Sunday, November 16, 2014

1) Saifi Community Rejects Palm Oil Plantation in Sorong Selatan Regency

2) 16 Street Children in Merauke Receive Graduation Certificates
3) Papuan Students Dominate Wasur One-roof High School
4) Deputy Regent Opens Seminar on Eradication of Illiteracy
5) Local Community Wants Mamberamo Foja Sanctuary to Become National Park
6) Central Government Urged to Manage Conservation Areas in Papua
7) Papua Students in Sulawesi Utara Going Home Due to Threats

8) 20 Paramedics and Nurses Will Study at Uncen’s Faculty of Medicine

1) Saifi Community Rejects Palm Oil Plantation in Sorong Selatan Regency

Sorong, Jubi – Residents in Salfi Sub-district of Sorong Selatan Regency  rejected the local government’s plan to invite a palm oil plantation company to their area, said Customary Council community leaders.
“We absolutely reject it, because it would affect to the sustainability of our dense forest,” the Secretary of Sekanoi Customary Council Simson Sremere said. He further said the plam oil plantation would threat and damage the forest sustainability in their customary area.
“In addition, the deforestation for the palm oil plantation could threaten the habitat of various animals in our forest,” he said.
The presence of a palm oil company could have an adverse effect on the local economy and marginalize the local community as the company would  tend to hire  migrant employees.
Meanwhile, a youth leader from Sayal Vilalge, Maikel Ajamsaru asked the Sorong Selatan Government to decline the MoU with the major investment companies who threat the ecosystem within other regions in Sorong Selatan Regency. “Local government must review some agreements with the future investment companies,” kata Ajamsaru said. (Nees Makuba/rom)

2) 16 Street Children in Merauke Receive Graduation Certificates

Merauke, Jubi – Sixteen street children in Merauke City received graduation certificates through Paket A Education Program (the elementary out of school program).
“To those children, we embraced and encouraged them to continue their study through Paket A Program in order obtaining the graduation certificate. So they can continue to the higher education. Sixteen children has finished their examination and obtained the certificate,” the Wasur One-roof High School Principal. Sergius Womsiwor told Jubi by phone on Thursday (13/11).
He admitted to keep encourage the children and motivate them to continue their study in the formal junior high school, but the constrain is their jobs as waste pickers.
“It becomes a major constraint. We are difficult to accommodate it well. Furthermore, they won’t be in one place, but scattered. So it’s not easy to attach them everyday in one place,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of Merauke Social Office, Latang Hasan admitted many Papuan Children work on the street as garbage pickers or beggars in front of the stores. However, it’s seasonal. Though the government wants to accommodate those children, but their parents refused. He added that most of the children come from Mappi and Asmat. They are begging or picking the garbage not everyday, but only in certain time. (Frans L Kobun/rom)


3) Papuan Students Dominate Wasur One-roof High School

Merauke, Jubi – To address education problems in Merauke Regency, Wasur One-roof High School Principal Sergius Womsiwor is offering greater opportunities for indigenous Papuans to be educated in the school. Of 779 students at the school, 667 are Papuans.
“We have been too rigid with many of the rules for years. Many indigenous children were not able to obtain good education, while they have an equal right to education. They must be offered opportunities. The school will provide facilities for indigenous students. I believe if they can make it if they have a chance,” said Womsiwor to Jubi on Wednesday (12/11).
In addition to junior and senior high school, one-roof school is also offering early childhood education (PAUD), kindergarten (TK) and out-of-school learning groups for elementary and high school.  There are 88 children learned in Paud and TK, and 68 students joined the out-of-school learning package.
“This is an integrated school. We offer the opportunity for those who want to study and get a certificate,” he further said since he was committed to continue encouraging the indigenous students to come to the school for pursuing their future dreams.
“They can stay in the school dormitory, go to the school and learn. I’ll do my efforts to fulfill their needs. So far the food and school supplies have been fulfilled,” Womsiwor said.
While the former Commission A Chairman of Merauke Parliament, Dominikus Ulukyanan said he fully supported what Principal Womsiwor have been done. (Frans L Kobun/rom)


4) Deputy Regent Opens Seminar on Eradication of Illiteracy

Deiyai, Jubi – Deiyai deputy regent Agustinus Pigome officially opened a seminar on the Eradication of Illiteracy.
“Hopefully, this seminar will be useful in combating illiteracy in Deyai,” Pigome said in TIGI Hall, Deiyai Regency, Papua on Thursday (6/11).
He said he strongly supported the program as part of efforts to empower women and protect children.
“I hope all the participants will attend and apply what they get in the seminar,” he stated.
Seminar chief organizer Martha Bleskadit said the purpose of the seminar was to reduce adult illiteracy rate in Deiyai regency and encourage the community to participate in the eradication of illiteracy.
“It aims at encouraging and motivating women ito improve the quality of life of women in all areas of development,” she said.
The target of this seminar is to raise public awareness about the importance of functional literacy for the community, especially to support the role of women as mothers in preparing the young generation. (Ones Madai/ Tina)


5) Local Community Wants Mamberamo Foja Sanctuary to Become National Park

Burmeso, Jubi – A 2-day workshop and seminar held in Burmeso, Mamberamo Raya Regency (7-8 November 2014) resulted an agreement to encourage the upgrading status of the Mamberamo Foja Wildlife Sanctuary to become a National Park.
The Director of Yayasan Lingkungan Hidup (Environmental NGO – Yali) Papua, Bastian Wamafma said several recommendations were made during the seminar. One of the important recommendations is the customary people who live in the Mamberamo Foja Wildlife Sanctuary asked the Forest Office and related stakeholders to endorse the alteration status of the sanctuary.
“The recent status of Mamberamo Foja area is a Wildlife Sanctuary. The local community asked to change its status to a National park, to bring access towards road development or other developments,“ said Wamafma in Burmeso on Saturday (8/11).
The villagers, he further said, have gave their supports by signing a letter for the Mamberamo Customary Council Chief to be forwarded to the regional and central governments. Meanwhile, the Head of Technical Division of BKSDA Papua, Christian Mambor said the villagers’ signed letter would become the key approval and important attachment to encourage the alteration process of sanctuary status.
“If this is representing the common needs, including the customary people and Regional Government, therefore the Provincial Government and BKSDA Papua will propose this alteration to the Central Government,” said Mambor. “
He further thought the process need to follow up immediately to ensure the customary people to have the utilized space and zone within the Mamberamo Foja area. With its current status, the local community and government cannot have access to the area, but if it becomes the National Park, the access to the development or other improvement would be open. (Albert Yomo/rom)


6) Central Government Urged to Manage Conservation Areas in Papua

Burmeso, Jubi – The large size of conservation forest in Papua has proved to be a challenge for the Papua Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) to manage and monitor protected animals and plants.
“The size of forest in Papua is approximately 31.5 million hectares, or about 24% of the entire sizeof Indonesian forests. About 21% or 4.4 million hectares of conservation areas in Indonesia is located in Papua,” the head of BKSDA Technical Division, Christian Mambor, said in Burmeso on Saturday (8/11) in his presentation at the Workshop and Seminar on Conservation Area Management in Papua and Mechanism of Status Alteration of Mamberamo Foja Wildlife Sanctuary to National Park organized by the Yayasan Lingkungan Hidup (Environmental NGO – Yali Papua).
Mambor mentioned in his presentation that Java island has fifteen Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) to manage the National Park and Natural Resources Conservation Agency, while Papua that three times broader than Java island only has three UPTs with 126 employees and limited supporting facilities. The current condition has made BKSDA Papua difficult to manage and monitor the conservation area in Papua. As consequence it’s hard to control the smuggling activities of the protected endemic animals and plants in Papua.
Meanwhile the Mamberamo Customary Council Chief Wempi Bilasi said the Central Government must regard the BKSDA Papua by providing grant and adding some UPTs to manage the conservation area in Papua to save the forests as well as the endemic animals and plants of Papua.
“If they’re not serious, soon or later, the forests of Papua will totally damaged,” he firmly said. (Albert Yomo/rom)

7) Papua Students in Sulawesi Utara Going Home Due to Threats

Abepura, Jubi – Papuan students of Asmat origins are leaving the Lorong Kalutai of Tomohon Utara Sub-district, Tondano Selatan, Sulawesi Utara because they feel their safety is threatened.
“They left this town (Tondano) due to concerns about their safety. Every night irresponsible people disturbed their dormitory,” said a Papuan student in Manado, Yanowarius Lagowan in a text message to Jubi on Tuesday (11/11).
The Papuan Student Association chairman in Tondano, Agust Kangoro confirmed the Papuan students of Asmat origin are returning home. “That’s right. There were 17 students who departed today by ship and six have departed last week. So the total is 23 students,” Asmat student Kangoro told Jubi on Tuesday (11/11).
He said his colleagues decided to leave the town for their safety. “It’s related to a Papuan student’s murder case. They will return if the problem is over,” he said.
Earlier, on Monday (20/10), about 20 Papuan students from Raja Ampat and Serui have returned to Papua, followed by several Papuan students from southern Papua who departed from Manado on 25 October. According to the Papuan Student Association (Imapa) Chairman in Sulawesi Utara, Yemto Tabo, about 200 Papuan students had left their studies in Manado and Tondano.
Meanwhile, students’ expectation over the provincial government of Papua and West Papua to visit Sulawesi Utara to accommodate the conflict resolution is finally realized. The website reported the First Assistant of Papua Government, Doren Wakerkwa led the government representatives to meet with the local heads of Sulawesi Utara in Manado. The delegation even met the Police Chief Brigadier General Police Jimmy Palmer Sinaga.
According to Wakerkwa, the purpose of his mission is for reconciliation to ensure the Papuan students were guaranteed safe and secured during their studies in Sulawesi Utara. He also said about the delegation’s plan to reconcile the Papuan students, both provincial government of Papua and West Papua, Papua Police Chief and Cenderawasih XVII Military Commander with the Provincial Government of Sulawesi Utara, Sulut Police Chief and Tataaran local community.
“There should be a joint declaration between the Provincial Government of Sulawesi Utara and the Provincial Government of Papua and West Papua in regards to Papuan students’ safety here,” Wakerkwa said.
He regretted the incident occurred in Tataaran that killed a Papuan student Petius Tabuni last month.  Wakerkwa who was graduated from an university in Manado thought there was a third party who triggered the incident. “There must be a hidden hand who want this happened,” Wakerkwa said. (Benny Mawel/Victor Mambor/rom)

8) 20 Paramedics and Nurses Will Study at Uncen’s Faculty of Medicine

Biak, Jubi – The government of Bial Numfor will offer an opportunity to 20 paramedics and nurses to continue their studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Cenderawasih University in 2015.
Besides improving health infrastructures, the local government is also focusing on human resource development.
“They are paramedics and nurses who work in community health centers and hospitals. This program is aimed to build human resources capacity in order to improve health services to communities,” said the acting Biak Numfor Regent Thomas Alfa Edison Ondy when opened the ceremony of 50th National Health Day in Biak Heath Office on Wednesday (12/11).
He added within 2015, his office would also sign an agreement with the students of fifth semester majoring health and education. “When they’re graduated, they could directly work as civil servants in the Biak Numfor Government, and they must be ready to be placed anywhere to serve the community as paramedics or teachers,” said Ondy. (Marten Boseren/rom )

9) New Political Party, Papua Bersatu, to be Declared

Jayapura, Jubi – A new local political party,  Papua Bersatu (Papua United), will be declared next week, its chairman said.
The declaration was to be on Monday (18/11) in Jayapura, the General Chairman of Papua Unite Party, Cris Fonataba said.
He said the establishment of a local party is in accordance with article 28 of Special Autonomy (Otsus) Law.
“The idea to establish a local party was a result of considerations and discussions among components of society in Papua. The community’s components and student senate would participate in its declaration,” Fonataba said on Thursday (13/11).
However, he said, it has no connection with the 14 seats for the indigenous Papuans at the Papua’s Parliament, but simply to support the thought of the Papua’s Parliament and Papuan People’s Assembly and the people of Papua.
Earlier, the law expert from the Cenderawasih University, Yusak Reba said he thought the Otsus Law was not clear about the establishment of a local political party, unlike in Aceh.
“Thus, such discourse will only be a waste. The article 28 does not include the mechanism and the legal basis to establish the local political party. It has multiple and vague interpretations. Therefore it’s difficult to realize a local political party (in Papua),” Reba told Jubi in the early of October. He further said the vagueness includes the absence of legal basis to regulate the establishment of local party, and it couldn’t be included in the Special Regional Law (Perdasus/Perdasi) because it would contradict with the Political Party Law.
According to him, the different between Aceh and Papua about this issue is related to the Papua’s struggle to develop and improve the Special Autonomy Law. “To realize a local political party in Papua, the Papua’s Parliament must endorse the local materials on the political party regulation, which consisted a separate chapter allowing the establishment of local political party in Papua in proper with the Article 28 of the Otsus Law,” said Reba. (Arjuna Pademme/r

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