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FLIGHT TO THE RURAL AREAS OF MERAUKE JAMMED

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An aircraft of Merauke Disctrict at Mopah Airport (Jubi)

An aircraft of Merauke Disctrict at Mopah Airport (Jubi)

Merauke, Jubi (3/2) – The government regency of Merauke also has a twin otter aircraft usually fly serving communities in remote areas such as the District Okaba, Kimaam and Ilwayab. Also to the three division districts in southern of Papua. However, when the management of PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) stops all flights, the smaller aircraft pessenger are not operating too.

Vice-regent of Merauke, Mr. Sunarjo,S.Sos meet by tabloidjubi.com encountered in the local parliament office on Monday (2/3) admitted that It had already communicate with pilots who operate aircraft twin otter belongs to the community and Merauke government to be able to operate again. So that people in rural areas, can be referred to using aircraft to the destination.
“I must admit that the flying into the inland areas in recent weeks paralyzed. Because the pilots that usually operate small aircraft, to strike because their salaries have not been resolved, ” he said .

Merauke regency, continued Sunarjo, PT MNA realized if management is in trouble. However, specifically related to the operation of the twin oter aircraft, in order to respond the pilot. Because the people who really need the transportation .
” For the cost including fuel, will be borne by the local government. Provided, the public could be well served. Because many questions are always delivered . Hopefully communications are built, giving positive results. Where, pilots willing to fly back to the rural areas of appropriate routes, ” he added.

In addition, members of parliament Merauke , Francis Ohoiwutun were asked to comment said the move of the government to fly the aircraft passenger (twin oter) back to the rural areas very precise. Because too many complaints from local people who have not able to return home. Because the flight no longer exists.
” I hope that communication is well built . So the pilot with his crew, can fly again. Since most of the rural areas can only be served by air transportation, ” he said. ( Jubi / Ans / Frans)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)

 


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November

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The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)

 


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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