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Hundreds of Angkot Drivers Held Protest due to Fuel Price Increase

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Public transportation in West Papua – Jubi

Sorong, Jubi – Hundreds of public transportation (angkot) drivers held a protest in front of drivers held a protest in front of Dominique Edward Osok Airport, Sorong following the sudden increase of fuel price few days ago.

A driver who declined mentioning his name said the fluctuation of fuel price put drivers in dilemma. “If it continues to be happened the drivers would stop working and their families needs could be threaten while the government’s goal is people’s welfare but where is the evidence? How could get a prosperous life while fulfilling our needs is so difficult if it kept continue,” he said.

During the protest, Sorong Municipal Land Transportation Head Zikri Helmi met the drivers and asked them to be patient because today is the office day off.

“The mayor is not coming to the office, other employees as well because today is holiday. So I asked you to return on the day after tomorrow, thus we can discuss about it later,” he said to all public transportation drivers on Saturday (28/3/2015).

He also asked four driver representatives to come to Sorong Municipal Transportation Office to discuss a solution before meet with the Sorong Mayor.
“On Monday (30/3/2015), Land Transportation Head Zikri Helmi revealed along the meeting the drivers could not understand about the instructions and directives given causing it lasted long but shortly the drivers went away,” he said.

Meanwhile Sorong Municipal Legislative Council’s Commission B Chairman Selestinus Paundanan said the parliament definitely support the government police in fuel price. But this support doesn’t mean the parliament was not taking side on people, but it’s a policy. However, on the other side he thought the drivers should not necessarily do a protest.

“When the price goes down, they were not necessarily low their tariff. It means they are actually not losing income because when it rises they will increase the tariff as well. But the public is the most disadvantaged due to this policy,” he said. (Nees Makuba/rom)

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Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih

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Elementary school children when visiting a literacy stall in the auditorium of Uncen- Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – To introduce the importance of literacy to pupils and college students in Papua, Yayasan Nusantara Sejati in cooperation with the Australian Government, UNICEF Papua and Papua Provincial Education Office and Jayapura Regional Education Office open a literacy stall in a parking lot of the auditorium of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) Abepura.

Arlenia Sitepesi, the Chairman Committee of Yayasan Nusantara Sejati, told Jubi on Thursday (7/6/2018) that the exhibition involved twenty schools and five replication schools from the city and district of Jayapura.

“We invite the nearby schools, such as from Abepura, Kotaraja and surrounding areas to participate in the various competitions held.”

The Secretary of Papua Provincial Education Office Protasius Lobya said this literacy program has gained a national recognation and would apply throughout of Indonesia.

Therefore, Papua should be proud of it. “We must support the Papuan context in literacy because it has included in the Special Regulation No. 3 and the Papua Governor’s Regulation No. 23. Budget on education in Papua is very high, so we should support it.” (*)

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua’s legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldn’t be a media campaign only

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Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Vice Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau warned the provincial government not set a goal for Papuan children to be free from rubella and measles only on media.

She further said it is difficult to actualise this goal if the access to health services including the regular immunisation program has not been optimal since it has not reached remote areas yet.

“There is a query that should be answered immediately before the government’s commitment to free a million of children from the threat of rubella and measles,” said Duwitau on Thursday (7/6/2018).

Furthermore, she said if the Papua Provincial Government really committed to this goal, they should optimise the health services including the regular immunisation program by developing the local health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua’s Health Office Aloysius Giyai admitted that this province still has a problem with the regular immunisation program. The participation rate is below 80 per cent in most districts, which is under the national target.

“Even in some districts with high participation rate, the Universal Child Immunisation (UCI) rate is also below 80 per cent,” said Giyai. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction

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Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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