Forest Concession Companies Action to Help COVID-19 Prevention
To support the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) program in preventing the increasing rates of Covid-19, the Indonesian Forest Concession Association (APHI) collects donations from its members consisting of HTI permit holders, Natural Forest Permit (HA) and Ecosystem Restoration Permit holders (RE).
APHI members donated masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supporting equipment as well as disinfectants and basic needs. One of the companies holding HTI permits that make donations is IBCSD member, PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) which is an affiliate of Royal Golden Eagle. From RAPP, donations were given in the form of 20 thousand surgical masks, 40 thousand medical gloves, 2 thousand personal protective clothing and 100 protective glasses.
RAPP President Director, also IBCSD Chairman, Sihol Aritonang handed over this assistance directly to APHI Chairperson Indroyono Soesilo. The donation of medical equipment and necessities from these members is a form of the company’s responsibility and care to support the Covid-19 handling program carried out by the Indonesian government specifically through KLHK.
In total, the Royal Golden Eagle through the Tanoto Foundation brought in 100 thousand protective clothing, 1 million masks, 1 million gloves and 3 thousand protective glasses to provide more adequate protection to medical officers in Indonesia. This assistance has begun to be distributed through BNPB (read more here), and also to Covid-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta, Riau and North Sumatra.
Other member of IBCSD, the APP Sinarmas, also put on some donations. The donations are in the form of 40 thousand pcs masks, 1.000 liters of filma cooking oil, and packages of Lianhua Qingwen Herbal medicines from China. Furthermore, the collected aid will be handed over and coordinated with various related parties specifically with the KLHK Covid-19 Task Force.