Preemployment card management defends program amid criticism

first_imgThe program, aimed at helping people whose job or small business has been hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, has come under public scrutiny because it partners with online learning platform Skill Academy, linked to a former staffer of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Read also: Conflict of interest? Public questions government’s relationship with start-upsEducation technology company Ruangguru, the parent company of Skill Academy, is led by Adamas Belva Devara, who previously served on the President’s millennial expert staff. As a result of the controversy, he resigned from his post on April 21.The program management has also been mired in controversies related to its lack of transparency in appointing the partners, as it already partnered with eight platforms when it was launched on April 11. Apart from Skill Academy, the partners include e-commerce firms Bukalapak and Tokopedia, as well as start-ups Pintaria and Sekolahmu, among others. The management of the preemployment card, a government-funded unemployment benefit and skills training program, has defended the program following public criticism over conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency, with a spokesman pointing out that the program was “direct assistance” that did not involve procurement of goods and services.The management’s director of communications, partnerships and ecosystem development Panji Ruky said on Monday that the government had determined that his office did not procure any goods or services from its eight existing partners. The decision was made based on consultations with government agencies and ministries, including the National Public Procurement Agency (LKPP).“It is essentially direct assistance,” Panji told an online briefing on Monday. “There is noncash assistance in terms of aid for online courses and cash assistance in terms of incentives to the recipients.” If the program qualified as goods or services procurement, Presidential Regulation No. 16/2018 on the procurement of goods and services stipulates that it would need to be carried out in a transparent manner.The program is now open to any organizations wanting to become a partner, as long as they meet the requirements, such as operating on a national scale, having the necessary information and technology systems and partnering with training institutions, said Panji.“We are open to all parties, there is no special way [to partner with the program], no limit on the number of partners or any specific preferences,” he added.Offering over 2,000 online courses, more than 8 million applicants had registered for the program to receive the Rp 3.5 million benefit as of Monday.Topics :last_img read more

Dream eye return to winning ways as Yeak takes on tricky Typhoon

first_img Tags: DreamEnock SsebagalaFutsal Super LeagueParkShaffik AvemahtopYeak Kabowa Dream (Blue) have not won in the last five games. (file photo)Fustal Super League International Futsal Courts, MengoThursday, 25-04-2019-Park vs Nomads @6pm-Crown vs Aidenal @7pm-Parakeets vs Mengo City @7pm-Dream vs Equator @8pm-Typhoon vs Yeak Kabowa @8pm-Kabowa United vs Bajim @9pm-Yap Stars vs Elephants @9pmMENGO – Dream will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Thursday, when they take on Equator in the Futsal Super League.The defending champions are currently on a five game winless run which has seen them drop into 6th on the log.With their last victory coming on 7th March in a 2-0 win over Mengo City, Dream know they need to pick form so as to finish as high on the standings as possible.In their last 5 games, they have drawn 3 and lost two with their only joy coming in a penalty shoot-out victory over Bajim, a fortnight ago.“We are desperate for a victory in the League as it has been a while since we won, said Dream Captain Jamal Muyingo.“We were supposed to be the team to beat this season but somehow we have failed to live up to the task.“We have six games to play and our target is to win all of them so that we finish in the best possible position.“Like the last few games have proved that no team is easy, we will give Equator the respect they deserve and hopefully defeat them in the end.Dream have won only 9 of their 20 games so far leaving them 16 points off the top of the table with almost no hope of retaining the title they won last season.For Equator, they are coming off a 12-5 loss to Yeak last week.The only positive for them is that they scored as many as 5 goals, which would have been good enough to win them three points on any other day.They start the day in 9th with 29 points from their first 20 games.As Dream and Equator do battle, leaders Yeak Kabowa will also be in action at the same time, taking on Typhoon.Currently enjoying a 4 point caution at the top of the standings, the Kabowa based side will be targeting three more points which will see them close in on the title.Scoring at will as eveident from the League high 109 goals they have so far scored this season, Yeak must be confident taking on a Typhhon side that has already conceded 58.In their last games, Yeak beat Equator 12-5 while Typhoon were 3-2 winners over Crown.Elsewhere, second placed Park will be hoping to stay in contention for this year’s league title when they take on Nomads in the day’s opening fixture at 6pm.The Iddi Babu led side have performed extremely well so far and it would be fair to say that they are only second because there is an exceptional team above them.Their 13 victories and 86 hoals scored can only be bettered by run-away leaders Yeak and with only four points seperating the two, Park will target doing their job and pray Yeak falters at some stage.“We are only two games behind them (Yeak) so we need to just keep on winning and see what happens. Says Babu ahead of Match-Day 21.“Against Nomads, we come up against a spirited side, one that is very much capable of causing an upset.“We all know how good they can get on a given day but we will not give them any chances.Nomad who start the day in 5th have been one of the most inconsistent sides in the League as they keep on blowing hot and cold.They will come into the game boosted by the 3-0 win over Parakeets last time out.In the other four day’s games, Crown takes on Aidenla, Parakeets entertain Mengo City, Kabowa United and Bajim do battle while Elephants lock horns with Yap Stars.Yeak’s Enock Ssebagala still leads the scoring charts with 36 goals, 3 ahead of teammate Shaffic Avemah.Comments last_img read more