1) Papua Government Welcomes New Zealand Detective Inspector
2 August 2016
Papua Provincial The meeting between Papua Government and Detective Inspector Tim Haughey – Jubi/Alexander Loen
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Provincial Government welcomed Detective Inspector Tim Haughey who is the Regional Liaison Officer for Illegal Immigration of the New Zealand Embassy on Monday (1/8/2016).
During the visit, he met the Provincial Assistant for Economic and People Welfare Affaires Elia Loupatty, who was accompanied by the Head of Papua Border and Foreign Affairs Agency Suzana Wanggai and the Head of Papua National Unity Politics Agency Musa Isir in his office.
After the meeting, Loupatty said they discussed the progress of development in Papua.
“They asked about the progress of Special Autonomy implementation as well as the implementation development including the alignment of the Central Government, particularly in line with the development in Papua,” Loupatty told reporter in Jayapura, Papua.
Mr. Haughey also sought more information about health care and infrastructure in Papua.
“We explained about what have been done and achieved until now, off course this is not perfect but need to continuously improve,” he said.
He said through such a visit would promote understanding about problems in Papua.
“In addition, they also asked a lot about the implementation of road construction, we took an example of the focus of development in the highland area,” he added.
Meanwhile the Head of Papua Border and Foreign Affairs Agency Ms. Wanggai said Haughey wanted to directly observe the development progress as well as the problems facing by Papua.
“In addition to development, health, education and infrastructure were also become their concern,” said Wanggai.
She expected this visit could bring an opportunity for Papua, particularly for the development, health, education and infrastructure. (*/rom)
2) Social Protection Card Holders Provided Service of Second Class Room
8 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Public Hospital (RSUD Jayapura) is no longer suitable to be a national referral hospital because the number of staff has not been able to catch up with the increase of patients.
“To deal with the surge in the number of patients, we take measures by admitting patients who are holders of the Social Protection Card to Class II ward if Class III rooms are full. If Class III rooms are occupied, we admit them to Class IV while the payment claim is still referred to the third class according to the Social Protection Card guidelines,” said Aloysius Giay, Head of Health Department of Papua Province on last week.
The increase of patients, according to him, occurred because 18 health centers in Jayapura Municipality are not 24 hours. In addition, the increase started since the hospital became a referral from Papua Barat Province.
“For the long term, we are planning to renovate and build a new building including the integrated outpatient building that would absorb the budget up to Rp 400 billion,” he said.
Additionally, some rooms would be built, such as an obstetric room, a surgery room and an internist room for both male and female patients, and a bronchitis room. “I have discussed this with the former Minister of Legal, Political and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan, and he agreed. The total budget required is up to Rp 800 billion. But I hope this planning is keep running after the replacement of new minister,” he said.
Meanwhile during May 2016, Abepura Public Hospital (RSUD Abepura) already received the initial installment but the absorption was only Rp 3.5 billion. The allocated Social Protection Card 2016 received by RSUD Jayapura is Rp 60 billion, including Rp 10 billion for the referral cost to three hospitals outside of Papua.
Chairman of the Commission III of Papua Legislative Council Carolus Bolly said the National Referral Hospital RSUD Jayapura must give an example of service to other hospitals in Papua. “We also expect RSUD Abepura do the same,” he said. (rom/*)
3) Ministry of Internal Affairs Should Clarify MRP Status
4 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) is no longer active after the term of office for its members expired on 13 July. It remains unclear whether whether their tenure would be extended.
MRP Chairman Timotius Murib said members were still waiting for a clarification from Ministry of Internal Affairs.
MRP members’ term expired on 12 April, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs extended it to 13 July after an absence of 26 days.
“Now our period has been expired for 19 days. MRP has been absent for 19 days. Now everything depends on the Minster of Internal Affairs whether he would extend our period or not,” Murib told Jubi on last week.
MRP has submitted all terms related to the extended of tenure period through Papua Governor to the Minister of Internal Affairs to immediate decree issuance. However, it never been issued for the second time.
“It should be extended until the next election of MRP members. But for Papua it has done for some extent, while Papua Barat got seven months extension. The Directorate General of Regional Autonomy confirmed us that is has not been issued because there is no legal basis,” he said.
According to him, MRP is not civil organization but institution whose partnership with executive and legislative institutions. In the Government Regulation No. 54, it said the tenure period of MRP would remain for five years and ended after the inauguration of next period members.
“As long as the new members have not yet inaugurated, the former members are automatically considered work. Perhaps some officials in the Ministry of Internal Affairs are not completely reading the Government Regulation No. 54, so it is happening. I think there is no good intention for the Central Government, specially the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” he said.
He said now there is no legal basis for the MRP members to conduct the activities due to the financing cost for the running activities. “Later it could be considered wrong. So we are waiting. As long as there is no legal basis, it would be an absence,” he said.
Meanwhile MRP member for Religious Working Group Robert Wanggai who was also reporter of tabloidjubi.com said due to the absence of decree, it means the members would not receive the salary or any expense allowance. “Obviously we can not receive the salary and other allowances as well,” he said. (*/rom)
4) Volume of Waste in Jayapura City Reaches 15,000 Cubic Meters
3 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – The volume of garbage in Jayapura Municipality is now reaching 15,000 cubic meters daily, a decrease of 500 cubic meters.
The Head of Jayapura Municipal Sanitation and Cemetery Office Jacobuss Itaar said Jayapura City is the capital of Papua Province. People just come and go in this town, therefore it affects to the garbage volume.
“To prevent people throwing their waste everywhere, we set up a waste recycling program,” he told Jubi on Tuesday (2/8/2016) in Jayapura City. The office also provides plastic sacks in particular places for domestic waste recycling.
Based on the survey conducted by Jayapura Municipal Sanitation and Cemetery Office, the landfill could only accommodate garbage for six years. “But if we do the waste management it would stand for 10 to 15 years,” he said.
Further the office also seeks to save the budget for the construction of a landfill worth Rp 7 – 10 billion. “We will continue to give understanding to the community to continuously maintain the environment by making use of the economic value waste,” he said.
“There are garbage banks that we have built in collaboration as the pilot, so that the community can sell their waste through the banks provided by the government. The waste could be used papers, cardboards, or newspapers,” he added.
Based on Regional Regulation No. 15/2011, he appealed the residents to warn and socialize about the importance of sanitation to the other residents. “We also asked the community unit chiefs to participate in socialization to their residents. Because this city is belong to us. We should take care of it together. The littering hour starts from 06:00 to 04:00 Papua time,” he said.
Jayapura City resident Erniyati said the wastes in this town could be handled. But she thought the citizens’ awareness is still lacking. Therefore, it requires a special campaign or advertisement from the relevant office. “The advertisement should be included in the forms of pins, leaflets and papers then free distributed to the community,” she said. (*/rom)
5) Papua Governor Witnesses Papuan Students Being Raid in Yogyakarta
5 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan students in Yogyakarta were reportedly attacked by a group of people while Papua Governor Lukas Enembe was scheduled to meet Yogyakarta Sultan Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X on Wednesday (3/8/2016).
A Papuan student was hit in the mouth, in the presence of Enembe.
Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa who was in Yogyakarta a couple weeks ago confirmed the incident.
Yes, it’s right. Mr. Governor witnessed it. I think there would be a greater issue after this if both Yogyakarta residents and Papuans do reflect on themselves. All efforts have been done,” he said.
He said the Papua Legislative Council did not only meet with Yogyakarta Police Chief but also Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X as well. But until now there is no guarantee on protection and safety for Papuan students.
“The governor already met Papuan students at their dormitory Kamasan I Yogyakarta, then he met Sultan at Sultan’s residence. But only the governor was allowed to meet him,” he said.
According to Kadepa, in the meeting Sultan told Enembe that Yogyakarta, once the capital of the country, was not appropriate to be a place to voice aspirations for the independence of Papua though the freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Constitution. Yogyakarta is Indonesia.
“It’s Sultan’s statement. He thought students should do it in their dormitory only. Not outside,” he said.
Separately another Papua legislator who was also part of the Papua Legislative Council team to Yogyakarta, Whilhemus Pigas, appreciated Governor Enembe’s decision to come to Yogyakarta to listen the voices of Papuan students and witness their condition after the incident of 15 July at Kamasan I Student as well as to meet Sultan.
“We hope the governor’s visit to Yogyakarta can ensure that during their studies in Yogyakarta, Papuans students can feel safe. With the governor’s visit, hopefully it could give a signal to Yogyakarta Government and other parties including the local residents that Papua Provincial Government never closed its eyes about what was happening towards Papuan students. It’s not only applied to Papuan students in Yogyakarta, but also those who are in the entire Java Island, Bali and other regions outside of Papua,” said Pigai.
He also expected the meeting between Papua Governor and Sultan could clarify the statement of Sultan that said separatists are not allowed to live in Yogyakarta that the accusing was not generally addressed to all Papuan students in Yogyakarta but only to some culprits.
“I hope Sultan clarified his statement to Papua Governor. I also ask the Papuan students in Yogyakarta and other cities to more concentrate to their studies. Do not get involved with things that not expected,” he said.
He also said not only about the security and safety, Papuan students also conveyed to the team of the Commission I of Papua Legislative Council that they were compounded while opening a bank account. They would be declined without the ID card.
“When they showed their ID card, they kept being declined. Why it’s become complicated in Yogyakarta. I ask the governor to work with other regional governments in Java, Bali, Sulawesi or other provinces where Papuan students continue their studies to not complicate for the access of everything,” he said. (*/rom)
6) Baliem Valley Cultural Festival to feature tribal warfare simulation
Jakarta | Tue, August 9 2016| 03:06 pm
Jayawijaya district said the Baliem Valley Cultural Festival was one of Papua’s tourism icons, due to its global fame. Jayawijaya Regent John Wempi Wetipo told antaranews.comon Tuesday in Wamena that the event was a concrete step by the local government to preserve the traditional arts and core values of the Dani tribe.
“This event is an important asset to increase local income by the owners of local culture, and also as the government’s income. It’s purposely held every August, in accordance with Independence Day,” he said.
Wetipo also highlighted Jayawijaya regency’s natural tourism potential, “We have the beauty of Baliem Valley and its Baliem River. We also have Habema Lake’s fantastic natural panorama.”
Aside from Baliem Valley and Habema Lake, Wetipo said the Lorentz National Park with its various flora and fauna, the Trikora summit and mummy culture tours are still popular among tourists.
The Baliem Valley Cultural Festival features many cultural aspects of the Dani tribe arts, and this year it highlights the tribal warfare simulation. Organizers of the event have prepared a 400 by 250-meter arena to accommodate up to 1000 warriors and dancers.
The tribal war simulation will be held on two days, featuring 26 groups of up to 50 warriors, and will be accompanied by traditional pikon music of Papua. Pikon is a wood skin-based Papuan musical instrument that makes a soothing sound when blown. The annual Baliem Valley Cultural Festival is held on Aug. 8 to 10 for the 27th time. (asw)
7) Baliem Valley Festival showcases Papua`s tribal culture
Senin, 8 Agustus 2016 18:16 WIB | 580 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Warriors of the Dani, Lani, and Yali tribes in Baliem Valley, Jayawijaya, Papua, usually engage in a mock war to enliven the Baliem Valley Cultural Festival that celebrates fertility and welfare of the tribal people.
For the Dani tribe, a tribal war symbolizes maturity and power. Nowadays, these battles have also become a tourist attraction, drawing visitors to the Dani villages, particularly during the Baliem Valley Festival that has been organized annually since 1989.
This year, the festival is being held on August 8-10 in Wamena, Walesi Sub-district, Jayawijaya District, Papua. Wamena is also known as a "cold town" as the temperature in the area drops to as low as eight to 10 degrees Celsius in the evening.
The Baliem Valley is located in the central mountains of Papua. The valley, once dubbed as "Shangrila," is incredibly lush and fertile and is surrounded on all sides by towering peaks measuring 2.5 thousand to three thousand meters in height.
The grand valley is 72 kilometers (km) long and 16-31 km wide and is inhabited by the Dani Tribes, the Neolithic warriors and farmers, and other sub-tribes of Yali and Lani, with their complex and primitive cultures, which bear striking resemblance to the "stone age" cultures.
Farming activities have been carried out in the valley for nine thousand years, but it was only discovered by westerners in 1938, according to information on the www.papua-adventure.com website.
The Dani tribal members live in the main valley, the Lani to the west, and the Yali in the south-east. Each tribe has a distinct culture.
A sure and interesting way to distinguish between the tribes is from the Koteka, or penis gourd, sported by the male members. The men of each tribe tend to the growing of the gourds, with the three tribes each cultivating a different style. The Dani use a long, thin Koteka; the Lani sport a medium-sized, wide cannon-like gourd; and the Yali wear the longest of all, the online information continued.
The festival offers a unique ambience. By attending the massive Baliem Valley Festival, visitors will have the rare opportunity to learn and experience firsthand the different traditions of each tribe.
Currently, some 200 foreign tourists are attending the 27th Baliem Valley Cultural Festival. Over 300 dancers will perform during the festival.
The unique traditional culture and natural scenery of Baliem Valley surrounded by mountainous area are major tourist attractions, Head of the Jayawijaya tourism office Alpius Wetipo stated.
"Hence, this annual event organized by the Jayawijaya district administration is always able to attract hundreds of foreign tourists," he pointed out.
During the festival, the tourists are being entertained with traditional dances and cultural attractions and taken on guided tours to several tourist destinations.
Some other tourist attractions of Jayawijaya include the white sand beaches, an ancient mummy of a tribal chief, Lake Habema, salt springs and a canopy.
"Absolutely satisfied with all of Papuas culture in Wamena," Smith Jr, an Australian tourist, informed Antara.
On the previous night, the Jayawijaya administration had hosted a welcome dinner for seven foreign ambassadors and diplomats, who are in Wamena to attend the festival.
The VIP guests include Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Vittorio Sandalli, Ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia Yvonne Baumann, Armenian diplomat Vardan Sargsyan, Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia Judit Nemeth Pach, Bulgarian Ambassador to Indonesia Sergey Michev, Mexican Ambassador to Indonesia Federico Salas, and Indian diplomat Rohit Babbar.
Ambassador Sandalli expressed happiness on being invited to attend the festival. Sandalli said he had gained knowledge of Indonesias cultural plurality from the festival.
"This festival is very important, so we feel honored on being invited to witness Papuas culture in Indonesia," he informed Antara on August 8.
Deputy District Head of Jayawijaya Jhon Richard Banua hoped that Papua will leave a good impression on the foreign diplomats during their visit to Wamena.
The implementation of the festival costs Rp9 billion, he remarked, adding that the local government had also spent additionally for infrastructure and supporting facilities for the event.
Some 250 security personnel comprising military and police officers are deployed to secure the festival.
The personnel have been stationed to protect the festivals venue, hotels, and routes to be taken by foreign visitors to reach certain tourist destinations.
After attending the festival, visitors can go on a sightseeing tour to the Dani Market in Wamena and visit the traditional Wauma Village that can be reached by car from Wamena.
In Aikima, there is a famous 250-year-old mummified village chief. Moreover, after a two-hour trek, visitors can reach the salt springs, where the Dani women have, for centuries, made salt using a simple method.(*)