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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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A Survey team rescued after being trapped in Warundi Island

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The Head of Manokwari Search and Rescue Office, George. M Randang, along with two Rescue teams in preparation to pick up the BBTNTC survey team and residents trapped on Wairundi Island – Jubi / PR Manokwari SAR

Manokwari, Jubi – A survey team consisted of seven officers of the Cenderawasih Bay National Park (BBTNTC) and three locals in Manokwari reportedly trapped in Wairundi Island of Teluk Wondama Regency, about 59 kilometres from Manokwari.
A resident of Tamanria Manokwari Yani reported this incident to the Manowari Search and Rescue Office on Friday (26/10/2018) at around 11:10 Papua time. A member of survey team Donatus made contact with her to inform their situation. Based on this report, George M. Randang, the Head of Manokwari Search and Rescue Office, promptly sent a Rescue Carrier and a Rescue Car to the scene after ten minutes (11:20 WP).
“They were trapped because of bad weather. Due to storms and high waves, they could not sail while their food supplies were limited,” explained Randang.
The names of the BBTNTC officers confirmed by the Public Relations of the Manokwari Search and Rescue Office are the Survey Coordinator Syahirudin (male, 36 years old), Topo Budinarko (male, 38 years old), Donatus Aujani (male, 34 years old), Titus Charles (Male, 37 years old), Mesak Andarek (male, 52 years old), Anto (male, 40 years old), and Gerardus (male, 40 years old). Meanwhile, three locals are Yakonias (male, 38 years old), Bastian Sikun (male, 37 years old) and Otto Eseren (male, 40 years old).
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Antara (27/10/2018) reported that the rescue team successfully evacuated them and they arrived safely in Manokwari on Saturday (27/10/2018).
The Head of the Manokwari Search and Rescue Office said the rescue operation involving 22 personnel was carried out on Saturday morning using SS Kumbakarna.
“This is the second operation after the first failed due to the bad weather. We arrived at Wairundi Island at aroun 2:00 Papua time,” he said.
Furthermore, he explained they also found the fact that there is a toddler named Ayub among the BBTNTC survey and monitoring team. Therefore, they are eleven in total. The child was reportedly safe and healthy.
“Praise the Lord, all survive, including a toddler Ayub. This child can survive by only eating the coconut,” he said.
In operation, he continued, the ship docked in the middle of the sea, while lifeboats and rescuers were deployed to pick up these people one by one. They successfully evacuated and then arrived in Manokwari through Agrem Harbor at around 08:05 Papua time. Currently, all survivors are safe in their homes.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of BBTNTC Monitoring Team Syahirudin said they have been in uninhabited Wairundi Island since 22 October 2018 to conduct monitoring on green turtles.
“It’s part of our tasks to do monitoring on the areas of the Cenderawasih Bay National Park. We prepared our stocks of food for five days, but it runs out on the fourth while due to the bad weather, we couldn’t leave the island,” he said.
He further said the level of sea waves around the island has raised in the last few days, which was about 3 to 4 meters. They survived without food for a day and two nights.
“We ate the coconut that drifted from another island because there is no coconut tree on this island,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Hans Kapisa
Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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24 houses were buried by landslides in Yahukimo

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Locations covered by landslides and damaged houses in the village Buahun Kawianggema district – Jubi/IST

Yahukimo, Jubi – Landslide disaster has struck the residents settlements and farms of in Buahun village Kabianggama District, Yahukimo Regency end of last year (December 30), at about three o’clock in the afternoon.

According to Enius Yual, a person in charge in handling landslide disaster in village Buahun, Kabianggama district, it occurred because Bibil Mountain was split in the middle that caused a shift of lands and landslides. As a result, dozens of houses and farms owned by residents were damaged and dozens of livestock died.

“There are 24 houses buried in landslides. Farms owned by residents in six villages, including Buahun, Bahabolma, Kawianggema, Soha, Supayo, and Domul villages, destroyed completely due to landslides in three locations. Total of 26 pigs also buried by landslides. Now people started to get coughing, fever chills, runny nose, and shortness of breath. Food also lacks and we ask government’s attention,” said Enius Yual to Jubi, in Dekai, Thursday (January 11).

“This disaster is a fact, not we need help from the government,” he added.

Chief of Kabianggema District, Agus Silip, who also witnesses said the disaster had happened almost two weeks ago, but the information were late to be delivered due to transportation which is only by plane. He just arrived in Deka, the regency capital, to bring evidence of disaster.

“Our house, farms, and pig are buried. Our house was ruined. Our essentials and kitchen appliances were covered by landslides. We started to get sick. We desperately need help from all parties. We’ve got nothing else,” said Silip.

He told Jubi that the disaster came in a suddenly. There was no earthquake, rain, or any other signs. Residents were in a state of shock and panic trying to save themselves.

“The news about the tragedy is delayed because of it happened in the hinterland. The means of communication are limited. Just today I met reporters,” he said.(tabloidjubi.com)

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Ten bridges connecting Wamena-Kenyam completed in 2017

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President Jokowi when reviewing the construction of Trans Papua Road in Habema-Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – Ten bridges connecting Wamena-Kenyam are confirmed to be completed by the end of 2017. The bridge is part of 35 bridges to be built along the trans-Papua Wamena road, from Jayawijaya to Kenyam, Nduga.

“For the Papua-Wamena-Kenyam Trans Road itself has been translucent, but there are some great or high slopes need to be lowered again,” said Head of the National Road Implementation Work Unit (PJN) IV Papua, Togap Harianto Manik,

According to Harianto, there are currently two multi-year contracts of 35 bridges. Only 10 bridges can only be completed this year, while another 25 bridges will be completed by 2018 to 2019.

A total of 10 bridges are under construction using iron frames with varying lengths and pass through the rushing river pathways and dangerous for the people who pass.

“So there is a span or length of 100, 80 and 60 which may be quite heavy currents so it is impossible to pass by vehicle,” Harianto explained.

Not only Wamena to Kenyam, the implementation of national road in Puncak Jaya area is also targeted for completion in 2019, including roads from Wamena to Sugapa in Intan Jaya Regency.

Head of Work Unit (Satker) for the implementation of the national road of Puncak Jaya region, La Hanafi said that access to Puncak Jaya through six districts passed by Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Puncak, Puncak Jaya, Yahukimo and Lanny Jaya is targeted in the Trans Papua road program.

“Starting from Wamena to Enarotali border in Sugapa can be done in 2019,” said Hanafi.

In addition, PJN V Puncak Jaya is also working on roads starting from Dekai in Yahukimo Regency towards Kenyam, Nduga Regency, as part of trans-Papua road from Satker Jayawijaya Wamena to Kenyam.

“We ask for local governments and communities support for a non-technical way, because we are technically ready to implement it,” he said.

According to him, the total has reached 78 percent, and those are with several directions, such as Sugapa to Bioga, Bioga to Sugapa, Bioga-Illaga, Illaga to Bioga. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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