Tourism Office Holds Tourism Village Training, Enthusiastic Manokwari Regency Residents

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PAPUADAILY –The Department of Culture and Tourism of West Papua Province is again here to provide training on the management of Tourism Villages in Sowi Empat, Manokwari Regency, Papua, Saturday (28/8/2021). Residents are very enthusiastic to participate.

The training was officially opened by the Head of the West Papua Province Culture and Tourism Office, Yusak Wabia, and moderated by Secretary Ruland Sarwom. Regarding the activities carried out, Yusak hopes to provide understanding to the people in Sowi Empat, Manokwari Regency in managing the Village as a Tourist Place.

Representing the Head of the Environment and Land Service of Manokwari Regency, Head of Pollution Control, Biodiversity Management and Environmental Complaints, Yohanes Ada Lebang, invited the community to handle plastic waste scattered on the coast.

They support the government’s program of one million Waste Banks as well as the action on September 18 as National Movement Day.

Lebang explained, sort the waste from the house that will be purchased either by the Manokwari Waste Management Producer Cooperative or the Waste Bank of the Unipa Scout UKM Unit and the DLHP Main Waste Bank of Manokwari Regency as well as individual institutions or as donors. Later, it can create a tourist place that is clean from garbage, especially plastic waste (bottles).

“Currently, what residents have to do is change their behavior by burning garbage and throwing garbage in random places, by sorting and reducing the use of plastic waste,” explained Lebang, quoted by Koreri.com.

He continued, for inorganic waste and recycling management both inorganic and organic as well as domestic liquid waste management by presenting a waste bank, it can reduce the amount of waste generated at the Final Disposal Site (TPA).

“Because waste now has economic value in increasing the family’s economy,” added Lebang

The most important thing to make a tourist place to visit is free of waste and the convenience of visitors in providing environmental services, when the place is clean people will be happy and interested in visiting the place. According to Lebang.

Making tourist attractions in the Coastal area but garbage is scattered everywhere in the waters of the Sea, then this problem is a common problem to deal with.

On that occasion, Husen Hutagalung, Trisakti STP Lecturer and community founder also conveyed material about increasing community tourism capacity, establishing Tourism Villages and Tourism Awareness.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Culture and Tourism Office of West Papua Province, Ruland Sarwom, said, “In the decades being elected, leaders to the leadership of the Regional Government and members of the DPRD in their constituencies must pay attention to the local community, not only when new declarations come to the community,” continued Sarwom.

He hopes that the tourism village management training program in Manokwari Regency which has been carried out for Mansinam Village, East Manokwari District and Sowi Empat Village, Sowi Village, South Manokwari District, can be the forerunner of the independence of residents in managing the village towards Tourism Village.

“Of course with the formation of tourism-aware communities. Not only for Manokwari, but also a program for the West Papua Province Culture and Tourism Office in all regencies/cities,” concluded Sarwom.***