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HDI Does Not Necessarily Reflect Progress

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Lukas Enembe (left) and Luhut B. Panjaitan (right) in Jayapura - Jubi

Lukas Enembe (left) and Luhut B. Panjaitan (right) in Jayapura – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said higher Human Development Index scores did not necessarily reflect the achievements of a province.

“Low HDI as happening in Papua that currently is in the last position of 34 provinces occurred because historically the number was low, as we just started the development since 2002 by Special Autonomy. It is not comparable to other provinces in Indonesia,” Enembe recently told reporter in Jayapura.
Examining the growth rate, he explained, Papua’s economy was improving because it grows around 8.76 percent per year, which is significantly higher than overall Indonesian economic growth.
Papuan economic growth is in line with the welfare of Papuan people. It was indicated by the reduction of poverty rate in 2015 to 28.17 percent while in 2013 it reached 30.05 percent, so it reduces to 1.88 percent.
“Along with this achievement, Papua was awarded as the first rank province in reducing the poverty number,” he said.
In addition, the implementation of development 2016 to materialize the vision of Papua, there are main programs that have high leverage and could be directly experienced by people, namely Gerbangmas Hasrat Papua and Prospek.
“For Gerbangmas, the Provincial Province allocated Rp 250 billion for 2016 and Rp 565 billion for Prospek, in which all were allocated for the villages in 29 regencies and municipality in Papua,” said Enembe.
Earlier, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claimed the Human Development Index of Papua Province has not been improved. It was have indications of inefficiency of development and funds use.
“It becomes a problem. It means the budget absorption was not right. If you looked at the budget absorption from 2007 to present, it is the same. It shows indication that we did not use the development funds efficiently in Papua,” said Pandjaitan some weeks ago.
He emphasized that the benefits of special autonomy funds has not been clearly obtained. Therefore, the education and health sectors must be immediately improved.
“I frankly have asked to the Attorney General George Brendis for Australia to get involved in education and health. Not for money. We have enough money. But the technology to combat the various diseases occurred here,” he said.
In response to this, he noticed as well as invited all stakeholders in Papua to not quarrel about unnecessary issues, for the education and health sectors is the important issue.
“If we examine that currently the HDI of regencies in Papua is under the national and provincial averages. It becomes a problem for us. I would give data to the Regional Secretary to be examined. Because our data indicated the average HDI per regency and province is under the national average,” Pandjaitan said. (*/rom)

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Papuan footballers and high education

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Persipura team captain  Boaz T Solossa in his graduation ceremony at Cenderawasih University. – Jubi/courtesy

Jayapura, Jubi – Ferinando Pahabol, a Papuan footballer who currently plays for Persipura, admitted that he decided to become a footballer because of his talent and hobby. But, his parents wanted him to be more concerned about his education than playing football.

Football is a popular game for children in Papua. They play football on the street, and create a local freestyle football known as ‘patah kaleng’. In this local freestyle, the goal gates are made from cans (kaleng) and no goalkeeper. Instead, all players are strikers and defenders at the same time.

Papuan children often have a dream of becoming a footballer, but their parents would never let them go further.

“Do you think you can count on football when you grow up?” said the parents who thought there is no future in football.

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Yanto Rudolf Basna, a Papuan footballer from Sorong Selatan, thought he must finish his study at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Therefore, he posted his gratitude on Facebook when he finally graduated after being studying for about six years, even though he is currently a centre-back defender of Sukhotai FC who competes in Thailand League. Basna previously played for Khon Kaen of Thai League 2 in 2018 but was not capable of upgrading the club to Thai League 1.

According to transfermarkt, Basna signed a contract of £125 thousand or Rp 2,212 milliard, while the most expensive Papuan footballer Boaz Sollosa get paid  £275 thousand or Rp 4,42 milliard. Another footballer Osvaldo Haay got a contract of £300 thousand or Rp 5,795 million, and Ferinando Pahabol signed an agreement of £125 thousand or Rp 2,196 milliard.

However, although he has a high-value contract, Basna still needs to finish his study at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. He admitted to doing his exams online and has to complete his education for almost six years. He said he must fulfil his parents’ wish for him to finish his higher education at university.

“Thank God that after six years, I passed my thesis exam. Although it was online, it would not reduce my happiness,” he said on his Facebook.

Moreover, Basna, who was a former national team captain, said education is one of his burdens during his career as a professional footballer. But he finally can get through it. “It’s one of my personal goals that comes through,” said Basna.

“I remember that ten years ago before I went to Uruguay, my father, my mother, and my young siblings were sitting in the living room. Then my father asked me, “do you want to go to school or play football?” he wrote.

Without a second thought, Basna decided to play football because at that time he had an opportunity to train in Uruguay. His fellow team in SSB Numbay Star, Terens Puhiri, followed his step a year later. According to former SSB Numbay Star the late Amos Makanway, his two players Terens Puhiri and Yanto Basna had stood out since they were at Numbay Star soccer school.

“Then my father said it’s fine if it was your decision, and I got support from my family. However, my father gave me one condition, that I should give 60 per cent of my efforts to football and 40 per cent for school, and I cannot leave one of them,” said Basna.

His father’s advice becomes his reminder to keep his focus on one thing, that is his football talent. However, he is also aware that he cannot undermine another important thing, namely higher education.

Other footballers also have parents who want them to keep playing football but finish school at the same time. Take an example of three Persipura players, Gerald Rudolf Pangkali, Ferinando Pahabol, and Ronny Esar Beroperay. They all graduated from Cenderawasih University. Earlier, other footballers Ian Kabes, Stevie Bonsapia, Boaz T Solossa and Ortizan Solossa also finished their study from Cenderawasih University. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Thirty new cases of COVID-19 in Papua by 9 June, city hospitals are overwhelmed.

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Infographic COVID-19 update in Papua until 9 June 2020 – COVID-19 Task Force Papua

Jayapura, Jubi – COVID-19 Task Force Papua confirms thirty new cases on Tuesday (9/6/2020).

It includes 12 cases in Jayapura city, 9 in Jayapura Regency, 6 in Keerom, 2 in Sarmi and 1 in Nabire. It makes up the total cases of COVID-19 in Papua to 1,110 cases.

This increase raises the issue of the availability of hospitals to take care of the patients. Spokesperson of COVID-19 Tasks Force Papua dr. Silwanus Soemoele, SpOG (K) said he is still waiting for confirmation from Abepura Mental Hospital (RSJ) to be used as a referral hospital as it planned.

“All hospitals in Jayapura City are full capacity today,” he said.

While the hospitals should be careful to send patients home because doctors only can declare patients recover from the virus and allow them to home after taking two consecutive swab tests with a negative result. Moreover, the recovered patients need to do self-quarantine for 14 days at home.

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Meanwhile, two patients of COVID-19 in pregnancy are taking medical treatment in Abepura Public Hospital. “Their current condition is stable,” said Soemoele.

These two patients are detainees from Abepura Police detention. One complaint having a digestion problem, another has a bleeding condition.

“But I already took care of them in Abepura Hospital, and now they are in good condition,” he said.

Today the task force team brought their attention to Sarmi Regency with two new cases after 49 days successfully hold the transmission.

“But with these two new cases, we hope that we can continue our 49 days of smart work to find and take care of patients,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Angela Flassy
Editor: Zely Ariane

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Illegal mining potentially to become new coronavirus clusters in Papua

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Jayapura, JubiCovid-19 Task Force Papua has given special attention to Biak Numfor, Jayawijaya and Boven Digoel regencies after the coronavirus transmission pattern in these regions are indicated to increase.

The number of coronavirus patients from Boven Digoel significantly increased from three to 17 cases, while in Jayapura it rose from four to 17 cases. In Biak Numfor, the increase was even more fantastic, from 31 to 71 cases within a week.

All patients in Boven Digoel are mine workers. Due to the limitation of health facilities in Boven Digoel, they are currently under medical attention in Merauke Public Hospital.

Concerning this, Boven Digoel deputy regent has publicly asked the Papua Provincial Government in a meeting with Papua Governor Klemen Tinal to forcibly close the mining that is allegedly operating without a license.

A similar request was also expressed by regents of Mappi, Asmat, Pegunungan Bintang, and Yahukimo because people infected by the virus are mostly from the mining sites.

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“Next Tuesday, a meeting has been scheduled (to discuss the coronavirus transmission in the mining sites). However, we have conducted a rapid test to 600 people (at the mining sites),” said Silwanus Soemoele, the spokesperson for COVID 19 Task Force Papua on Saturday (13/6/2020).

Soemoele said there are 17 mining sites that are supposedly illegal operating in Boven Digoel, Mappi, Asmat, Pegunungan Bintang and Yahukimo but the three most prominent sites located in Bravo Tujuh, Pisang-Pisang and Kawe.

“The medical team of Covid-19 Task Force Papua has communicated with the local governments. We agreed to provide a rapid test, swab test, and VTM (viral transport medium) to store the specimens. We are willing to pick up the result of their swab test as well,” said Soemoele.

He warned the local governments, and especially the Boven Digoel government because the number of patients infected by the coronavirus in their region has exceeded those in Merauke Regency. Therefore, he asked medical workers in Boven Digoel to increase their monitoring towards health issues and detect the spread of virus transmission through the rapid test.

“The government must take practical steps to address the Covid-19 transmission in Boven Digoel.” (*)

Reporter: Angela Flassy
Editor: Aris Munandar

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