PURWAKARTA - The Palang Merah Indonesian Organization (PMI) has an important role in national development, especially development which concerns the lives of many people, the welfare of the people.
This was stated by the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (Mensos) Agus Gumiwang when he opened the 2018 National PMI Volunteer Meeting in Jatiluhur, Purwakarta Regency, Monday (09/19/2018).
The Minister explained in the Indonesian National Anthem there is a sentence "Bangunlah Jiwanya Bangunlah Badannya untuk Indonesia Raya". It means social welfare is the basis for national development.
"The basic essence of the nation's development is social welfare," he said.
PMI have an important role in social development, not only in responding to disasters, but will be involved in the Citarum Harum Bestari program. He said, he can't realize a developed country if he couldn't develop social welfare. So, cooperation is needed by all parties in implementing social programs.
Social Minister Agus also appreciated all the PMI volunteers. The reason is they have never complained during their humanitarian tasks, no matter how heavy the battle field is, volunteerism of professionalism, dedication and patriotism is a character that deserves to be followed especially by the younger generation.
"Thank you on behalf of the government. The contribution of PMI volunteers is very evident especially during the disaster relief in NTB and condolences as much as possible for the death of his PMI volunteer at the disaster site," he concluded.