The Jakarta Post
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani recently visited Sota district in Merauke regency as part of an official visit to Merauke, Papua, and to also commemorate Youth Pledge Day and NKRI Expedition.
During her visit, Puan said the government was confident that the border regions would develop and advance in their capacity as the country’s frontline.
Sota district is an important area as it is Indonesia’s frontline. Because of this, the government will prioritize the construction of a cross-country border post (PLBN) in the district next year.
"The government is prioritizing the development of the regions categorized as 3T regions (the outermost, frontline and disadvantaged regions). Each border area should have a school, public health center (Puskesmas) and PLBN," she said.
Puan added that the construction of the PLBN would be completed by 2019 or 2020, if possible. The government is committed to develop the economy of the border regions to reduce gaps between regions and improve the quality of life of the people in the border regions.
During the visit, she gave supplementary food packages to toddlers, students and mothers-to-be.
The minister also symbolically handed over other facilities, including 10 water tanks; 50 jerry cans; a water purifier; post tents; 75 ready-to-cook food packages; 10 water hydrants; 10 units of RUTILAHU; educational games; Rp 50 million to develop local wisdom, with some of money being used to buy musical instruments and Rp 109 million for constructing a public hall.
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