Monday, June 20, 2016

1) Merauke Government Restricts Palm Oil Investment

2) Fuel Prices at Puncak Jaya Fixed

3) Meeting Seeks More Involvement of Women in Public Life 

1) Merauke Government Restricts Palm Oil Investment
20 June 2016

                                       Indigenous people in Merauke refuse palm oil plantation on their lands – SKP Merauke

Merauke, Jubi – Merauke Regent Frederikus Gebze said his administration would restrict palm oil operations and applications for permits from investors would be carefully reviewed.
He said palm oil plantation operations had destroyed the forest and caused environmental damage.
“It becomes a task under my leadership for the next five years, that we should protect and keep the sustainability of the forest. So the forest ecosystem would not be destroyed due to deforestation,” he said.
Earlier, the EU Ambassador Vincent Gerund said the European Union was strongly concerned on the environmental, education and health issues.
“The forest, said Guerend, should be well protected and sustained,” he said.
“We already collaborated with some other regions in Indonesia to protect the forest. In addition to the government, the customary landowners also need to be involved in this program. Hopefully this program could be well implemented in Merauke Regency,” he added. (Ans K/rom)

2) Fuel Prices at Puncak Jaya Fixed
20 June 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Fuel prices at Puncak Jaya, including kerosene, gasoline and diesel have been fixed at Rp 30,000.
But the high price doesn’t affect the fuel purchase and residents continue to buy from the vendors.
“Although it’s expensive, it doesn’t affect them because the supplies are always ready,” said Parijan who sells the fuel in Mulia City told Jubi a few days ago.
He said the fuel price has been standardized due to cost of transportation from distributor to Wamen City and other cities is expensive, it’s done by air transportation.
“The transportation cost is expensive. For other commodities such as instant noodles, cigarettes and other goods, the prices might not different with other regions, but for fuel, it is higher,” he said.
The gasoline and diesel stocks are usually ready in three or four days in a time.
“We also distribute the fuel to the residents fairly. One consumer was given 20 litters ransom of gasoline and diesel, while 10 liters for kerosene for one consumer,” he said. It is to avoid the jealousy among residents.
“Now many residents have motorcycles. The fuel consumption for both motorcycle and car is the same. No specialty in fuel distribution,” he said.
Mulia resident Markus Wonda told he and local residents need the fuel.
“The fuel is fairly distributed here, so those who want to purchase the fuel feel it’s not difficult to get it. Because each person is allowed to buy 20 litters of gasoline or diesel, and 10 litters of kerosene,” he said.
However, Markus said, her rarely buy gasoline.
“I rarely use my vehicle. I use it only for going to the market or farm. Other than that I choose to just walk,” he said. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)

3) Meeting Seeks More Involvement of Women in Public Life 

20 June 2016

Mulia, Jubi – A meeting on women and child protection in Puncak Jaya, Papua, has called for more representation of women in parliament.
A joint agreement after the Technical Coordination Meeting of Women and Child Protection  in Mulia, Puncak Jaya Regency, attended by 67 participants from 22 regencies, sought to promote gender equality, said the Head of Papua Provincial Women and Child Protection Agency Anike Rawar.
Rawar  told Jubi the meeting held from 9 to 11 June 2016 has resulted eight points of agreement to be endorsed at the provincial and national levels.
“The first point is the Provincial Women and Child Protection Agency to support the change of institutional nomenclature in accordance to the Law No 23/2014 on Local Government through advocacy and coordination,” she said.
Rawar added in order to materialize the gender equality in development, the government at provincial, municipal and regional is expected to have commitment to endorse the formation of gender mainstreaming working group and capacity strengthening as well as to endorse the establishment of gender responsive budget.
“The next agreement is we ask both provincial and municipal/regional governments to consider to provide appreciation or reward to P2TPA in order to improve their performance in providing service and assistance towards women and children whom the victims of violence,” she said.
She also added the forth of joint agreement is a memorandum of understanding is required in order to strengthen the work coordination between relevant and cross-sectorial offices in the handling the violence cases against women and children.
“The fifth is in order to protect the children from all forms of discrimination and sexual abuse, physical harassment as well as the fulfillment of children’s basic rights, each municipality/regency is expected to create the child-friendly city as well as regional children forum,” she said.
Further, at point six, it is more focus in preparation of women representatives in the legislature in 2019, which is expected all parties to prepare the women politicians in accordance to Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Regulation No 10/2015 about grand design of women representation in the legislature in the Election 2019.
“Furthermore, in order to improve the women participation in economic sector, the support from the provincial and local governments is needed to endorse the policy and regulation for the opening of economic access for women by using all women capacity in each development areas,” she said.
Earlier, the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise said every women, in particular Papuan women, must participate in the development, and Papuan women must take part in the parliament.
“In 2030 we must able to show that women are equal with men, which is the percentage of women and men in the parliament is 50:50. Once it was equal we will report it to the UN Secretary General,” said Yembise.
She said Indonesian becomes one of the countries that take their women to the era of 50:50 in 2030. It means both men and women must walk together, be equal in every aspects of life. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)

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