Jakarta, December 13, 2023 – PT Agincourt Resources, Martabe Gold Mine operator, won the Community Development and Empowerment Performance Award (PPM) or Tamasya (Mining for prosperity) Award 2023, in the category of implementing the health sector through evidence-based interventions and revitalization of Integrated Healthcare Centre (Posyandu) for handling stunting. The award trophy was received by the Director & Chief of Financial Officer (CFO) at PT Agincourt Resources Noviandri Hakim from Julian Ambassadur Shiddiq, the Energy Ministry’s Head of Mineral and Coal Testing Centre.
“We thank all parties who have supported and collaborated in carrying out this health program, as well as the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for awarding the Tamasya Award. We continue to be committed to enhancing performance and constantly developing initiatives, collaboration with all related parties, and public health is made as a priority in the company’s operations,” said Noviandri after receiving the award on Friday (8/12/2023) in Jakarta.
Depending on him, the Tamasya Award to be a recognition of PTAR’s long-term commitment to changing the public health paradigm. With a focus on prevention and education efforts, PTAR contributes to create a healthier and more productive generation in the future.
“We believe in keeping the strong commitment and collaboration continuously, we can collectively to create a sustainable positive transformation such as to overcome the stunting problem, malnutrition, to strengthen the body or health institution role among the communities as well as to ensure each child has a chance to grow optimally,” said Noviandri. This first PPM/ Tamasya Performance Award in this year is considered the government’s acknowledgment to the mineral and coal mining business entities that have implemented the PPM performance properly. The first 2023 Tamasya Award being held by the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal at Ministry of ESDM is expected to encourage the enthusiasm and commitment of the mineral and coal mining business entity in implementing the PPM program. Therefore, the mining activities can run properly and optimally as well as sustain the community’s welfare surrounding the mines.
Generally, the assessment stages of the PPM/ Tamasya Award performance achievement falls into 5 stages, namely administration selection, The PPM performance assessment by online interview, final clarification interview with the assessor team as well as a business entity exposition event for the mineral commodities and verification sector for coal commodities as the effort in giving a complete description of the PPM program performance, plenary meeting, and determination of the award winner.
Quoting the website of the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal at the Ministry of ESDM, the government has regulated PPM in several derivative regulations from the Law Number 3 of 2020 concerning Amendments to the Law Number 4 of 2009 related to the mining of minerals and coal, namely the Ministerial regulation of ESDM Number 25 of 2018, the Ministerial regulation of ESDM Number 26 of 2018, as well as the ministerial decree of ESDM Number 1824 K/30/MEM/2018 regarding the implementation guidance of PPM.
Stunting Case Treatments
Health is one of the PTAR PPM pillars, apart from education, level of real income/employment, economic independence, social culture, environmental management, institutions, and infrastructure. Stunting is one of the problems that has special concern from PTAR. This is because the South Tapanuli Regency in 2022 was becoming a region with the highest prevalence of stunted toddlers in North Sumatra, namely 39.4% or 293 children. This figure jumped 8.6 points from 2021 which was 30.8%.
The Senior Manager of Community at PT Agincourt Resources, Christine Pepah, said that the revitalization of Posyandu had become PTAR’s main focus in addressing the stunting problem in Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru. PTAR will begin to eradicate stunting in 2022 through various activities such as training on Posyandu execution and basic health regarding Posyandu organizing, competency mapping of Posyandu cadres and midwives, as well as providing basic service facilities at Posyandu.
“This year we initiate an Integrated Posyandu and will continue in 2024 with the initiation of a Prima Posyandu. We are targeting that by 2025 we will have had an independent Posyandu in Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru,” said Christine.
To solve this stunting problem, PTAR is actively collaborating with the South Tapanuli Regency Government (Pemkab), Regional and Provincial Public Health Services, the experts’ synergy, as well as involving the Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru Public Health Centers, the village heads, Village’s PKK and village’s cadres, as well as the community.
The hard work over the last 2 years has paid off sweetly. The Foster Fathers for Stunting Children program has had an impact on reducing the number of stunted children. Of the 32 children suspected of stunting, 7 children were categorized as stunting after their health was checked. Of the 7 children, 3 children have been declared healthy and the rest are still in the assistance stage. In addition, since June 2023 PTAR has assisted 31 malnourished children from 12 villages in Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru Districts. Of the 31 children accompanied, 9 of them are healthy.