SUBANG REGENCY - West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum launched a thousand kentongan program, which was initiated by the Radion Republic of Indonesia (RRI) Public Broadcasting Institution (RRI), in Tenjolaya Village, Subang Regency, Monday (11/11/19).
According to Uu, a thousand kentongan not only aims to reintroduce traditional tools from the Land of Pasundan, but also as a means of notification of natural disasters. Therefore, he appreciated the initiator of the program.
"Kentongan is very multifunctional, in addition to calls if there are thieves and disasters, this traditional tool will also invite people to gather and work together," said Uu.
Uu also said that the public would understand the information delivered from the number of beats or rhythms of sound. On the same occasion, hundreds of people and Tenjolaya students conducted a simulation of the use of kentongan.
"We strongly support this activity because it provides education to the community and RRI has also synergized with BPBD (Regional Disaster Management Agency) of West Java, Basarnas, and BMKG," he said.
In addition, said Uu, the Regional Government (Pemda) of West Java Province was committed to continue to reduce disaster risk via disaster mitigation programs. Therefore, he hopes the thousand kentongan movements will run throughout the West Java region.
"We will continue to support this movement because it is very useful," he said.
Kentongan itself is a tool made of bamboo and wood. In the past, kentongan became a mass communication tool. Because, the public knows what users want to convey kentongan from the rhythm and the number of beats.
LPP RRI Program and Production Director Soleman Yusuf said that kentongan is a local wisdom, one of which is useful for the traditional early warning system and its name varies in each region.
"Kentongan is a very effective sign of gathering, but sometimes we forget it," he said.
This one thousand kentongan program has been launched nationally in Banten Province some time ago. According to Soleman, the people of West Java are very enthusiastic about the program. "In the village of Tenjolaya, I was very surprised by the enthusiasm of the community," he said.
The purpose of the program is not just to provide education to the community, but also to evacuate the elderly when natural disasters occur.
Soleman stated, the combination of modern technology and local wisdom in Japan was the inspiration for the birth of the thousand kentongan program. According to him, Japan, whose technology is very advanced, has never forgotten its culture.
"As the country of the same ring of fire as Indonesia, Japan provides education to its people on how to be alert and adaptive in dealing with disasters. So it is the combination of modern technology and local wisdom that gave birth to the kentongan program," he said.