The Batam City Environmental Agency (DLH) is actively developing a system for withdrawing online-based waste retribution. Unfortunately, the innovation that is being built is not in line with the increase in the target of the waste retribution in 2019.
Head of the Batam City DLH, Herman Rozie, reasoned that he had not been able to increase the target of the garbage retribution with consideration of the weakening community economy.
He admitted that the housing sector experienced an increase, but slowed down because many residents returned home. While the industrial sector is in a downward condition.
“Now it is sluggish, the company is closed a lot, so it is rather difficult to increase the target of the garbage retribution,” he added.
He said, innovation with an online-based system developed now is more aimed at service reforms and transparent management of local revenues. “This year (2018) we start from housing, but in the future to the company too,” he said.
He claimed, according to the capabilities of DLH submitted to the Batam DPRD, in fact waste collection fees increased every year. In 2017, the target of Rp.28 billion in waste collection was reached.
Then in 2018, according to DLH’s assumption, it is targeted at Rp. 30 billion, but the Batam DPRD refuses but then it is agreed to Rp. 35 billion.
“The report to me for 2018 (until October, red) has reached Rp. 24.8 billion. “For the remaining two months, Rp. 5 billion to Rp. 6 billion is optimistic that it will be achieved to meet the Rp. 30 billion target according to DLH assumptions,” he explained.
The former Head of the Batam City Public Housing, Settlement and Landscaping Office added that in 2019 the target would still be the same as the Batam DPRD joint agreement in 2018, which amounted to Rp. 35 billion.
“We will continue to work optimally,” he added.
Meanwhile, Head of Batam City DLH Levies Division, Dwiki Septiawan, said that the installation of barcodes for online waste collection payments is targeted at 21 thousand by the end of 2018. The focus of barcode installation areas in three districts, namely Sekupang, Lubukbaja, and Batam Kota.
“Of the target of 21 thousand, 12 thousand have been installed in Sekupang and Batam Kota. Sekupang has been running, while in Batam Kota has been installed this month and can be started from November. “The total has been run around 7 thousand (barcodes),” he said.
Dwiki explained the system that had been planned since 2016 and that the system was built in 2017, making it easier for the public to pay garbage fees. While the technical payment, said Dwiki, there were officers who came to residents’ homes and shops that had barcodes attached with carry scans and receipts.
“Those who have brizzi (BRI) cards can be paid directly. And we will give receipt as a sign of being paid, “he explained.
In fact, he continued, residents can also use cards or ATMs of other banks, but currently only have cooperation with BRI. So if you pay using another bank card, it will cost more.
In addition, continued Dwiki, residents can also directly pay to the officers and then the relevant officers will deposit into the regional treasury. Officers cannot be aware, because every transaction has been recorded and displayed on DLH’s server.
“We (DLH, ed) will know how much money the officers hold and which houses have paid. So, the officers can’t play anymore, “he said.
Another option is payment, that is, residents can also come alone to the bank to fulfill the payment of the levy. This option is an option when officers come home but there are no homeowners.
“Sometimes there are homeowners who are rarely at home, maybe because of work. Then you can pay to the bank, “he explained.