goodmorningpapua.com – Jayapura City’s special autonomy fund (Otsus) has increased dramatically this year. The increasing in the Jayapura City special autonomy fund was due to a policy from the central government regarding the revision of the Special Autonomy Law from Law No. 21/2001 to Special Autonomy Law No. 2/2021 providing a policy of direct transfer of special autonomy funds to districts/cities in the land of Papua.
An Acting Mayor of Jayapura, Frans Pekey, acknowledged that before the revision of the Special Autonomy Law was introduced, the district/city governments had always had difficulties waiting for confirmation of the allocation of the special autonomy funds which had previously been transferred to the regional treasury accounts of the Papua Province.
Frans explained that 2 years before PON, Jayapura City’s special autonomy funds were only IDR 35 billion with the reason being cut to prepare for PON.
“However, in 2022, Jayapura City’s special autonomy funds transferred directly from the central government will reach IDR 121 billion. Even the next year, we are budgeted to receive IDR 140 billion, following the increase in the national DAU (General Allocation Fund) from previously 2 percent to 2.25 percent,” explained Frans, during a Gathering with the Press Personnel in Jayapura City, Tuesday evening 22 November 2022.
The acting mayor explained that the realization of the 2022 special autonomy funds in Jayapura City, apart from being used for education, health and the people’s economy, will also be used to strengthen traditional institutions by involving 12 keondoafia. “We will restore the dignity of traditional institutions in Port Numbay, for example repairing traditional houses to assistance vehicle transportation for custom,” he explained in Port Numbay.