Friday, October 10, 2014

1) JDP: Elected President Capable Of Resolving Papua Issues

2) Manase Degey: We refuse to be a spectator on our own land, says Manase Degey
3) More than 450 Teachers Have Not Received Proffesional Stipends

4)  Pratama Hospital Ready to Serve Public

1) JDP: Elected President Capable Of Resolving Papua Issues

Abepura, Jubi – Incoming President Joko Widodo and his vice president are expected to be able to resolve the Papua conflict peacefully, because both figures had good records in solving both small and major problems, said Papua Peace Network (JDP) coordinator Pastor Neles Tebay.
Pastor Tebay said Jokowi  is responsive to the Papua issue.
“He is the one who likes to go out to find solutions. He has proven this when he was the governor of DKI Jakarta,” he said in Abepura on Wednesday (8/10).
Neles said Vice President-elect Jusuf Kalla had some experience resolving conflicts in Ambon and Poso, and also contributed in the negotiation between Indonesia and the Aceh Free Movement (GAM).
Therefore he believes Kalla is fully aware of the importance of communication among conflicting parties to sit together for a solution.
“Many parties have encouraged Jokowi-JK to endorse a dialogue between Jakarta and Papua. JK fully understands the importance of dialogue. I believe he will support a dialogue,” Tebay said.
He said, a solution is possible because the president’s transition team include NGO activists, academics, and Papuans who favor a dialogue to promote  trust.
“However, everything will be clear after the presidential inauguration. Whether the problem would be resolved through a dialogue or not, it depends on the President and his deputy. But most people suggested a dialogue,” said Tebay.
Pastor Tebay said he hoped Papuans will get involved in developing Papua as peaceful land. Papuans have identified the problems and offered solutions to such problems.
“If a dialogue takes place, Papuans must be involved and feel responsible for their own problems. Because it would be difficult to ensure all parties that the problems belong to them,” he said.
Therefore, Pastor Neles Tebai said the Papua Peace Network (JDP) has opened the spaces of discussion that involved all related parties, including the Central Government, Pro-Independence Papuans, local government, local associations in Papua, Military, Police, foreign and domestic companies, West Papua Liberation Army, and Papuans who live abroad; and provide a peaceful concept in a dialogue Papua-Jakarta.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Papua Customary Council for Lapago Region, Lemok Mabel said a dialogue is not a new thing. Papuans have voiced it since 2000. Currently Papuans are waiting the response from the Central Government to solve the conflict in Papua through a dialogue. Therefore he expected the Widodo’s administrative to be opened for a dialogue with Papuans, because Papuans believed dialogue is the best way to find a best solution in conflict resolution.
“Dialogue is the solution we expected. No dialogue means no solution. Because we say “peace” but in reality it is the land of conflict,” he told Jubi by phone on Thursday (9/10). (Benny Mawel/rom)


2) Manase Degey: We refuse to be a spectator on our own land, says Manase Degey

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary General of the Empowerment Team for Seven Land Owner Tribes in the mining area of PT Freeport Indonesia, Menase Degey, said the group were demanding the establishment of the Department of Empowerment for Seven Tribes because they refuse to be spectators on their own land.
He said some particular groups have taken advantage of the tribes for their own interests.
Degey said his team had found five clauses on the status of the seven tribes in the basic guidelines issued by the Freeport headquarters in New Orleans.
“They include the policy related to employment and promotion. But all this time, no specific department has been established to accommodate and response to our needs. Based on this, we ask the company to provide a special department for the seven tribes to support the operational continuity of PT. Freeport.  We refuse to be a spectator on our land,” Degey told Jubi by phone on Thursday (9/10).
He said thousands of workers from seven tribes have joined the protest by interrupting the operating activities of PT Freeport since Tuesday night (7/10). And it will continue growing if the company doesn’t take prompt action to accommodate their demands, he said.
“Our survey data since last July recorded there are 1,705 workers from seven tribes who employed in several work divisions. Moreover, we also gained supports from other employers to have our own department,” he said.
However, he admitted PT Freeport was actually doing something. It has done some efforts, but there are things still need to be improved in term of the competencies building for the workers and native people from seven tribes, namely carrier building, training and others. “This is our big challenge if we were employed in the industrial technology or other divisions. For the company, seven tribes is its challenge, and on the other hand, the industrial technology is our challenge. Therefore, we should work together to find the solution for this matter,” he said.
He further said until now many of native people don’t understand Bahasa Indonesia as well as the industrial technology. “If the Department of Empowerment for Seven Tribes was established, it could support the program of PT. Freeport. We only want the native people obtaining the better life in accordance with the Article 33 of Constitution. We want use the local wisdom to empower people. The purpose of the empowerment team is to fight against poverty, ignorance and isolation in relation with the national development context,” said Degey.
He also revealed the team has collaborated with the Empowerment Working Group of seven tribes established by the company in order to analysis the establishment of the Department of Empowerment for seven tribes. “We will continue our protest until our demand is fulfilled. Referred to the result of our collaborating work from 25 August to 2 September, the working group will set the representatives of seven tribes into the existing business units, and it means we scarify our workers who actually need to be help,” he said.
On Thursday morning (9/10), the Working Team together with the company’s representatives departed to Jakarta to meet Richard Ardkeson, the President CEO of PT Freeport Indonesia. The Mimika Regent facilitated the meeting. “The regent said this department should be materialized. He mediated the meeting to support our voice and commitment,” Degey said.
Earlier, a worker from Amungme tribe, Jack Amisim said the workers from seven tribes held a protest by sitting in the main road connecting the access road to several mining areas of PT. Freeport. “The company has not yet fulfilled our right. We are demanding what is suppose to be our right,” said Amisim. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


3) More than 450 Teachers Have Not Received Proffesional Stipends

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura City Department of Education plans to pay professional stipends to elementary school teachers in the middle of October, its head said.
“A total of 466 eligible teachers is still waiting their professional stipends to be paid,” the department head, Robert Betaubun, told Jubi on Thursday afternoon (9/10).
The delay was due to the slowness of the online basic data entry system, causing the process to be done manually.
Previously, the head of the department’s Junior High school division, Abdul Majid, said 466 out of 1000 certified teachers for both Elementary and Secondary Schools will be receiving their allowances after a delay of three months.
“Based on data, the number of certified teachers is fewer than 1000 including 71 retired and 10 teachers who had moved to other regions,” he said. (Sindung Sukoco/Tina)

4) Pratama Hospital Ready to Serve Public

Deiyai​​, Jubi – Despite a shortage of medical personnel and facilities, Pratama Hospital in Deiyai regency has started to operate and serve patients, its director, Yaruarius, said.
“We’ve been serving patients since last Monday. Thank God, there was no patient hospitalized so far “ Yanuarius said on Thursday ( 9/10). He said that the hospital will open 24 hours to provide medical services to the public.
“We don’t have enough medical personnel and equipment. Currently, there are 135 medical personnel ” he added.
The Deiyai regent, in a speech read out by the head of Public Relations Daniel Bunai, said he appreciated the hospital management’s effort and hope that it would provide good medical services for the community.
“Yes, Deiyai topography is very challenging and becomes an obstacle for the government to serve the community in various fields especially in the public health services,” he said.
“Hopefully in the future, medical personnel, construction of buildings and equipment can be completed as funds are available. However, the most important thing is our service  to the people in the area,” he said. (Ones Madai/Tina)

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