Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) knows the importance of doing community service in the 3T areas (the foremost, outermost and disadvantaged) as a form of improving the welfare and development of the local community as well as a form of implementation of Muhammadiyah college catur dharma. Therefore, the UMY Office of Research, Publication and Social Services (LP3M UMY) held a socialization program in collaboration with the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Areas and Transmigration (PDTT) on Thursday (5/12) at the AR Fakhruddin B Building in UMY.
The Director General of Regional Development, Sugito, S. Sos., M.H, conveyed several ministry policies and programs related to community service cooperation in the 3T region. “We have a strategy for developing certain regions in 2020-2024, namely in terms of increasing production and buper stock/price stability, food diversification and increasing human resource capacity, economic development in the border areas and the smallest and outer islands, increasing connectivity in the border and smallest and outer islands, disaster-resilient and conflict-resilient areas and improvement of basic infrastructure and facilities in the border areas and the smallest and outermost islands. all these strategies will be bundled in a program of activities aimed for 2020 which includes, among others, clean water facilities, village roads, post-harvest processing equipment, reservoirs, tourism potential development, disaster relief, strengthening of customary and cultural institutions, and increasing the capacity of civil servants, community and women in planning conflict development, “he explained.
Furthermore, Sugito also stated that the location of the Mandiri Community Service in the 3T areas in 2020 was expanded to cover 14 provinces, 37 districts, 45 sub-districts, and 45 villages, with each service packaged into several themes of community service activities. Those themes include the management of sports facilities in 14 districts, post-disaster community empowerment in 6 districts, EWS management assistance and post-disaster relief in 3 districts, Actualization of POTSUDA and HR in 3 districts, development of local food products in 4 districts, institutional development of PLTS and SAB in 5 districts and floating tourism villages in 7 districts. “From the themes that have been explained, UMY students are expected to be able to take advantage of government assistance starting from management, mentoring, and optimizing its use in order to achieve the desired outcome, developing the results of government assistance, maintenance of government aid and performing sustainable community empowerment, “he explained.
The Rector of UMY, Dr. Gunawan Budiyanto, MP stated that the 3T Community Service program of UMY started in 2014, and was later developed into the Mandiri KKN community in 2015. “I am proud of UMY students who have performed community service in the 3T area. They serve by coming to the area to solve problems and planning for the future and working together with the government. We hope that after the socialization of the program with the ministry, there will be new communities who want to serve in the 3T area, “he added.
The Head of LP3M UMY, Dr.Ir.Gatot Supangkat, M.P said that KKN students in the revolutionary 4.0 era require synergy in building society to empower the people. “When conducting KKN activities, UMY students needs to realize the importance of synergy with the government, the community, CSOs/NGOs, and companies which can later increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the program and increase the sustainability of the program,” he concluded. (Sofia)