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BKKBN: Family planning in Papua is not to limit population

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Yulce Enembe, the head of Family Assistance (PKK) in Papua Province – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Deputy for Family Planning and Reproductive Health National Family Planning Coordinating Board Center (BKKBN), DR. Ir. Dwi Listyawardani said that family planning (KB) development in Papua Province is different from other regions because Papua has a very wide geographical area but the population is very small.

If generation born in a planned way, Dwi believes that Papuan children in the future have high competitiveness.

“It would be a mistake to assume that KB in Papua is only to limits the population. What we want is the arrangement of the birth distance of children with an ideal distance of 3 years. Of course, intervention from local government with other programs such as First Day of Life and exclusive breastfeeding movement is desirable. Because this will give birth to a healthy child, intelligent and competitive,” said Dwi on Monday (July 31).

On the same occasion, the Expert Staff of the Governor of Papua, Drs. Simeon Itlay said the Papua Provincial Government agreed with BKKBN’s commitment not to limit the number of children in Papua. Because compare to the approximately 200 million people in Indonesia, the population of Papua is one of the very few, in addition to West Papua, Maluku and NTT.

“I think we agree that in Papua the number of children must be more than two. Family planning in Papua is not limiting the number of children but regulating the number of children, preparing a healthy generation, and being able to afford food, clothing, shelter and school,” says Itlay.

According to Itlay, one of the Papuan Governor’s missions is to save indigenous Papuans to get rid of ignorance, poverty and isolation. Therefore, he hopes BKKBN can synergize for the development of human resources in the province of Papua from an early age.

Meanwhile, Head of PKK Team of Papua Province, Mrs. Yulce Wenda Enembe said PKK and BKKBN have the same role in forming healthy, qualified and competitive Papuan families. Therefore, the involvement of stakeholders to take a role in it is needed, both from the Department of Health, Education Office and other offices in charge of economic empowerment.

“We want to cooperate with all parties in synergy. …All parties should play a role to build quality Papuan families,” Yulce said.

On that occasion, in front of the press, the Governor of Papua also asked for commitment from all regents and mayors in Papua province to support family assistance (PKK) program, especially as an important pillar of family health development.

“In response to the high rates of cervical cancer suffered by mothers in Papua, our PKK Province has also partnered with OASE Working Cabinet to conduct IVA/Pap smear testing, cancer-related health checks. Mother must be healthy to give birth to a healthy generation of Papuans,” said Yulce. (*)

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Freeport, the entrance to evaluates all investments in Papua

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Demonstration held by Papua Community Solidarity Forum Freeport (FMPPF) in Papua House of Representatives Office, Thursday, 9 August 2018. – Jubi / Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – Second Deputy Chairperson of Papua House of Representatives Fernando Yansen A Tinal said PT Freeport Indonesia is the entrance to evaluate all companies that invest in Papua.

“I have captured the points that there is a need to be open and involved the indigenous Papuans as the landowners in every investment in Papua,” he said after the meeting with Papua Community Solidarity Forum (FMPPF) who held a rally in the parking of Papua House of Representative on Thursday (9 / 8/2018).

So far, he added, every negotiation with PTFI has almost not involved the indigenous people.

In the rally which coincided with the commemoration of the International Indigenous Day, the FMPPF chairman Samuel Tabuni and the field coordinator Yusak Andato read 12 points of statements in public. One of the points is requesting the Papua House of Representative and the Papua People’s Assembly to establish a special commission to evaluate all national and international investment operating in the land of Papua, particularly PT Freeport Indonesia in Timika and British Petroleum in Sorong, West Papua Province. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Authority close the Illegal mine site in Korowai

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A helicopter for transporting goods and miners sealed by Papua Police. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo confirmed that as of 10 August 2018, the illegal mine sites that had been operating in Korowai area had closed.

This closure was carried out by the acting governor himself who came to the mine sites accompanied by Papua Police Chief the Inspector General Boya Rafly and Cenderawasih Military Commander Major General George E. Supit on Friday morning (08/10/2018).

“That’s right,” he replied when being asked for confirmation about the closure of the illegal mine sites in Korowai on Friday afternoon. Further, he said Papua Police also sealed the helicopters which had been used to transport the miners and goods.

The closure of this illegal mine got an appreciation from a member of the Papuan House of Representatives John Gobay. He said this is a good step, but he reminded of the possibility of such mine sites in Korowai or Deguwo to re-operate. (*)

 

Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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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