Sarhunta Program Increases Economic Activities of Residents in The Tourism Area

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues to improve its performance through various infrastructure and housing developments for the civilians.

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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues to improve its performance through various infrastructure and housing developments for the civilians. Development carried out starting from rural areas, urban areas to the National Tourism Strategic Area (KSPN), namely through the Tourism Habitation Facility Program (Sarhunta).

Director General of Housing of the Ministry of PUPR, Khalawi Abdul Hamid explained, based on the President’s direction to the Minister of PUPR, the Ministry of PUPR was assigned to develop the KSPN to improve and drive the community’s economy after the Covid-19 pandemic. The construction of Sarhunta self-fund house is not in the form of spots but must be in groups and able to change the facade of various KSPN entrance gates in Indonesia.

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In addition to increasing the economic activities of residents around strategic tourism areas, the Sarhunta Program is also aimed to improve the quality of human resources (HR) in the construction sector by providing provision and certification for construction workers who are participating in the Tourism Habitation Facility (Sarhunta) program in prioritized National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN) such as the currently underway Sarhunta Program in Borobudur Area, Central Java.

According to Presidential Decree Number 18 of 2020 concerning the 2020-2024 National IDRJM, there are at least five KSPN locations for the Sarhunta program, namely the Lake Toba KSPN in North Sumatra as many as 1,811 housing units, the Borobudur KSPN in Central Java as many as 732 housing units, Mandalika KSPN in NTB 910 housing units, KSPN Labuan Bajo in NTT with 660 units and KSPN Likupang in North Sulawesi with 463 housing units. The total budget distributed for these five locations is IDR 374.03 billion

The Sarhunta Program is a series of activities for the Self-Funded Housing Stimulant Assistance Program (BSPS) for 4,576 uninhabitable housing units so that they can be both business and residential areas. Sarhunta’s design must reflect local customs that are modified to be more modern, in an effort to attract domestic and foreign tourists.

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Sarhunta Program at KSPN Borobudur

The Sarhunta program at KSPN Borobudur received appreciation from the residents of Dusun Kurahan, Borobudur Village. According to Suripto, a resident of Dusun Kurahan, Borobudur, the Ministry of PUPR’s Sarhunta program is very helpful for village residents with a more decent occupancy as well as room rental business for tourists.

“To receive help from the Sarhunta program is also very easy, we contacted the Magelang Regency Government through the Representative Office of the Ministry of PUPR and the Sarhunta program for the Borobudur Village area was immediately implemented and we were verified whether it was entitled to receive this assistance by field officers,” he said.

In the process of submitting this program, residents are accompanied by officials from the Ministry of PUPR and Field Facilitators (TFL) for the Sarhunta Program starting from the registration process, planning, house design, construction process, to the handover process.

“We received the assistance of IDR 87 million and an independent fund for about IDR 20 million. These funds are used to build a house and make two-bedrooms homestay and their supporting facilities. This program is certainly very useful, especially for those who live near tourist zones so that tourists who come have a choice of places to stay at a more affordable rental price,” Suripto added.

Director-General of Housing of the Ministry of PUPR, Khalawi Abdul Hamid, said the Sarhunta program at KSPN Borobudur was implemented for 785 housing units with two types, namely improving the quality of 385 houses with homestay functions and other tourism businesses and improving the quality of 400 houses without business functions.

“The amount of assistance given varies from IDR 35 million for house repairs without a business function and IDR 115 million for the repair and development of houses with business functions.” We hope that the Sarhunta program can bring many benefits, especially for the people of Borobudur, “said Khalawi.

The same thing was also conveyed by Lamun, recipient of the Sarhunta Program in Sukadana Village at KSPN Mandalika. “Previously, we were only spectators and tourism activists in this area, this time we can participate directly as well as learn about the structure of a good building foundation and get involved in building houses directly,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Epriyono who is also a recipient of Sarhunta assistance from Dusun Gerupuk, Sengkol Village, KSPN Mandalika, also expressed his gratitude to the Central, Provincial and District Governments for their proposals for homestay assistance and repair of their shops. He explained that the shop, which was also his family’s residence, previously only consisted of one space for selling and one room for a bedroom. Now the shop has been repaired and rooms are made for tourists’ homestay.

In order to establish the sustainability of public spaces, the Ministry of PUPR also conducted environmental arrangements in the form of construction of housing infrastructure, facilities, and utilities (PSU) in the form of public roads and drainage as well as street lighting. Other supporting facilities are road signs, building facades, and landscape elements. Citizens can utilize the improved houses for homestay businesses, workshops, shops, culinary or other businesses or services.

To carry out these activities, the Directorate General of Housing has also set a number of requirements for recipients of the assistance, including must be Indonesian citizens (WNI) who are married, have a maximum income of IDR 6 million, possess legal evidence of land ownership, own and occupy the proposed house and committed on supporting the development of Indonesian tourism.

Beneficiaries must also form groups, be jointly responsible, support the development of tourism in their respective area, and are willing to participate in the development of tourism business management.