"In order to support the provision of services, we encourage regional governments to form a Regional Technical Management Unit (UPTD) guided by PPPA Minister Regulation Number 4 of 2018 on Guidelines for the Establishment of UPTD for the Protection of Women and Children (PPA) and PPPA Minister Regulation Number 11 of 2019 on Guidelines for Institutional Evaluation of UPTD-PPA," PPPA Minister Bintang Puspayoga stated during a National Coordination Meeting in Denpasar, Bali, on Wednesday.
The minister elaborated that support had poured in for the establishment of the Regional Technical Management Unit for the Protection of Women and Children (UPTD PPA), as conveyed through the Minister of Home Affairs' letter to the Provincial and District/City Heads and accords priority to the implementation, or planning and budgeting, preventing and handling violence against women and children.
"However, according to the latest data, only 29 provinces and 104 districts/cities have UPTD-PPAs already established. This is a challenge that we must be able to overcome," Puspayoga stated.
The minister explained that the Online Information System for the Protection of Women and Children (Simfoni PPA) will also be developed by the Ministry of PPPA as a case management instrument at all governmental levels, in addition to producing data accrued on violence against women and children and human trafficking.
Thus, cases can be monitored, and it can be determined whether women and children, who fell victim to violence and human trafficking, were offered services that aligned with their needs.
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"Hence, we hope that an integrated service management system between service institutions and the implementation of the PPA Simfoni would also become a priority in your area," the minister noted.
Puspayoga reminded and underlined the mandate of Law Number 23 of 2014 on Regional Government with regard to the president's directive to improve the quality of services offered to women and children, who fell victims to violence and human trafficking.
One of the powers shared is the authority for women empowerment and child protection affairs that houses six sub-functions encompassing the quality of life for women, protection of women's rights, quality of families, gender and child data systems, fulfillment of children's rights, and special protection for children.
Within these sub-functions, authority is divided between the central government and the provincial and district/city governments in terms of offering services for women victims of violence and for children in need of special protection, for which the implementation must be ensured.
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