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Govt, TNI team up to build villages

Jakarta Post - March 9, 2017

Jakarta The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry and the Indonesian Military (TNI) are cooperating to improve infrastructure in villages across Indonesia during the latter's community service program called TNI Manunggal Membangun Desa (TMMD).

In the third TMMD program, TNI members will be deployed to villages to develop infrastructure in the areas. TMMD is the continuation of ABRI Masuk Desa (AMD), a community service program built under Soeharto's leadership in the New Order Era.

"Since 2015, we have worked with the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry to carry out infrastructure development under the TMMD program. This includes the construction of roads in border areas and the preservation of Ciliwung and Cisadane rivers," said Army Chief of Staff (Kasad) Gen. Mulyono during a technical meeting on Thursday.

The Ciliwung River cuts across West Java while the Cisadane River passes through two provinces, Jakarta and West Java.

Mulyono said it was the Army's main task to help regional administrations accelerate their infrastructure development. He further said the TMMD program reflected the Army's identity as the army of Indonesian citizens.

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the TMMD program was a medium for the Army to maintain its relationship with Indonesian people.

"This is a way for the nation's military to help the people to build infrastructure in their areas, such as building bridges in remote villages that are important in facilitating their daily activities," said Basuki.

This year's TMMD program will be conducted in three periods, in which each period takes 30 days. The first period will start on April 5. (rdi/ebf)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/09/govt-tni-team-up-to-build-villages.html.

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