Tuesday, April 10, 2018

1) Jokowi scheduled for eighth visit to Papua


2) Police Arrest Students to Hold Fundraising for PNG
3) Absence of Health Service, Dozens of Nduga Residents Reportedly Dead
4) High School Teachers in Nabire Not Paid Yet

5) Mobs Damage Local Government Agencies in West Papua Province

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1) Jokowi scheduled for eighth visit to Papua
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, April 10, 2018 | 06:41 pm

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to make a work trip to Papua from Wednesday to Friday. This will be his eighth visit to the easternmost province of Indonesia since he took office in October 2014.
“The President will distribute land certificates in Jayapura and visit Mama-Mama Market. He will also monitor the progress of [the under construction] Holtekamp bridge,” Cenderawasih military commander Maj. Gen. Elnadus G. Supit said in Jayapura.
From Jayapura, President Jokowi, accompanied by First Lady Iriana, is scheduled to fly to Timika and Asmat, before continuing their visit to West Papua. In the neighboring province, Jokowi will visit an early childhood education unit (PAUD) and meet inspirational women, among other things on the agenda.
Authorities have made some preparations prior to the arrival of the President on Wednesday, such as cleaning the town and taking security precautions in the hotel where Jokowi will stay during his visit. Around 3,000 joint personnel from the military and police will be readied, the military commander went on to say.
Jokowi’s visit is intended to accelerate the development of Papua, which has been considered way behind other regions across the country, said Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. (kuk/ebf)
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2) Police Arrest Students to Hold Fundraising for PNG
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Solidarity of West Papua for earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea (PNG), during a press conference – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Solidarity of West Papua for the victims of the earthquake in Papua New Guinea (PNG), disappointed to the Abepura Police Sector due to the arrest of five students. They were arrested when doing fundraising in the front of the Abepura traffic lights on Thursday (5/4/2018).
According to the Abepura Police Chief, Kris Dogopia, this arrest occurred due to the students violated the regulation and had no permit.
“We are wondering because they have done this for seven-time and never been arrested. But it changed this time. The police arrested them at 12:14 and then released them at 14:30 Papua time,” said Dogopia acted as the Secretary-General of Solidarity during a press conference at the Secretariat of the Union Catholic Students of the Republic of Indonesia (PMKRI) branch Jayapura in Kamkey on Friday (6/4/2018).
He further said that actually, they have submitted a notice letter to the Papua Police, the Jayapura Municipality Police and the Abepura Police with the reference of 01 / WPSED-PNG / SP-III / 2018.001 on 14 March 2018. The letter said that the fundraising would be carried out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and involved approximately 50 participants. “It is quite clear that the fundraising will last for a month by distributing a box to collect money from the crowds in several cities,” he said,
The community then requested the Abepura Police Chief to refer to the Papua Police and the Jayapura Municipality Police for ensuring the letter has been sent.
“We are very disappointed and ask for an explanation from the Abepura Police Chief in regards to some boxes of donations that seized by the police”.
According to him, two boxes contained some notes of Rp 100,000 and Rp 50,000, but then it returned to the students, they only had Rp, 20,000, Rp 10,000, Rp 5,000, Rp 2,000 and a thousand rupiah. (*)
 
Reporter: Aguz Pabika
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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3) Absence of Health Service, Dozens of Nduga Residents Reportedly Dead
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Alimi Gwijangge, First Vice Chairman of Nduga Legislative Council – Gwijangge’s Personal Collection

Wamena, Jubi – Dozens of people in Nduga District reportedly died between February and April 2018 because of not receiving health services.
“Since the first week of February until April 2018, 18 people have died in Dal Sub-district, and eight of them are children,” said Alimi Gwijangge, the First Vice Chairman of the Nduga District Legislative Council, on Saturday. He found the data of the deaths during a visit to the three sub-districts, Dal, Yigi and Nirkuri, on 3 April 2018. He further mentioned that two were also found dead in Nurkuri Sub-district. This incident happened due to the absence of health workers in these three sub-districts.
“So, the public health service is not well monitored,” said Gwijangge. He is said and concerned about this issue, and hopes the local government can help the victims immediately.
“The related office never pays attention to the community. It’s a humanitarian issue, so please do not mess it around.”
Jayawijaya Police Chief, the Adjunct Senior Police Commissionaire Yan Pieter Reba, also admitted receiving information about the deaths of eight children in Dal Sub-district. “After the outbreak of dengue fever in Yalimo, a few days later there was information about eight children died in Nduga Sub-district, namely in Dal Sub-district,” said Reba. (*)
 
Reporter: Islami Adisubrata
Editor: Pipit Maizier



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4) High School Teachers in Nabire Not Paid Yet
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Nabire, Jubi – Most of the 396 high school and vocational high school teachers in Nabire Regency admitted for not receiving a salary for months. This is revealed in a dialogue held with the Head of Nabire Regional Finance Office and local legislators.
“Salary is paid only for one month, precisely in April,” said John Ramandei, the Chairman of Teachers Association of the Republic Indonesia (PGRI) Nabire District, on Saturday (7/4/2018). In addition, he said some teachers have not received their salary for four months, from January to April 2018.
Currently, PGRI is preparing a database of teachers whose salaries have not paid yet. He hopes it would not exceed the April’s deadline. “If possible, the salary should be paid within next week. All should be paid,” he said.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Commission B of the Nabire Legislative Council, Iskandar stated that the Nabire Local Government should make a payment of teachers’ salaries in advance, even though they still do not receive the instalment from the Papua Provincial Government.
“But the local government takes no action,” said Iskandar.
He noted when the teachers held a protest, the Head of Finance promised to pay the four-months salaries to the teachers. “It’s about a promise.” (*)
 
Reporter: Titus Ruban
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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5) Mobs Damage Local Government Agencies in West Papua Province
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Manokwari, Jubi – Four provincial government agencies, where located in the West Papua Governor’s office compound at Arfai Manowari, were destroyed by mobs on Friday (6/4/2018) at around 13:20 Papua time.
These hundreds of the masses were alleged students from several campuses in Manokwari. They previously came to the Regional Financial Management and Assets Agency (BPKAD) to protest about the result of their tuition proposal.
A staff member of the BPKAD, DJ (initial), told Jubi that the commotion started when the crowd came to check their names in the list of beneficiaries at the Finance Office. Once they found their names were not on the list, they went to the BPKAD. “They made trouble in the Public Service Bureau Office, then returned to the Finance Office throwing woods and stones,” said DJ.
Meanwhile, Renold Lukukay, a security officer at the West Papua Governor Office, explained that before the incident occurred, the Head of Public Service Bureau met the masses.
“Because at that time there were some students came for the disbursement of funds, and some for just checking their names. Apparently, the latter was higher in number,” said Renold.
When they found their names were not on the list, they felt for not being accommodated and became angry. “When it happened, I tried to save the head of the public service bureau. Unfortunately, I was hit by a chair,” he said.
Until now, the police have not given an official statement about this issue. The Indonesian Military and the Police are currently on guard in the office area. Meanwhile, the masses and the persons, who are responsible for the destruction, have been dissolved.
Jubi observed that the four destroyed agencies are included BPBD (the Regional Disaster Management) Office, BPKAD, the Provincial Public Service Bureau Office, and the main office of West Papua Governor. (*)
 
Reporter: Hans Arnold
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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