Refuse Relocation, Proof How Weak Provincial Government

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Reported: Ikhsan

SOCIO-Culturally, a community is rather difficult
indeed to leave its domicile which has been occupied for years. Therefore the
community must be given an understanding that their place is already unfit for
settlement because it includes on the red zone.

Residents of the earthquake and liquefaction of Kelurahan Petobo, South Palu District,
Palu City, refused to be relocated to other villages based to the Decree of the
Central Sulawesi Governor.

Public policy observer Slamet Riyadi Cante said
that this rejection showed a lack of public involvement in policy formulation.
In the context of formulating public policy, the community really needs to be

“Regarding community proposals for relocation
sites not far from the original place, it should be accommodated as long as
they are not in the red zone region,” said Slamet Riyadi, Sunday

The Tadulako University academician hopes that the
Provincial Government needs to be more intense in conducting socialization to
the citizens so that they can understand the Government’s policies for

“Massive socialization of the red zone area
is important because there are still many people who do not understand,”
he asked seriously.

The Governor of Central Sulawesi, Longki
Djanggola, has signed a decision on the location of relocation number 369/516 /
DIS.BMPR-G.ST / 2018 on December 28, 2018, in Palu. The dictum I in the decree
reads the location of the relocation recovery land due to the disaster in
Central Sulawesi Province to provide permanent housing, green open spaces,
public facilities, and infrastructure as well as offices.

Then, the dictum II in the decree reads, the
location of land as referred to in dictum one as follows in Palu City covering
an area of 560.93 hectares covering Tatanga District with an area of 79.3
hectares in Kelurahan Duyu,
Mantikulore District with an area of 481.63 hectares in Kelurahan Tondo and Talise Village. Furthermore, in Sigi Regency covering
an area of 362 hectares located in Sigi Biromaru Subdistrict covering Pombewe
Village covering an area of 201.12 hectares and Oloboju Village 160.88

As reported by Petobo Urban
Village Head Alfin H Ladjuni said his citizens wanted to stay in Petobo.

Alfin said, if the citizens were relocated to
another village that was considered safe by the government, then indirectly the
name of the kelurahan had to be replaced. Even the location of the Petobo
Sub-District which is not affected by liquefaction can no longer be directly
utilized by its citizens.

In fact, he said, most of the residents were
farmers who used their lands in the Petobo Village to grow crops. “Most of
the residents of Petobo are farmers and they are still working on the land to
farm their families on land that is not affected by liquefaction,” he

He stressed that in the near future the victims of
liquefaction at the Petobo Urban Village will meet the Governor of Central
Sulawesi, Longki Djanggola, to discuss the relocation area/location.

Related to this, the Chairperson of RT 1 / RW 5,
Petobo Abd Naim, questioned the reason for the Central Sulawesi Provincial
Government not to determine the eastern part of the Petobo Village (the east
direction of the liquefaction site) as a relocation location/place for disaster

About 1,642 households or 3,800 victims affected
by the earthquake and liquefaction of Petobo Village are currently at the
evacuation site on the Japanese road or east of the liquefaction area.**

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