Sunday, January 14, 2018. Considering the importance of overcoming the problem of people who are suffering from social welfare problems (PMKS), which are relatively still high, the Social Service Council of Yogyakarta Provincial Muhammadiyah Executive Leader (PWM DIY) held an FGD on Social works and Social Welfare of Muhammadiyah on Sunday, January 14th, 2018. This FGD was a form of empowerment program to reduce the PMKS rate.

This FGD was attended by the Leaders from many councils and autonomous organization under Yogyakarta Provincial Muhammadiyah Executive Leader, as well as the MPS representatives in each Regional Muhammadiyah Executive Leader.  The FGD results will be used to prepare the material of Provincial Muhammadiyah Executive Leader Coordination Meeting of MPS PWM DIY,  which will be held on February 4th at Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD).

Sri Harjanto representing the Office of Social Affairs of DIY explained that PMKS is a person or family who because of an obstacle, difficulties or disturbance could not carry out its social function and therefore could not establish a harmonious and creative relationship with its environment so that it could not fulfill its life needs (physical, spiritual and social ) adequately and reasonably. He added that according to the Ministry of Social RI, currently there are 26 types of PMKS including abandoned children, neglected children, children facing the law, street children, children with disability, children victims of violence, children with special protection, abandoned elderly , Disabled Persons, Prostitutes, Vagrants, Beggars, Scavengers, Minorities, former Prisoners, People with HIV / AIDS, Drug Abuse Victims, Trafficking Victims, Victims of Violence, Migrant Workers Social Problems (PMBS) Victims of natural disasters, Social disaster victims, socio-economic vulnerable women, the Poor, family with psychological social problem, Remote Indigenous Communities.

“So it is important for us to know what the meaning and form of the PMKS is,” said Harjanto.

Meanwhile, on the same occasion, Dyah Mutiarin, observer of governmental science
and lecturer of UMY explained about the role and the challenges of Muhammadiyah in
Social Welfare Improvement. According to her, Muhammadiyah as an Islamic organization with the mission of doing good deeds and abandoning bad ones with da’wah and social needs to formulate its role and function as government partner in solving various social welfare problem.

“Based on Surah Al-Ma’un, it is clear that become a Moslem in Islam should realize to empower, and assist the dhu’afa and mustadh’afin community. Therefore, the Social Services Council in planning the Social Service Road Map should considering various factors, such as Social Service Needs Changes, Current Issues (Global, National and Local), Future Trends, Potentials and Resources, and Muhammadiyah Vision “said Mutiarin. For more information click here

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