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Respek Program Geared toward Infrastructure

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Director General of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Agriculture has distributed farming tools to paddy farmer groups in Nabire, Papua - Jubi/Titus Ruban

Director General of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Agriculture has distributed farming tools to paddy farmer groups in Nabire, Papua – Jubi/Titus Ruban

Merauke, Jubi – Five years after it was launched, the Village Development Strategic Plan (Respek) Program is more focused to infrastructure, Dr. Rafael Kapura found in his research.

“Indeed, there are some factors turning to obstacles, such as the geographically Papua is massive and remote, that human resources are not well prepared, the institution strengthening was not running while the market is not included in the government’s intervention,” he said in Merauke on Thursday (15/9/2016).
He said Respek, launched by former Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu to provide Rp 1 million grant for each village, also encountered many obstacles, such as high transportation cost to get raw materials, because it could only be reached by air or sea transportation.
“For example, if want to go the mountainous areas, the cost for aircraft lease is about Rp 15–20 million. It’s also applied to the southern area, that people should rent a ship,” he said.
Therefore, the amount of Rp 100 million for each village would be deducted automatically. So many development activities from the infrastructures to people’s economic empowerment certainly would not be optimal.
“The fact is the people’s economic activity to help people to make their living was practically none. So what was left for the program is the physical development is becoming dominant,” he said.
A resident from Waan Sub-district Soter Kamiawi admitted the only way to get to the villages in the sub-district is by sea transportation. No access of land or air modes. “It can’t be denied if the cost to rent a ship or speedboat is very expensive, because the fuel price is also expensive,” he said. (*/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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