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The Government Provides Large Portions for ASN OAP in Papua New Guinea


By : Ones Yikwa )*

In the development of the New Autonomous Region (DOB) of Papua, of course, requires a lot of Human Resources (HR) to fill government posts, in this case the government gives a large portion to ASN who are native Papuans (OAP). The Papua Mountains Provincial Civil Service Agency (BKD) said that up to now there are 635 ASNs who have worked in the Papua Mountains Province out of a total allocation of 1,050 ASNs placed this year.

Fulfillment of the ASN quota in the Papua Mountains Province has been carried out since the Papua New Guinea was officially formed in mid-July 2022. In the process, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) instructed each district head in the 8 districts covered in the Papua Mountains Province to shift 100 ASN from the districts to be transferred to the province.

            Sutrisno Richi Prayitno as the Head of the Regional Personnel Agency for the Papua Mountains Province explained, the names of the proposed ASNs from the 8 coverage districts existed before he was appointed Head of the Personnel Agency and had been proposed to the Ministry of Home Affairs, so these names were accommodated in stage 1. He said that of the 635 ASN people, 60 percent were ASN from OAP.

            He said, after recapitulating proposals from 8 coverage districts, only 700 ASNs were collected and those who fulfilled the requirements had reached 636 definitive ASN SKs, apart from 39 teachers who were still being processed at the center. There are still 375 ASNs who will be proposed in the second wave in July 2023 to meet the quota of up to 1,050 ASNs. Whereas in the second stage, 700 ASNs have registered, but the available quota is 375 ASNs and OAP ASN will be prioritized.

            As for the SK for 636 ASNs, they have been submitted to each OPD and a definitive inauguration will be held next week for ASNs who have received a transfer decree to the Papua Mountains Province. It should also be noted that to date there are still 200 more Echelon III and IV positions that have not been filled in the Papua Mountains Provincial Government.

            Previously, the Director General for Politics and General Administration of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) Bahtiar, said that OAP was given space to fill in the continuity of the Papua expansion program. One of them is the matter for OAP to become civil servant for the first time in the area of ​​the division province. In addition, there is also an aspiration to increase the maximum age limit of 50 years and so on.

            He said the Ministry of Home Affairs focused on one of the articles related to the filling of ASN and honorary staff in the 3 provinces resulting from the division in Papua Province. Not only that, the meeting that took place at the Ministry of Home Affairs also discussed the relevance of the Expansion Bill to the existing ASN arrangement.

            Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (Wamendagri) John Wempi Wetipo said that one new autonomous region in Papua requires more than 1,000 ASN. This amount in 2022 has not been met. ASNs assigned to the new province in Papua were merged from institutional, provincial and district ministries. This was done because development in new autonomous regions started from scratch.            

            The large portion given to OAP to become ASN in Papua is a form of appreciation from the government to OAP who have completed their studies. Moreover, some of them are special autonomy scholarship recipients, so it is only fitting for OAP to devote themselves to Papua.

            Papua itself is a region that has great potential. Not only abundant natural resources, but also forward-thinking human resources. Not a few sons of Papua have been able to pursue education up to university, so this can be capital for the government to fill the vacancy for ASN in the Papua New Guinea.

            Willem Wandi as the Regent of Puncak said that he encouraged the recruitment of CPNS, especially in the new autonomous regions, to pay attention to native Papuan children with a percentage of 80:20 percent, meaning 80 percent for OAP and 20 percent for people of the archipelago whose skills are not possessed by Papuans and those who were born and raised in Papua or whose parents have served decades in Papua.

            In a sense, the majority of ASN in Papua are OAP. This is of course a natural thing because OAP are people who understand more about the characteristics of Papua. The hope is that this can improve services because they understand their ethnicity and language, or understand how to approach and communicate with people who live in Papua.

            The Papua New Guinea is a form of progress in Papua where the division of the region will have an impact on the emergence of infrastructure development and the recruitment of superior human resources to fill employee formations. This is of course an opportunity for young people in Papua to be involved in development efforts in Papua, moreover the government has also given a large portion to ASN OAP in Papua.

)* The author is a Papuan student living in Makassar

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