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President Jokowi visits Papua to inaugurate several projects



State Boundary Posts in Skouw, Jayapura – Supplied

Jakarta, Jubi – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) paid a working visit to Papua, Tuesday, to inaugurate the Integrated State Boundary Posts in Skouw, Jayapura, and the construction of the provinces 50-Megawatt (MW) Gas Engine Power Plant (PLTMG).

“The president will inaugurate the start of construction of the 50-MW PLTMG in Jayapura, a 2×7 MW electric steam power plant in Tidore, and the supply of electricity to villages in West Papua, Maluku, and North Maluku,” noted a press release from the Media and Information Bureau of Presidential Secretariat made available to ANTARA News here on Tuesday.

Before inaugurating the power plants, President Jokowi will also witness the social assistance programs in Jayapura City, such as the Smart Indonesia Card, Provision of Supplementary Food, Family Hope Program, and Healthy Indonesia Card.

At the closing ceremony of the series of the “Lintas Nusantara” Working Visit to Jayapura on Tuesday, Jokowi will witness the handover of land title certificates under the national strategic program in Jayapura.

The President and First Lady Iriana departed for the Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Papua, aboard the Presidential aircraft Indonesia-1 from the Sultan Babullah Airport in Ternate City, North Maluku, at around 8:45 a.m. East Indonesian Standard Time.

Earlier on Monday, the president had launched three new ports — Tapaleo, Wayabuka, and Bicoli — in North Maluku Province to boost the peoples income in the maritime and fisheries sectors.

“The government has now prioritized to build more ports in some regions, including one in Tapaleo,” Jokowi stated in the provinces Central Halmahera District.

During the launch ceremony, the president also introduced the districts Wayabuka Port in Morotai Island and Bicoli Port in East Halmahera District.

“I have spoken to the transportation minister (Budi Karya Sumadi) to increase the number of ships arriving at the islands,” Jokowi noted.

At the launch event, the president also spoke to the locals on how the port has improved their lives. (*)



Depapre road severely damaged after the president’s visit





Road to the capital of Depapre Sub-district – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – People in Depapre Sub-district are complaining about road infrastructure in their sub-districts that have still in severely damaged condition.

Instead of the Jayapura District Government should be responsible for the repair; however, it is the responsibility of the Papua Provincial Government.

The Provincial Highway Agency has started the repair, but the works stopped before it completed.

The current Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw said the local government unceasingly communicate and coordinate with the provincial government to be more aware of the condition of road infrastructure in his territory.

“The local government hopes that the problem of road infrastructure would be completely resolved by the provincial government because we have no authority over this,” said the regent at Sentani on Friday (4/5/2018).

He said the repair stopped because some culprits only consider their interests than the community. He figured the current job was on the halfway stage of completion, but somehow it suspended. “We hope the provincial government can fully complete the work of Depapre road this year,” he hoped.

Meanwhile Depapre Sub-district Chief said the impact of damaged roads results in frequent accidents in Depapre. “When the president was here last time, the road was very smooth, but then it has been badly damaged until now,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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SMP YPPGI Sentani Conduct Paper-based National Exam instead of Computer-based National Exam




YPPGI Sentani students conduct USBN – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – SMP (Junior High School) YPPGI Sentani Principal, David Balik said his school is not able to administer the Computer-based National Exam (UNBK) due to limited facilities. As a consequence, it conducts the Paper-based National Exam (UNKP).

“SMP Haleluya Sentani will join our school for the exam. There are 70 students from SMP YPPGI and 19 students from SMP Haleluya. So, the total is 89 students, 57 boys and 32 girls. Most of them are indigenous Papuans. Only five are non-Papuans,” said Balik at his school on Tuesday (4/17/2018).

All junior high school students in Jayapura District administer the School-based National Exam (USBN) from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19. Then, they continue to conduct the Computer-based National Exam (UNBK) on April 23.

There are seven subjects tested in the USBN, and the invigilators are teachers from other schools. “The invigilators for our school are teachers from SMPN 2 Sentani. And in turn, our teachers invigilate the students of SMPN 1 Sentani. This similar way will continue for the following exam,” said Balik.

At the same place, SMP Haleluya Principal, Jonah Lasol said this is the first exam for his school. “This would be our first graduate. They are 19 indigenous students. We do not build a high-standard school, but it’s more accommodating the students’ need,” he said.

He expects the government will give more consideration in promoting education in the land of Papua because it helps people to achieve a better life. “I always tell my students that you are the future leaders of this country, and every inch of your contribution is gold. Although it’s only a few of number, they will stand for this country,” said Lasol. (*)


Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Economic, Social and Cultural Issues Attract the United Nations, National Commission for Human Rights Says




Demonstration at the Papua parliament office urged the government to resolve human rights issues in Papua – Jubi / Arjuna.

Jayapura, Jubi – Chief Papua Representative Office of the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Frits Ramandey, said that human rights issues in Papua are not only about violence but economic, social, cultural and political as well. Further, he said these issues are more considerate than a violence-related human rights issue.

“Just like the problems of poverty, health, and education, the economic, social and cultural issues tend to attract the attention of the United Nations more than the violence-related human rights issues, because this illustrates a series of government’s vulnerability, omission and negligence. Therefore, it needs an intervention,” he told Jubi on Saturday (14/4/2018). Moreover, he said, the violence-related human rights issue is relatively easy to turn into the issue of crimes.

Regarding the visit of the UN Envoy to Indonesia, he also wants to ensure that several reports submitted by Komnas HAM, local partner agencies and NGOs who always get opportunities to deliver a comparison report obtained the same attention from the UN.  “The UN is obliged to ensure it: making an integrated effort,” he said.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Mr Hilal Elver, has been in Indonesia from April 9th to April 18th, 2018. During the meeting with Mr Elver on April 9th, 2018, the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman conveyed that the Government of Indonesia determined for not being dictated by the European Union because Indonesia has a standard in the agricultural industry. Further, he called on the UN to react to the black campaign on oil palm plantations in Indonesia that rose by member states of the European Union. The UN is expected to merely not seeing this issue from the side of deforestation, but also from the community welfare.

On April 10th, 2018, Mr Elver visited Komnas HAM office to find out more information about the fulfillment of the right to food in Indonesia. Komnas HAM Vice Chairman, Ms Sandrayati Moniaga said from the aspect of health access, the Commission highlights the case of malnutrition and child mortality in Asmat District, Papua, since September 2017. Komnas HAM views that this case was emerged because of some factors, including poor health facilities, culture and poor sanitation,” said Moniaga. While in term of food access, she said the factors are including stagnant food production, small-scale farm ownership, the extent of land conversion, and population growth. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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