Jakarta Launches Family Planning Program to Rein In Growth

BY :PRISKA SARI PRATIWI

MARCH 18, 2015

Jakarta. Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Syaiful Hidayat on Wednesday launched a family planning program that city authorities hope will control the capital's booming population.

The program, which will be run by the National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN), was inaugurated in Cakung, the most populous subdistrict in East Jakarta.

“A family planning program in Jakarta can help control fertility rates, especially in densely populated areas,” Djarot said.

According to subdistrict head Ali Murtadho, almost 1 million people live in Cakung, which borders Bekasi.

"There are a lot of factories and there is a lot of economic activity happening here," Ali said. "This area is at risk of having too many residents."

He said successful family planning could improve citizens' well-being.

Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, has a population of nearly 250 million, according to to the World Bank. Almost half of the population live in urban areas.

The population of the Greater Jakarta area, or Jabodetabek, increased to 27.9 million in 2010, Indonesia's last census showed. The area's growth rate was more than double the national average between 2000 and 2010.

However, Indonesia halved its fertility rate in the past 30 years, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It was 2.37 births per woman in 2012, the World Bank said.

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