Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the National Archives of Indonesia (ANRI) Imam Gunarto has said that ANRI is offering the facility of repairing or restoring documents damaged during disasters to the public.

"For disaster victims, if your archives are damaged due to floods, landslides, or other disasters, we welcome you at ANRI," Gunarto told ANTARA after the “Bandung-Belgrade-Havana in Global History and Perspective” event at the ANRI Office here on Monday.

Among the personal documents whose repair and restoration the ANRI could assist with are personal identification cards, family certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates, and other documents, he informed.

He said that residents in need of the document restoration service can bring the remains of damaged documents to ANRI for a preliminary examination, and restoration services will be offered if the documents are deemed salvageable.

"Residents who are affected by disasters could come to ANRI, and we will examine the archive conditions first (to determine) whether the damage can be repaired or not," the agency head said.

The archive repair and restoration services are being provided free of charge, he highlighted.

"They need not pay because the archive repair and restoration services are offered free of charge," Gunarto said.

He then reiterated the agency's commitment to bolstering the dissemination of the document repair and restoration services among the general public to increase people’s awareness about the service.

“Particularly, during the current increase of rain intensity, which could increase disaster potentials, such as floods and landslides," the official said.

The document repair and restoration services are in line with Article 6 (g) of Law No. 24 of 2007 on Disaster Mitigation and Article 34 of Law No. 43 of 2009 on Archives, which mandate the maintenance and rescue of archives during disasters, he added.

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