Reducing Price Disparity of Cement in Indonesia, Minister of State Owned Enterprises Launches Cement Price Reduction Programme

Puncak Jaya, 23 August 2017 – As a response and responsibility of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) to the public, Minister of SOE Rini M. Soemarmo has launched Cement Price Reduction Programme in Puncak Jaya, Papua on Tuesday (22/8). The programme meant to lower disparity of cement prices in urban areas within Indonesia’s Outlying, Frontier, and Underdeveloped regions.

In her visit, Rini stated that the Cement Price Reduction Programme is an important step for the One Price Programme in Indonesia. “We will keep updating this programme until the development in Eastern Indonesia can be done at a faster pace, together with President Joko Widodo’s work programme which focused on the development of East Indonesian regions,” said Rini. This programme is made possible by the synergy of four SOEs namely Semen Indonesia, Indonesia Trading Company, Pelindo IV and Pos Indonesia.

Using the Cement Price Reduction programme, SOEs will build networks of distributors and logistics in regions that do not have official cement dealers or distributors. Additionally, SOEs will also increase storage capacity of cement dealers in outlying regions, and hasten the development of land and sea/dock infrastructure to support the smooth distribution of cement.

According to Rini, Cement Price Reduction is SOEs’ real step in realising social justice of all Indonesians. “Through this programme, cement prices in some areas in Papua has successfully been lowered from previous Rp1.5-2million per sack to the Highest Retail Price of Rp500 thousand per sack,” said Rini.

Rini further explained that SOE Present for the Country is not a mere slogan to be echoed, but is the spirit and real work of SOEs to keep contributing and being present for Indonesia. “In line with one of SOE’s role as development agency, the synergy of all SOEs through the Cement Price Reduction programme is expected to have a real impact towards the society and in general and encourage economic growth in Puncak Jaya Regency,” adds Rini.

On the same occasion, Puncak Jaya Regent Drs. Henock Ibo expressed on how expensive daily necessities are in Puncak Jaya. Flour, sugar, and cooking oil can cost twice that of Jayapura’s. To overcome that, Rini gave her commitment through the Director of PPI, Agus Andiani, that prices of sugar, flour, and cooking oil will be down by 25% in one month.

During the event, locals welcomed Rini’s presence enthusiastically. That was further reinforced by the presence of two opposing factions in the Puncak Jaya Regent election, together with Rini and board of directors of numerous SOEs from PPI, Semen Tonasa, PT POS, and Bank Mandiri. Appreciation was also given to Puncak Jaya’s Police Chief Police Superintendent Agustinus F. I. Napitupulu and Military District Commander Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry Lukman Arif who has helped in maintaining security in Puncak Jaya, which helped to smooth up the price reduction cement and other staple goods.

Scouts from Papua Shines in Indonesian Scout Movement Gathering in Cibubur, Jakarta

President Joko Widodo commenced the opening of Indonesian Scout Movement national gathering dubbed the “XI National Raimuna” on Monday, 14 August 2017 in the Cibubur Scout Campgrounds, Jakarta.  The Indonesian Scouts Movement from the Papua Chapter was able to shine in front of the President, First Lady, several Cabinet Ministers, Indonesian Armed Forces Chief and Police Chief.  The Papua Scouts was in the front line receiving President Widodo with their traditional Papuan dances and “stepping the plates” ceremony.

During the height of the event, Rupeka Anita Aruman, a delegate of the scout gathering from Yahukimo, Papua was asked to perform her skills in knitting traditional Papuan bag known as “noken” in front of the President, members of the entourage and guests. According to the Papua Scout Chapter this was their vision to introduce and popularize “noken” to national and international audiences.  “I am ready.  I have already brought the materials to knit the noken” said Rupeka Anita Aruman speaking with the Head of the Papua Scout Chapter Ita Mano in the Cibubur Scout Campground.

Speaking in unison, the Head of the Papua Scout Chapter Yahukimo branch, Tanthy Muridha admitted she is proud for the opportunity and trust that was given to the Papua Scout Chapter Yahukimo branch during the receiving opening ceremony as well as knitting the noken in front of the President.  “This is a good opportunity for us, we as scouts will always be ready” according to Tanthy Muridha.

Later on, the Chairman of the Papua Scout Chapter, Kristin Mano had the honor of putting noken on President Jokowi. While Carolus Bolly as Vice Chairman of the Papua Scout Chapter put noken on the First Lady Iriani Joko Widodo.

Chairman of Papua Scout Chapter Kristina Mano received the jasmine badge award from the National Scout Movement. The submission of the jasmine badge was made by the Indonesian National Scout Movement Chairman Adhiyaksa Dault after the opening ceremony.

Vice Chairman of the Papua Scout Chapter, Carolus Bolly said, the jasmine badge award is a manifestation of the efforts of the Chairman of Papua Scout Movement in building the Scout movement in Papua.

“Surely this award is very remarkable for us all, although pinned to the Chairman of Papua Scout Chapter but also a tribute to the entire family of the Papua Scout movement,” said Carolus Bolly.

The Indonesia national scouts gathering “Raimuna” is held every five years in the form of large camps in Indonesia organized by the Indonesian Scout Movement.  Raimuna gathering is organized from the sub-district level to the national level.

The word Raimuna comes from Ambai, East Yapen, Yapen Islands, Papua. The word Raimuna is a combination of two words namely “Rai” and “Muna”. “Rai” means a group of people who gather to achieve certain goals set together. While “Muna” is the power of a person’s soul that is influential both in achieving success. Raimuna has the meaning of a group of people who live in a force imbued by a power that always gives high spirits in achieving goals.

Baliem Cultural Festival Gives Added Value to the Papua People

The 28th Baliem Valley Cultural Festival was officially opened by the XVII/Cenderawasih Commander in Walesi Square, District Walesi, Jayawijaya Regency, on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 at 11.25 Eastern Indonesia time. The opening of the festival was started by Singing the National Anthem Indonesia Raya and prayers led by the Head of Tourism Department of Jayawijaya Regency.

Head of Committee Drs. Alpius Wetipo (Head of Culture and Tourism Department of Jayawijaya Regency) submitted the festival’s implementation report which in essence is that the Baliem Valley Cultural Festival shall last for 3 days from 08 August 2017 until 11 August 2017 and that this festival was followed by 40 districts throughout Jayawijaya Regency.

Meanwhile Jhon Wempi Wetipo, Jayawijaya Regent in his speech delivered welcome greetings to the guests and attendees who have attended the Baliem Valley Culture Festival where the festival is already 28 years old. Through this activity, it is expected that the regional income of Jayawijaya Regency will increase.

Opening the festival, the XVII/Cenderawasih Commander Major. General. Goerge Elnadus Supit conveyed that the festival is very remarkable, so it has added value to the society. This activity needs to be improved because it is a cultural asset of the community.

Baliem Valley Cultural Festival was followed by as many as 40 districts in Jayawijaya Regency and a number of surrounding districts.

With its cultural diversity, the festival is expected to attract both local and foreign tourists.

After the speeches,   the Commander of XVII/Cenderawasih  Military Region, shot a pig (Wam) with an arrow as a symbol that the festival was officially opened. This was followed by the throwing of a 1000  Sege/Spears, for the purpose of  breaking a MURI record.  The opening ceremony was followed by a presentation of dances  and a cultural show of a traditional war-fare performance by the respective Districts of Jayawijaya Regency. This festival was attended by approximately 1500 people, including the Heads of District, traditional leaders, religious figures and community leaders in Jayawijaya Regency.

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.

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.


Jayapura City Police Chief AKBP Tober Sirait S.IK. and His Aide Became Mass Victims in Padang Bulan Jayapura

Roads blocking and riots occurred on Abepura Road, Sentani, on May 25, 2017. Jayapura City Police Chief AKBP Tober Sirait, S.IK. and his aide Bripda Nyoman became the victim of the persecution in the incident.

Here is the chronology of the incident:

At around 1 pm Papua time, there has been a blocking of Abepura Road, Sentani -precisely in Padang Bulan- until Makorem 172 Prajawirayapti Jayapura city done by a group of people allegedly after hearing an information of cardboard and other used items burning in the garbage by army (TNI) member carrying out corps mess left by previous troops.

At the time Jayapura city Police Chief and his Aide got close to Makorem 172 Prajawirayapti, there was a throwing and beating to the Jayapura City Police Chief and his aide. There were some police members and the public who recognized the Jayapura City Police Chief and his aide tried to protect and save them by bringing car to take them to Bhayangkara Polda Papua Hospital.

As a result of the beatings to Jayapura city Police Chief and his aide, Jayapura City Police Chief suffered injuries bruises in his left chest due to stones and a few bruises on the body. While his aide Bripda Nyoman suffered some injuries in his left temple, cracked nose, torn wound in his back and hospitalized in the emergency room of Bhayangkra Hospital due to throwing and beatings with blunt and sharp objects by a group of masses when the Police Chief was in the crowd around Makorem 172 Prajawirayapti to control the situation happened at that time.

At 2 pm Papua time, Papua Police Chief, Inspector General of Police Drs. Boy Rafli Amar, MH and Millitary Chief of Cenderawasih Brigadier General Herman Asaribab went to the streets to cool the situation at some points around Padang Bulan Jayapura city and at around 4.45 Papua time the road access of Abepura – Sentani can be passed by two wheels and four wheels vehicles after the burnt tires were cleaned by Brimob (Indonesian special force for bombs) members using water cannon.

This case has been handled by Cendrawasih Millitary Police and Directorate of General Crime of Papua Police. Therefore, it is expected that the citizens can refrain so that the situation of Jayapura city can be more conducive and the people of Jayapura city can do their activities as usual.

The State Electricity Company of Papua Success to Lighten Buleubhe Village

Jayapura – After Buleubhe villages, the Eastern District of Jayapura, Papua province was formed since 24 years ago. Finally, the State Electricity Company management of Papua and West Papua (WP2B) have success to lighten the villages.

“We have been waiting for 24 years in order to use the electrical, thank you for the State Electricity Company in Papua and West Papua, thank you for the State Electricity Company in Jayapura area,” said by Chieftain of Ayapo Enos E. Deda Village, on Sunday, in Jayapura.

He ensure that all people in that village will support the State Electricity Company program related to the maintenance of the existing electrical networks. Meanwhile, the manager of the State Electricity Company in Jayapura, John S. Yarangga explains that Buleubhe village located in Sentani lake with 55 patriachs and the prospective customer of the State Electricity Company are 40 customers.

“During the inauguration, there are 17 customers who can directly use the electricity,” he said.

According to Yarangga, nowadays the State Electricity Company keep working hard in order to improve the electricity ratio in Papua before 2020.

“By operating the electricity in Buleubhe village, it becomes one of the program from Papua Terang that is 80 percent of villages in Papua and West Papua with use the electricity on 2020,” he said.

Yarangga said that Buleubhe village is the third village in Sentani Lake which can use the electricity. Previously, Puay and Yokiwa villages has been provided with the electricity since December ago.

“With the network expansion system from Jayapura electricity system, the three villages can directly use the electricity for 24 hours, he said.

He also expects that all the assets that have been provided along the village can be maintaned well because all the equipments are provided for the society.

Persipura Prime Excercise, Followed by 18 Players

After being delayed, Persipura Jayapura finally held prime exercise, yesterday morning, march 6th 2017. The prime exercise was at Mandala Jayapura Stadium, led by head coach of Persipura, Angel Alfredo Vera, which was only followed by 18 players namely : Boaz, Ricardo, Yustinus, Pahabol, Nelson, Fakdawer, Rony, Ricky, Nerius, M. Tahir, Yohanes, Yan Piet, Womsiwor, Israel, Dede, Marianus, Bernadus and Elysa.

Some players who have not attend into the football field  are Yoo Jae hoon, Wanggai, Kabes, Ruben, Robertino, and some other players.

In the prime exercise yesterday, it was focused on physical exercise. From the observation of PAPUANEWS.ID, the physical exercise was directly led by Persipura physical coach, Lidyo Ninjo. Before starting the exercise, Lidyo was directly doing VO2Max test for all the players who were attending the prime exercise.

“The VO2Max test was very nice. Through this test we will know the deficiencies from each player. There are some players who still have a stabil physical condition and there are who need more exercises”, said Angel in PAPUANEWS.ID.

In a week ahead, Alfredo will focus on the exercises to boost the players. It is done because, after knocked out from the president cup in 2017, the players have quite long time to rest. So, the physical ability of the players should be return into normal condition.

Alfredo admitted that he could not assess the physical immunity of the players yet, it was because they had conducted the first test.

“The result of VO2Max test that we had done before would give feedback for us in arranging some training programs for any player,” he said.

When alluded about the absence of some players in the prime exercise yesterday, Alfredo admitted that there were some players especially the senior have not joined the exercise. But he ensure that on one or two days later, all the players are able to join the exercise.

Regarding to the players discharged by management, Alfredo said that he was not really sure on that. Because their parties would see on their improvement.

Nevertheless, Alfredo recognized that there were some juniors who was forced out including Yance Wenda and Agus Kogoya.

About Eduard Wilson Junior, Alfredo was not willing to comment. He did not know whether this Liberian soccer player will be taken or not.

“I do not know he will come back or not. At this time, there are some players who have been removed but I can not tell it because we have to discuss again with  the management. But actually we will look for the additional members to fill some positions,” he said.

In general, Alfredo said that players who fill the Persipura squad in order to face the League championship I in 2017 still dominated by players who strengthen Persipura in Torabika Soccer Championship in 2016 ago.

For the players who are retained will be added with several  junior players that are Yan Piet Nasadit, Israel and Elysa who are taken from PON Papua and Persipura U-21.

“The league for this year is so strict, so we are preparing some firm players of Persipura for this season and they should be trained better. For those who join the league should be ready to wear jersey Persipura,” he said.

Government Boosts the Development and Facilitation in Papua and West Papua

Besides building roads that open the path access known as Trans Papua that currently at the completion and sealing stage, the goverment is also working and focusing on the development of facilitation and infrastructure as well as accommodation in Papua and West Papua.

The goverment in the era of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) also adds the energy infrastructure, the magnitude of infrastructure development cannot be seperated with the goverment policy, which drastically reduces the fuel oil (BBM) subsidies two years ago.

Here is the infographic.

Aside from that, The Ministry of Housing and Public Works (PURR) is also working on completing the State Border Crossings (PLBN) construction of Skouw that later will be completed by the other supporting infrastructures, such as market so that PLBN area can function as a new economic growth center.

Water resistance is also important to meet the needs of raw water and food security. The Ministry of Housing and Public Works (PURR) rehabilates some irigation regions and by the year 2017 starts preparing the Baliem dam construction with with a capacity of 200 million m3 and 50 MW hydropower potential.

“The rehabilitation of irigation is held by the labor intensive that involves Farmer Water User Association (P3A),” said The minister of Housing and Public Works Basuki Hadimuljono, in Jakarta, Monday (6/3).

The construction in housing sector is also performed, such as repairing uninhabitable houses through the self-help housing program.

“Each of Papua and West Papua is targeted to have 3.500 units. In addition, there is a housing special program built for fishermen, medical personnels, and religious leaders,” said Minister Basuki.

The Ministry of Transportation also asserted about the accomodation policy to subsidies to  facilitate the economic improvement in different places.

The Minister of Transportation explained, the marine transport infrastructure and crossing constructions needs to be optimalized in orter to support inter-island as well as freight transport connectivities in Papua.

By the presence of sea toll, he explained, it can reduce the the price disparity between east and west. Currently the sea toll has reached areas in Timika, Merauke, Manokwari. It will be upgraded to be able to reach the areas that located in the altitudes (mountains).

Budi also stated the need of the development of river transport in order to be able to reach the remote or deepest areas in Papua.

“Starting from this year, we have distributed goods through rivers in Merauke, Timika, Asmat to the north area, so that the freight transports are not only available in the beach areas, but also in the river areas, so the goods prices will be cheaper, “ said Budi Karya.

Furthermore, the Minister of Transportation explained the role of air transportion is required in connecting remote areas in Papua.

Therefore, in the term of flight, the Ministry of Transportation will build eight airports that are more than 1000 meters long so that the large airoplanes can land there (Papua).

Biak Numfor Government gives Machine Boats to Fishermen

120 machine boats are ready to help fishermen in Biak Numfor District. It was delivered by Biak’s Head of Fisheries and Maritime Department, Effendi Igirissa in Biak, Tuesday, 7th March 2017.

It is said that the 120 jhonson machine boats aid will be distributed to 75 groups of fishermen and 50 groups of society surveillance. “The provision of infrastructure in a form of jhonson machine is done to support Biak Numfor’s National Program to be an integrated regional center of fisheries 2017,” Effendi said, on Tuesday. He said, Biak is chosen to be the integrated regional center of fisheries because this island is very potential to have the wealth of marine with many kinds of fish.

By the determination of this integrated fisheries center program by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Effendi said, it is expected to have a direct impact for the improvement of economic welfare and income of fishermen families.

“The board of Biak Numfor District Government will encourage local fishermen to support this integrated fisheries center policy which aims to increase fishermen’s income,” he said.

Besides giving boats aid, according to Effendi, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will also build an ice factory to provide fishermen’s need. He said, the capacity of the ice factory that will be built in Biak is based on the survey result which is 10 tons load per day.

“The establishment of the ice factory will be soon realized to provide local fishermen’s need of ice with a low price,” he said.

The total number of local fishermen household in Biak Numfor District reach around 7000, which are spread in many districts, such as Padaido Islands, Aimando, East Biak, Biak Kota, Yendidori, West Biak, Swandiwe, Warsa, North Biak, Yawosi, Bondifuar, Andey, and Numfor Islands.

Improve Health Care Services, Sorong Recruits 46 Civil Servant Candidates

It was revealed by The Regional Secretary of Sorong city Government, Welly Tigtigweria in Sorong, Tuesday, March 7th 2017. He said that they previously existed as temporary employees and their dedication have been long in Sorong city government.

Therefore, the recruitment of 46 non-regular health employees into Civil Servant Candidates (CPNS) must be done through a selection process that has been set nationally by the government.

“At this time, there are 60 non-regular health employees whose join in the selection process and only 46 employees are declared eligible as Civil Servant Candidates (CPNS), he said.

Welly said that the 46 health officers who have passed The Civil Servant Candidates (CPNS) that are two general practitioners and 44 midwives. It was accordance with the local needs.

At this time, they are completing the requirement which needed for and then they will take prajabatan process in order to be appointed as civil servants according to the rules of employment.

After passed Prajabatan process, the civil servants will be placed in health centre as well as regional public hospital as needed, in order to serve the people. “We hope the midwives and the doctors can carry out the health care services well for Sorong communities,” he said.

Jayapura 107th Anniversary Let’s improve our solidarity to build the city for God’s glory

Jayapura 107th anniversary, which falls on 7th March 2017, was celebrated by holding a ceremony at Hedam District Abepura village Trikora field. The ceremony was led directly by the temporary Mayor, Dr. Daniel Pahabol as the ceremony inspector.

The ceremony held to celebrate Jayapura’s Anniversary was themed “By the spirit of Jayapura Anniversary, we improve our solidarity to build the city for God’s glory”.

In his mandate, Dr. Daniel Pahabol expressed his gratitude to all agencies and all elements of society for the support and cooperation that had been built especially in brotherhood and diversity of Jayapura.

“I want to thank all elements of society in Jayapura, hopefully in this anniversary, we all can receive blessings from The One Almighty God,” he said.

Besides that, Dr. Daniel Pahabol also expressed his gratitude to Jayapura citizen for helping Jayapura government in doing their duties all this time.

In this opportunity, Dr. Daniel Pahabol did not forget to advise Jayapura citizen to conserve Jayapura’s culture and keep working for the development of Jayapura in the future.

“In this opportunity, I would like to convey to the citizen to keep improving the quality of your work, I as Jayapura’s Mayor will support it, for the development of Jayapura,” Dr. Daniel Pahabol said.