MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – In order to help his family’s economy, especially to support his brother’s education, Michael Buyung (29) from Pinaling village, East Amurang District, South Minahasa Regency, struggling with the swift stream of Pentu River which is about one kilometer from village. His work is to collect sand from the bottom of the river.
“Every day from morning to evening I must soak in the middle of the river, to dredge and lift the sand from this river,” said Buyung to Zona Utara journalist.
According to Buyung, the daily yield of sand can reach four to five cubic meters. He did not find any difficulty to sell that sand because there are cars that come to buy sand that he and his colleagues collected every day.
The sand he collects is also commonly purchased at a price of Rp. 300.000 per truck car. The reason to pursue the profession as a river sand mining is solely to sustain the family economy and help his brother’s education.
“I have two sisters are married and a younger brother who still in Junior High School, “said Buyung who claimed have been in this profession for about two years.
It becomes his responsibility to satisfy his family’s needs.
“I have not bad experienced in running this profession, although it must withstand the cold,” said Buyung.
The big difficulty that he often face is related to the weather, especially if rainy season, so the river is be so swiftly and he has to wait for the river being subside.
The river of sand mining by Buyung and his colleagues are only about half a meter deep, with a width about 20 meters.
“Although the river is fairly shallow, but when mining the sand I have to remain vigilant, in anticipation of the flow of river water that can change any time, especially to keep the burst of water shipment that usually carry large wooden sticks,” added Buyung.
Editor: Eva Aruperes
World Water Day 2018 Had Theme ‘Nature for Water’
MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year in order to utter how important of water. Because of water is one of most important natural resources. People, animals, and plants depend on water to survive.
The celebration of World Water Day XXVI, Minister of Public Works Housing Basuki Hadimuljojo said that this World Water Day celebration has themed Nature for Water.
Basuki’s speech read by Head of Sulawesi River Region Basin I Djidon R Wantania, World Water Day is commemorated every March 22 since 26 years ago was implemented to remind all parties about importance of water for survival by mankind on this earth .
“We could more concern in preserving nature and access to safe water for everyone on this earth,” he said in Sapu Kuala Malalayang activity to celebrate World Water Day XXVI at PAUD Development Center and Community Education Manado, on Friday (23/3/2018).
He said many challenges are faced about water problems. Today clean water scarcity has affected in 1.9 billion people worldwide.
“The population growth rapidly, water demand will also increase being one third in 2050,” he said.
Editor: Rahadih Gedoan
Blood Donor Is A Part Of Lifestyle
MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – Blood donor a lifestyle. This slogan is always echoed in various occasions by Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) or Indonesian Red Cross Society of North Sulawesi.
This slogan is an invitation to the public that blood donor becomes a routine agenda. Regularly, blood donations become part of the lifestyle.
Because of this slogan, North Sulawesi PMI through Giat Donor Darah Team initiated to create a special blood donor booth at mall in Manado City.
It was realized when Vice President Jusuf Kalla inaugurated the Blood Donor Unit in Manado Town Square (Mantos) I, Monday (19/3/2018).
Chairman of Giat Donor Darah PMI Team of North Sulawesi Annie Dondokambey said the idea came up because blood in North Sulawesi has been shortage. Many people complaints in social media.
“We check in hospitals, everywhere, blood is always lacking out. So, we create this outlet, hopefully could supply bloods,” said Annie, Tuesday (20/3/2018).
She thanked to Mantos Owner Hengky Wijaya, who provided an outlet for blood donor.
“Our hope, this outlet makes easy the residents to donate blood. While walking in the mall could stop to donating blood. So that, blood donors become a lifestyle,” said Annie.
Previously, Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla accompanied Hj Mufidah Jusuf Kalla and Vice Governor of North Sulawesi Steven O. Kandouw inaugurated the outlet in front of Mantos Hypermart.
Vice President assessed that opened a blood donor outlet at the mall is a great idea.
“Those who are usual donors blood, while walking to the mall they can donate blood,” said Jusuf.
North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey said the provincial government is fully supportive of PMI efforts to meet the blood needs.
“We asked to owner of Mantos to provide a special place of blood donation,” Olly said.
Editor: Rahadih Gedoan
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