Serang Regency is one of the 43 Local Governments implementing the Australia-Indonesia Infrastructure Grants for sanitation (sAIIG ) program. The aims is to stimulate Local Government (LG) investment in municipal sanitation infrastructure through the provision of incentives for governance reforms that will enhance sustainability. Following the successful implementation of the first phase of the program, Serang LG has received a payment of IDR. 1,112.000.000 (A$111,000) from the Ministry of Finance.
A symbolic payment transfer was held in Serang on 11 August 2016. The ceremony was conducted by Hj. Ratu Tatu Chasanah, Head of Local Government (LG) Serang, Steven Barraclough, Minister Counsellor for Economic, Infrastructure and Governance (Development Cooperation), Australian Government, and the Government of Indonesia, represented by Head of Central Project Management Unit (CPMU), Directorate General of Human Settlements, Chandra Situmorang.
“Our Local Government has successfully overcome many difficulties in the initial implementation of the program and the transfer will encourage us to continue the program and solve sanitation problems,” said Ratu Tatu.
At the event, the Head of LG in Serang was awarded the title of Sanitation Ambassador. By August 2016, Serang Regency has built 650 household connections, of which 563 have been inspected and 278 passed under the strict verification process. Remedial works are underway on other connections to improve construction quality.
The event was followed by a field visit to one of the sAIIG locations. In addition a 2 day, Training for Trainers (ToT), was conducted with the support of the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII). The training was attended by 42 participants, mostly volunteers, including the Head of local NGOs, the Head of the Neighbourhood (Ketua RT/RW), representatives of the Family Welfare Movement (PKK), and Youth Movement (Karang Taruna), and local farmers.
During the training, participants learned a variety of health promotion and sanitation marketing skills. These can be applied to recruit additional clients and also support communication between customers and the local operator of the wastewater system. The volunteers will receive full support from the Head of the LG to carry out their daily activities.