(FR_2023) FITRA Riau is pushing the Pelalawan Regency government to strengthen information transparency and optimize the one data policy for the regency. This cooperation agreement is a follow-up to the workshop held previously on July 4-5, 2023, in Pekanbaru.
Previously, the Acting Head of the Information and Communication Office stated that there has been progress in implementing the one data policy, as evidenced by the issuance of Regent Regulation No. 17 of 2023 concerning the Implementation of One Data Indonesia in Pelalawan Regency. However, the implementation is not yet well-consolidated.
Some departments within the local government still do not have a uniform understanding of the formulation and principles of the one data policy, resulting in a lack of significant consolidation between data holders (Kominfo) and government agencies (OPD). For example, regarding data validation progress, out of a total of 3,127 data elements, 2,567 elements have been filled in, leaving 560 data elements still empty.
Furthermore, in terms of government transparency services, the local government departments (OPD) have not yet fully supported regional information transparency services. Despite our role as the implementers of the Main Public Information Service (PPID Utama), we have prepared all the technical aspects to support transparency services, starting from infrastructure preparations such as a media center and regulations as service guidelines. However, our transparency rating remains low.
Rinto mentioned that an upgrade might be necessary because the OPD’s understanding of open information and exempted information is still unclear, and the role of the OPD in supplying data and information has not been clearly communicated. Therefore, operators, particularly the OPD secretaries responsible for the auxiliary PPID, need to strengthen their understanding of the Right to Information Act (UU KIP).
In line with this, the one data policy aligns well with the implementation of PPID services. This is evident in the definition of one data itself, which envisions a single service portal that is easily accessible. This means that transparency services need further upgrading to strengthen and enhance transparency (proactive) services and the one data policy. This was clarified by the Acting Head of the Information and Communication Office (PLT Kominfo).
STRENGTHENING ONE DATA AND TRANSPARENCY SERVICES
Following the cooperation agreement, on Thursday, August 3, 2023, Fitra Riau, in collaboration with Kominfo, organized a workshop to strengthen the one data policy and enhance proactive information transparency. This event was held at the Auditorium of the Regent’s Office and was officially opened by Drs. Fahrizal, M.Si, who serves as the Assistant II for Economic Affairs and Development.
In his presentation, Assistant II informed that the implementation of the one data policy is crucial to adopt, as it is a mandatory requirement outlined in Presidential Decree No. 39 of 2019. When broken down, it aligns well with Pelalawan’s vision of progress, particularly in the mission of advancing governance. Apart from expediting metadata preparation, the government departments (OPD) are expected to reflect on the quality of our transparency services, whether they are proactive enough or require improvement.
He expressed gratitude to FITRA Riau for supporting the workshop and hoped that all participants would engage effectively so that the information from this event could be put into practice, said Fahrizal.
During this workshop, FITRA explained how the transparency index of Pelalawan Regency is assessed annually. According to the assessment, Pelalawan Regency received a score of 0.23, ranking fourth.
Taufik stated that the performance of service provision is still relatively low. Information that should be proactively disclosed is not published on the government’s website as it should be. One of the issues raised by FITRA is related to development planning information, including budget documents and accountability/audit reports, which are still not proactively presented.
Additionally, FITRA Riau examined the implementation of the one data policy. Tarmidzi explained that the one data policy is now incorporated into the regent’s regulation guidelines. This serves as a framework for ensuring the proper consolidation of data management functions. If there are currently only 2,567 identified data elements from 26 local government departments, it is essential to identify the challenges.
Moreover, the 2,567 data elements that have been inputted can be verified by data custodians (Kominfo). It is essential to determine whether this data can be proactively accessed through the government’s public portal publication channel.
For instance, information related to development planning, including budget information, budget execution information, budget accountability, or poverty data, can be reverified and proactively made accessible. Tarmidzi emphasized this point.
There were 22 local government departments (OPD) present at the workshop, while 6 OPDs were absent. Tarmidzi facilitated the workshop. The follow-up plan agreed upon by the local government in collaboration with FITRA includes: (1) Strengthening the human resources of the main PPID operators will be carried out immediately. (2) Preparing budget support to enhance PPID service implementation. (3) Proactively publishing general information through the Pelalawan Data House portal or the local government’s website. (4) Updating the Information Service Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
Regarding the one data implementation, the local government agreed to send letters to OPDs that have not yet filled in the big data. In this workshop meeting, some OPDs were absent. It was agreed, based on this document, that by the end of December 2023, information transparency services and one data policy through the implementation of Big Data will operate optimally.