The Manggarai Regent Deno Kamelus and Deputy Regent Vicktor Madur during a radio talk show on the Ruteng market, Friday March 8, 2019 (Photo: Ardy Abba / Vox NTT)
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Ruteng, Vox NTT- Activities from the Community Movement Group Cares with Trash (Gerakan Masyarakat Peduli Sampah- GMPS) Ruteng, Manggarai Regency has shifted to the educational way.

Several times before, GMPS initiated mass cleaning movement activities at the several places in Ruteng.

This movement was carried out after the capital city of Manggarai Regency was named as one of the dirtiest small town in Indonesia.

The dirtiest small town was given by the Indonesian Environment Ministry and Forestry for the 2017/2018 period.

For GMPS, the cleaning movement was not strong enough to make Ruteng as a beautiful town, without being followed by a movement of education to the community as a rubbish producer.

Therefore, GMPS held a radio talk show, Friday (03/08/2019). This activity is directly from Ruteng Market and broadcast by Radio Manggarai 88,0 FM.

The talk show was guided directly by Paul Kurniawan from Studio II at Ruteng Market and Ino Jemadu from Studio I. This activity presented the Regent of Manggarai Deno Kamelus and Deputy Regent of Manggarai Victor Madur.

The education movement in the form of radio talk shows, GMPS also cooperates with Sinar Motor Ruteng dealers and Bank NTT.

Chairperson of GMPS activities, Laurens Guntur explained, direct radio talk shows from the Ruteng Market are part of a pattern of education to the public about the importance of maintaining cleanliness.

According to Laurens, the mass cleaning movement was not strong enough to become Ruteng as a clean city, without being followed by a pattern of education to the community as a rubbish producer.

“We have taken turns, after several times we cleaned the market, we are currently trying to hold a radio talk show directly from Ruteng market to make market users and the public aware of the importance of maintaining cleanliness and managing waste. This means that there is an educational value that we want to give to the community, “he explained when met during the talk show at Ruteng Market on Friday morning.

Laurens also emphasized that the GMPS presented the regent (Mr. Deno Kamelus) and deputy regent (Mr. Victor Madur) in the middle of Ruteng Market just to hear directly the complaints of the market users located in the center of Ruteng town.

The regent and deputy regent, said Laurens, also invited the people in the Ruteng Market to keep each day clean at each stall.

The coordinator of horticulture traders, Nikolaus Jebaru, admitted that there had been a change in the Ruteng Market after several times the GMPS carried out a mass cleaning movement.

“Since we have activities (mass cleaning) there is an change in cleanliness. Maybe 70-80 percent, cleanliness is evident in the Ruteng Market, “said Nikolaus during the dialogue.

However, he still asked the Manggarai Regency Government to prepare rubbish pot for each seller’s stall.

The Manggaraian regent, Deno Kamelus, during a radio talk show axplained that so far, he came to clean up the rubbish in the Ruteng Market and several other places in Ruteng town, only to provide education to the community.
Likewise the radio talk show activities held by the GMPS. According to Deno, radio talk shows are part of educating the public to be responsible for the rubbish produced by each.

Ruteng Becomes Dirty Town: Triggers and Boosters

For information, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has given a predicate Ruteng as one of the dirtiest small town in Indonesia on the 2017/2018 period.

According to Deno, the assessment of the Adipura program is a triggers and a boosters foster mutual awareness.
“The first awareness was built that if Ruteng town is dirty, it means that everyone in Ruteng town has a contribution to make Ruteng down dirty,” he said.

He continued, there were several indicators behind the assessment of the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

That includes; rubbish dump. This rubbish dump in Ruteng is still an open dumping system. Similarly, at the final disposal site (TPA-Indonesian call) located in KM 11 Poco Wae Ri’i District, it is still open dumping system.

“So that, cities that dispose of waste in such an open dumping manner must be dirty, according to the Ministry of Environment,” Deno explained.

In the future, the Manggarai Regency Government plans that the landfill will be managed by the sanitary landfill method. Rubbish is hoarded in a hole covered by land and plastic sheets to prevent the permeation of waste into the soil.

Deno said, another indicator of the assessment of the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry is community participation. Ruteng gets the dirtiest town because of the lack of community participation.

“What forms of community participation? Which is concrete is that every place of business, every place of work, each must have a rubbish bin. What’s the proof in Ruteng City, no. The bins do not have to be in the standard form, for example in the form of a plastic tube,” Deno said.

Other indicators are related to rubbish management facilities. Among other things, garbage trucks, landfills (TPS), and others.

He asserted, in the future the Manggarai Regency Government would organize and improve all these constraints.

Author: Ardy Abba