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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)


WWF promotes customary map in Tambrauw





Training participant on a mapping of primary sites of indigenous peoples in Tambraw District by WWF Indonesia Program Papua – Jubi / doc WWF.


Tambrauw, Jubi – WWF Indonesia Papua Program is mapping the indigenous peoples’ landmark with 1: 50,000 scale to support the preparation of the Spacial Plan of Tambrauw District, West Papua Province.

The two-day training conducted on 17 – 18 May 2018 in Sausapor is also aimed to build a partnership with the local government and other institutions who have a similar concern in mapping.

WWF Indonesia Program Coordinator Wika A. Rumbiak said that the mapping of primary sites in Tambraw District is a series of the process of socio-cultural and spatial mappings which conducted to show representative of indigenous people’s space pattern.

“Hopefully, this participatory mapping can accommodate the rights of the community in spatial planning, which stated in Article 2 of Government Regulation (PP) No. 69 of 1996,” said Wika, Saturday (19/5/2018).

The training result, said Wika, is a common understanding about developing a rational and measurable planning method. That is by applying participatory mapping and the development of expertise and knowledge, in processing spatial data with GIS (Geospatial Information System).

The training involves some related regional government offices including the Village and Community Development Office (Dinas Pemberdayaan Masyarakat and Kampung), the Environment Office, Regional Development and Planning Board, and the Tambrauw Forestry Office.

“The involvement of regional government offices in this training is to prepare the participatory mapping facilitators and to improve their knowledge on Geospatial Information System (GIS) for inputting spatial data entries,” said Wika. (*)

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Arts & Culture

Papuan Voices promotes indigenous Papuans in film festival




Papuan Film Festival II Committee when holding a press conference at Jerat Papua office, Jayapura City. – Jubi / Abeth You

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Voices will promote indigenous Papuans through Papua Film Festival II (FFP II) which is running in Jayapura City on 7 – 9 August 2018.

Papuan Voices established in 2011 and now stations in six regions of Papua, namely Biak, Jayapura, Keerom, Wamena, Merauke, Sorong and Raja Ampat.

“The theme of FFP II is indigenous Papuans struggling facing modernization. We chose this theme to response the current situation occurred in Papua,  said Chairman of the Committee of FFP II Harun Rumbarar in Jayapura on Thursday (7/5/2018).

In this festival, Papuan Voices wants to increase public awareness on the critical issues faced by indigenous Papuans.

“Also, it acts as a forum to strengthen filmmakers networking in Papua. Our works further explain the position of indigenous peoples in facing the waves of development and investment,” he said.

Meanwhile, FFP II Secretary Bernard Koten said his organisation recently focus on producing a short documentary film about human and the land of Papua, which assign to all levels of community in Papua, Indonesia and abroad.

“To see Papua through the eyes of Papuans, in the form of a documentary film,” Koten said. (*)


Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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West Papua visit lacked transparency says Solomons group




Downtown Jayapura – RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

There should have been more transparency around a government-led delegation’s visit to West Papua last month, a leader of Solomon Islands civil society says.

The Solomon Star reports Development Service Exchange (DSE) spokesperson Jennifer Wate made the comment while rejecting any involvement in the trip.

This is despite DSE chairperson, Inia Barry, being among several from civil society organisations who went along on the visit which was hosted by Indonesia.

Ms Wate said her organisation had found out about the trip the evening before the delegation’s departure for West Papua.

The DSE did not endorse Mr Barry or any of the other civil society representatives who took part in the West Papua visit, she said

Ms Wate maintained her organisation was not aware of any details of the trip or its terms of reference and she called on the Solomon Islands government in the future to formally approach the DSE on matters that required civil sector representation.

Ms Wate also admonished the government for not informing civil society groups in West Papua ahead of their trip. (*)


Source: Radio NZ

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