Suara.com – The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) gives awards to district/city governments who have committed to improving urban settlements so that they have an impact on local economic growth and social resilience.
Appreciation was handed over by PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, at the peak of commemoration of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day (HHD-HKD) 2023, at the PUPR Ministry Auditorium, Newsdelivers.com, Monday (30/10/2023).
Awards were given in two categories, namely Sustainable Conservation given to the Government of Sawahlunto City, Siak Regency, Semarang City, Tanjung Pinang City, Singkawang City and Ternate City.
Then the category for Achievement of Performance Optimization of Reuse, Reduce and Recycle Waste Management Places (TPS-3R), which was given to Palangkaraya City accompanied by BPPW Central Kalimantan, Ternate City accompanied by BPPW North Maluku, Kediri Regency accompanied by BPPW East Java, and Sleman Regency accompanied by BPPW DIY.
A special award was also given to the Sanitation Technology Center, Directorate General (Ditjen) of Human Settlements, Ministry of PUPR.
“I think, with the assessment of sustainable conservation cities and good TPS-3R management, I would like to give appreciation to all award winners of IDR 5 billion in the form of development programs through the Directorate General of Human Settlements for 2024,” said Minister Basuki.
Basuki asked the district/city government to continue to show its commitment to implementing sustainable city preservation and improving TPS-3R management.
Basuki further said that appreciation for sustainable conservation was given to be an example for other districts/cities in preserving urban heritage and encouraging the spirit of utilization and preservation of cultural heritage. Meanwhile, appreciation for optimizing the performance of TPS-3R was given as an effort to disseminate information regarding the importance of the waste management system and the use of TPS-3R in circular economy practices by sorting waste.
“We must really respect heritage cities as sustainable conservation. For TPS-3R management, if the implementation is good in one city, continue in another city. Only in that way can we create better cities in the future,” he asked .
The spirit of HHD and HKD must begin
According to Minister Basuki, the ideals contained in the spirit of the HHD and HKD momentum must be started now and by everyone. Not only infrastructure support, but also changing people’s behavior to get used to living in a lovable city.
“With better quality infrastructure, hopefully we will have a city that is comfortable and makes us more productive. A good city is a city that makes its citizens more productive because of sufficient water, sanitation and good connectivity,” he said.
The assessment of sustainable cultural heritage appreciation was carried out on 15 districts/cities that were committed to preserving heritage cities with assessment criteria including governance and institutions, design, educational information and promotion, heritage economy, development of cultural life.
Meanwhile, the assessment appreciates the optimization of TPS-3R’s performance in waste management with the assessment criteria of technical completeness, average waste generation entering TPS-3R, percentage of waste that is recycled, percentage of leftover food/tree waste, and percentage of waste transported to TPA.
“Hopefully the momentum of commemorating World Habitat Day and World Cities Day this year can inspire us all to build urban areas that are orderly and free of slum settlements,” said Director General of Human Settlements, Diana Kusumastuti, who was also present at the event.
World Habitat Day is celebrated every Monday in the first week of October, while World Cities Day is celebrated every 31 October. This year’s HHD-HKD commemoration takes the national theme of a Resilient Urban Economy towards Sustainable Settlements for All. This theme is presented to remember the large contribution of cities to the national economy.
The peak of HHD and HKD 2023 was also filled with a talk show on the theme of Resilient City Economy, which presented speakers from the Deputy Governor of East Java Emil Elestianto Dardak, Entrepreneur Gita Irawan Wiryawan, and Plt. Deputy for Regional Development of the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Tri Dewi Virgiyanti.