"Rumors circulating of the labor-intensive program in Palu City being halted are completely untrue and unreliable," Palu Social Affairs Office Acting Chief Mohamad Rifani remarked here on Saturday.
Baca juga: Pemkot Palu Belum Kurangi Jumlah Padat Karya
Rifani acknowledged that the labor-intensive program had not started in the period between January and February due to administrative issues, but all participants of the labor-intensive program had begun working again since March 1, 2018.
Until now, the number of participants of the labor-intensive program had reached 4,187 people, who work two hours daily for two days in a week on a monthly wage of Rp250 thousand per person.
Various forms of cooperation were established, including for the construction of public facilities, development of road and bridge infrastructure, and reforestation programs in the region.
The benefits of activities, running since 2014, have been felt by the participants, and the number of poor families has reduced, as this program aims to free people from the shackles of poverty.
"After participating in labor-intensive activities, the economic strata of several of the participants has improved," he pointed out.
The future target of the labor-intensive program will be further increased to tackle the poverty rate in the capital of Central Sulawesi Province.
Baca juga: Pemkot Palu Kurangi Peserta Padat Karya