PALEMBANG – The Company of Semen Baturaja (SMBR), through the State-owned Business Enterprises’ Creative Workshop of Baturaja, is pushing for proprietors of small and medium businesses during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in order to help revive their productivity.

Small and Medium-sized enterprises has an important role within Indonesia’s economic cycle. During the middle of pandemic, a lot of business owners’ struggled as their revenue got affected negatively.

“We (Semen Baturaja) are doing our best to stimulate the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and also rekindling their spirit to help improve the economy”, as stated by the Vice President Corporate Secretary of SMBR, Basthony Santri.

Since 1991, SMBR has had committed to distribute partnership fund that could be used to fund many business proprietors. Until recently, there are already more than 2000 listed small and medium enterprises which have become the company’s development partners.

Semen Baturaja not only merely helps funding business; the company also routinely organized various management, creativity, and promotional training programs while actively socializing about how small and medium businesses should be capable of self-adjusting and become more responsive in looking up business opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Through the Baturaja Creative Workshop, we are helping business owners to learn on how to make face masks; a commodity that is urgently demanded by society as of right now”, he added.

SMBR has also involved its development partners to produce non-medical cloth face masks which are donated to several Covid-19 Task Forces in their respective region, such as: Palembang city, Baturaja city, and the province of South Sumatra.

Other than that, other form of support that the company has provided to small and medium business owners is the organizing of various training programs through video conference in accordance to the Covid-19 standard health protocol. The training subject that was being taught is also appropriately fitting with the current situation, such as “Branding Amidst the Pandemic”, “Content Marketing Strategy”, “Copy Writing”, and “Financial Digital Reporting”.

SMBR through its Creative Workshop has also collaborated with the Indonesia’s Gapura Digital Google Team in holding a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) class for small and medium business owners that are listed as the company’s development partners. The class was held to help small and medium business owners in reporting any possible hindrances they encountered during the middle of Covid-19 pandemic while also providing ideas and advices to resolve problems faced by their fellow business companions with the help of a facilitator.

During this year (2020), SMBR also worked with the OKU GO Indonesia as one of its development partners in marketing its business products. OKU GO Indonesia is an application created by the young generations of South Sumatra that provides local bike transportation and food and beverage delivery service online. Due to Covid-19 pandemic that demands people to maintain Physical Distancing, the products of small and medium businesses that are also the development partners of Baturaja’s Creative House have been made easier to market and extend its sales territory.

Many efforts have been comprehensively done by SMBR in terms of funding, production, and product marketing to help push small and medium businesses’ productivity in order to guarantee the program’s success. “Our hope within this program is to resurrect the small and medium businesses and the economy of Indonesia” he noted lastly.

BATURAJA – In the effort to prevent the spreading of Covid-19, Semen Baturaja, through their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Program, has conducted disinfectant spraying for districts and villages situated near Ring I of Baturaja Plant. The CSR program is an act of consideration by SMBR in supporting the government’s attempt to manage the infection of Covid-19 pandemic, especially in the OKU region. The spraying was done on 8 points that include 2 villages and 6 districts, they are: Laya and Pusar village, and the districts of Suka Jadi, Batu Kuning, Saung Naga, Tanjung Agung, Air Gading, and Talang Jawa. The disinfectant spraying has been conducted since 28 May until 3 June 2020 in several public facilities such as: official residences, police department offices, religious institutions, and public schools.

PALEMBANG – Semen Baturaja (SMBR) has donated several medical equipment supplies to Task Force of Rapid Handling of Covid-19 in Palembang city on Wednesday, 13 May, as one of the company’s vigilant policies in compliance to the decreed Letter of Large Scale Social Distancing enactment by the Ministry of Health of Indonesia. Report by the Task Force concerning the increase in positive Covid-19 infection case, where a total of 441 patients are listed, in South Sumatra as per 14 May 2020 has further solidified the enactment. “With the increasing number of infection case, the frontier of the medical force needs to be emboldened,” as Fuad Azizi, the Senior Manager Corporate Social Responsibility representing SMBR Management team, stated when he distributed the supplies to the Regional Secretary of Palembang city, Ratu Dewa, in the official residence of the mayor of Palembang.

The medical supplies given consisted of 1250 pieces of medical mask, 50 pieces of protective equipments, 5000 pieces of handscoons, 50 pieces of goggle glasses, 50 liter of hand sanitizers, and 2000 pieces of cloth face mask. Other than that, during the same occasion, SMBR has also donated 438 packages of food supplies. “We also handed out free food supplies for members of the Task Force. Hopefully it helps them all,” Fuad added. Previously, SMBR, who has been appointed as the coordinator for the Task Force of Covid-19 Disaster Handling in the region of Ogan, Komering, and Ulu (OKU), had also already provided medical equipments to said Task Force.

PALEMBANG – As a gesture of consideration towards the citizens affected by Covid-19, Semen Baturaja along with Bukit Asam and Kapuas Musi Madelyn, both being distributors of Semen Baturaja, have donated 246 packages of food supplies. The donation was held in Palembang Golf Center on Saturday, 9 May, with Fuad Azizi, the Senior Manager CSR, attending while also acting as representative of Semen Baturaja Management team. The food supplies given in the middle of the holy month of Ramadhan can hopefully relieve the burden of many people, particularly those who have lost their livelihood due to the impact of Covid-19.

BATURAJA – In welcoming the holy month of Ramadhan, Semen Baturaja has again showed their consideration towards locals living near by the Baturaja Plant through distributing food supplies packages; something that has become an annual tradition for them. This year, Semen Baturaja has distributed 18.450 free packages into six sub-districts and two villages around the area of Baturaja Plant. The donation has been carried out steadily starting on Wednesday, 13 May, and it includes sub-districts of Air Gading, Sukajadi, Talang Jawa, Tanjung Agung, Batu Kuning, Saung Naga, and the two villages of Pusar and Laya whose location are directly adjacent with Semen Baturaja Plant.

Each of the free packages was distributed through the offices of each district and villages. As for the next step, the Management team of Semen Baturaja would inform the district and village officials about the appropriate technical distributing process for the citizens in need of those supplies, so as to not violate the government’s restriction about activities that might attract a large gathering of people during the pandemic. The Main Director of Semen Baturaja, Jobi Triananda Hasjim, has stated that the philanthropic activity is a part of the company’s budgeted CSR program that is meant for a show of consideration towards the environment and locals living near by the Plant which aims to lessen the social economic burden caused by Covid-19 pandemic. “The supplies were given just in time with the coming holy month of Ramadhan, we are hoping that it could help ease the demand for food necessities during fasting, and we also hope that this act of compassion can give blessing to us all in Semen Baturaja,” he added.

BATURAJA – The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has spread in more than 282 cities in Indonesia. This number keeps on increasing, despite the lowering curve on positive cases and the increase of cases of recovering from Covid-19. As per 26 April 2020, it has been listed that there are 129 positive cases of Covid-19 in the province of South Sumatra spread in different regions of the province.

In the attempt to prevent the Covid-19 infection, PT Semen Baturaja (SMBR) has distributed a number of relief supports in the form of medical equipment to the Task Force for Handling Covid-19 Disaster of Ogan, Komering, Ulu (OKU) Region on Monday, 27 April. The relief support was directly given by the Vice President Operation I of Semen Baturaja, Eko David Irawan, to the Head of OKU region, Kuryana Aziz, on the latter’s house.

Semen Baturaja, who has been appointed as the coordinator of the Task Force for Covid-19 Disaster of OKU, has distributed relief in the form of 100 pieces of medical protective equipment, 2500 pieces of medical face masks, 10.000 pieces of handscoon, 100 liter of hand sanitizer, and 1000 pieces of cloth face masks, “We, alongside all of the State-Owned Business Enterprises in South Sumatra, are working together with each other and gave our full support especially to the government in their many efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, mainly in the OKU region,” said Eko David Irawan.

Other than the company’s CSR, the medical equipment donations also came from the Semen Baturaja Employee Union and Bayt al-Mal of Semen Baturaja Employee. “It is a form of consideration from the employees of Semen Baturaja who have donated in order to help preventing the spread of Covid-19,” he added. Going further, Eko David hoped that the donated relief support to be immediately distributed, especially for medical workers or people of OKU region.

Previously, Semen Baturaja along with other 46 State-Owned Business Enterprises had provided relief support to help manage Covid-19 in the form of medical equipments to the government of South Sumatra province. Other than the donation, Semen Baturaja has also directly contributed to the preventive measure against Covid-19 through disinfectant spraying on several public areas in OKU region back then on 26 March. “We even deployed teams from Semen Baturaja to help doing tracing and spraying disinfectant on the houses of both people and patients under Covid-19 surveillance in OKU region,” as Eko David mentioned.

PALEMBANG – Semen Baturaja, together with other 45 State-Owned Business Enterprises of South Sumatra that are included in the South Sumatra State-Owned Business Enterprise Task Force for National Disaster, have donated medical equipments to the government of South Sumatra. The relief support provided consisted of accumulated funds from the entire State-Owned Business Enterprises of South Sumatra in the form of medical equipments, such as: protective equipment, handscoon, hand sanitizer, temperature scanner, oxygen spray, and multivitamin. The relief was symbolically presented by Pusri, acting as the coordinator of South Sumatra State-Owned Business Enterprise Task Force for National Disaster, and was accepted by the governor of South Sumatra, Herman Deru, in South Sumatra’s National Board for Disaster Management post on Thursday, 9 April.

During the implementation, the relief accepted from the Task Force for the National Board will have been distributed to places that need it, including hospitals. As a state-owned company, Indonesia’s State-Owned Business Enterprise will always continue to work with the government in managing the Covid-19 disaster, one of which is through the formation of Task Force. We all swore that we will thrive over Covid-19!

BATURAJA – In anticipating the impact of Covid-19, the government of OKU region has formed the Covid-19 Task Force Team of OKU Region consisting of Regional Leadership Coordinating Forum of OKU and several companies situated in said region. Semen Baturaja is one among those companies that is actively involved on its activities.

One of its perceptible activities that were performed under the Covid-19 preventive measure is the spraying of disinfectant simultaneously on various public areas in Baturaja that was conducted within three days in sequence; starting from 26 to 28 March 2020. On the first day, the spraying was done on the protocol road, office buildings, marketplaces, and other public facilities in Baturaja city.

The simultaneous disinfectant spraying was aimed to prevent and minimize the impact of Covid-19 in OKU region with the hope that there won’t be any infection case among the locals. As a member the State-Owned Business Enterprises of this country, SMBR is actively playing role within the Covid-19 Task Force Team who has been directly mandated to help and support the procedures to manage the Covid-19 infection on its operating locations.

PALEMBANG – Semen Baturaja has officially opened the Arts Workshop of Srikandi Mahardika Movement that is situated in Pantai Musi 13 Ulu Plaju, Palembang on Wednesday, 18 March. The Arts Workshop was built with the purpose of preserving and cultivating the traditional arts of South Sumatra and to hone the artistic creativity and potential of artists. The official opening was attended by the head of Seberang Ulu II district, Rahwan Paneh, the VP Human Resources of SMBR, Fitria Margaretha, the SM CSR of SMBR, Fuad Azizi, and the head of the Srikandi Mahardika Workshop, Galuh Sito Resmi.

“The extracurricular activities in this workshop includes the art of dancing, Haḍra (collective supererogatory ritual performed by Sufi orders), handicraft, and the development of students’ potential,” as stated by Galuh Sito Resmi, the head of the Srikandi Mahardika Workshop, on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Galuh also mentioned that the workshop is independently owned and meant for local children to freely learn about various branches of artistic creativity. “This workshop is also the first one to be officially opened within the district of Seberang Ulu II, and we are aiming to also participate in other districts’ workshop in the future,” Galuh added.

This establishment’s design is likened to a house that encapsulates several educational institutions into one, so as to make it easier to coordinate these institutions. As for the age range of the students, it is generally between 7 years to junior high school students, while the learning educators consisted of volunteers that are predominantly university or college students. “The students do not merely receive formal education that is commonly being taught, but they can also learn non-formal ones such as dancing and poetry. Natural artistic talent and potential are being tapped and brought forth in here,” as explained.

Moreover, other than showing appreciation towards the workhouse, the company of SMBR will also give continuous support to it by observing the house of arts’ growth in the future. “We are in full support of this house, and the grand opening is our way of appreciation of it,” Galuh mentioned on the media.

PALEMBANG – Having previously collaborated with the South Sumatra Social Welfare CSR Forum to organize the Technical Training of Brick and Concrete Block Making on 12 December 2019, the CSR of Semen Baturaja has recently just donated brick & paving stone making machine and also cement mixer that were symbolically received by J. Rianthony Nata Kesuma, acting as the Head of South Sumatra Social Welfare CSR Forum.

Through both of these donated machineries, the Management team of Semen Baturaja wished that the participants of the training would be able to immediately practice the brick and concrete block production so as to further prepare them for jobs that require the specific skills and proficiency in corresponding field.

Semen Baturaja is also in full support of the government’s program that aims to raise the most excellent human resources in order to hasten the development of the country of Indonesia.