Special autonomy for Papua continues
Sentani, (West Papua Blog) – Regional heads of all regions of Tabi Saireri have agreed that Papua’s Special Autonomy will continue. This is in line with the results of the 19 years workshop on the implementation and evaluation of Special Autonomy (Otsus) in the Tabi-Saireri Customary Area.
“The implementation of Special Autonomy (Otsus) for Papua continues, which must be realized through amendments to Law Number 21 of 2021 by recommending improvements and rearrangements,” said Chairman of the Forum for Regional Heads as Tabi and Saireri, Mathius Awoitauw, SE, M.Si at the time. closing of activities, Tuesday (25/08/20).
At the same place, the Regent of Yapen Islands, Tony Tesar, S. Sos, said that the discourse on the continuation of this Special Autonomy was not only discussed outside, but was discussed in a regional head forum and reached an agreement.
According to Toni, from the results of the discussion in the workshop, there were 11 points that would be followed up on to all stockholders, especially to the Governor of Papua, the Papuan DPR, the MRP and to the Central Government, with the hope that they could be taken into consideration in making the revision of Law Number 21 on Special Autonomy. Papua.
“We hope that Special Autonomy with all its policies and authorities needs to be revised several points that we have conveyed. We also hope that the contribution of funds known as the Special Autonomy Fund will also be proposed so that the amount of management must be adjusted by appointing the ministry directly to account for it, “he said.
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The following is the agreement of the Forum for Regional Heads of Farmers and Saireri in response to 19 years of implementation of Otsus in the Tabi-Saireri customary area read by Dr. Yusak Reba, SH, MH:
- Papua Special Autonomy is a legal instrument for realizing justice, welfare, equality of dignity, independence, harmony and peace for indigenous Papuans.
- Special Autonomy for Papua is also implemented by district / city governments, although regencies / cities do not have special authority according to Law Number 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua Province. Regencies / Cities carry out district / city governance and regional development based on laws and regulations in the area of regional government and do not refer to Law Number 21 of 2021 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua Province.
- Limited special authority does not become a barrier for regencies / cities in the Tabi-Saireri region to formulate regional policies and innovations for the welfare of Papuans by optimizing special revenues received by districts / cities.
- Nineteen (19) years of the implementation of Papua’s Otsus in the Tabi-Saireri customary area, the district / city government has carried out regional policies in the fields of education, health, economy, provision and development of infrastructure, as well as affirmation and protection policies for people. Indigenous Papuans, although they have not optimally answered the problems faced by the community.
- Special revenues originating from 2 percent of the national DAU ceiling which are divided between Provinces and Regencies / Cities do not have a significant effect on district / city revenues originating from other revenue sources. However, special revenues have contributed to regional policies of a special nature.
Although they have limited authority and support for special revenues originating from the 2 percent ceiling of the National DAU which is divided between Provinces and Districts / Cities, efforts to realize the welfare of Indigenous Papuans have been and will continue to be carried out by district / city governments.
In addition, it is also recommended to repair and rearrange, with the following points:
- Arrangement and regulation of government affairs which fall under the authority of districts / cities within the framework of Papua’s special autonomy
- There must be an agency or Ministry governing Special Autonomy at the Center
- there must be a Special Autonomy Budget Priority List (DPA)
- There must be a Development Coordination Meeting (RAKORBANG) which is Specifically for regional development planning
- there must be a Grand Design Otsus for 5 (five) main programs (education, health, economy, infrastructure)
6.The amount of the Special Autonomy Fund originating from the 2% ceiling of the DAU and the Additional Infrastructure Fund must be increased from the current arrangement in the provisions of article 34 of Law Number 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua Province
- Reorganizing the distribution mechanism for Infrastructure Supplementary Funds between Provinces and Districts / Cities
- Regional Head Election must have a special arrangement
- The election of members of the Provincial DPRD and Regency / Municipal DPRDs must be specifically regulated
- Establishment of New Autonomous Regions (Provinces) in the customary territories of Ha-Anim, Lapago and Mepago
- The positions of Regional Head and Regional Representative at the Regency / City level are filled by Indigenous Papuans.
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The nine regencies that agree special autonomy for Papua continues are:
The Tabi Customary Territory includes Keerom Regency, Jayapura Regency, Sarmi, Mamberamo Raya and Jayapura City.
Meanwhile, Saireri’s customary territory includes Biak Numfor Regency, Yapen Islands, Nabire, and Waropen Regency.
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