Village Forum in East Sumba Regency

06 Dec, 2017

Enlightenment of “Village law number 6 year 2014 implementation” for village heads in East Sumba Regency

As a form of concern for village financial budget management that recently caused legal issues, TLM Foundation (TLM-GMIT) as a community empowerment institution, cooperated with NGO SADAR (Village and Budget School) from Kebumen, Central Java, Regional Government of East Sumba regency, that is village community empowerment agency of East Sumba regency is successfully conducted training and discussion on the implementation of Law number 6 year 2014 on Monday and Tuesday (27-28/November/2017) in Cendana Hotel Auditorium, Waingapu, East Sumba.

The opening ceremony that held in East Sumba regency was begun by singing “Indonesia Raya” together and followed by opening speech by TLM board chief, Yulius Riwu Kaho who said that,” TLM foundation that is a social foundation does not only serve social activity but also runs business units like BPR (Rural Bank), KSP (Saving and Loan Cooperative) and Consumer Cooperative that especially serve community economy empowerment to increase their living standard regardless tribe, religion and race. From the profit of these business units, TLM can serve several social activities like village advocacy/village heads mentoring, productive garden, scholarship, disability, and clean water program/WASH. This empowerment and mentoring are pure social activities of TLM that aim to help all of village heads who work in the village to have right understanding about village law number 6 year 2014 so that you can implement it well, especially in managing current village fund.” Said Riwu Kaho.

In this opportunity, head department of East Sumba village community empowerment agency, Yakobus Yiwa in his speech pointed out that he and his staff really appreciate TLM foundation which wants to assist them in giving enlightenment for village heads in their area as a form of care for East Sumba society in general and village heads in particular as they are the main performers of village law implementation. So he hopes that the village head can be more transparent and accountable in managing village fund.

The spokesperson of the training is Yusuf Murtiono of NGO SADAR, Kebumen, Central Java who has successfully fought for village rights through village school. The purpose of this training is to strengthen and improve the capacity of village heads in implementing law number 6 year 2014 on village and village fund management and also to socialize and form village government communication forum in East Sumba Regency.

The participants of the training and discussion were 184 village heads from invited villages (140 definitive villages and 44 prepared villages), but for the reason that this is the first time for this training to be conducted in East Sumba and difficulty in delivering invitation through phone for the village heads in countryside, there were only 137 village heads of 22 sub-districts in East Sumba regency who attended the training. By training 137 village head in East Sumba, TLM has successfully trained and mentored 297 village heads; 48 village heads from South Central Timor, 112 from Rote Ndao and 137 from East Sumba. TLM foundation hopes to keep maintain the cooperation with the regional government so that they can keep give trainings in other regencies to increase the understanding of village heads in managing village fund and to maximize the implementation of village development from planning to evaluation by decrease financial deviation practices that had happened before.

One of village heads who attended the training, Sony Tari Nalle, Metawai Atu village head said that he is so happy and grateful to TLM foundation for these two days of training where they got better understanding about the implementation of village law number 6 year 2014 and also it has opened their knowledge about right and authority of village head in managing village fund that always causes legal issue because the lack of understanding about applicable regulation.

In the end of the training, TLM and the village heads agreed to form FORKOMDES (Village communication forum) at East Sumba regency level with board composition as following; Jonison Lado Comerihi, Kadumbul village head as chief, Tanga Teul, Tamburi village head as secretary, and Marthen Umbu M. Natar, Matawai Amahu village head as treasurer. Thereafter, forum members chose 4 village heads from representative areas that were present at the moment as area coordinators to facilitate next trainings and discussions, where FORKOMDES core board will be trained by TLM staff with TOT (Training of Trainer) method, and then, they will be responsible to train other village heads in their area.

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