Jayapura,Jubi – Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representatives for Religious, Social, Women’s Empowerment and Children Protection and Natural Disaster expected the government to promptly address the poverty in Papua.
Commission VIII Deputy Chairman Deding Ishak on Tuesday (22/3/2016) in Jayapura said the poverty in Jayapura should not become a paradox or a contradictive fact with current situation.
According to Deding, series of program issued by the Ministry of Social to eliminating the poverty, including Family Hope Program (PKH), Shared Business Group (KUB), and Convenient Housing and other programs, take attention of the Commission VIII.
“It is certainly becoming our attention in the Commission VIII, in particular concerning to PKH, which is based on the presentation by Papua Social Office, it has not been entirely covered 29 regencies/municipality but only reached four or five regencies. So, many people have not received that program,” he said.
He explained the problem was included the transportation access in Papua. Due to geographical condition, it’s difficult to reach some regions in particular located in the highland area that only could be reached by plane with quite expensive cost.
“The government certainly must consider this problem, especially in preparing budget allocation,” he said.
He added Papua has the Special Autonomy law but the implementation wasn’t optimum, therefore the Commission VIII highly appreciated the proposal on Special Autonomy Law revision.
“It is related to how can we speed up the development process in Papua to be experienced and appreciated by Papuan people in particular,” he said. (*/rom)
The government never take Papuan resource wealth, says Indonesian Vice President
Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla maintained that the central government had never taken the resource wealth of Papua for their benefit.
“The thought that the central government has been taking the Papua’s resource wealth is not true. In contrast, it’s the central government who provide aids for Papua, it’s like what we do for Aceh,” the vice president told reporters at the Vice Presidential Palace, Jakarta on Tuesday (11/12 / 2018).
The profit sharing of Freeport’s profits is an example of the government’s attention towards Papua.
Moreover, he said the number of funds disbursed by the central government to Papua exceeded the profits of Freeport in 2017.
“Freeport last year only paid a royalty tax just above IDR 10 trillion. Previously it was IDR 18 trillion, but now it decreased. Let’s say that the central government might receive about IDR 20 to 25 trillion from other revenues, but we transfer almost IDR 100 trillion for Papua,” said the vice president.
He further said that many efforts for arranging a dialogue involving both the central and local government and the local community have frequently made to find solutions for development in Papua. However, these efforts often are driven by the political interest of certain groups who want the independence of Papua.
Regarding the independence issue, Vice President Jusuf Kalla firmly said that the central government would not give that to Papua.
“Now, actually, the option of dialogue is also raising a new query whether it’s still applicable? Everything is for Papua, except the independence,” he said. (*)
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Local Government of Jayapura Regency promotes local food
Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw highlighted the importance of the availability of local food supplies such as sago, fish, tubers and cocoa in Papua. It means that in every official occasion, the local food will serve as a snack or lunch.
“The local government supports the availability of local food stocks including sago-based food, cocoa, fish and tubers to support the local food security program in this region,” said the regent after opening the Jayapura Food Security Board Meeting at Jayapura Regent Office in Gunung Merah Sentani on Tuesday (30/10/2018).
Furthermore, the regent said the local government needs to address the issue of the local food as an alternative to rice. “From the health perspective, the local food is healthier. Therefore, ahead to the regional event such as PON 2020, the local food must represent our culture to visitors, give them an impression of the originality of our food,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tasrip, the Head of Food Security Office of Jayapura Office, said his office keep promoting the local food and conduct training for the local community on local food processing and consumption.
“We hope that through the Food Security Board meeting, there are recommendations to policymakers to jointly urge the local food consumption as well as to support the local food supplies,” he said.
Government to provide market and product mapping
To support the program, Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw then asked the Food Security Board to help the local farmers and fishermen with a market for selling their local food products. The market will maintain the price; therefore the stocks of local food will be increased. “By providing the market, it means we have helped people’s livelihood,” said the regent.
He also hopes that the increase in local food consumption can be a joint movement of the local government and community to improve people’s prosperity and independence of society in the era of globalisation.
Meanwhile, the Head of Regional Planning and Development Board (Bappeda) of Jayapura Regency Hana Hokoyabi said so far they have conducted mapping on potential commodities, and now the local community is also involving in the cultivation and management strengthening system.
“For instance in Unurumguay sub-district, a sago factor managed by the local community has been built. The similar activities have also done in some villages. The local community makes sago flour from the raw sago using the machine. They then sell their products to the markets in Papua and outside Papua,” she said. (*)
Reporter: Engelbert Wally
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Papua and PNG begin business relation
Indigenous West Papuans are exploring business opportunities in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, following high-level talks.
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