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Local culture should take precedence in the FDS event



Eunike Ohee, lcal crafters sell Papuan traditional Noken in FDS exhibition – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Since the holding of Lake Sentani Festival (FDS) in 2007 the people of Jayapura Regency expect on villages local cultural content to be prioritized in FDS.

Local community figures, Alfredo Suebu said FDS has not realized the wishes of local communities. This festival is considered merely ceremonial.

“This FDS still features company products that are clearly not prioritizing cultural and local wisdom. The question is whether it is really a cultural festival or a development exhibition?

Things which should be shown here is cultural and traditions of local Sentani society,” said Alfredo FDS are at Beach Kalkote Tour, East Sentani District, Sunday (June 18).

Therefore, he said in the FDS X event on 19-23 June 2017 it is expected that local villages can show their cultural potentials.

Papuan women figure, Kori Ohee also argued that this time the Government has not prepared a decent place for local economic business actors during the FDS exhibition.

“Whose benefit is FDS? Which place is good for our local economic actors? It was a pity for local traders who came to sell food but did not get a good place during the exhibitions,” she said. (*)

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Ombudsman: Public service in West Papua is still far from expectations



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Manokwari, Jubi – Indonesia Ombudsman (ORI), West Papua Provincial Representative Office has handled hundreds of cases of alleged maladministration practices during 2017.

Nortberthus, the West Papua ORI Representative in Manokwari, on Thursday (January 18th), said in general the condition is still far from the expectations. But the institution continues to encourage the improvement.

On the sphere of public services, Ombudsman noted that West Papua province is still far from the expectation.

“Compared to other provinces, public services in West Papua are still far from expectations. In 2017, we have received 144 cases of maladministration complaints,” he said.

He then explained that the Ombudsman performs the task of acceptance and management of complaints as well as the socialization and network construction from the communities.

Public service, according to him, is a strategic point to establish a good governance practices or good governance. From every complaint it received, Ombudsman claimed to optimally supervise and encourage a fair settlement.

According to him, people have started to give response on government services. It was proven by the increasing complaints addressed to the Ombudsman throughout the last few years.

He said 144 complaints were received thought many types of communication, including email, investigative initiative, and information from mass media, letters and complaints via telephone.

“Direct report submission is 53 percent and investigative initiative 21 percent,” he said.

He specifies the form of alleged maladministration received in the form of procedural irregularities as many as 49 cases; 27 delayed cases; abuse of authority 12 cases; not providing services 24 cases; discrimination 1 case; demand for money, goods and services 5 cases; incompetent 19 cases; and inappropriate service 17 cases.

“As many as 71 percent of cases have been resolved, the remaining 29 percent are still in the process of completion,” he said.(Antara)

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Catholic Church Seen Crumbling Due to Coastal Abrasion



Catholic church in the main town of Okoba sub-district, Merauke Regency - Supplied

Catholic church in the main town of Okoba sub-district, Merauke Regency – Supplied

Merauke, Jubi – A Catholic church in the main town of Okoba sub-district, Merauke Regency, is on the brink of crumbling due to coastal abrasion, with only two meters left, a councillor said.

“We raised this issue during a council meeting several times, but the related office paid little attention. The abrasion has occurred for years due to the huge waves,” said a councilor of Merauke Legislative Council Moses Kaibu at his office on Wednesday (12/10/2016).
Moses said he had visited the Okaba Catholic church and found it was in an alarming condition. The council, he further said, has alerted the Merauke Regional Government, but there had been no follow-up.
In fact, this church is still used for services every Sunday.
“I hope the government will take a prompt action. Do not wait until it is crumpled and later on getting surprise. The related office should take a prompt action to see the current situation in the Okaba Beach,” he said.

Another councilor Tarsisius Awi said the similar thing. “It’s right. There is a coastal abrasion in the Okaba Beach that affect the building of the Catholic Church there,” he said. The related office, he said, should take a prompt action to go to the Okaba Sub-district to see directly about the abrasion instead of waiting the report from the locals. (*/rom)


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Papua Officially Enforces Regulation on Liquor Restrictions



A liquor store named Noken in Waena, Jayapura - Jubi

A liquor store named Noken in Waena, Jayapura – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A regulation on the prohibition of production, distribution and sale of liquor came into force in Papua Province following the signing of an Integrity Pact on Alcohol Drink Prohibition by the governor and regional heads communication forum (Forkopimda), the major and regents as well as the regional heads council.

The signing of the pact took place during the breaks of Papua Regional Heads Meeting held at Sasana Krida, Papua Governor’s Office, Dok II Jayapura on Wednesday (30/3/2016).

The Chairman of Papua Legislative Council Yunus Wonda in the speech said the prohibition of the production, distribution and sale of liquor in Papua has officially applied starting today.

“The first regulation established in 2004 was only covered on the probation. Then in 2009, we invited the Papua Police to make a presentation on the percentage of death cases of Papuan youths as the result of consuming the alcohol drinks that caused the traffic accident, torture and domestic violence,” said Wonda.

And today, said Wonda, all regents and Forkopimda members must have commitment to sign the pact. It must be launched first, and would be evaluated because the evaluator has not yet been set up.

Meanwhile, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said what was done today was a legacy for Papua next generation since it was written in the history and God witnessed it. “Today we declare our commitment to ban the alcohol drinks and yet to the drugs,” said Enembe.

With the signing of the pact, said Enembe, the regents and major agreed to restrain the liquor. Its distribution is not allowed in the land of Papua, because for the people of Papua it is forbidden.

“To all Papuans, if not us who else will. Every year many people died because of alcohol, many domestic violence were occurred,” he said.

He added, in the future the Provincial Government would form a task unit to guard and control the circulation of liquors in Papua at seaports and airports.

“We say ‘it’s over’ to liquor. The Regents and major to please prepare the task unit with the police to restrict the circulation of liquors in Papua,” he said.

Separately, the Chairman of Punjak Jaya Regional Legislative Council Nesco Wonda said though he wasn’t read the whole content of regulation, but basically he agreed about it because it’s not the new issue. Moreover, Papuans always have bad stigma from the outsiders.

“We are always stigmatized by the outsiders that Papuans are drunkards, this stigma that we want trying to stop,” Nesco Wonda said.

Especially in Puncak Jaya Regency, he said, the circulation of liquors is very limited, if so those who supplied and distributed are the security personnel. “So liquors are not much of problem, but there are merely bunches of drink made from fruits,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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