Preparing the Academic Studies on the Establishment of Karawang District UPTD PALD
USAID IUWASH PLUS works with the Karawang district government to strengthen the institutional performance in the WASH sector and advocates the district government to establish an operator institution to manage the domestic wastewater service in the district. By having an operator institution—which can be in the form of a Technical Implementing Unit of the Office (Unit Pelaksana Teknis Dinas/UPTD) or local government-owned company, the tasks and functions of the domestic wastewater service can run in a more effective and sustainable manner.
The Karawang district government agreed to establish the domestic wastewater operator and together with USAID IUWASH PLUS held a workshop on the preparation of academic studies on the establishment of domestic wastewater management technical implementing unit (UPTD PALD) in Hotel Resinda, Karawang from April 23–24, 2018. “The condition of domestic wastewater service in Karawang still needs a lot of improvement, not only on technical aspect but also institutional aspect,” said M. Ridwan Salim, the Secretary of Karawang Bappeda in his opening remarks for the workshop.
The workshop was attended by 15 participants from several relevant agencies, namely Bappeda , the Office of People’s Housing and Settlement Area (PRKP), the Environmental Office, the organization and personnel divisions, and the Agency for Regional Financial and Asset Management (BPKAD).
The workshop began with a discussion on the existing service conditions, such as the IPLT facilities that are not yet available and the lack of clarity on the tasks and functions of the local apparatus related to domestic wastewater management. This initial discussion helped the participants to have the same understanding about the background and purposes of the workshop. Furthermore, the USAID IUWASH PLUS team facilitated discussions on several topics to cover the main substance of the academic studies, which include the UPTD establishment criteria, workload analysis, and employee spending ratio analysis. The participants also discussed and agreed on the substances of the Regent Regulation draft needed for establishing the UPTD PALD.
During the last session of the workshop, the participants agreed to form a working team and prepared the action plans. The workshop resulted in a draft academic studies and the draft Regent Regulation on the UPTD PALD establishment, as well as the necessary action plans. “The Working Team will finalize the draft academic studies and will hold leadership meetings to get inputs on technical, personnel, and financial aspects in establishing the UPTD,” said Ir. Tenny, the head of Organization division in her closing remarks.
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