits, two masks, and two bars of soap. "We do not distribute cash," she noted.

She further explained that the social aid will be distributed to 1.2 million families in Jakarta, as earlier stated by the provincial government. It is distributed everyday from April 24.

"The large-scale social distancing social assistance is given to poor and vulnerable citizens impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," she stated.

The aid program is funded by the reallocated regional budget for DKI Jakarta in 2020.

Governor Anies Baswedan had earlier affirmed that the government, both central and provincial in DKI Jakarta, will cater to the needs of poor and vulnerable people whose economic activities are affected by the large-scale social restriction measure to stem the spread of COVID-19.

He noted that 1.25 million families will receive the social aid packages comprising essential food items.

The DKI Jakarta government enacted the large-scale social distancing measure from Friday, April 10 until April 23, based on Governor Regulation Number 33 of 2020 on Large-Scale Social Restriction Measure, issued by Anies Baswedan in a bid to handle the spread of coronavirus.

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