RI Ministry of Health Accredits a Number of Community Health Centers (Puskesmas) in Biak Numfor

The Biak City Public Health Center (Puskesmas)services, in  Biak Numfor Regency, Papua, will be accredited by an assessment team from the Ministry of Health in October 2017. “The management of the Biak City Public Health Center is working to improve the health care facilities in anticipation of the arrival of  the Ministry of Health accreditation team,” said Head of Puskesmas Biak Kota, Rewang Naftali In Biak, Thursday (29/6).

He said that the assessment criteria for the Health center accreditation, among others are administrative and management standards that include the provision of health services, leadership and management of the health centers, and improving the health center quality. Other requirements, Rewang said, there are standards of health center programs that must be met, namely Target-oriented Health Center Program/Program Puskesmas yang Berorientasi Sasaran (PPBS), Leadership and Management of Health Center Program/Kepemimpinan dan Manajemen Program Puskesmas(KMPP), and Performance Goals and MDGs/Sasaran Kinerja dan MDGs (SKM).

A number of instruments are also being assessed to get the Puskesmas accreditation including the competence of health center officials, cleanliness of the health center, services, the availability of light fire extinguishers/Alat Pemadam Api Ringan (APAR), as well as the capa bility of ambulance drivers. “Aspects of accreditation assessment related to patient-oriented clinical services/Layanan Klinik Berorientasi Pasien(LKBP), clinical service support management/Manajemen Penunjang Layanan Klinis (MPLK), clinical quality improvement and patient safety/Peningkatan Mutu Klinis dan Keselamatan Pasien (PMK), “he said.

Rewang expects the support from the Health Office and all health stakeholders so that the implementation of Biak City Public Health Center accreditation can proceed according to the schedule from the assessment team. Since January 2017, Biak City Public Health Center has been serving in-patients by providing 30 patient beds.

Papua Police Chief: Ammunition Looted by KKB is used to Attack Civilians, Police, and TNI

Wamena – Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen Boy Rafli Amar explained that the ammunition used by Crime Group (KKB) in Papua to attack civilians and the TNI / POLRI officers is the result of plundering from the security forces.

“It (plundering) is one of their characteristics (KKB),” said Papua Police Chief in front of reporters on Saturday (17/6) in Asolokobal, Jaya Wijaya District.

Papua Police Chief also revealed that KKB Papua had no more ammunition and no one supplied the ammunition.

“There is no ammunition supplier to KKB. It is just normal (not a lot of ammunition KKB),” he said.

He thought it needs a deeper investigation into the circulation of ammunition and firearms in civil people.

“So the other sources need to be investigated more deeply,” he said.

When mentioned about the shooting of the plane carrying police officers to guard re-voting (PSU) and the Regional Election Committee (PPD), Friday (16/7) in Puncak Jaya, Boy said there was no indication of support from the regent candidate to KKB for taking the action.

Previously, on June 16, 2017, a plane carrying Police officers in charge of guarding PSU in Lumo District, Puncak Jaya was shot by a suspected part of KKB Papua. As a result of the shooting, the aircraft tire was flat and the plane body Philatus Porter owned by Susi Air was perforated. But the aircraft shot while still on the air was successfully landed well and there was no casualties.

West Papua Governor Opened Porseni IKT

Sorong – West Papua Governor, Dominggus Mandacan officially opened the Sports and Art Week (Porseni), Toraja Family Association (IKT) of West Papua II Province, centered in Sorong City, West Papua, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The Governor Mandacan was ccompanied by the Chairman of the Society Alliance of Toraja Indonesia (PMTI), Frederik Batong; the Chairman of the IKT of West Papua Province, Stevanus Selang; and the Chairman of the IKT at the Regency level, the chairman of the Committee and the Chairman of West Papua Provincial Legislative, hit the drums as a sign of the opening of the Porseni activities.

A total of 1392 participants joined from the 12 IKT in district of West Papua Province, enlivened the biennial sports week.

The opening ceremony was also attended by Vice Governor’s wife, Lani Lasainggi Lokatani; RI Regional Representative Council (DPD RI) of West Papua constituency, Jacob Esau Komigi; Chairman of West Papua Provincial Legislative Pieters Konjdol, Representative from Polri and TNI including Commander Lantamal XIV Sorong, Brig. Gen. (Marines) Amir Faisol.

The event was held to commemorate the 104th anniversary of the Gospel in Toraja, and the 9th anniversary of IKT West Papua, as well as the anniversary of the National Hero of Toraja origin, Pongtiku.

Having Secured Hundreds of Papuan Wildlife at Tanjung Priok Port

Jakarta – A young man with the initials of IK (27) must be secured by the security officers from Resort Police of Tanjung Priok port because He was caught carrying hundreds of protected wildlife from Papua.

The secured hundreds of wildlife, which were reptile species, were carried without documents by IK from Papua using passenger ships KM. Dobonsolo to be escorted to someone with the initials R in South Jakarta area for Reptile community activities.

At that time the police checked the arrival of the ship carrying 185 passengers and 3 units of vehicle to down at the port. On Friday (16/6), at around 22:00 IWST, a passenger initializing IK, 27 years old, was found carrying two boxes of wildlife after passing X-Ray machine.

When the security officers opened the contents of the cardboard, there were found hundreds of wildlife containing 279 species of reptiles such as Snakes, Biawaks and Lizards. The hundreds of wildlife secured by security officers were snakes of various species consisting of Green Tree Python Condro 20 tails, Mono Tree 96 tails, Python Patola 5 tails, Python Gol Albert 4 tails, Mono Tanah/Aspera 89 tails, Pencil 11 tails, Eagle/Derik 9 tails; Biawak Papua/Varanus Jobiensis consisting of 2 tails; and lizards of various species totally found 43 tails, among others: Panama lizard 9 tails, Thorn Lizard 33 tails, and Green Lizard 1 tail.

The police immediately arrested the wildlife owners to Resort Police of Tanjung Priok Port for inspection by coordinating with the Quarantine and Natural Resource Conservation Center of Tanjung Priok Port.

The chief of Tanjung Priok Port Police AKBP Roberthus Yohanes De Deo explained that every arrival or departure of the ships, his security unit always executes an operation to create secure condition of Place, Goods and People.

“Especially at this time of Idul Fitri Day, Pelni Terminal will be crowded with homecoming activities so it needs extra security which involves Tanjung Priok Port Police and Port Stakeholder,” he said on Saturday (17/6).

Because of his actions, the perpetrator who brought hundreds of protected wildlife listed in the rules of Law No. 5 of 1990 about the conservation of biological natural resources and the ecosystem will get the threat of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp 100 million.

Jakarta’s new man in Wellington opens up on Papua

Even before the Indonesian ambassador took up the position, an interview with him was inevitable.

Tantowi Yahya declared last December that it was his mission to educate New Zealanders about Indonesia’s Papua region, or West Papua.

Now, two short months into his posting as Jakarta’s man in Wellington, there has been a spike in local activity around West Papua.

The exiled West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda came to town last month to lobby support for West Papuan self-determination.

As a result, eleven New Zealand MPs from four political parties signed an international declaration calling for an internationally supervised self-determination vote in Papua.

It coincided with another protest to the Indonesian embassy where demonstrators gathered to call for West Papuan freedom.

A parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Trade Select Committee has also been considering a petition urging New Zealand’s government to address reported ongoing human rights abuses by security forces in West Papua.

“We understand the perception that hangs around in connection with Papua,” the ambassador explained to me across the table in RNZ Pacific’s Wellington studio.

“For that reason our police and military have been doing their job very carefully. So they have been informed and very well trained not to do anything that can abuse human rights… But then the news that spreads to the world is the other way around.”

Tantowi is a smooth talker. It’s only when you hear his accomplished grasp of English and polished tone on the mic that it makes sense that this diplomat is a former country music singer.

Not only that, he was a television presenter of some renown who hosted the Indonesian edition of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?.

He then had a stint in Indonesia’s House of Representatives during which time he expressed concern about the move by Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to ease restrictions on access to Papua for foreign journalists.

But now, Tantowi explained, he is on board with the President’s opening up of Papua.

Development in Papua, he said, was “running in high speed”, a mark of President Jokowi’s commitment to empowering grassroots communities and building infrastructure.

“So that in a very short time, our brothers and sisters who live in Papua can enjoy what is enjoyed by their brothers and sisters living in other provinces.”

In his first diplomatic role, Tantowi said the relationship between Indonesia and New Zealand was good, but he’s seeking a better level of awareness of each other.

Given the growing interest about Papua in New Zealand, this is an area requiring clarity, he said.

According to him, it was not accurate to suggest that the powerful Indonesian military and police forces were in control of Papua, rather than government.

Furthermore, he pointed to the fact that the provinces of Papua and West Papua, and their regencies, were these days governed by ethnic Papuans.

The Governor of Papua province, Lukas Enembe, has warned that the indigenous population face extinction as a people if rampant migration of non-Papuans into their region continued.

The ambassador said government could not stop people migrating to Papua.

“Indonesians are free to live and work anywhere they want, and because Papua is part of Indonesia, they can go there,” he said.

While non-Papuans tended to dominate business in Papua, the ambassador did not see it as an area of concern.

“Well, business is something new for Papua people, so they need to learn. This is a kind of transfer of knowledge from the migrants to the ethnic Papuans.”

Benny Wenda’s United Liberation Movement for West Papua has been spearheading a growing internationalisation of the independence struggle.

But Ambassador Tantowi said the indigenous population of Papua region was not pushing for independence.

The push for a referendum, he claimed, was coming from overseas-based elements who did not represent the local populace.

“The people of Papua majority, they love being with Indonesia,” he said, “they are happy with what we have been doing so far.”

The ambassador concluded the interview with a heads-up about upcoming celebrations to mark the anniversary of Indonesia’s independence.

Jakarta sees various cultural installations as a way to help grow New Zealanders’ understanding of Indonesian people, while the governments of the two countries also forge closer ties.

As the relationship develops, the narrative on West Papua continues to grow.


Indonesia committed to Pacific, says ambassador

According to Tantowi Yahya, Indonesia, with its significant Melanesian population, considers itself part of the Pacific region.

He said that like Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia was interested in helping prosperity, democracy and human development in the Pacific.

Pacific Islands states, Ambassador Tantowi explained, could expect ongoing help from Indonesia on the big issues confronting them.

“Climate change has been a great issue, right. We are trying to help. There will be some co-operations with Indonesia in those countries on that issue, and also capacity building,” he said.

The ambassador emphasised the commonalities between Indonesia and countries across the Pacific Islands region.

“We eat more or less the same food with the people in Samoa, in Vanuatu, in Solomon Islands; we drink more or less the same thing; and we have more or less the same culture. So that shows the brotherhood.”

While there is strong grassroots support in Pacific Island countries for West Papuans, Ambassador Tantowi said the indigenous population of Papua region was not pushing for independence.

The push for a self-determination referendum, he suggested, has been made from overseas-based elements who did not represent the local populace.

The ambassador said the provinces of Papua and West Papua, and their regencies, are governed by ethnic Papuans.

He disputed claims that Papuans seek a new self-determination process, saying Papuans took up the opportunity to vote in Indonesia’s elections with relish.

“If you talk about a referendum, you’re asking about yourselves. If it comes from your people, then probably it can be accepted by the government,” he said.

“But here the voice of referendum is not coming from the Papuans. They are Papuans who live abroad and they are no longer Indonesians.”

Tantowi Yahya said that in the last election Papuans strongly supported the government of Joko Widodo.

He credited the Indonesian President with having made significant gains in economic development in Papua since 2014, especially with infrastructure.