Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA) - The Lampung provincial government provides equipment aid to support the empowerment of former Indonesian migrant workers (PMIs) that exist in the region, Lampung Government and Public Prosperity Assistant Qudratul Ikhwan noted through a statement, Saturday.

"This is done as a form of stimulus, so that these PMIs can use the result of their work overseas to run businesses in their region of origin," he explained.

He expects that through the aid, Indonesian migrant workers, who return to their region of origin, can continue to develop and expand work opportunities for families and local communities.

The former PMI empowerment aid is given to the PMI business group in Kresnowidodo Village, Tegineneng Sub-District, Pesawaran District, this time in the form of a meatball machine.

The aid was also given to former PMIs in Bumi Daya Village, Palas Sub-District, South Lampung District, in the form of field plow machine.

“With the existence of this aid, PMIs, who had returned to their respective villages, can continue to be productive and manage the skills that they obtained overseas to be distributed to local communities,” Ikhwan noted.

In addition to supporting the empowerment of former PMIs, regional governments also pay special attention to Indonesian migrant workers that are still working productively overseas.

"They are given protection during the entirety of the activities, whether before they depart, while they work and after work, in legal, economical, and social aspects," he stated.

"For PMIs and their families, this will be continued," he remarked.

According to Ikwan, protecting Indonesian migrant workers necessitates cooperation between parties up to the village level.

"To protect PMIs, it requires cooperation from the central government to the village level. This has to be done because they play a major role in providing income to the state treasury," he noted.

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Translator: Ruth Intan S K, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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