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A Story of ‘Pasar Mama-Papua Papua’ in the 108th Anniversary of Jayapura City

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Caption: Pasar Mama-Mama Papua in Jalan Percetakan, Kelurahan Imbi, Jayapura Utara Sub-district, Jayapura City. – Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – On 7 March 2018, in celebration of the 108th anniversary of Jayapura City, the Mayor of Jayapura City Benhur Tomi Mano launched Pasar Mama-Mama Papua, a traditional market that especially accommodating Papuan women traders.

This fourth-floor semi-modern market is built on an area of 2,400 square meters, which is located in Jalan Percetakan, Jayapura Utara Sub-district. It reflects a triumph of Papuan trader women who united in the Solidarity for indigenous women traders (Solpap) since 2003.

It started 14 years ago when some indigenous traders asked the Papua Provincial Government to provide a permanent market. They were never tired to speak out their voice. As a result, the provincial government built a temporary market which location is about 300 meters from the current permanent market. However, this does not answer their demand.

The traders were still asking their aspiration of the permanent market to the provincial government and Papua House of Representative.

A new hope arose in 2014. When Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was elected to be the President of Indonesia, he promised to build a permanent market. Their long waiting has been come true at last. On 30 April 2016, Jokowi put the first stone of this building. The market was completed in the early of 2017. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be occupied by women traders for some reasons. Despite not being yet inaugurated, one of the obstacles is a charge from landowners who claim for payment over their land. However, Papuan legislator John NR Gobai, who previously worked with Solpap in declaring these women’s aspiration, said nothing should be worried about.

“It is a mayor’s responsibility. As a native of Port Numbay (another name of Jayapura City), I believe he knew what he supposed to do,” said Gobai to Jubi on Tuesday (6/3/2018). According to him, in respect of the land tenure rights, traders from Port Numbai should be given a place in the market. This has been discussed with the municipal government in a meeting with Solpap and indigenous women traders recently. He further said it has become a common law that the owners of the territory will claim their rights. As long as they can be empowered, then it must be done.

“We will accommodate this, so everything can be well run. Furthermore, Solpap has always put a dialogue in the first place,” he said. The Papua House of Representative, according to him, will encourage the government in nurturing the indigenous women traders. In addition, the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has made a breakthrough by providing a financial support for Papuan Trade Chamber (KAPP) to develop the community-based economy.

“We will definitely go with the government to implement the empowerment of Papua indigenous traders,” he said. In addition to the government, he added, the Bank of Papua is also expected to take a role by providing low-interest rate credits to Papuan indigenous traders.

He reminds the municipal government to not monopolize the management of the market. As a partner, Solpap has been assisted the indigenous women traders for 14 years. So it should be given a trust. “Solpap should be compensated with a trust for their 14 years works. Every shortcomings and mistake are common. Therefore, the partnership between Solpan and municipal government is legitimate. There should be a regional regulation, municipal regulation and other legal products to be established,” said Gobai.

Solpap Coordinator Franky Warer said Solpap is ready to carry out a mandate in providing assistance to the indigenous women traders in the market. According to him, this is not a new task because they have worked and fought together.

And now, when their struggle has been successful, Solpap would not let the women traders walk alone. “Based on our last conversation with the mayor, he said there would be a program for the women traders. Solpap would be more focus on the empowerment or capacity building of women traders,” said Warer.

Meanwhile, Solpap Secretary Natan Tebai agreed with John NR Gobai. He expected the municipal government doesn’t ignore the existence of Solpap because it has played a big role in the realization of the market.

In a meeting between Solpap, the mayor and the representative of Jayapura Municipal Industry and Trade Office on 2 March 2018, it is agreed that Solpap would handle the market management. He expected there is a regional regulation to legitimate Solpap as a partner of the government, while the government should deal with the maintenance of building and administration.

He further said the women traders do not want the municipal government to change the role of Solpap, because Solpap has been with them all the times. “Solpap see the government as a partner. We are here to help the government in assisting the women traders, not to oppose it,” said Tebai. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Two young Papuans, selling newspapers for study

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Robi Wenda while serving his customer – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Awan Sol, a 19 years old student of Papuan Baptist Theology in Jayapura works part-time selling newspapers in front of the former Merpati Office at Abepura, Jayapura City to meet his daily needs.

Sol whom is native of Yahukimo District said he works early in the morning before the class and sell approximately 30 to 50 copies of newspapers every day. “Headlines are a factor whether newspapers will immediately be sold out or not. If I can sell 10, I got Rp 100 thousand. The more copies I sell, the more money I get. After the class, I continue to sell the rest of copies,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Meanwhile, Robi Wenda, a student of Cenderawasih University has to postpone from his study due to financial issue. He is now selling the local newspapers at the Sentani Airport to support his needs. “I sell ‘Jubi’ and ‘Cepos’ every day,” he said to the reporter at the Sentani Airport, Jayapura District. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Where does Rp 9.56 billion for Panggama Airport’s construction go?

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Papuan Legislator Natan Pahabol (blue shirt) with the Yahukimo community. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator from Yahukimo, Yalimo and Pegunungan Bintang electoral districts Natan Pahabol questioned the funds allocated for the airport construction in Panggama Sub-district Yahukimo.

He said the Papua Provincial Government allocated Rp 11.95 billion in 2016 to renovate the Panggama Airport. The amount of Rp 9.56 billion has disbursed to the contractor in the fiscal year 2017. In the same year, the contractor began to work on the former airport that was built by missionaries from the European Evangelical Agency around 1972-1973 in collaboration with the GKI Synod in Tanah Papua under the leadership of the Rev. Adam Roth.

“After that, the work discarded and until now the airport has not finished. So when it rains so heavy, the airport is flooded. By this year it cannot be used,” said Pahabol to Jubi on Friday (6/7/2018).

Further, he said during this time, the local community, especially the church workers from GKI Yalimo and Anggruk depend on this airport for their only access in and out of the region by using the small-bodied aircraft. Now, their access has obstructed due to the construction.

“We are questioning to the Public Works Office, who’s responsible for the airport’s construction? The airport is for the public access, so we hope the office could immediately find out who the contractor is?” he said.

Another Papuan legislator, John NR Gobai said it is not just the Panggama Airport but infrastructure development in some areas, especially in Papua has not finished for years. “For instance, Karang Tumarisita Bridge in Nabire District. It has not finished for three years, and it’s a responsibility of the government agency,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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