Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1) Papua Plantation Office Encourages More Cacao Production


2) Papua Government Asks Freeport for Free Stake
3) Jayawijaya Regent Affirms Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena
4) Crew Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks off Papua
5) Number of Job Seekers in Mimika Sharply Increases
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1) Papua Plantation Office Encourages More Cacao Production
Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Provincial Plantation Office continues to encourage local farmers to cultivate cacao plants, a primary commodity in the 1990s that have reclaimed its popularity recently. “One of efforts implemented by the Papua Provincial Plantation Office to restore the glory of cacao  is through the mass movement campaign of pest extermination and cacao planting and growing,” the head of Papua Provincial Plantation Office, Jhon Nahumury, said in Jayapura City on Monday (15/2/2016). The program, he said, was piloted in Kleist Village, Gresik Selatan Sub-district of Jayapura Regency recently. “We also asked both regional and municipal government to allocate budget for cacao’s pests exterminating in regional budget, because the provincial budget in this case, Plantation Office, is limited,” he said. With respectively regional budget, the expected improvement in cacao production could be achieved, because if the production was increased, it automatically improves the welfare of cocoa farmers. “Therefore the regional/municipal governments provide cacao plantations could improve their income,” he said. Nahumuri admitted to revitalise the triumph era of Papua cacao is not easy because it needs supports from relevant stakeholders, including the regional stakeholders, local people or local farmers as well as the third parties who engage with plantation sector, in particular cacao. In 1990s, Nahumur explained, cacao from Papua had triumphed due to its high quality, therefore it help to increase the economy of cocoa farmers. However, along with alteration of times, their cacao plants infected by pest and vascular streak dieback (VSD) disease. “Plantation Office recorded a decline of cacao production since 2004, including the quality reduction occurred due to the pest and VSD, while Indonesia is the third world supplier after Ivory Coast and Ghana,” he said. Papua, he added, is one of cacao suppliers in Indonesia because it becomes one of community’s commodities in addition to other plants that able to give the added value to family economic improvement. “That’s why we are now trying to resonate and encourage, that are to revitalize the cacao production back to 1990s. Although it’s not easy, but I am sure we can, because the farmers in Papua had the experience with its economic value,” he said. (*/rom)
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2) Papua Government Asks Freeport for Free Stake
Victor Mambor 1 Day ago  Jakarta, Jubi – Papua Provincial Government asked Freeport for a stake in the company free of charge, arguing the US mining company had benefited from the region. “We just asked for free shares. No need to pay because it already took our wealth,” said Papua Governor Lukas Enembe when met at the compound Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Building in Jakarta on Monday (15/2/2016). Enembe said the Provincial Government is currently hold discussion with the Central G overnment concerning to his proposal of taking over the Freeport Indonesia’s shares and if it’s possible for free.Meanwhile, Director General of Mineral and Coal of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Bambang Gatot when met at the same location admitted he was acknowledged the proposal of Papua Provincial Government concerning to Freeport’s shares divestment. Nevertheless, according to him, although the Central Government has no intention for taking over the Freeport’s shares, it doesn’t mean to hand over to Papua Government. “It’s up to them, but divestment has a mechanism,” he said. Based on Government Regulation 77/2014, Freeport Indonesia obliged to divest 30 percent of its shares to the government. But, until now the Indonesian Government only obtain 9.36 percent of Freeport’s shares, it means this US company has yet to divest 20.64 percent of shares. The divestment process would be conducted in two stages. In the first stage by October 2015, Freeport management must divest 10.64 percent of shares, whereas in the previous stage it already divested 9.36 percent and would be divest 10 percent in 2019. (*/rom)
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3) Jayawijaya Regent Affirms Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena
Women, Jubi – Jayawijaya Regent John Wempi Wetipo confirmed that the local government would build the Mobile Brigade headquarters in Wamena to anticipate violent crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft. He declared it according to the meeting agreement with the Jayawijaya Police Chief, local leaders, regional group leaders, tribal chiefs and customary institution held in the meeting room of Jayawijaya Police Headquarters on Monday (15/2/2016). “Like or not, we must place the Mobile Brigade personnel in Jayawijaya Regency no later in May 2016, while we would place them in Jayawijaya Regent’s Official House,” he said. In 2015, some parties including students and activists rejected the Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Jayawijaya Regency, but the Regent Wetipo said that rejection would later be considered. “Those who run the protest are not local residents living in Wamena, don’t know where they live, where they come from. So, do not let these people making us to say the people have rejected the plan, I think my people don’t ever reject it,” he said. Jayawijaya Police Chief, Adjunct Police Commissionaire Ronny Thabaa also supports the action taken by the regent. Police personnel replacement, especially the Mobile Brigade personnel, was considered supporting the current police personnel, which only consisting of 496 members deployed in jurisdictional territory of four regencies. “Therefore, we need longer time and higher cost to convey the incidents occurred in Jayawijaya Police’s jurisdiction territory due to our limited number of personnel,” he said. However, he further said, related to the implementation of plan, the regent would ask the Papua Police Chief to temporarily deploy 100 Mobile Brigade personnel from Papua Police and to plan the construction the Mobile Brigade Headquarters. “100 Mobile Brigade personnel from Papua Police would stay in Jayawijaya until the headquarters in Wamena is settled, precisely to be built at the ex-Baliem Cottage as revealed by the regent in the meeting,” said the Chief. (Islami/rom)

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4) Crew Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks off Papua
By MarEx  2016-02-16 18:07:12 
Fourteen people are missing after the cargo vessel KM Azula capsized off the coast of Papua last weekend. Indonesia’s Mimika Search and Rescue spokesman said the organization received notice of the casualty on Saturday evening local time. The rescue team located the heavily listing vessel around 20 kilometres from Asmat, but none of the 14 crewmembers were found. KM Azula was reportedly carrying building materials from Surabaya, and the vessel is believed to have capsized due to the heavy load and poor weather conditions. The search continues with at least three SAR vessels deployed as well as police and naval support.
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5) Number of Job Seekers in Mimika Sharply Increases
Timika, Jubi – The number of job seekers dominated by high school graduates in Mimika has sharply increased in the past year.
The head of Job 
Placement and Training of Mimika Labor, Transmigration and Housing Office, Jehuda BB Akobiarek, said on Monday (15/2/2016) that the increase was due to the higher number of high school and university graduates in the area. The presence of private companies of Freeport’s subcontractors triggered the flow of job seekers from many regions coming to Mimika. “If compared with 2014, the number of job seekers in Mimika is significantly raised in 2015. We are monitoring the number of job seekers through registration of yellow card files that is part of through the yellow card files which is one of prerequisites to apply for a job,” he said. Mimika Labor, Transmigration and Housing Office’s data reported the number of job seekers in 2014 has reached 9,369 and increase to 10,443 in 2015. Mimic Regional Government quite concerned on the increasing number of job seekers without job replenishment by private companies and government institutions. One of private companies accepted most job applications recently is PT Petrosea. Within only two weeks, the contractor company which entrusted to tackle the Freeport’s infrastructure has accepted more than 4,000 job applicants. Akobiarek further said his office would continuously to make coordination with the private company in this region for providing the information about the labor market for the job seekers. “Most companies have announced job vacancies with required qualifications through the Labor Office. The provision is required, but in practice there are companies to not being open concerning to job recruitment,” he said. Earlier, the Head of Mimika Labor, Transmigration and Housing, Dionysius Mameyau, has reminded several private companies affiliated to Freeport to terminate their policy in recruiting workers from outside of Timika and to prioritize the local job seekers. Mamayau warned to give punishment to the companies secretly bringing workers from other regions without local government’s acknowledgement. (*/rom)
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