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South Tiku in West Sumatra increasing sea tourism

South Tiku in West Sumatra increasing sea tourism

Pasia Tiku tourist object in South Tiku, Agam District, West Sumatra Province. (ANTARA/Yusrizal)

South Tiku traditional village in Tanjung Mutiara is located on the coast of the Indian Ocean between Agam District and Padang Pariaman District in West Sumatra Province.

With a population of 13,951 people including 3,054 families spreading in seven hamlets (locally called "jorong"), South Tiku has a significant marine potential with fish, along with tourism sites and extensive oil palm plantations.

The seven hamlets are Gasan Kaciak (1,141 ha), Banda Gadang (724 ha), Pasa Tiku (111 ha), Pasia Tiku (100 ha), Kampuang Darek (520 ha), Pasia Paneh (605 ha) and SungaI Nibung (385 ha).

The rural government obtained village funds of Rp1.22 billion in 2019. These funds were allocated for community empowerment in the form of training tourism employees, training small and medium enterprises, processing salted fish and also building infrastructure.
From earlier village funds, the village built 1,565 meters of concrete roads, 840 meters of irrigation and 52 meters of emergency bridges.

The construction of concrete slabs, irrigation and bridges is to assist in transporting agricultural produce, tourists and providing water for agriculture, said South Tiku village Head Adang Karman.

Marine tourism

South Tiku, located some 100 km from the city of Padang, has much potential marine tourism in the form of coastal scenery and natural coral reefs.

Here there are also interesting natural phenomena, such as lagoons filled with saltwater, which are separated from the sea and blocked by sand dunes and rocks.

Among these attractions are Bandar Mutiara, Pasia Tiku, Ujung Island and Tangah Island.

Also, it has distinctive culinary tourism attractions, such as fish-based culinary.

It also has historical tourist sites, including heritage buildings.

A number of tourist sites are visited every holiday, because in addition to historical attractions and unique cuisine, visitors also enjoy the nature and cool air.

According to Agam District Tourism and Sports Department data in 2018, 13,818 tourists visited Bandar Mutiara and 84,982 visited Pasia Tiku.

In the future, the South Tiku Nagari Government will also develop Ujung Island and Tangah Island.

Building transparency

The South Tiku Government invited guardians, traditional leaders, religious leaders, the Deliberation Body (Bamus) and the community to attend a meeting to discuss the work program before it began.

At the meeting, the South Tiku government presented the work plan to be carried out, regarding the construction site, the implementation of activities, the disbursed budget and the labor involved.

The local government also has a policy to stop work programs if there is interference or the community does not support the development program.

The village will also transfer the budget to other areas if the community does not support it, such as in terms of land acquisition to build roads, making it difficult for partners to work or gather building materials.

An hamlet (jorong) will not be disbursed for funds the following year until there is agreement in the community, said Adang Karman.

"This is a form of strict sanctions given to jorong who do not support the development innovation program in the village, so that development runs well," he said.

The policy was approved by the Consultative Body and traditional leaders in the area, so the rural government would not hesitate in giving sanctions for jorong.

Without holidays

Weekdays, especially from Monday to Friday, are often used to review work in the field and Saturday to Sunday are used to write activity reports.

With this system, programs have not been delayed and development continues according to a predetermined schedule.