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BKKBN: Family planning in Papua is not to limit population



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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The village fund absorption is still below 23 percent




Illustration of the village funds – Jubi /

Jayapura, Jubi – As per May 24th, the distribution and absorption rates of the village fund in 2018 has increased to 29,9 percent or Rp 294,504 billion from Rp 984,842 billion.

The Head of Regional Office of the Directorate General of Treasury (DJPb) Syarwan said only five districts in Papua reached a hundred percent. Two of them have currently completed the second phase of disbursement in 2018.

“Mamberamo Raya and Lanny Jaya already passed the second stage and completed the first stage in 2017,” he told to Jubi on Thursday (24/5/2018).

He regretted that some districts which did not use or distribute the funding to the account of the head of villages in their areas. “There are three stages of disbursement; it only needs the local regulation to liquid the funding,” he said.

Furthermore, he said the government should upload its report to the Online Application Monitoring System of State Treasury and Budget (OMSPAN).

Meanwhile, the Head of the Regional Treasury and Financial Asset Agency Adolf Siahaya said Jayapura Municipality had a Budget for Village Expenditure (APBKam), which need the regulation of previous SPJ (report) and approved APBKam. “Until now, the APBKam has not approved, so it could not disburse yet,” he said.

He also admitted the disbursement of the village fund for Jayapura Municipality in 2017 was late. “Indeed, the disbursement is quite late because the disbursement of Phase II should be in December 2017. Besides DPMK (Village and Community Empowerment Office) is doing field monitoring,” he said.

The Chairman of Commission III of the Papua House of Representatives, Carolus Bolly, asserted that each regional head is responsible for maximising the absorption of the village fund. “It is their authority to encourage the absorption of a fund in their districts,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Sindung Sukoco

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Gasoline prices hit Rp 20 thousand per litre




People are queueing for gasoline. – Jubi / Piter Lokon

Yahukimo, Jubi – Yahukimo solidarity team for development and tribal chiefs are going to investigate the fuel distribution from Timika to the gas depot (APMS) in Yahukimo due to a crisis of fuel in Yahukimo.

Team leader Napius Yalak explains the depot only operates for three to four days a month and the fuel stocks run out immediately when it opens. So he suspects a culprit plays around with the supplies.

“I conveyed to the relevant agency that people in Yahukimo cannot have gasoline and diesel as it should. What is the problem? Is it financial constraints or deliberately saving?” told him last week in Dekai.

According to him, fuel can also be bought in some gas retails. However, it is expensive. “My car is almost running out of gas, but I have pay Rp 20 thousand for a litre.”

He thought the high price of gasoline is very detrimental for low-income communities, so it needs serious attention. “We will take firm action on this matter because this is detrimental for people’s finance. We will also ask for compensation on this.”

Meanwhile, Head of APMS Dekai Lamalaha said they have restricted fuel for 35 kilolitres each for motorbikes, cars or even those who come with jerry-cans, but the number of demand is high, so the fuel availability is not sufficient.

“We are overwhelmed. Moreover, 80% of the vehicles are without the police numbers. So it is difficult to ensure whether the local people got their quota or not. If we mark the vehicle, they will erase it. If we paint it, they scold us,” he explained. Another obstacle, continued Lamahala, is the length of time needed to get the fuel supplies.

“It takes 12 days to ship the fuel to Dekai from Makassar. Then it needs a day to dock and four days to load the fuel and next two days to unload the fuel from the ship. Hopefully, the fuel price in Dekai remains stable this month,” he said.

“The gasoline that goes to Dekai takes 12 days because the big ship is on the way from Makassar. Next, break a day and load four days ago until here unload two more days. Hopefully this month the fuel price in Dekai may be stable, “he said. (*)


Reporter: Piter Lokon

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Shift in Solomon Islands government’s view on Papua




Solomon Islands parliament Photo: RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins

Solomon, Jubi – A leading foreign affairs official from the Solomon Islands government says it’s now seeing a balanced picture on Indonesia’s Papua region.

The government is consulting with the provinces as it formulates an official position on West Papuan human rights and self-determination issues.

Consultations follow a visit by a Solomons government-led delegation to Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua at the invitation of Jakarta.

The Solomons’ Special Secretary on Foreign Relations, Rence Sore, was one of the government officials in the delegation.

He said the visit was aimed at achieving a balanced picture of what’s going on in Papua.

“Before we went we had been listening to the other side of the story. And the story we heard, we were always hearing at that time, was there’s always human rights abuse, there’s always fighting for independence, someone is being killed and all that. It’s one-sided, all one-sided.”

Rence Sore said that when they went to Papua region, the story was entirely different.

He said that for now the government had yet to decide on its official position regarding West Papua and Papua provinces.

“We’re trying to give the government a good picture. Both sides of the coin we have to tell the government, and the government independently makes that policy decision.”

The delegation’s visit and resulting report were indications that the Solomon Islands government, under prime minister Rick Hou, was approaching a different stand on Papua to that of the previous prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Mr Sogavare, who is now the deputy prime minister, campaigned internationally about West Papuan human rights issues. He was also supportive of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, and instrumental in its admission to the Melanesian Spearhead Group in 2015.

The Liberation Movement, which Indonesia’s government opposes, last month voiced disappointment that it wasn’t notified by Solomon Islands about the delegation’s visit.

Mr Sore, who said his government consulted with Indonesian authorities for the visit, noted the Liberation Movement’s strong connections with civil society organisations in Solomon Islands.

“And to some extent, that strong connection also was with the previous Solomon Islands leadership, government, prime minister.

“We went (to Indonesia) with authorisation from the current prime minister, and official authorities were notified.

However Mr Sore would not be drawn on whether the Hou-led government had shifted position on Papua.

“That decision is not yet formal. It depends entirely on the report. We did a report when we came back, and we are still doing the consultations on the policy. That policy will go through the government cabinet.” (*)



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