“The eradication of illiteracy program in Papua must be continued to help villagers be able to read and write”
Chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI) Admiral Agus Suhartono has fully supported the involvement of the Military Regional Command (Kodam) XVII/Cenderawasih in the literacy program in the hinterland of Papua.
The eradication of illiteracy program in Papua must be continued to help villagers be able to read and write, Admiral Agus Suhartono said here Saturday.
“The program has been implemented since few months ago by Kodam Cenderawasih, and it`s still going on. I fully support the program to help the local people,” he said.
The program could be implemented by mobilizing `smart house`, `smart car`, and `smart motorcycle` by involving TNI personnel in the region.
In Papua, where the geographical condition is very hard with mountains, hills, and valleys, a connectivity of inter-regions is very much needed, he said.
The development of inter-region connectivity is crucial to boost the economic activities in Papua, he added.
TNI has equipped its personnel being assigned in the remote areas of Papua with transportation and communication facilities such as helicopters and phones.
In addition to the literacy program, TNI also supports other programs such as the family planning in Papua, according to Admiral Agus.
The TNI chief and National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo are on a working visit in Timika for three days, from Friday (May 13) to Sunday (May 15).
On the first day, they visited PT Freeport Indonesia and Grasberg Tembagapura open mining area.
In the evening, they held a dialog with local officials and prominent figures in Timika.
On Sunday, they went to Merauke and met TNI officers guarding the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. From Merauke, they will go to Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Indonesia`s eastern most province.
Source: Antara News