Social Affairs Minister Activates Several Social Community Programs in Papua

Thursday, 11-November-2021 18:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini visits several villages in the Asmat region.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini visits several villages in the Asmat region.

ASMAT, NETRALNEWS.COM - There is no pause or rest for Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini. After following the busy 2021 commemoration of National Heroes Day procession from morning to evening, last night, the Minister of Social Affairs left for Papua.

Flying for five hours, this morning (11/11/2021) at around 06.00 local time, the Minister of Social Affairs and a limited entourage landed at Mozes Kilangin Airport, Timika. From Mozes Kilangin Airport, the Minister of Social Affairs flew to Komur Airport, Agats, Asmat Regency. Here, the Minister of Social Affairs was welcomed by the Regent of Asmat Elisa Kambu, traditional leaders, community leaders, Bishop Agats Mgr. Aloysius Murwito, and the local community.

Descending from the plane steps, the Minister of Social Affairs and a limited entourage were greeted by the Tobe Dance, a typical dance of the Asmat Tribe. Tobe dance is presented to welcome guests as a form of respect. One of the dancers then draped the Noken to the Social Minister.

From Kasuari Harbor, the Minister of Social Affairs and her entourage took a speedboat which took 30 minutes to Erosaman Village, Der Komour District, Asmat Regency.

Here, the Minister of Social Affairs held a closed meeting, with the general topic of various efforts to improve the welfare of the Papuan people, especially the Asmat Regency.

To the Minister of Social Affairs, Bishop Agats Mgr. Aloysius Murwito explained how the land condition of Asmat Regency is quite low, which is about 2-3 meters above sea level. So when sea water rises above it, this area is prone to getting flooded.

The Minister of Social Affairs believes that this obstacle can be overcome in various ways. "I'm sure it can be overcome. But it does require hard work,” said the Minister of Social Affairs. The presence of the Minister of Social Affairs in Papua is to strengthen and optimize the fulfillment of basic needs, basic social services and sustainable livelihoods for the communities.

Accompanied by the Director General of Social Empowerment Edi Suharto, the Minister of Social Affairs reviewed the construction of a community center which will become a center for socio-economic activities of the local community.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Social Affairs in total distributed assistance worth IDR3.7 billion for vulnerable communities and residents of Remote Indigenous Communities (KAT) in Asmat Regency. The assistance includes social assistance for KAT Empowerment for the second year in the form of life insurance for 45 families for six months, community center hall and equipment, clean water facilities, stimulants for laying hens business, suitable clothes for 100 families and additional food for 100 children.

The Ministry of Social Affairs also distributed assistance to Agats Diocese, namely 5 kiosk units and their contents in the form of basic necessities along with distribution of goods, magnetic generators and computers for each kiosk in 5 locations. Batuan is also in the form of 10 laying hens farms, 3 longboat boats and honorarium for 6 local assistants for 3 years.

Then, assistance for handling extreme poverty was rolled out for 23 KAT groups in the form of vegetable farming and hydroponic crops. The social empowerment program was carried out by involving cross-sectoral participation, as well as donations in the form of books, crayons and globes in collaboration with PT Gramedia Asri Media to complete the library in the community center.

Through the socio-economic strengthening program and sustainable empowerment, it is hoped that it can increase the competitiveness and independence of the people in Asmat Regency as well as encourage the recovery of conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reporter : turkhan
Editor : turkhan