Natan Pahabol: No Further Delay for Papua’s Women Market

The market for Papuan Women in Jayapura - Jubi
The market for Papuan Women in Jayapura – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Women Traditional Market Working Committee (Panja) of the Papua Legislative Council said the it would try to speed up the construction of the traditional market for indigenous Papuan women, known as Pasar Mama-Mama Papua, in the center of Jayapura City.

Panja Chairman, Natan Pahabol, said there is no reason to not build the market in the near future because the budget for first stage of construction would be discussed in the provincial budget adjustment meeting in July.
“It shouldn’t be further delayed. The market development planning has been delayed for a long time; it’s already ten years. It’s about a pride and dignity of Papuans. We will immediately set the MoU with the relevant government office related to this matter,” Pahabol said last weekend.

He further said the readiness of relocating the State’s Bus Company (Perum Damri) to the temporary location at Pasir Dua is 99 percent. He said Damri will move to the temporary place for about two years while waiting for their permanent office at Jalan Baru, Kotaraja was done.
“Budget allocation for the early stage of Papua Women Traditional Market development is covering the cleaning, stockpiling and first-stone laying by the Papua Governor,” he said.

However, before the development was started, he said Panja firstly would invite some relevant parties to make presentation on design of market construction.
“There are two designs that each proposed by the Central Government and Papua General Works Office. The Central Government proposed to build two floors construction, while Papua General Works Office proposed to build six floors. So we will invite them to make presentation on the impact, benefit or whether the design has been assessed or not,” he said.

Earlier, the Secretary of Panja, Deerd Tabuni said the development of Pasar Mama-Mama Papua could be a representation of Papuan indigenous identiy,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)