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Sea-freeway commodities goods required to be specially labeled

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Jayapura, Jubi – Legislator of Papua, Mustakim said the people basic needs transported using the sea freeway lane need special labeled, to distinguish them from goods transported using regular transport services.

A member of the commission in charge of the economy said that the freeway, which is the program of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), aims to reduce prices in various parts of Indonesia, including Papua. However, although this program has been implemented, the price of basic commodities in the market has not changed significantly.

“At the moment, consumers cannot distinguish which goods are transported by sea freeway, and which are regular.” There is no special feature that distinguishes it, this condition could be used by distributors and traders,” Mustakim said last week.

According to him, there should be no possibility of supplying goods distributor to use sea freeway services then sells them at the usual price, while they need to transport them using regular services.

“I think its lack on tight supervision, a policy without a mature strategy, (the result) just the same – people will not really get impact from the policy,” he said.

He is still doubt this sea freeway program can really suppress overpriced in Papua.

“In the center (Jakarta) the price of goods in Papua has said to be dropped, including fuel, but if you look at the real market here, it is not, there has been no significant price reduction,” he said.

Member of Commission VI of the House of Representatives, Bambang Haryo said that for the sea freeway program to run according to the government’s objectives, the management of the program will be more optimal if it is handed over to the private voyage, which has already been navigating the islands in Indonesia.

He said that private voyages had already been sailing in areas across Indonesia with 14,000 ships, while new marine vessels were six ships. Without any sea tolls, the distribution of goods is already running.

“For example, in Papua, which destination is the of the sea freeway road go? Before the program was started, the price of rice in Papua was Rp13,000 per kilogram. Now after the program, the price of rice is even more expensive. This proves the program cannot cut price disparity,” Bambang said recently.

According to Bambang, there is no impact of reducing prices of goods, because the freeway are not utilized by the parties that should be responsible for stabilizing the price of goods, such as Bulog. It is precisely the trader that adjusts the price with the market mechanism.

“Sea transportation is said as the cause of price disparity, so far it is proofed wrong, because sea transport only contributes 5 percent to the price of goods. The most contributing part is the cost of distribution to the interior that using pioneer aircraft. This is what makes it expensive,” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights

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Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a limited discussion to support FKLNS (Organization of the Liberation Struggle of the Kanaky Tribe in New Caledonia) which has been well received by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to conduct a referendum in November 2018.

The First Chairman of Central KNPB Agus Kosay said it’s time for Kanaky to get self-determination from French colonialism.

“Kanaky must declare their self-determination. If Kanaky gets their independence, it would be able to give their support to West Papua because we share the same situation, which lives under the colonialism,” he said on Wednesday (08/12/2018) in Jayapura.

Meanwhile a member of Gempar (Papuan Youth and Student Movement) Nelius Wenda said as a nation oppressed by Indonesia, West Papua fully supports the referendum agenda of New Caledonia.

“Kanaky must determine their destiny. It must be far better than being under the French colonialism. In the future we Papuans are just like Kanaky,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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