Thursday, August 24, 2017



                                            Roberta Muyapa with the umbrella for Mama Papua – IST
Nabire, Jubi – They call themselves 500 Umbrellas’ Movement for Mama Papua. They distributed big umbrellas to Papuan Mothers who were selling stuffs as vegetables, areca nuts and Noken, on the sidewalks throughout Papua.
“This initiative started around May 19, 2017, with the creation of facebook messenger group that invites friends to voluntarily help Mama-mama who sells stuffs under the hot sun and rain,” said Roberta Muyapa, the movement initiator to Jubi via electronic mail, Friday (August 18).
She is a young woman from Nabire, Papua Province, who is studying at National High School of Technology (STTNAS) in Yogyakarta. She feels moved to do something for Papuan Mama, especially those selling on the street.
Papuan student initiative

Roberta saw the attention of local government is still very poor for Mama-mama Papua. For long time they have been selling stuffs uncer the sun and rain, plus lack of appropriate place or a market worthy of them.
“Me and my friends see the lack of local government’s attention to Mama-mama, the economic assistance for Mama-mama Papua to get into the market is also lack, there is no proper place or market that makes Mama-mama sell their products spontaneously without facilities,” said Roberta, who also admit that Mama-mama themselves is very less organized.
Not only launching campaigns, Roberta and his friends to date have managed to collect 500 umbrellas from the donation of various parties since the movement was launched. At first she also did not expect public response via facebook media was very positive.
The idea of ​​launching such a movement did arise from Roberta herself, but most of the supporters of this work were college students.
“Many are responding positively and many are willing to help as well as coordinate cities in Java, Sulawesi and Papua. Most are college students. They respond very well and support both material and moral,” she said with enthusiasm.
The main cities of the movement’s targets are the Papuan students who study in Yogyakarta, Bandung, Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Manado, Goronto, Jayapura, Nabire, Manokwari, Serui, Sorong and Timika.
In each city this movement has their contact persons that appear spontaneous from the results of facebook group activity in which now consists of 5459 account.
Roberta felt moved to conduct this campaign and fundraising because herself as a woman who would also become a Mother. Plus many Papuans are raised by Mothers who sell stuffs on the street to be able to feed their families and put their children to school.
“I am part of Papuan people and women who will be a mother and raised by a Mother who also sells stuffs for our family can eat and go to school. That’s the main reason why I did this,” she said.
He also saw the situation of economic activities of Papuan Mama who increasingly marginalized by migrants.
Rp 35 million collected in 2.5 months
To be able to get 500 umbrellas, Roberta and her friends need about Rp 38 million to Rp 40 million.
“The funds needed are around Rp 38 million to Rp 40 million. Our fund-raising process is done by selling stuffs and spread information to Papuan dormitories in Java, Sulawesi and Papua,” said Roberta, who admitted to having trouble sleeping because her mind can’t stop working to explore other creative fund-raising ideas.

Through creative posters spread across social media, Roberta tried independently to be able to raise funds.
So within 2.5 months they have managed to collect about Rp 30 million and the money is used up to buy 500 umbrellas. Even some umbrellas have been distributed to cities in Papua.
“We’ve bought 500 umbrellas. One umbrella cost Rp 56 thousand. Screen printing one umbrella for Rp 4 thousand. So the total of Rp 30 million plus cargo shipping cost of Rp 5.5 million. Everything is Rp 35.5 million,” said the 23-year-old young woman.
She added from the total Rp 35.5 million, still required another Rp 2-3 million for postage to other districts.
“The umbrellas so far have been sent and received in Sorong, Manokwari, Timika, and Nabire. Hopefully there are additional funds to cover the above shortcomings, so we can send it to Jayapura, Serui, Waropen, Timika, Intan Jaya beach, Deiyai and Dogiai, ” she said.
Roberta hopes this movement will stay active, even after the umbrella distribution. “We can keep the activities for Mama-mama, and the movement becomes clearer so that it can work together with other elements that move in humanity,“ said 10th semester student who admitted to difficulty to finish her study because of the difficult subjects.
The Movement of 500 Umbrellas for Mama-mama is for her a booster for a bigger purpose, “In principle we want to target the entire Papua Land to have a Special Market for Papuan Mama,” she said. (*)


Deiyai, Jubi – In a parliamentary plenary session, Wednesday (August 23) the Regent and Deiyai Parliament ​​had agreed to expel PT Dewa Putra Paniai and Brimob (mobile brigade) troops from the region.
The decision was taken at the open plenary session of Deiyai ​​Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) in the local parliament office hall, related to the shooting case in Oneibo village, Tigi district, Deiyai, August 1, which killed Yulianus Pigai (30) and injuring 16 others.
The meeting was chaired by Deiyai ​​DPRD Chairman, Yunias Edoway, attended by Deiyai ​​Regent, Dance Takimai; Paniai Police Chief, AKBP. Supriyagung; the 13 members of Parliament; Deiyai Regional Secretary, Marten Ukago;, Assistant Regional Secretary of Deiyai; Sector Police Chief pof Tigi, Ferry M. Mahue; religious leaders, women leaders, traditional leaders, the Regional Indigenous Council of Deiyai, as well as other local community.

Chairman of Deiyai Parliament Special Committee, Alfred Pakage, said the special plenary session relate to the demand of Deiyai people through People’s Solidarity for Humanitarian Concern of Deiyai ​​(SPKRD) by holding a peaceful protest on Monday (August 21).
“In the peaceful action of the people ​​it conveys two things for us to tackle, they asked us to stop all activities of PT. Putra Dewa Deiyai ​​Paniai by revoking the business license of the compan in the districts and urged Papua Police Chief to immediately withdraw  thBrimob unit from Deiyai,” said Alfred Pakage to Jubi, after the plenary session.
He supported the aspiration and asked Regent of Deiyai ​​and Police Chief of Paniai to process the demand as soon as possible.
“Today we agreed to expel PT. Putra Dewa Deiyai ​​Paniai and Brimob units from Deiyai ​​district by signing the letter of statement,” he explained.
He also said that DPRD and government will guard the legal process of the alleged shooters that are being investigated by police internal mechanism.
Regent of Deiyai, Dance Takimai, prior to the signature on the statement, acknowledged that Deiyai ​​bloody tragedy is a fact and Brimob personnel were the perpetrators on after being called by the bridge construction foreman at Oneibo bridge site. There is no cover-up, he said.
“It is a fact, we both reject (expel) the company and Brimob from Deiyai. I ask all of us to maintain the security among us,” explained Dance Takimai.
He said the letter of statement is a joint letter by Regent of Deiyai and the parliament, ​​then signed by Alfred Pakage as chairman of ​​Parliament Special Committee; Markus Mote, secretary of the committee; and to be informed Junia Edoway as Chairman of Deiyai Parliament; Dance Takimay, as the Regent Deiyai, and Superintendent. Supriyagung, as Police Chief Paniai. (*)


Jayapura, Jubi – About 10,000 members of Papuan Traditional Business Chamber (KAPP) and Papuan Local Business Association, a joint venture of 15 business organizations, are planning to meet Papuan governor Lukas Enembe next Thursday (August 31).
They will ask the Governor to sign the Pergub’s technical guidelines for the implementation of Perdasus No. 18 on a community-based economy.
“This is the resurrection of the indigenous people of Papua,” said Chairman of KAPP, Merry Yoweni, to a number of media crew in a press conference held at the Head Office KAPP, Waena, Tuesday (August 22).
Merry Yoweni said entrepreneurs who will meet Governor Lukas Enembe varied from areca nut seller, mini-micro entrepreneur, and owner of CV and PT.
“Three percent of the special autonomy fund is given to indigenous Papuan entrepreneurs to help their business,” said Merry Yoweni.
Yoweni said that throughout this process, both KAPP and the indigenous Papuan businessmen associations have decided to unite to fight for the rights of indigenous Papuans under the umbrella of Republic of Indonesia to get their rights as citizens of Indonesia.
“So far we Papuans are very difficult to access capital to the banking sector so this move of partisanship can provide a situation to provide support to indigenous Papuans,” Yoweni said.
She also said that all this time Papua has been integrated to Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia there is no Papuan indigenous can be relied on in the business sector.
Meanwhile, the representatives of Indigenous Papuan Native Businesses Association (HIMPARI PAPUA), Frangky Mirino, said his institution has already got legal entities under the aegis of the Papuan KAP.
“We want to move forward and under the umbrella of KAPP we were formed to be able to move forward and build the economy,” he said.(*)



Sorong, Jubi – A total of 26 whale sharks in Cendrawasih Bay National Park, West Papua were assessed by health scientists and experts from United States from 25 July to 5 August 2017.
The release revealed that in addition to health checks, the researchers also managed to install 7 satellite markers and 4 acoustic markers on whale sharks.
The progress of this study has significant implications for investigating the health mysteries surrounding whale sharks, including the potential impacts of tourism as well as other human interactions on the health of whale sharks.

This can provide more information in the development of future conservation policies, to protect and maintain the stability of the whale population in Indonesia specifically in Cendrawasih Bay National Park, West Papua.
Health research is fairly difficult, even initially considered almost impossible to implement, because until now researchers have not found a way to condition whale sharks in a controlled environment for further sampling.
But in 2014, teams from Cendrawasih Bay National Park (BBTNTC), UNIPA, KKP, and CI Indonesia found that whale sharks in the Bay, often caught unintentionally by chart fishermen nets, appear to be quite calm when caught and often just silent at the bottom of the net waiting to be issued.
This phenomenon is used by research teams from CI Indonesia to install satellite markers while taking samples necessary for health assessment of whale sharks.
“The unique situation in Cendrawasih Bay gives researchers unprecedented opportunities, which are designed to provide detailed information on the ecosystem and research impacts that have been done on the welfare of whale sharks,
“This health research on wild whale sharks is the first time conducted in the world, so the data obtained will be the reference of all researchers in the world including reference to the Indonesian government in the management of eco-tourism on sustainable whale sharks in a way that is beneficial to coastal communities without adversely affecting the welfare of the people,” explained Ketut Putra, Vice President Conservation International Indonesia.
Related research that has been implemented, according to Dr. Selvy Tebay, vice rector of UNIPA welfare field who is also a researcher of fishery field, said that the research of whale shark health aspect is the first research conducted by UNIPA together with partners. While other studies such as tagging and development of whale shark tours have been done.
“Hopefully, of course through this health research, UNIPA can develop expertise capacity in marine conservation of species including the importance of health science of whale sharks to support the management of these species in Indonesia,” said Selvy Tebay.
The research itself is collaboration between the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Central Park of Cendrawasih Bay (BBTNTC), University of Papua (UNIPA), Conservation International (CI) and Georgia Aquarium – America Union. (*)

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