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Batik Air, Garuda to Fly to Yahukimo

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Dekai, Jubi – Full service airlines Batik Air and Garuda Indonesia will fly to Yahukimo, Papua, a member of the Papua Legislative Council said.

The news followed a visit by Papua councilor Sinut Busup and Yahukimo Regent Abock Busup to Nop Goliat at Dekai on 14 June 2016 and a conversation with Pilot Bambang Budianto.

The Secretary of Commission IV of Papua Legislative Council Sinut Busup told Jubi that he appreciated the two airlines’ decision to operate in Yahukimo.

“This would accommodate the distribution of basic commodities in Yahukimo,” he said on last weekend.

The Indonesian Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan is planning to re-launch the flight route in Yahukimo in December. But the aircraft must be ready before December because the fuel also could be accessed by river.

The regent said the aircraft could operate in the afternoon to night because the airport has been equipped with lighting torch.

“We talked with the Airport Director for allowing the Trigana’s aircrafts to operate in Dekat at night because the lights were set up,” he said.

The night flight service is also to transport the Muslims for celebrating the Eid Al-Fitr.

“Dekai is the central of economic dissemination to the entire Papua highland areas, and we will work with the local governments of Asmat, Mappi, Pegunungan Bintang, Boven Digoel, and Nduga. If they could come and return from this point it would be better,” he said.

Nop Goliat Airport has 1,850 meters highways and it would extend to 2,250 meters long and 40 meters wide.

“It means Garuda as well as Batik Air and Lion Air (large aircrafts) could be landed here. It is to help the aircrafts to operate in the central highland areas,” he said.

The Director of Nop Goliat Airport Joko Harjani said the authority has set the extra flights to serve the passengers who celebrate the Eid Al-Fitr.

“The airport in Yahukimo is the central of dissemination of both passengers and economic for the Central Highland area, and the sea transportation is also planned by the Central Government would be ended in Yahukimo,” he said.

Yahukimo Police Chief Akbar Thony B. Maring said the local Police are ready to secure the situation before and during the Eid Al-Fitr at the airport. He expected the residents to keep peace and order together. (Piter Lokon/rom)

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Women protest the electricity cut off

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Indigenous women traders who barred the road in front of the market due to the electricity cut off by PLN. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of indigenous women who are selling local products at the traditional market ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’ blocked the road in front of the market on Friday afternoon (8/10/2018) to protest the National Electricity Company (PLN) for cutting off the electricity at the market for several hours due to late payment for the last four months amounted to Rp 60 million.

The coordinator for the Solidarity for indigenous Papuan traders (Solpap) Franky Warer said it just happened spontaneously because of their disappointment. “The electricity was cut off at around 11.00 Papua time when I was still at home, then someone called me. I then went to the market and called the mayor,” Warer told Jubi by phone on Friday evening (08/10/18).

After that, he said, the Municipal Government agreed to contact the PLN and the electricity in the market turned normal at around 18:00 Papua time.

Meanwhile, the Papuan legislator John NR Gobai commented that relevant parties should pay attention to this matter for not outsizing the traders. “This market is managed under the Trade and Industry Office of Jayapura Municipal Government. So the agency needs to find a solution immediately,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat

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GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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