ACT Inaugurates National Command Post for COVID-19 Emergency

As a follow-up to the Free Food Operation, Aksi Cepat Tanggap take serious actions in alleviating the impact of COVID-19 that has negatively affected the community by establishing National Command Post for COVID-19 Emergency.

The National Command Post for COVID-19 emergency will serve as aid and community service center. (ACTNews/Edy Purwanto)

ACTNews, SOUTH TANGERANG – Aksi Cepat Tanggap opened a national post for COVID-19 emergency named the National Command Post for Fighting Corona, Friday (3/20). Located in the Ciputat Indah Permai Office Complex, the National Command Post serves as a center for collecting aid and community services. The National Command Post also supervises 46 Regional posts at each ACT branch office.

President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Ibnu Khajar said, the ACT’s National Command Post for COVID-19 emergency was established to serve the community, both as aid and information center. "There is a medical approach that we will explain, there is a spiritual approach so that people can be at peace," Ibnu said.

The National Command Post also collaborates with the Indonesian National Army. Ibnu explained, ACT leadership has been in touch with the Headquarters of Indonesian National Armed Force. "Therefore, we have also asked for permission to put the TNI logo on the banners in all command posts both national and regional posts," he added.

The collaboration with the National Army, according to Ibnu, was necessary because the community needs a sense of security in the midst of the current COVID-19 outbreak. "The impacts of the outbreak is not only on economics and health, but it also has an effect on social security. That's why we involve the Indonesian National Army Headquarters," said Ibnu.

The talk show about COVID-19 at ACT’s National Command Post, Friday (3/20). (From left to right) Director of ACT’s Creative Strategy Communication Nurman Priatna as the master of ceremony, President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Ibnu Khajar, Commander of the ACT National Command Post Dwiko Hadi Dastriadi, and Coordinator of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Medical Team Dr. Rizal Alimin. (ACTNews / Muhajir Arif Rahmani)

Member of ACT’s Supervisory Board N. Imam Akbari explained that the establishment of the National Command Post was a swift step taken by ACT. Imam explained, swift dissemination of information can bring better results.

"Speed ​​is essential in terms of our immediate actions. We swiftly move together and show real actions. The results will also be quick," explained Imam.

Furthermore, according to Imam, ACT will alleviate the impact of COVID-19 outbreak from four aspects. namely education, spirituality and religion, actions, and information. "We realize that not all people already have proper understanding related to Covid-19, especially on the grass root level. Inadequate understanding will pose a challenge if not properly taken care of. The second aspect is religion. As a nation that believes in God Almighty, who understands that viruses are also part of His creations. As fellow humans, we care about each other. The Coronavirus must be faced by increasingly becoming pious. The third aspect is actions. Obviously we take not only take preventive steps by simply distributing masks or hand sanitizers, but also directly go to the medical facilities to help the medical heroes. Finally, as a media and data center, we will disseminate accurate information to the public," Imam explained.

Member of ACT’s Supervisory Board Imam Akbari explained about the strategic steps of the National Command Post while also inaugurating the establishment of the post. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

The National Command Post Commander Dwiko Hadi Dastriadi explained, ACT's actions in reducing the impact of COVID-19 have already been carried out before the establishment of the National Command Post. In addition to taking preventive measures, ACT also distributed food aid on Thursday (3/19), right after officially launching the humanitarian fleet at the Humanity Distribution Center in Gunung Sindur, Bogor.

"The services have been provided since Friday. We launched the are Humanity Food Trucks, Humanity Food Vans, Rice Truch, and Waqf Drinking Water truck. There are 1,100 boxes of waqf drinking water to be distributed. The National Command Post also opened a call center related to information on doctors, Muslim scholars, or spraying disinfectant," explained Dwiko. He also explained, a total of 45 thousand volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia are ready to move if needed in 46 ACT branches and MRI networks.

Dwiko also invited all elements of the community to collaborate. ACT’s Command Posts are ready to receive, accommodate, and distribute assistance to those affected by COVID-19, both directly and indirectly.

"Especially informal workers, such as merchants, and laborers. They are indirectly affected because they cannot sell or work every day. We are trying to assist these groups of people," explained Dwiko. []