New Face of Indonesia-PNG Cross Border Post

The newly polished Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) integrated border post in Skouw, Papua is now being a new tourist destination as ordered by President Joko Widodo. The building that stands as the border of Indonesia and PNG looks different than ever before. Officially opened on May 2017, it was built and designed with the cultural taste of Skouw.

The twin building outer design, a replication of entangled spouses, symbolizes the value of unity. Other distinguished cultural patterns and symbols are also embellished on every side of the building. Not only Skouw patterns, we can also find gecko patterns as a symbol of people in the border as well as a shield design on it.

Second Stage Construction

Currently, the main zone of Skouw border post includes the building which has been officially launched. Meanwhile, the construction of the second zone has begun and is expected to finish by the end of this year. The second stage construction includes the building of a church, a mosque, a market with 400 stands, a plenary hall, Wisma Indonesia (Indonesian House), and residential area for the staffs, police and military officers. The security fences and sea cliff’s fences would be built consecutively. Once the fences are erected, there would be no opening for illegal routes, eliminating the possibility of illegal border crossers.

“The first stage construction has completed. The second stage has reached 80 percent and to be wrapped up this year. There is two-hectares area for the national development,” Frans Imbiri, the Deputy of Skouw Border Post Area Development, explained in Muara Tami District, Jayapura (24/5).

Tourist Site and School’s Visit Destination

Not only Skouw Integrated Border Post is a symbol of a rapid development in border area, it is hyped as a new tourist site. Looking back to the old days, most border areas are usually crowded by visitors only during the market days. Now, there is no day without visitors coming from all regions, simply to take photos around the border post.

In order to anticipate the increasing numbers of visitors, the building of public toilets is included in the development agenda. Currently, there have been 10 toilets available inside the main building, and the construction for 10 additional toilets outside the building will soon be started.

Administrator of Skouw Integrated Border Post, Yan Z. Numberi said that President Jokowi instructed that this border post should be made as a new tourist destination. Therefore, people from any region can come and see. According to Yan, tourists’ enthusiasm is lived up after the post launching a year ago.

“Before the construction, the area was only used to cross the border. Not many people passing by here. But now thousands of people from all area of Indonesia visit it as a tourist destination,” Yan explained.

Most of the visitors come to the border post to take pictures of several unique and distinguished spots, such as the SKOUW sign in front of the post, the red-white Border Post of Indonesia sign, the front-side of the Garuda statue, and green areas around the post as well as the border gate. Some even asked the military officers to take picture together.

Not only tourists, groups of students often come to witness the new building of Skouw integrated border post. One of the groups visiting the border on the weekend are children from Children Empowerment Center in Skanto District, Keerom Regency. Those kids wearing green uniform walk along the border area to the neutral zone between Indonesia and PNG while listening to the the tour guide.

“We want to show the children the border and the monument. Many children haven’t been here before, thus we want to introduce them to our country’s border,” Yusfita, the tutor explained.

 

Source: Okezone.com

631,3 Kilometers More of Trans-Papua Road Has Been Paved

Papua is one of the main priorities for Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla’s administration. Through Ministry of Public Work and Housing (PUPR), infrastructure development that support connectivity including Trans-Papua road should be improved gradually and accelerated its development. In 2017,631,3 kilometers of Trans-Papua road in West Papua Province was paved. It covered 57 percent from the total of 1070,62 kilometers projected.

Minister of Public Work and Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono said that the road construction aimed to open wider access to remote areas, reduce costs, and increase the quality of life for people in Papua.

The finalization of Trans-Papua road is one of the manifestations of “Nawa Cita” Program in Jokowi-Kalla administration, which aimed to manage development from the outermost region of Indonesia.

“The construction of Trans-Papua road will be continued and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019. We expect the impact of Trans-Papua road can benefit everyone.” Said Basuki Hadimuljono, Friday (13/04/2018)

The Chief of Executive National Road XII West Papua, Yohanis Tulak Todingrara explained that Trans-Papua road in West Papua Province has been divided into two segments. The first segment would be Sorong-Maybrat-Manokwari (594,81 kilometers). This route will connect Solok and Manokwari, two economic centers of West Papua Province. The route will also connect to Arar Seaport, one of The Special Economy Regions (KEK). The latest report in the end of 2017, 81,6 percent of the road has been paved, while the remaining 109,24 was in progress and the other 13,5 kilometers needed geometrical improvement.

The second segment, Segment II that connects Manokwari- Mameh- Wasior- Papua Province cross-border was approved in December 2017. From total of 475,8 kilometers, about 145,41 kilometers was paved, 330,41 kilometers is under pavement process and 38,24 kilometers needed geometrical improvement.

The challenges in Trans-Papua road construction, Both in Papua Province and West Papua are geographical conditions, which mostly consists of forest, mountains and extreme weather.

In addition, the availability of construction material is limited. However the central government continue to devote serious effort in using local material.

In 2018, the budget of road construction in West Papua is estimated at 1,6 trillion rupiah. The budget will be channeled to geometrical improvement and the construction of 125 bridges. “We expected that in the late of 2018, about 60,14 percent of Trans-Papua road in West Papua provinces will be paved about 64,56 percent in 2019”. Said Yohanis

 

Source: Kompas.com

After Victory Parade, Persipura Optimistic in Facing Next Year’s League

On Tuesday night (10/1), thousands of Persipuramania (supporters of Persipura) in Sentani region, Abepura, Jayapura Kota and its surroundings, were welcoming the arrival of their proud team, Persipura Jayapura, the winner of the 2016 Torabika Soccer Championship (TSC) Trophy in Bandung, West Java.

The team’s players, caretakers, and manager, also known as “Black Pearl”, arrived at Sentani Airport, Jayapura Region, at about 16.30 local time. The team consists of the Chairman, Benhur Tommy Mano, The Head of Committee, Fachrudin Passolo, Team Manager Rudi Maswi, the coaches and the players, including Team Captain Boaz T Solossa, who was named Best Player in the 2016 TSC.
Pangdam XVII/Candrawasih Major General Hinsa Siburuan, Regional Secretary of Papua’s TEA Herri Desinaen, politicians of Papua, and Persimania were among those who welcomed the team at Sentani Airport.

After resting a few minutes, the team were paraded on a decorated truck with the banner “Persipura, the Champion of TSC 2016” attached, and left for the City of Jayapura. Thousands of Persipuramania wearing the team jersey (red-black) escorted the Team. Meanwhile the caretakers, managers, coaches, and of course the players, were wearing necklaces of flowers.

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Persipura

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Persipura Victory Parade

Airport Construction in Papua Improving

One of the ways to reduce the price of goods and distribution is to build airports in isolated areas of Papua.

“The Government has built 34 airports in isolated areas in Papua. This is already part of the airport construction plan”, said Director of Airport Affairs of the Ministry of Transportation, Yudhi Sari, in, Jakarta on Tuesday (10 / 1/2017).

The 34 airports are located in the isolated regions of Mopah, Kamur, Kimam, Bomakia, Manggelum, Wamena, Kiwirok, Bilorai, Akimuga, Enarotali, Sarmi, Tanah Merah, Noble, Oksibil, Moanamani, Mindiptanah, Kepi, Kokonao, Okaba, Illu, Ewer, Batom, Bade, Karubaga, Obano, Timika, Waghete, Nabire, Dekai, Rendani, Bintuni, Kaimana, and Babo. All the development projects are already part of the national airport construction plan.

Yudhi added that the airport development is useful to achieve equitable development and to boost economic growth. He further added that 10 of the 34 airports are located at the border area, namely Sentani, Mopah, Manggelum, Enarotali, Sarmi, Tanah Merah, Oksibil, Okaba, Karubaga, Kebar.

There will be also a new airport in Korowai. The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) plans to inagurate the new airport this year.

Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak

Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak

Sentani Airport

Sentani Airport

The Papuan Crab: Papuan cuisine with unique taste.

As a massive archipelagic country consisting of over 17.000 islands and vast expanses of water with countless species of fish and marine life, Indonesia is understandably known for its seafood, and crabs are no exception.

For fans of Indonesian seafood, two types of crabs are popular, the Kalimantan crabs and Papua crabs. The Papuan variety is noted for its larger size and thicker flesh when compared to the Kalimantan variety.

Another of its unique characteristics is the slightly bitter taste. According to Albert Wijaya, an executive chef at a seafood restaurant, the natural bitterness is inherent to the Papua crab, and remains regardless of cooking method. This bitter taste is not widely known so people who taste it for the first time will often be surprised.

“Even when fresh, the Papua crab is a bit bitter because that is its characteristic and natural flavour. No matter how it is prepared, a hint of bitterness will remain,” said Chef Albert.

When asked which of the two crab varieties is better, Chef Albert stated that both are high quality even though they have different characteristics.

“People from Kalimantan will say that their crab is the most delicious, while Papuans will claim that their crab is the best. Everyone has different tastes,” he added. (http://papuanews.id)

Papua’s Local Leaders give support for the next PON in Papua

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Papua’s Local Leaders and community stand ready to support the 20th National Sports Games or PON, which will be held in Papua Province Indonesia, in 2020 as stated by Marten Ohee, Representative of Papuan community Leaders in Jayapura on Tuesday (4/10) during the PON XX flag raising ceremony.

“We Papuan Local Leaders and community stand ready to make the forthcoming National Sport Games – PON a success in Papua”, said Marten Ohee.

Governor Lukas Enembe together with Papua’s PON athletes staged a flag raising ceremony for 2020 National Games at Kampung Harapan, Sentani Eastern District of Jayapura. In his remarks, the Papua Governor requested that the Papua community support and make PON in Papua a success.

“It’s an honour bestowed upon us and let’s start to prepare and make the forthcoming national game a success here “, said Lukas Enembe.

The PON Flag raising ceremony was also attended by Jayapura Regents, Community and Religous Leaders, Tribal Chiefs, Local communities Representatives, Youth and Students. The ceremony started when the PON flag was raised by the Paskibraka (Indonesian flag-raising team) and continued with a student marching Band and dance performances.

“Various sports venues will be established for the PON sport competitions in Mimika, Jayapura, Merauke, Jayawijaya and Keerom”, said Lukas Enembe. The Governor also noted the success of West Java Province as host of the recent PON which was held in Bandung.

“West Java Province has just hosted PON 2016 with best achievement. We are very sure Papua also be able to achieve the same thing”, Lukas Enembe expressed his optimism.

Young Papuans Trained as Soccer Coaches

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Fifty Papuan from  Jayapura and the neighboring regions received training as future soccer coaches from Uni Papua Football Community (UPFC) and Coaches Across Continents (CAC), based in the US. The training has been conducted on 15-17 September 2016 by instructors from CAC, Gabriel Mark Ibrahim and Calcagni Alicia Marie.

Public Relations Officer from Uni Papua FC, Edward Sitorus revealed that the purposed of the training is to give the right training methods to youngsters from churches, mosques, and other communities in Jayapura as future coaches, including how to train early-childhood children through soccer game simulation and build strong character in children that will uphold peace, friendship and humanity as the main purpose of social soccer.

“Hopefully, through the training from CAC, these future coaches could return to their communities to coach the children through soccer simulation on ways to handle social problems faced by their communities, and will be able to become agents of peace, friendship, and humanity, said Sitorus. Training method directly in the soccer field is being used, to ensure participants understanding easily and apply the method in their communities.

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Such training has been conducted every year for the past five years in several regions in Indonesia including Papua, by UPFC and CAC. CAC is a union of coaches across the continent that give social soccer training to the soccer coaches in communities of developing countries, in order to combat the threat of HIV/AIDS and others social problems faced by children in the communities.

Meanwhile, Uni Papua FC is an organization of social football with branches/community all over Indonesia. UPFC now has 34 communities in Indonesia from Jayapura, Sentani, Keerom, Biak, Sorong, Maybrat, Nabire, Mulia Puncak Jaya, Wamena dan Memberamo Tengah, Soe, Lembata, Bali, Salatiga, Landak, Poso, Aceh dan Dumai. Uni Papua FC also has branches outside Indonesia; Philadelphia and Dili. Uni Papua FC’s main purpose is campaigning for peace, friendship and humanity through soccer as a means to national character building.

Sumber :

http://www.suara.com/bola/2016/09/16/011319/puluhan-pemuda-papua-dilatih-jadi-pelatih-bola