Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1) West Papua to get new Kodam

1) West Papua to get new Kodam
2) Papuan Culture Must Be Protected, says Education Chief
3) Energy and Mineral Resources Minister to Revise Budget to Papua
4) Isolated Tribe Found in Benggwin Progo Village, Jayapura Regency5) Papua Get 42% of Government’s Subsidies on Pioneering Aircraft Services

1) West Papua to get new Kodam
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Tue, April 07 2015, 8:28 PM - The construction of the headquarters of a new military command (Kodam) in West Papua is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih chief Maj. Gen. Fransen G. Siahaan said on Tuesday.
The new Kodam headquarters is located in Manokwari, the provincial capital of West Papua.
Currently Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih oversees both West Papua and Papua provinces.
Fransen said the new Kodam would be named Kodam XVIII/Kasuari, adding that a native Papuan was expected to become the first Kodam commander.
"Currently there are two Papuans who hold the rank of general and one colonel," he said as quoted by Antara news agency.
According to Fransen, Brig. Gen. Ones Wayangkau is currently the chief of staff of Kodam V/Brawijaya in Surabaya, East Java; Brig. Gen. Herman Asaribab is deputy commander of the Army's Infantry Warfare Center (Pussenif) in Bandung, West Jakarta; and Col. Hamdan Ali Bogra is still studying at the National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) in Jakarta.
Fransen added that he had not only prepared the physical infrastructure but also the personnel who would be posted at the new Kodam.
He said the Kodam XVIII/Kasuari would oversee two military regional commands(Korem): Korem 171/Praja Vira Tama headquartered in Sorong and Korem 173/Praja Vira Braja headquartered in Biak, Papua.
The new headquarters is being built on an area of 60 hectares, which houses Rifle companies C and D of the 752nd Vira Yudha Sakti Infantry Battalion. The companies will be relocated to Warmare district, Manokwari regency, West Papua. (nvn)(++++)

2) Papuan Culture Must Be Protected, says Education Chief
Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan culture, in particular native languages, must be protected, said Elias Wonda, the Head of Papua Education and Cultural Office.
“Both provincial, regional and municipal governments should work together with the Tourism Office, cultural development centers and museums to protect the heritage culture in Papua,” Wonda told to reporters in Jayapura on Monday (6/4/2014).
He said some Papuan native languages could vanish unless action is taken to preserve them. Currently some local languages in certain regions have become extinct.
“Now we have approximately 275 native languages, but it’s only partially used by its users. Thus, we have to protect it from extinction for the future,” he said.
As part of the cultural preservation efforts, Wonda said the Papua Provincial Government would hold a national cultural exhibition at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Jakarta. “It has been discussed. The Papua Cultural Development Center and Cultural Department will prepare the exhibition materials,” he explained.
Additionally, he said, currently the provincial, regional and municipal governments have agreed that people are wearing Batik Papua and using Noken (Papuan traditional bag) on Thursday. “It is part of government concern on the cultural preservation,” he said.
Earlier, the Provincial Second Assistant on Papua Economic and Welfare, Elia Loupatty said the richness of Papuan art and culture is the valuable regional and national asset in tourism development.
‘The richness of existing culture must be improved and preserved to strengthen the heterogeneity of Papuan ethnic existence which express the affection towards humanity through the strengthening of cultural character as part of life. It is becoming a moral with full of kindness, peace and harmony in every aspect of life,” Loupatty said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

3) Energy and Mineral Resources Minister to Revise Budget to Papua

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said will revise its funding assistance to Papua to have a broiler engine of 10.000 mega watt capacity.
“The minister will revise the budget to help us considering Papua has wood raw materials to be proceed as energy resources,” Enembe told reporters in Jayapura on Monday (6/4/2015).
He admitted he learned so many things related to red bell fruit wood processing during his visit with the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Minister of Forestry to the industrial forest area at Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. He learned that PT. Korindo could produce the 7.3 mega watt electrical energy from wood waste processing and sell some of their product to PT. Pertamina (Mineral and Energy State Company). “So, PT. Pertamina must pay Rp 100 million to PT. Korindo everyday,” he said.
Based on this experience, Enembe said he gave instruction to the Head of Papua Forestry Office to observe the 13 – 15 hectares of production forest located in Keerom to grow the red bell fruit trees as applied by PT. Korindo at Pangkalan Bun.
“We do a trial first, as currently we need the power supplies; especially when we are becoming a host for the National Sport Week in 2010. Moreover, the three kind of tress they have planted are from Merauke, Papua,” he said.
Further, he said if this plan is working, the government would offer the private sector to manage and produce it, and the product could be sell to the PLN (Electricity State Company) considering Papua is currently requiring a huge supplies of electrical energy.
“The government might be involved in the Regional State Company as the share owner,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

4) Isolated Tribe Found in Benggwin Progo Village, Jayapura Regency

Sentani, Jubi – Benggwin Progo village is considered an isolated area in Jayapura even though there are some facilities such as churches and schools and the village itself is administratively part of Kemtuk district, said a member of Jayapura Legislative Council, Oktovianus Samon, last week.
He said he had asked the head of Kemtuk district to pay serious attention to development in the area.
He also said the results of the visit will be reported to the executive and will be conveyed to the relevant authorities.
“The executive is also expected to be more frequently go down to the field in order to ensure that all planned programs through its agencies are realized,” he said.
Separately, head of Kemtuk district Lenora Bemey said that DPRP’s visit was conducted without notification, so that she did not know anything about it. While, related to the service system that did not run well in the village, she refused to comment it.
“Benggwin Proggo village is still part of a collection of tribes. The village has become an autonomous region that is no longer managed by the district, “said Lenora journalists rushed to leave. (Engelberth Wally/tina)

5) Papua Get 42% of Government’s Subsidies on Pioneering Aircraft Services

Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian Transportation Ministry provides subsidies of Rp 466 billion for 217 pioneering aircraft services which passed the tendering process within three years period until the end of 2015.
The Transportation Ministry Expert for Public Information Transparency, Hadi Mustofa Djuraid said the funds would be distributed to the eastern region such as Papua, which accounts for 42% of the total grants. The rest goes to Sumatera (20%), Kalimantan (16%), Sulawesi (12%), Maluku (6%), Nusa Tenggara (3%) and Java (1%). Djuraid said of 217, there are 65 new services which are in the tendering process.
In 2014, the Transportation Ministry removed eighteen pioneering aircraft services from the list for some reasons of being commercial and lack of passengers. The Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan further said after reducing 18 commercial aircraft services, the aircraft pioneering services have increased from 170 in 2014 to 217 services in 2015.
The Director General of Air Transportation, Suprasetyo said the core requirement to the airlines for winning the tender is at least to have five aircrafts and those aircrafts must pass the Law No.1/2009 on Aviation.
Meanwhile, the Lion Group is now considering the government’s offer related to pioneering aircraft services. The Director in Chief Edward Sirait told reporters in Jakarta on Monday (6/4/2015) that his office would review the opportunity by examining the location and infrastructure provided by the Transportation Ministry for the remote flight routes.
“It will depend on the condition of airport. We will review it. If it was safe for Wings Air (to be landed), we will examine whether we could deal with it,” he said.
Further, Edward said as long as the ATR aircraft could be landed safely, his office could participate in the offer. (*/rom)

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