The city administration plans to increase the number of mobile vans providing ID card extension services, an official said on Friday.
Franky Mangatas, the head of Jakarta Population and Civil Registration Agency, said five more vans would join the current fleet of six.
“We will add more units because based on feedback, the public reaction to the mobile ID card service has been positive. So we plan to have 11 units running this year,” he said.
Franky said that the agency had budgeted Rp 2 billion ($214,000) for the additional units. He said the funds would be proposed in the revised 2010 regional budget.
The city administration first launched the ID card vans in December in order to help residents renew their identity cards and to cut down on corruption.
Franky said that ideally, there should be three ID card vans for each municipality.
We will gradually add to the number each year to ensure the program works better,” he said.
Franky said that some 4,000 people had made use of the services provided by the mobile program since December. The service, he said, also cut out middlemen and prevented extortion and bribery.
“The vans will travel around residential areas to cater to those who can’t go to the urban ward offices, like old people. This will help a lot,” he said.
Franky said the agency would also increase the number of days the vans operate. The service is available Monday to Friday, but the authorities are planning to extend services to Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Many people have asked us to add the extra coverage days to make access easier,” he said.
Franky added that the vans would operate in disaster areas, such as those hit by fires or floods. He said is such situations, many people lost their identity cards.
The vans are equipped to take photos and fingerprints, a service that is free. Governor Fauzi Bowo said the program was designed to help the government obtain more accurate data about the city’s residents and to help people take care of their ID card needs.
He said the system was meant to prevent individuals from having more than one identity card and to stop cards from being used illegally in crimes. Fauzi added that the program was part of the preparation for the switch to the single identification system that will soon be introduced by the central government.
Jakarta, he said, was ready for the electronic ID cards because the city already had an integrated online database that could be used as a foundation for the system.