Pig, Symbol of Harmony and Brotherhood in the Central Mountains of Papua
Pigs are the most valuable asset for the people of the Central Mountains in Papua. That’s why the pig is used as a traditional symbol of harmony, brotherhood, as well as a means to solve problems. For instance, the issue of feuds, wars, to dowry.
Quoting coil.com, the Central Mountains region includes several regencies in the interior of Papua, such as Puncak Jaya Regency, Puncak Regency, Tolikara Regency, Bintang Mountains Regency, Lanny Jaya Regency, Yahukimo Regency, Nduga Regency, Jayawijaya Regency, Yalimo Regency, and Central Mamberamo.
In Puncak Jaya Regency, for example, local people have a habit of farming to survive, but if they can raise pigs, the community feels a sense of pride.
Seeing the enormous influence of pigs, the National Police through the Nemangkawi operation, the Binmas Noken Task Force Program in the livestock sector, provided the community with 10 breeding pigs to nurture.
There are two pig breeding spots centered in Pagaleme Village, Puncak Jaya Regency, each spot has five piglets. The provision of breeding pigs is an effort by the Police to reach out to the community and reduce conflict in the Central Mountains region.
According to the Regent of Puncak Jaya Regency, Yuni Wonda, pigs are the most valuable possession because they are the starting point for solving problems. “People here prioritize pigs over other animals. In Puncak Jaya, the price is already very expensive, just one pig has reached Rp. 30 million and the most expensive is Rp. 50 million,” said Yuni Wonda on one occasion. Responding to the assistance of pigs from the National Police’s Noken Binmas Program, Yuni Wonda said she really appreciates the Police, and is even committed to helping provide guidance to the community so that they can breed the pigs. “With the geographical difficulty level and the community’s very limited understanding, the Police are here to provide assistance. As the government, we will also develop the community so that pig breeding will be better in the future,” said Yuni Wonda.
With the geographical difficulty level and the community’s very limited understanding, the Police are here to provide assistance. As the government, we will also develop the community so that pig breeding will be better in the future.
Yuni Wonda hopes that with the help of the pigs provided by the National Police, the public can understand that the existence of pigs is to improve their welfare.
Hermawan Sulistyo, as an adviser to the National Police, assessed that the central mountains of Papua, such as in Puncak Jaya Regency, often escape the attention of important people (government officials) at the central level. In addition, said Hermawan, being an official in the central mountains of Papua is not an easy thing, because it does not only think about security issues, but also the welfare of the people.
“It is impossible for the police to help monitor everything from security to welfare. For that, we divide the task. This (assistance) is only a booster, after this the regents and government officials can be more actively involved,” said Hermawan.
It should be noted that the National Police’s Noken Binmas Task Force is one part of the Nemangkawi operation, which is humanitarian or a soft approach, and is centered throughout the Central Mountains region. The TNI and Polri officers actually have many special task forces for operations throughout the Papua region.
Currently, all operational missions are focused on building humanity, brotherhood, harmony, persuasion, education, and developing common ground and equation point. Military operations and new weapon operations are carried out in certain situations and conditions according to the needs in the field.