Light Up Indonesia, a social movement which strives to ease the burden on the community through the relief of electricity bills for underprivileged communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched on April 21 by the Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB). Since its launch, the movement undertaken to strengthen the PLN electricity subsidy program has received a positive response from the wider community.
The Light Up Indonesia Movement enables the general public who feel the need to help subsidize electricity bills to register themselves through lightup.id. 255,671 accounts registered for the first wave opened on 30 April to 7 May 2020. The total number of registrants who continued to fill out forms and upload registration requirements documents reached 27,272 people from 34 provinces of Indonesia.
To ensure the validity of registrants, YCAB and Do It as Light Up Indonesia’s technology partners, select incoming data, and then submit it to PLN, which verifies the validity of the electricity bill. After going through several stages of checking and verification, the distribution of the first wave of donations will be given to 20,497 households. The main reason for registrants not to pass the selection is because the PLN customer ID number is not appropriate, the information does not match the uploaded photo and the photo provided does not match the requirements. This fairly rigorous selection process is expected to make the distribution of donations truly effective and targeted to those who need it.
“Light Up Indonesia is our initiative to be able to channel aid effectively. Of course, on the way, we found many challenges, both from the readiness of technology and digital literacy from the side of the community who were the target recipients of aid. Together with Do-It, OVO, and PLN who have worked hard to support this movement, the distribution of aid can take place. We are very grateful for the support of the wider community. Our target is that Light Up Indonesia can provide electricity cost relief until July 2020, which means covering the payment of electricity usage in June. But if the support of community donations is getting stronger, it is possible to extend this initiative, “mentioned Veronica Colondam, Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation.
The distribution of this assistance has taken into account since the beginning of the PSBB and the public service announcement to avoid being in a crowded community. For this reason, YCAB cooperates with PLN to issue tokens for prepaid customers and collaborates with OVO to facilitate the payment process for postpaid customers.
“The digital system was set up from scratch within just a few weeks, what a remarkable achievement! There were obstacles in the process especially for recipients of postpaid donations, their electricity assistance was supposed to come in May, but was postponed to June. We apologized and assured that these customers will automatically get help in June. But in general, the program runs smoothly, and we hope that Light Up Indonesia can become a pilot of digitalized program that can provide even more benefits to the people of Indonesia,” explained Jenifer Claudia, CEO of Do-It.
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For prepaid customers, electricity assistance is provided through tokens distributed by PLN. Whilst postpaid customers, electricity assistance is distributed by OVO. Since its launch last April, Light Up Indonesia has distributed electricity assistance to 20,497 homes throughout Indonesia. The recipients consisted of 6,104 YCAB’s ultra micro-entrepeneurs mothers and 14,393 public who registered through lightup.id.
As of May 30, 2020, the total donations collected through the Light Up Indonesia program amounted to Rp 3,627,872,538. This number was obtained from the help of community and supporting partner organizations. The public may continue to make donations through the website Lightup.id.
Light Up will publicly re-open its registration on 1-10 June 2020 with a quota of 80,000 registrants. Registration requirements as well as the list of documents to go through the verification phase can be viewed further at www.lightup.id.
With the opening of the next wave, YCAB invites the community to help so that together we can fulfil the needs of the people in need. Numerous interesting activities were presented to invite the community to donate while enjoying entertainment and gain insight through the official Light Up YouTube channel. Every Wednesday and Saturday at 17.00, various famous figures will provide various inspirations during #DiRumahAja movement. The public can also participate through online movements with the hashtag #LightupIndonesia on the Instagram platform.