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KAPP Urges Gubernatorial Regulation Through Economic Democracy Workshop



Merry Yoweni, Chair of KAPP - Jubi

Merry Yoweni, Chair of KAPP – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – At least 30 members of the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Board (KAPP) in Papua attended a workshop in Jayapura this week to encourage the publication of Gubernatorial Regulation as a reference implementation of Special Bylaw (Perdasus) No. 18 of 2008 on Economic Democracy.

Presenters in the workshop in the Hall Development Center and Women’s Development (P3 W) in Padang Bulan were from Perindakop and Papua Provincial Legal Bureau, NGOs, and academics from the University of Cendrawasih.

The chairman of KAPP, Merry Costavina Yoweni, said she hoped there would be the draft of Governor regulation that 3.5 percent of the budget of the Special Autonomy Fund can be allocated and used to increase the economic welfare of Papuans.
“Besides academics, we also invite indigenous experts and NGO. This will be pursued by a formulation team that includes involving the Department of Trade as relevant agencies who will propose the draft to the Bureau of Law,” Merry C Yoweni added.

According to her, a week or two weeks later, KAPP will push it to the Legal Bureau. “We believe that KAPP is a sample used by governor to implement his vision and mission and it gives great opportunities. Hopefully in two years our targets can be seen, “she stated.

Meanwhile, a member of Commission II of Papua Legislative Council on economics, Pendis Enumbi said it hoped, the Governor of Papua immediately issue for the implementation of the gubernatorial regulation No. 18 of 2008. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)


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




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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Solpap asks the 4th floor of Pasar Mama-Mama Building is open for children learning centre




Volunteers teach children at the 3rd floor of Pasar Mama-Mama Building. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Naomi Zaelan, the coordinator of Children Learning Center of Solpap (Papuan Traders Solidarity) and Komunitas Jantung Kota said the 4th floor of Pasar Mama-Mama Papua Building must return to the Solpap management.

It ‘s not only because Solpap assists the traditional women traders, but it also fosters their children during their mothers’ activities in the market.

“I’ve been handling the street children for ten years, and they studied at the old market. Now the learning process is taking place on the 3rd floor of the new market, but unfortunately, it is the place where their mothers must sell their commodities. So we ask the government to open the 4th floor both for the Solpap office and children learning centre,” Zaelan told Jubi on Tuesday (07/03/2010).

Further, she explained that currently, the learning centre has children of age groups of 3-16 years. “We have ten classes and twenty voluntary teachers who recruited from the church and other institutions,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Solpap Frengky Warer said until now the 4th-floor sealed by BUMN (State-Owned Enterprise) and Judith Diponegoro from Pokja (Working Group) Papua. “Why the BUMN and Pokja Papua did it is entirely unclear. This building is obviously for Pasar Mama-Mama Papua and handed over to the Jayapura Municipal Government, not to the BUMN,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizer

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Papua Provincial Government allocates Rp 21.3 billion for religious institutions




The Head of Papua Public Welfare Bureau Naftali Yogi. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Provincial Government through Public Welfare Bureau allocates Rp 21.3 billion from the autonomy fund for 47 religious institutions in 2018.

The Head of Papua Public Welfare Bureau Naftali Yogi said the amount is higher than it was in the previous year, which was only Rp 21.7 billion. “Last June we have signed a MoU with 47 religious institutions who are now waiting for the disbursement process,” Yogi told reporters in Jayapura on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

For the disbursement process, he said the bureau has coordinated with the Regional Financial and Asset Management Board of Papua. “So, this year the religious aid will be transferred to the religious institutions at once to support the religious activities programs from lacking funds,” he said.

Meanwhile, Papua Regional Secretary Hery Dosinaen said the provincial government gives their full trust to the religious institutions, so they better manage these funds correctly. “They must keep and well manage this trust,” said Dosinaen. (*)


Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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