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Food Prices Gradually Increase

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Enarotali, Jubi – Approaching Christmas and the New Year 2016, the prices of nine basic commodities at Enarotali (traditional) market, Paniai, Papua have gradually increased.

However, it is also followed by stronger consumer purchasing power.

One of the local sellers, Rosmiati (28) said although the price is gradually increased, people’s purchasing power is also increased.

“Although the price of groceries is increased, but many people come to markets for shopping,” she told Jubi at the Enarotaly market on Tuesday (22/12/2015).

She explained the price of some commodities have increased such as onion Rp 40,000 per kg, garlic Rp 40,000 per kg, cooking oil Rp 25,000 per kg, sugar Rp 15,000 per kg, orange syrup Rp 40,000 per bottle and red syrup Rp 50,000 per bottle, while the price of rice is ranging from Rp 10,000 to Rp 25,000 depends on the type of rice.

Mas Hamka who sell the chicken meat said the price of chicken meat has increased since last week, with an average increase of Rp 75,000 per head.

“Theincrease of the price of chicken meat occurs every years such as ahead to Christmas and New Year occasion. The price is ranging from Rp 75,000 for the small one to Rp 250,000 for the big one,” he said.

Mrs. Siska (34), a customer, said the price of groceries began to rise since the mid of December. “Yes, it has been increased for a week. Don’t know whether the price is getting higher or not,” Siska said.

She explained the prices usually would fall after the New Year celebration, in particular in the second week of January.

The Head of Industry, Trade and Cooperation of Paniai Regency, Yosia Degei admitted his office still conduct the price monitoring at the market. “Because the price increment is referring to the price from outside of Paniai,” said Degei. (Abeth You/rom)

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Two young Papuans, selling newspapers for study

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Robi Wenda while serving his customer – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Awan Sol, a 19 years old student of Papuan Baptist Theology in Jayapura works part-time selling newspapers in front of the former Merpati Office at Abepura, Jayapura City to meet his daily needs.

Sol whom is native of Yahukimo District said he works early in the morning before the class and sell approximately 30 to 50 copies of newspapers every day. “Headlines are a factor whether newspapers will immediately be sold out or not. If I can sell 10, I got Rp 100 thousand. The more copies I sell, the more money I get. After the class, I continue to sell the rest of copies,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Meanwhile, Robi Wenda, a student of Cenderawasih University has to postpone from his study due to financial issue. He is now selling the local newspapers at the Sentani Airport to support his needs. “I sell ‘Jubi’ and ‘Cepos’ every day,” he said to the reporter at the Sentani Airport, Jayapura District. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Where does Rp 9.56 billion for Panggama Airport’s construction go?

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Papuan Legislator Natan Pahabol (blue shirt) with the Yahukimo community. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator from Yahukimo, Yalimo and Pegunungan Bintang electoral districts Natan Pahabol questioned the funds allocated for the airport construction in Panggama Sub-district Yahukimo.

He said the Papua Provincial Government allocated Rp 11.95 billion in 2016 to renovate the Panggama Airport. The amount of Rp 9.56 billion has disbursed to the contractor in the fiscal year 2017. In the same year, the contractor began to work on the former airport that was built by missionaries from the European Evangelical Agency around 1972-1973 in collaboration with the GKI Synod in Tanah Papua under the leadership of the Rev. Adam Roth.

“After that, the work discarded and until now the airport has not finished. So when it rains so heavy, the airport is flooded. By this year it cannot be used,” said Pahabol to Jubi on Friday (6/7/2018).

Further, he said during this time, the local community, especially the church workers from GKI Yalimo and Anggruk depend on this airport for their only access in and out of the region by using the small-bodied aircraft. Now, their access has obstructed due to the construction.

“We are questioning to the Public Works Office, who’s responsible for the airport’s construction? The airport is for the public access, so we hope the office could immediately find out who the contractor is?” he said.

Another Papuan legislator, John NR Gobai said it is not just the Panggama Airport but infrastructure development in some areas, especially in Papua has not finished for years. “For instance, Karang Tumarisita Bridge in Nabire District. It has not finished for three years, and it’s a responsibility of the government agency,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Airlines in Papua ask for a security guarantee from local authorities

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Trigana aircraft shot down by unknown group at Keneyam Airport of Nduga Sub-district some time ago – Jubi / Doc-Trigana Air

Jayapura, Jubi – Airlines operating in Papua expect a security guarantee from security forces, local government and communities following the shooting over a commercial aircraft in Keneyam, Nduga Sub-district a few days ago.

Papua Regional Manager of Trigana Air Bustomi asked for flight security assurance at the destination airport. “We do not prohibit flying, but before we have assurance from local authorities, both security forces and local government, we are not flying to that airport,” Bustomi confirmed by phone on Thursday (28/06/2018).

In line with Bustomi, the Director of PT Associated Mission Aviation (AMA) Bob Kayadu also said the airline would not fly to the ‘red area’ for the sake of neutrality and crew safety.

“Despite a request from the Election Commission to deliver the logistics, we decided to reject it last week. It turns weird when the authorities already guaranteed the security after the Demonim aircraft shooting, another shooting was happening,” he said.

He hopes for a smooth solution so that the public service is not disturbed anymore. “I hope we can sit together rather than continuing violent. So we (airlines) feel comfortable and safe to serve the public,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Sindung Sukoco

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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