Working toward sustainable Development

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Published on Social Funds, 44 pdf-pages (see their homepage).

excerpt: … Social and Human Rights Performance Audit /Provision of Security, (page 15/44):

… PROVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES:

An important area for LPMAK is the provision of medical services. PT Freeport Indonesia has worked for years to develop an integrated and coordinated healthcare system capable of delivering comprehensive, competent and sustainable medical services to the local Papuans, both in the highlands and lowlands areas near our operations. This system relies on community-based health clinics providing a range of preventive and outpatient services, coordinated with two modern hospitals which provide comprehensive inpatient healthcare. Thousands of Papuans receive quality medical services each year from this system.

Construction was completed in 2002 of a 74-bed hospital in Banti which is now providing healthcare to Papuans in the highlands area. A separate 76-bed hospital opened in Timika in 1999 to serve Papuans living in the lowlands. PT Freeport Indonesia provided funds to construct both of these facilities and supports 10 other clinics providing quality medical care to those living in other communities. We have undertaken comprehensive public health programs for prenatal care, and the prevention and control of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT:

Educational assistance for non-PT Freeport Indonesia employees was provided to approximately 3,700 Papuan students during 2002 through LPMAK in administering the Freeport Partnership Fund for Community Development. LPMAK has set additional educational priorities for 2003 to emphasize primary and secondary school education. In 1996, PT Freeport Indonesia initiated an aggressive program of training and education to increase the number of Papuan employees throughout the workforce and in its management ranks. The goal was to double the total number of Papuan employees by 2001 and to also double the total number of Papuan staff (managerial and professional) employees by 2006. Both goals were surpassed. At the end of 2002, PT Freeport Indonesia had almost 2,000 Papuan employees, compared to 600 in 1996, including over 150 Papuan management staff employees, compared to less than 50 in 1996 (see Figure 3).

LAND RIGHTS RECOGNITION PROGRAMS:

Under the Indonesian constitution, all unimproved land is, by law, owned by the Government and all minerals belong to the Government. PT Freeport Indonesia’s “January Agreement” of 1974 with the Amungme was the first recognition in Indonesia of hak ulayat, or the right of traditional people to undeveloped land they used for hunting and gathering. Subsequent to that agreement, the Government formally recognized the right to compensation for hak ulayat land rights. Compensation in the form of rekognisi, or recognition, is paid to communities for a release of hak ulayat rights, as hak ulayat is a communal property right. PT Freeport Indonesia has paid rekognisi in several instances over the years through programs mutually agreed upon with the affected local Papuans and the Government … (full text).

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