Welfare Development in Papua the Government’s Top Priority

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PAPUADAILY –The government prioritizes welfare development in Papua, one of the steps has been the issuance of Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 concerning the Acceleration of Welfare Development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua and Presidential Regulation Number 20 of 2020 concerning the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua Provinces.

These two regulations aim to accelerate the implementation of various action plans in the regions. “The government is committed to treating the provinces the same as other regions, as well as prioritizing the regions to accelerate welfare development,” said Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, Sunday (27/6/2021).

According to Ma’ruf, the Government has prepared a quick win program that has been designed until 2024, covering the fields of poverty alleviation, education, health, micro and small businesses, employment, infrastructure, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will be implemented in a systematic and gradual manner.

“Papua and West Papua provinces are still lagging behind in welfare development. For this reason, the Government is taking steps with long, medium and short-term programs to accelerate it,” he said.

The Vice President also gave an example of a quick win program. For the education sector, he continued, there are Papua Smart programs, including the construction of Islamic boarding schools in seven customary areas, various scholarship programs from the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP), Secondary Education Affirmations (ADem), Higher Education Affirmations (ADik), Student Education Fees. Poor Achievement (Bidikmisi), Teacher Special Policy, and Center for International Studies at Cenderawasih University, preparation of human resources at the University of Papua, and the construction of new state universities in Biak Numfor and Jayawijaya regencies.

Meanwhile, in the health sector, Ma’ruf continued, there is a Healthy Papua program which includes easy access to treatment in eight districts in West Papua Province, namely Sorong, Wondama Bay, Bintuni Bay, South Manokwari, Arfak Mountains, Maybrat, Tambrauw, and South Sorong.

In addition, there are also programs that aim to improve Regional General Hospitals (RSUD) in seven customary areas, development of the Papua Health Institute, strengthening of Health Center Plus, decent housing for the community, handling neglected children, and overcoming stunting.

Regarding funding, the VP explained that these programs will be funded using the existing budget of the relevant ministries/agencies.