Batang Regency

Batang Regency, in which the capital is in Batang Subdistrict, is adjacent to the Java Sea in the north, Kendal Regency in the east, Banjarnegara Regency in the south, Pekalongan City and Pekalongan Regency in the west.



According to the Kawi-Indonesia dictionary by Prof. Drs. Wojowasito, the name ‘BATANG’ could mean: (1) ‘plataran’ the courtyard, (2) ‘tempat yang tertinggi’ the highest place, (3) ‘dikalahkan’ defeated and (4) ‘kata bantu bilangan’ the auxiliary number. In Indonesian (also Malay), Batang means river, while based on the Prawiroatmojo Indonesian-Javanese dictionary, Batang means guess. Considering to those available definitions and the existing nature of the region, the most appropriate meaning of the word ‘Batang’ is ‘Plataran’ that could be interpreted as the ‘high court’ if compared to the surrounding plains, and if viewed from the peak of the surrounding mountains as well as from the Java sea.

Whereas according to a famous local community legend, the word ‘Batang’ is derived from the word ‘Ngembat- Watang’, which means lifting a log. This is taken from the heroic events of Ki Ageng Bahurekso, who is considered as the pioneer of the  stablishment of this region. It was said that at the time of Mataram was preparing the regency to provide a sufficient supply of rice to the soldiers of Mataram, who would hold an attack on Batavia, Bahurekso was given the task to open and convert ‘Alas’ Roban or Roban forest to be a paddy field. There were many obstacles in the execution of that task, many loggers became ill and dying because it was said to be harassed by jinns, evil fairies or the demon that guards Roban forest, which were led by their king Dadungawuk. Fortunately, the demon king was then defeated by the supernatural powers of Bahurekso. The disturbance then stopped, but on the condition that they (the demon alike) get a share of the harvest. Thus, the western Roban forest was cut down entirely and the remaining task was only to provide irrigation for the opened land.

However, there were other obstacles and disruption before Bahurekso’s men could finish their work and the main disturbance was from the Demon King of Uling kingdom, named Kolo Dribikso. The dam or ‘kedung’ that had been made to raise the water level from the Lojahan river (now named as the Kramat river) was always attacked and destroyed by the subordinates of the Uling Demon King. Knowing that, Bahurekso immediately act out and attacked all of the Uling&'s Demon King subordinates, which were stationed at the dam. Victims fell from the Uling side and all the bursts of blood made the water of the river became redish-black or ‘gowok’ in Javanese language, which then gave the name of the dam: “Kedung Sigowok”. As expected, the King of Uling were so furious to see his subordinates perished that he attacked Bahurekso with his Swedang's sword. The sword were so powerful that Bahurekso could not defeat the Uling Demon King. Realizing upon the loss and on the advice of Ki Ageng Cempaluk, Bahurekso’s father, a new plan then devised: Bahurekso went to Uling's “royal Keputren” to persuade Dribusowati -a beautiful demon princess- who is also the sister of the Demon King of Uling, to steal his brother's heritage sword, and handed it over to him. In short, Bahurekso was then able to defeat the Demon King of Uling. The power of the Swedang sword were also used by Bahurekso to end the disruption to Bahurekso’s men.

However, the work has not over yet for Bahurekso’s men, even after they were able to finish the dam: The water flow was not running smoothly for some reason. After being investigated, they found a blockage that caused the problem which was a large wooden log (‘watang’ in javanese), transversed, heavily hindering the flow of the water. Tens of people were failed to remove the shaft, until Bahurekso intervened himself. After a moment of concentration, focusing on his physical strength and his supernatural powers, the great wooden log was easily lifted, and broken with a single punch or ‘embat’. Thus the event of lifting the log or ‘ngembat watang’ becomes the basis for naming the area, which is from the word ‘ngemBAT waTANG’ (BATANG) in which the people of Batang pronounced the word with their local dialect ‘MBATANG.

We can estimate the time of this happened – the story described in the legend – that was around the preparation of Mataram to attack Batavia, during the reign of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (1613 – 1628). The first invasion to Batavia was in 1628, if the preparation happened as early as at the beginning of the reign of Sultan Agung, then the legend could have happened in 1613. However, the history of the name of the region could have been explored or known at a much earlier time than that. A magazine of Karya Dharma Praja Mukti were once published a writing of Kusnin Asa, which mentioned that the name of Batang was known at the time of Majapahit Kingdom, as a port city. Batang name comes from the word ‘BATA-AN’, ‘Bata’ means stone, and ‘AN’ means one or the first.

According to Mr. Suhadi BS., BA. in the introductory script of the symbol of Batang region, based on the Sapta Parwa by Mohamad Yamin with the Chinese news which he quoted with its map fragment, mentioned that the name of Batang has already been known since the Chinese people have studied Buddhism to Srivijaya. Batang was known by the name of ‘Batan’ as the port city coeval with Pemaleng (Pemalang) and Tema (Demak).

Therefore, Batang has already existed even before the era of written history (prehistoric). The government that had ruled Batang can also diversified into two period of Government Regency. The first period began the era of the rise of Mataram Islamic Kingdom until (II) the era of foreign colonization, roughly from the beginning of the 17th century until December 31, 1935. While the second period, began in the era of “Orde Baru” (8 April 1966) until now.

Batang was once incorporated into Pekalongan Regency during the abolishment of the Regency status, between January 1, 1936 and April 8, 1966. There was a demand for Batang the return to the regency status. The Idea was first delivered by Mr Mohari in the KNI meeting under the leadership of the late H. Ridwan. The meeting took place at the former Dutch Contrder house (Police Commander 922). A committee to accommodate and channel the aspirations of Batang community was then stablished in 1952, namely the return of Batang Regency Committee, which was in charged of carrying out the mandate of the Batang community at that time.

The Committee consisted of the legislative institution’s member as well as influential community leaders. The board of the management are: RM Mandojo Dewono (Director of SGB Batang) as the Chairman, R. Abutalkah and R. Soedijono (members of Pekalongan Regency’s temporary legislative/DPRDS) as Vice  hairman and two members, namely R. Soenarjo (member of DPRDS who was also the Head of Kauman Village) and Rachmat (also member of DPRDS). In 1953, the Committee submitted an application letter for the re-establishment of the status of Batang Regency to President Soekarno during his regional review; The President Soekarno then headed to Semarang with the answers “to be considered”.

In 1955, the Committee sent delegations to the central government, consisting of RM Mandojo Dewono, R. Abutalkah and Sutarto (from DPRDS). In 1957, the Committee sent two more group of delegates. Delegation I, consisting of M. Anwar Nasution (Vice Chairman of DPRDS), R. Abutalkah and Rachmat (Chairman of the DPRD Transitional). While Delegation II were entrusted to Rachmat (Head of  Pekalongan Regency), R.Abutalkah and M.Anwar Nasution. In 1962, the  ommittee sent a special envoy who were M. Soenarjo (a member of the DPRD Pekalongan Regency and also Wedana of Batang) as Chairman, while Soedibjo (member of the DPRD) appointed as the rapporteur, and assisted by H. Abdullah Maksoem and R. Abutalkah.

In 1964, the Committee, again, sent four delegations. Delegation I, the chairman was entrusted to R. Abutalkah and the rapporteur was Achmad Rochaby (member of DPRD). The delegation consisted of five members of the DPRD of Pekalongan Regency, namely Rachmat, R. Moechjidi, Ratam Moehardjo, Soedibjo and M. Soenarjo. The members of Delegation II were the same as the Delegation I, they conveyed the message of the people of Batang to the Governor of Central Java Province in Semarang and to the Minister of Home Affairs in Jakarta. Delegation III, which also has the same membership structure as Delegation I and II again took steps to convey the demand of the people of Batang directly to the Minister of Home Affairs. While Delegation IV has changed the structure, the delegation were R. Abutalkah as the Chairman, Rahmat as the Vice Chairman, Ratam Moehardjo as the rapporteur, Ahmad Rochaby as secretary I, R. Moechjidi as secretary II and two other members namely Soedibjo and M. Soenarjo.

In 1965, the last delegation was sent, with R. Abutalkah as Chairman, Rachmat as Vice Chairman, Achmad Rochaby as Secretary I, R. Moechjidi as Secretary II, Ratam Moehardjo as the Rapporteur and two others members namely M. Soenarjo and Soedibjo. The last or the tenth delegation, had the opportunity to attend the Plenary session of the House of Representatives (DPR) discussed about the draft Law regarding the Establishment of Batang Regency Government.

Eventually, the Government of Batang Regency was formed based on Law Number 9 Year 1965, which was published in the State Gazette Number 52, dated June 14, 1965 and the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Number 20 of 1965, dated July 14, 1965. On 8 April 1966, Kliwon in Java Calendar, the inauguration of the formation of the Batang Regency was held and took place in the former ‘Kanjengan’ Batang house (the official house which was also the office of the formers Bupati Batang). The day is considered a blessing day for the community of Batang. The ceremony that took place solemnly from 08.00 to 11.00 was marked by the Statement of the Formation of Batang Regency by the Governor of Central Java Province, Brigadier General (Tit) KKO-AL Mochtar, the inauguration of R. Sadi Poerwopranoto as the Regent of the Batang Region and receive the authority of the region from the Regent of KDH Pekalongan to the Regent of KDH Batang, as well as remarks from the Governor of Central Java.


Batang Regency is located between 6° 51' 46" to 7 ° 11' 47" S and 109° 40' 19" to 110° 03' 06" E on the north coast of Central Java. Batang is on the main line connecting Jakarta and Surabaya with the area of ​​78,864.16 Ha. The boundaries are north of Java Sea, east of Kendal Regency, south of Wonosobo Regency and Banjarnegara Regency, west of Pekalongan City and Pekalongan Regency. The position places Batang Regency, especially its capital on the economic path of the northern coastal road of Jawa Island. The high flow of transportation and mobility in the pantura line (northern coastal road of Java) creates the opportunity for Batang Regency to grow fast in the transit and transportation services sector.

The distance of Batang Regency with the other areas as follows:

  • Pekalongan: 9 Km
  • Pemalang: 43 Km
  • Tegal: 72 Km
  • Cirebon: 144 Km
  • Jakarta: 392 Km
  • Kendal: 64 Km
  • Semarang: 93 Km
  • Surabaya: 480 Km


The topographic condition of Batang Regency is divided into three parts, which are coastal, lowland and mountainous areas. There are five mountains with an average height above 2000 mdpl, namely:

  •  Mount Prau: 2,565m asl
  •  Mount Sipandu: 2,241m asl
  •  Mount Gajah Mungkur: 2,101m asl
  •  Mount Alak: 2,239m asl
  •  Mount Butak: 2,222m asl

The combination of coastal areas, lowland and mountainous is suitable for the development of agro- industry, agro-tourism and agribusiness. The southern area of Batang regency that mountainous is very potential to be developed as agro-industry and agro-tourism sector. The agroindustry refers to a variety of plantation crops such as tea, coffee, chocolate and vegetables. In addition, it also has potential as a prospective nature tourism in the future.


Most of the areas are mountains with the following soil composition: 69.66% of latosols, 13.23% of andosol; 11.47% of alluvial and 5.64% of podsolic. The composition of the land affects the utilization of the land that is mostly for the cultivation of forests, plantations and agriculture. State owned and control the most part of forests and plantations. While, the agriculture, both dry and wet (simple irrigation and technical irrigation), owned by the community.

Even though Batang Regency is located at a strong economic path, the land utilization is very stagnant since there are only approximately 60% of the land are cultivated as forests, plantations and agriculture that produce commodities such as teak wood, jungle wood, rubber, tea, cocoa, kapok and other agricultural products.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION Based on Batang Regency Regulation Number 7 Year 2004 on the Establishment of Batang Regency Sub-districts, the number of sub-districts in Batang Regency, which were originally 12 sub-districts increased into 15 districts. The division of this region is carried out by the Government of Batang Regency in order to overcome the challenges and problems in the administration, development and service provision to the community, especially at the sub-district, village and administrative village levels. The 15 sub-districts are as follows: 

  1.  Batang
  2.  Warungasem
  3.  Wonotunggal
  4.  Bandar
  5.  Blado
  6.  Reban
  7.  Bawang
  8.  Tersono
  9.  Gringsing
  10.  Limpung
  11.  Subah
  12.  Tulis
  13.  Kandeman
  14.  Pecalungan
  15.  Banyuputih

POPULATION The population of Batang Regency in 2014 was 736,500 people. While in 2015 were as many as 743,090 people, whereas 371,070 male and 371,020 females (the sex ratio was 1). The population growth in 2014-2015 was 0.18 percent. Population density were 942 people per km 2 (Source: BPS, Central Java in Figures year 2016).

EMPLOYMENT The number of Labor Force in Batang Regency in 2015 was 378,320 people, with 361,065 of employed persons and 17,255 of unemployment persons. Whereas, the non-labor force was 181,168 people. The Minimum Wage (UMK) in Batang Regency in 2015 was 1,270,000 rupiah and increased to 1,467,500 in 2016 (Source: BPS, Central Java in Figures year 2016)


The achievements of Batang Regency are as follows:

  1. The achiever of International Standard Certificate ISO 27001: 2013, awarded consecutively from 2014 to 2016 by the ACS Registrars United Kindom England
  2. Rank 10th National Public Service Performance Award Year 2015
  3. Adipura Award, category: the cleanest small town Year 2013 and 2015


The vast area of ​​Batang Regency, with almost non-existent geological disasters and supported by abundant human resources will be beneficial for investors who are looking for business opportunity to build industries in the region. The Central Government's plans to build a natural gas transmission network from Cirebon, West Java to Gresik, East Java; has the potential to grow large industries along the gas pipeline. The power supply in Batang Regency is also reliable, because it is passed by SUTET (high voltage power supply line) network owned by PT PLN (Persero). In some areas also have the potential of hydro energy that can be developed into Micro Hydro Power Plant (PLTMH). 

From the economic viewpoint, the location of Batang Regency is also very strategic since it is passed by national trade route the Pantura (north coastal of Java) road. There are many textile industries in Batang Regency that has successfully managed that geographical advantage, from household scale to export-oriented industries, including PT Primatex and PT Saritex. Furthermore, the long coastline also has the potential to be developed into a cargo port for local industrial products as well as a fishing port.


Ujung Negoro Beach

Ujung Negoro beach is situated in Ujung Negoro Village, Kandeman sub-district. This bay-shaped beach is surrounded by hills with an exotic scenery. On top of this coastal hill, there is a cave and also also the resting place and tomb of “Syech Maulana Mahgribi”. In front of the cave, there is also the rock of ‘Karang’ Maeso, that is wide enough to be utilized by visitors for fishing activities. The other uniqueness of this beach is the Aswotomo cave, which is said connected to the temples in the Dieng Plateau in Banjarnegara Regency and to the cave of Sumur Wasi that has freshwater even though located in the coastal area of Ujung Negoro.

Sigandu Beach

Sigandu Beach is situated about 2 km north of Batang Regency, has a beautiful sandy beach and an unique panorama. The beach allows the view of the sun rise and the sunset from the horizon line. Around the Sigandu beach, visitors can also rest under rented small gazebos or be pampered with some of the cafes that serve apetite-stimulating- seafood-menus while enjoying the beach panorama or entertainment on the stage.

Batang Dolphin Center

The Dholpin Center is located near Sigandu Beach area and it is one of the branch of Taman Safari Indonesia. The visitors will be spoiled with many animal attractions, such as dolphins, macau birds, poodle dogs, weasels and parrots.

At the location, visitors can also savor a freshwater aquarium, consisting of fish from several continents in the world and many snake species. Visitors can ride the camel service to take a tour around the Sigandu coast. The schedule for the Camel ride tour are at 2 pm and 4 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, the schedule are at several times, which are 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.

Pagilaran Agro-tourism

The Pagilaran Agro-tourism is situated at Keteleng Village, Blado Sub-district, about 40 km south of Batang Regency’s center. The area is ​​1,131.35 Ha wide, at the altitude of 1000 asl and with temperature of 15-20 degrees Celsius. Previously, the area was planted with coffee and quinine, as far as to Kamulyan mountain area, which is located in the south of the now tea plantation. The area has been converted to tea plantation since 1899 by E bling (a Dutch). Pagilaran was also used as a mean of supporting agricultural education in UGM ‘Gajahmada niversity’ Yogyakarta In 1964,, and later became an agro-tourism.

Visitors can enjoy the tea-leaves view in the area while learning the manufacturing process of tea until it is ready to hit the shelf. Other options are to see the animals in the mini zoo or enjoying the outbound or sport facilities. For those who want to stay longer in Pagilaran can take advantage of the relatively low cost home stay around the site. The home stay can be rented for meeting as well.


Investment and Integrated Licensing Body of Batang Regency (BPMPT) BPMPT Batang Regency addressed at Jalan Urip Sumoharjo number 13, Batang, Central Java, Indonesia, Zip Code 51212 Telephone: (0285) 4493081 and Fax: (0285) 392289 Email: Some types of licenses managed by BPMPT Batang Regency are as follows: Investment License:

  1.  Investment registration certificate
  2.  Investment business certificate
  3.  Investment principal license


  1. Principle license
  2. Location certificate
  3. Building permits (IMB)
  4. Nuisance permit (SIG/Ho)
  5. Industrial business license (IUI)
  6. Trading license (SIUP)
  7. Factory expansion request/industrial license (IPI)
  8. Company registration number (TDP)
  9. Industrial registration certificate (TDI)
  10. Warehouse registration number (TDG)
  11. Advertising permit
  12. Regional mines permit (SIPD)
  13. Construction services business license (IUJK)
  14. Transportation business license
  15. Rice mill business license
  16. Tourism business License

Mechanism/procedures of public services at BPMPT Batang Regency

A. Licensing services mechanism without site review

  1. Applicant comes to BPMPT Batang Regency and submits the applicant's letter or fills in the application form provided.
  2. The application letter/filled application form and all requirements are submitted at the service counter.
  3. The application form shall be declared complete and correct, then the permit is processed and the retribution letters (Surat Ketetapan Retribusi) is issued on the basis for retribution payment. While, if the document is not complete, it will be returned to the applicant for completion.
  4. Payment of retribution at the cashier counter in accordance to District Tax Assessment Decree (Surat Ketetapan Pajak Daerah/SKPD), and applicant will get the proof of payment in the form of district retribution payment letters (Surat Setoran Retribusi Daerah/SSRD). Issuance of Permit to the applicant.

B. Licensing services mechanism through site review

  1. Applicant comes to BPMPT Batang Regency and submits the applicant's letter or fills in the application form provided.
  2. The application letter/filled application form and all requirements are submitted at the service counter.
  3. The application form shall be declared complete and correct, then BPMPT conducted a Technical Team coordination meeting, followed by a field inspection and provided a minutes of investigation (BAP).
  4. Based on the result of the field inspection, the Technical Team develop recommendation on whether the permit has been approved or rejected.
  5. If the application is approved, the permission is processed and the retribution letters (Surat Ketetapan Retribusi) is issued on the basis for retribution payment. Whereas, if the application is rejected, the document will be returned to the applicant and the rejection letter will be provided, stating the reasons for the rejection.
  6. Payment of retribution at the cashier counter in accordance to District Tax Assessment Decree (Surat Ketetapan Pajak Daerah/SKPD), and applicant will get the proof of payment in the form of district retribution payment letters (Surat Setoran Retribusi Daerah/SSRD).
  7. Issuance of Permit to the applicant.


Fish Processing Industry and Cold Storage

a. Background

Batang Regency has 38.73 km long beach and that means huge fishery resources: not just sea fisheries but also terrestrial fisheries. However, there is always a fluctuation in the number of production of both land and sea fishery sector, from season to season. Eventhough, there is also a tren of increased quantity of output from the fishery industry year after year. This create an opportunity for business to construct a cold storage to maintain fish qualities as well as build more fish processing facilities. However, these existing potencies have not been utilized optimally, so that create a prospective investment opportunity.

b. Project Scope

fish canning, milkfish processing, cultivation and processing of vaname shrimp, fish fillets, seaweed processing and fresh fish handling.

c. Location

Batang Regency

d. Resources Availability

Sea fishery in Batang Regency is cultivated by 665 fishery households. Sea fishery production which is conducted at Batang Fishery Port in 2014 was 25,682,257 kg and 24,301,712 kg up to October 2015. The fishery catch is distributed through 7 fish auctions, spread in several sub-districts in Batang Regency, which are Klidang Lor I, Klidang Lor 2, Klidang Lor 3, West Roban, East Roban, Celong and Seklayu.

e. Contact Person

The contact person for investment opportunity is Makhsun, SH. Head of Investment Division

Board of Investment and Integrated Licensing Body of Batang Regency (Badan Penanaman Modal dan Perijinan Terpadu/BPMPT Kabupaten Batang)

Jl. Urip Sumoharjo No. 13, Batang 51212

Telephone: +62285 4493081/Fax: +62285 392289

Mobile: +6285842822963

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Geographical Location