Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Pekanbaru – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo handed over about 6,000 land certificates to residents during his working visit to Pekanbaru, Riau, on Saturday, as part of efforts to fulfill his administration's ambitious agrarian reform program.
Of the total certificates, 3,000 were part of the land certification program, while the remaining half were certificates of land redistribution under the mechanism of land objects for agrarian reform (TORA).
Jokowi distributed the certificates in a symbolic ceremony to 12 residents representing 6,000 recipients from Pekanbaru, Indragiri Hilir, Siak and Pelalawan.
By owning land certificates, residents would no longer have to worry about getting involved in land conflicts, Jokowi told the recipients who attended the ceremony. "[Certificates] are legal documents proving our rights to land ownership," he said.
The government has set targets to certify a total of 126 million hectares of land in the country and to grant 9 million ha, comprising roughly 4.5 million ha of uncertified plots and 4.5 ha of degraded forests, to citizens under TORA scheme.
Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil said that only 40 percent or 1.4 million of total 3.48 million plots of land across Riau had been certified, leaving more than 2 million plots that still need to be certified.
Sofyan said the government had issued certificates covering 155,000 plots in Riau this year. "God's willing, we will issue more land certificates in Riau next year," he added.
Jokowi's administration said it had issued 5 million land certificates last year and planned to issue 7 million more this year and 9 million in 2019.