How Does the RT/RW System Work in Jakarta?
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When you’re looking for a place to live in Jakarta, sometimes you’ll find an address that includes something called RT and RW. These two are not uncommon in Indonesia, but you might find them confusing. What does RT RW in Indonesia mean?
Well, in the Indonesian language, RT is Rukun Tetangga or Neighborhood Unit. Meanwhile, RW refers to Rukun Warga or Community Unit. Just like the name suggests, these two represent the neighborhood and the community in one area. So, an RT may consist of 10-20 houses or households, while an RW may consist of 5 to 10 RT. Jakarta, like many other cities Indonesia, also implements this RT/RW system. Read on to learn more about them!
RT – Neighborhood Unit
If you live in Jakarta or plan to live in this city, it’s important to learn about the RT/RW system as this system of neighborhood organization is implemented in Jakarta. In a capital territory, there are several units consisting of approximately forty households each. RT, or Neighborhood Unit, is the smallest unit. As mentioned above, RT consists of 10-20 houses or households.
Through a process of discussion in a neighbourhood meeting, members of an RT pick one of them as the chairman. He or she will get assistance from the RT officers, which is also selected through a similar process. As the chairman of an RT, a person has several responsibilities to carry, which include:
- Maintaining communal harmony between RT members.
- Carrying out service duties to the community.
- Handling community problems.
- Community coordination.
RW – Community Unit
Meanwhile, in the organization scheme, RW exists above the RT. An RW is made up of several RTs, approximately 5-10. The chairman of RW and its officers are usually selected by RT chairmen whose households fall within the RW. They have similar responsibilities to RT’s, which include:
- Supervising RTs that fall within an RW.
- Aiding territorial administrator in his duties.
- Bridging the relationship betweenthecommunity and the local government.
There are also kecamatandan kelurahan
Besides RT and RW, households in Indonesia are also divided by kecamatan (sub-district) and kelurahan (village). So, the order is like this: Indonesia is divided into provinces, which are made up of regencies and cities. Each city consists of several sub-districts, which is divided into several villages. These villages have their own RWs and RTs.
The sub-district is led by a civil servant called Camat. He or she is responsibleforthe major in a city or to the regent in a regency. Meanwhile, a village is headed by a lurah, who’s directly responsible to his or her camat.
Now you know how RT RW in Indonesia works. At first, it may sound complicated for you, but you’ll find yourself blend easily in the neighborhood. If you find a problem in the future, you can always ask for help from your neighbor. Just make sure to find a safe and comfortable place to live like Senopati Apartment, which provides 24/7 maintenance and service and free furniture set for all rooms!