JAKARTA - The Regional Government (Pemda) of West Java Province won the title of Informative Province based on the results of the Monitoring and Evaluation (Monev) of Public Information Openness in 2019.
The award was handed over directly by Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil in the 2019 Public Information Openness Award at the RI Vice President's Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (11/21/19).
Meanwhile, Emil - as Ridwan Kamil was called - said that the award was proof that the West Java Provincial Government was committed in providing information to the public in accordance with regulations and laws.
"Today the West Java Province received an award from the Central Information Commission (KIP) of the Republic of Indonesia as an informative province. There are informative categories, towards informative. Then, committed, quite informative, and less informative, "Emil said.
"We get the highest signifying our commitment in providing information to the public that is maximally in accordance with the legislation," he continued.
These achievements, said Emil, will be maintained or even enhanced in the following years. Moreover, in the digital era, transparency and ease of public access to information must be a concern.
"In the digital era, there is a problem in translating style. Transparency can be done by reading books, sending letters, but today it can be as easy as accessing everything via digital, "he said.
"So, digitization is the way to do it. But getting the best status in the Informative Province shows that we obey the law, "he added.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin assessed that there were a number of challenges faced in becoming an open, transparent and trusted public body, namely the quality of information content, consistency in presenting innovation, and the development of information technology that changed the way of interaction and access the public about information.
"Ease of accessing information does not necessarily increase public information literacy. In fact, the tendency is, the shorter the time spent by the community to evaluate information, both in terms of relevance, accuracy, and sources of information," Ma'ruf said in his remarks.
"For this reason, I ask the leaders of the Public Agency to improve the quality of the information content delivered, because the public has the right to receive accurate and correct information. The Public Agency must be able to be the first reference for the community in obtaining information, as well as spearheading the antidote to hoaxes, both misinformation or disinformation that can mislead society, "he added.
There are three stages in the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Information Agency in 2019, namely socialization, filling out questionnaires, and presentations. The socialization took place on August 20-21, 2019 at the Office of the Ministry of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, filling out the questionnaire was held on 27 August-30 September 2019. The filling of the KIP Monev questionnaire was carried out online via e-monev.komisiinformasi.go.id. There are four indicators in filling out the questionnaire, namely developing the website, announcing public information, providing public information services, and providing public information.
In filling out the questionnaire, the Public Agency must attach supporting documents and evidence for each component of the questions. And the West Java Provincial Government is grateful to fulfill all documents or supporting evidence of the questionnaire.
"The fulfillment of the data supporting the questionnaire is the effort of all parties, so we appreciate the Regional Apparatuses that are actively helping to fulfill this Monev questionnaire," said the Head of the Public Relations and Protocol Bureau of West Java Provincial Secretariat who is also the Chief Acting Information and Documentation (PPID) Officer of West Java Province, Hermansyah .
Meanwhile, the presentation stage was held on October 17, 2019. Aspects of innovation and collaboration were two indicators of evaluation in the final stage of Monev 201 KIP.
In this stage, the Administrative Assistant of the Regional Secretariat of West Java Province, Dudi Sudradjat Abdurachim, presented a number of Provincial Government programs oriented to expanding public access, such as Digital Villages, Sapa Residents, Sarling, Tepas, Japri, Jabar Saber Hoaks, Informil, West Java Network, and West Java Open Data.
In addition, West Java PPID also collaborated with several parties to improve the quality of management and public information services. Starting from OPD, Regency / City Government, Provincial Information Commission, to the Central Statistics Agency.
After the four stages were taken well, the West Java Provincial Government was able to maintain the highest achievement of information disclosure as an Informative Province. Meanwhile, other provinces that won the same title, namely DKI Jakarta, Central Java, West Nusa Tenggara, Riau, West Sumatra and North Sumatra.