Yayasan Tanaoba Lais Manekat (YTLM) on 15-17 May 2017, conducting Training and Discussion of Implementation of Act number 6 of 2014 or known as the Village Law. The event was held in YTLM Hall Jl. Ahmad Yani no. 43 Oeba, inviting 36 village heads from 4 districts, each Kupang district, Rote Ndao, South Central Timor (TTS) and East Sumba. The event featured speakers Mr. Yusuf Murtiono, Chairman of the Presidium of the Kebumen Civil Society Forum (FORMASI) who has successfully implemented village assistance in various other areas of Indonesia through the Village School for People (SADAR). In addition to the village head, activities were also followed by village facilitators and TLM Foundation staff.
Training and Discussion Activities Implementation of Village Law aims to improve the capacity and capability of the apparatus in understanding the purpose of the Village Law and its supporting regulations, in order to be able to carry out development planning, budget planning until its implementation is participatory, democratic, transparent and has benefits for each village.
The village heads who were present greatly benefited from this training, through informant information as well as from discussions built amongst the village heads. They hope the same activities can be done on a regular basis.
To realize the above intentions, the village heads present felt it was necessary to establish a communications forum together as a forum for discussion and information sharing.
At the end of the session, the participants agreed to form an organization called Forum Communication of the Village Government of East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT) or FORKOM NTT. Formation of the forum continues by selecting the Presidium Board with the composition: Samson Balukh, Head of Oematamboli Village, Rote Ndao Regency as Chairman of the Presidium; Jemmy Kapitan, Soba Village Chief, Kupang District as Secretary; Yohana Lailogo, TLM Foundation as deputy secretary; and Amatus Tateni, Head of Naip Village, TTS Regency as Treasurer.
In addition, coordinators in 3 regions were chosen: Watson Sodi Mbuik, Chief of Kolobolon Village, as Korote Rote Ndao Regency; Yorim Rensini, Head of Apren Village, as Kupang District Coordinator; and Jemi B.M. Benu, Head of Panite Village, as Korwil of TTS District. All the village heads present were the founders of the forum and at the same time being members. Other regional councils will be formed later.
The Presidium Council of FORKOM Desa Provinsi NTT is given the trust and duty to socialize the existence of forums in each district in order to get more support from the village government organizers and to build communications and coordination across districts so that the district policy that will be made for the village can be truly implemented and protect the village. TLM Foundation will also play a role in assisting this forum to enhance cooperation between villages and as a liaison with other competent parties for forum development. It is also stipulated that the management of the Presidium of FORKOM of the NTT Provincial Village is 3 years with the address of the secretariat while located at TLM Foundation Head Office Jl. Ahmad Yani no. 43 Oeba-Kupang. The FORKOM Presidium of the selected NTT Provincial Villages will hold a follow-up meeting in June to complement the completeness of the organization as well as to plan the activities and socialization.