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    Regular weekly monitoring of Indonesian media allows our stakeholder to have a pulse on public opinion and to keep track of specific issues within our works.

    Period: June 12 - 18, 2017


    • Data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry showed that most environmental destruction in rural areas are caused by illegal mining. The Ministry data from 2015-2016 showed there are 8,386 illegal small-scale mining (pertambangan rakyat) within the area of about 557,000 hectares.

    • The media reported some progress in Village Fund disbursement in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Banten, and Papua. In NTT, only four out of 69 villages in Belu district have received the 2017 Village Fund Phase 1. In Banten, Pandeglang district government returned the realization reports as they were deemed incomplete. In Papua, Jayapura municipal government urged 14 villages to immediately submit the required documents by July at the latest.

    • In Garut district, West Java, the losing candidates of village head elections in three villages rejected the results of the elections and filed lawsuit to the State Administrative Court (PTUN). Despite the lawsuit, 79 village heads were inaugurated on June 15.

    • Papua is facing shortages of health workers in mountainous areas. Lanny Jaya district, with the total population of 216,000 people in 328 villages, only has 6 doctors and 48 midwives. Jayawijaya District only has 165 midwives serving 328 villages with the salary of Rp 200,000 each per month.

    • The Ministry of Education and Culture promoted the five-day school program to all schools, including boarding school. The program will be implemented in stages starting from July 2017 at 9,800 selected schools.

    • In East Nusa Tenggara, the District Attorney Office investigated the alleged misappropriation of PNPM Mandiri funds in East Lio Subdistrict. The prosecutor named PNPM Mandiri treasurer a suspect for allegedly embezzling Rp 300 million

    Complete report available here.