Monday, June 15, 2015

1) Redeemed USD 500 million, OPM Release 8 Worker

2) Natan Pahabol: No Further Delay for Papua’s Women Market
3) Papuan Legislator Accuses Investors of Defrauding Pronggo Residents
4) Local Farming Production Not Able To Meet Freeport’s Demand
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Monday, June 15, 2015 07:26
1) Redeemed USD 500 million, OPM Release 8 Worker

Papua Police spokesman, Patrige RenwarinJayapura - Eight employees of PT Waskita, who was working on the road project Habema-Mugi-Wamena in Jayawijaya, Papua, finally freed by the Free Papua Movement (OPM).
Papua Police spokesman, Patrige warin, Sunday, June 14, 2015, confirmed the release of eight hostages on Saturday, June 13th, after payment of a ransom of 500 million.
Chronology hostage-called Patrige still be explored. "Detailed information followed, because the victims are still being questioned by investigators Jawawijaya Police," he said.
According to information obtained dozens OPM group surrounded the camp where the workers lived. Eight people were rounded up and held hostage, to demand a ransom of $ 5 billion.
But after negotiations, agreed ransom 500 million. The names of the workers who were taken hostage, among others, Dominggus, Kasirin, Darno, Dudung, Boby, Marmo, Beautiful and Alfon. (JiR / don / l03)


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2) Natan Pahabol: No Further Delay for Papua’s Women Market
Jayapura, Jubi – Women Traditional Market Working Committee (Panja) of the Papua Legislative Council said the it would try to speed up the construction of the traditional market for indigenous Papuan women, known as Pasar Mama-Mama Papua, in the center of Jayapura City.
Panja Chairman, Natan Pahabol, said there is no reason to not build the market in the near future because the budget for first stage of construction would be discussed in the provincial budget adjustment meeting in July.
“It shouldn’t be further delayed. The market development planning has been delayed for a long time; it’s already ten years. It’s about a pride and dignity of Papuans. We will immediately set the MoU with the relevant government office related to this matter,” Pahabol said last weekend.
He further said the readiness of relocating the State’s Bus Company (Perum Damri) to the temporary location at Pasir Dua is 99 percent. He said Damri will move to the temporary place for about two years while waiting for their permanent office at Jalan Baru, Kotaraja was done.
“Budget allocation for the early stage of Papua Women Traditional Market development is covering the cleaning, stockpiling and first-stone laying by the Papua Governor,” he said.
However, before the development was started, he said Panja firstly would invite some relevant parties to make presentation on design of market construction.
“There are two designs that each proposed by the Central Government and Papua General Works Office. The Central Government proposed to build two floors construction, while Papua General Works Office proposed to build six floors. So we will invite them to make presentation on the impact, benefit or whether the design has been assessed or not,” he said.
Earlier, the Secretary of Panja, Deerd Tabuni said the development of Pasar Mama-Mama Papua could be a representation of Papuan indigenous identiy,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
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3) Papuan Legislator Accuses Investors of Defrauding Pronggo Residents

Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan legislator of Electoral District III, Mathea Mamoyau, said some foreign investors who run the iron-sand mining at the Pronggo area of Mimika Barat Jauh Sub-district defrauded the local community.
“When they came to Prong go for the first time, these foreign investors made statements to the local people that their business is public mining. But in reality, the customary people have not benefited from it,” she said last week.
Mathea said the investors were allegedly running illegal business since the local community surrounding mining location namely Kamoro tribe were not involved in it. In addition, there is no supervision from any relevant offices such as the Department of Mining.
“I hope the Papua Provincial Government and Mimika Government can pay more attention to this situation. Do not let the indigenous people suffer and be harmed. Do not let it continue to happen in Papua, where people have always been victims of investors,” she said.
On one occasion, the Head of Mines and Energy Office of Mimika Regency, Philipus Kehek said the iron-sand mining activity in Pronggo area is legal. However, he said he doesn’t know whether the operating company has applied all relevant provisions such as environmental permit arrangement, pay retributions and taxes, and report the foreign workers to the local government and local immigration office. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
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4) Local Farming Production Not Able To Meet Freeport’s Demand
Jayapura, Jubi – Local farming production in Papua has not been able to fully provide food supplies for employees of PT. Freeport Indonesia, the acting head of Papua’s Trading and Industry Office said.
“Freeport has to import food supplies from Java Island, because we can not fulfill their demand,” Elsye Pakade in Jayapura on Sunday (14/6/2015).
She said local farmers planted vegetables, but carrots still have to be imported from outside of Papua. However, fish are supplied locally.
“Nevertheless, the commodities of local people supply Freeport’s demand,” she said.
The Women Working Group (Pokja) of Papua People Assembly earlier met with the PT. Freeport Indonesia in Jakarta. Women Pokja Chairwoman Debora Motte said as large company in Papua, PT. Freeport Indonesia should no longer import the food supplies for their employees, because it’s all already available in Papua. “In the meeting, Freeport welcomed our request,” said Debora Motte.
Therefore, she said the central areas such as Wamena, Jayapura Municipality and Regency, Biak Numfor and Mimika needs to become a shelter agent of local commodities before distributing to Freeport Indonesia.
“To realize this concept, Women Pokja of Papua People Assembly will coordinate with the Transportation Office and airlines to immediately open the regular flight routes to Timika, therefore the local farming production could quickly get to Timika,” she said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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