North Penajam Paser Regency
North Penajam Paser Regency
Kabupaten Penajam Paser Utara
Regent office building
Location within East Kalimantan
|• Regent||Abdul Gafur Mas'ud|
|• Vice Regent||Hamdam|
|• Total||3,333.06 km2 (1,286.90 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (ICST)|
|Area code||(+62) 542/543|
North Penajam Paser Regency is a regency (kabupaten) in East Kalimantan province in Indonesia. Its capital city is Penajam. North Penajam Paser is a new regency, having been a part of Paser Regency until its separation in 2002. It covers an area of 3,333.06 sq.km, and had a population of 142,922 at the 2010 Census; the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) was 165,552. North Penajam Paser Regency has the seventh largest area among the regencies in East Kalimantan province, being six times larger than Balikpapan City, which it adjoins (across Balikpapan Bay) on the city's west side.
- North : Kutai Kartanegara Regency
- East : Makassar Strait and Balikpapan City
- South : Paser Regency
- West : Paser Regency and West Kutai Regency
North Penajam Paser Regency major commodities are palm oil and timber that makes up over 70 percent of it economy. There's also some traditional mining coal, rice (paddy) fields, fishing, and harvesting that supplies the local market and Balikpapan cities market like fruits, eggs, chickens, seaweed, fish, etc. Mostly people here work at palm oil industries and the timber industries. Badly road coverage and peoples density that spreads over all the area slowing down the economic development. Penajam is the most populous area in a single area. There's no Mall at North Penajam regency, so the people cross the sea via "kelotok" or medium wooden boat or with ferry to go to Balikpapan to shopping. But its planned to connecting North Penajam Regency with Balikpapan with Sea Bridge which long almost 8 km and planned to start the construction of the bridge at 2018 to help growing up the economical development.
Government & Politics
North Penajam Paser Regency is ruled by Major Yusran Aspar. The highest local political body is the Peoples Councils Area (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah) which makes political, economical and other decisions for the sake of the region. In 26th of August 2019, The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, announced that the regency will be the new site for the country's capital.
The North Penajam Paser Regency ise under the jurisdiction of Military District Command 0913 North Penajam Paser of Military Area Command V Mulawarman, and Police District North Penajam Paser under the Police Area Eastern Borneo province. Under the Soeharto Dictatorship, the area was controlled and secured mostly by the Military until the Indonesian National Police were separated from the Indonesian Armed Forces. In some circumstances, the military exercises were placed here for survival training, jungle warfare, anti-terror, etc, because the area mostly is virgin forest and it's good as an extreme military training field.
With such a large area, North Penajam Paser Regency has only between 150 and 200 km of roads covered by asphalt, and most road are still unmade ground or rocky. Only the protocol road covered by asphalt or cement, it means that the economical development can't grow faster than the expected. Mostly people use motorcycles for transport. Angkutan umum (Angkot) only can be found at the regency capital of Penajam. People mostly using bus, modified mini pick-up, and modified truck for mass transport. To take an example, a modified Isuzu Truck can hold up to 60 people - each truck to transport workers, a modified Suzuki Carry can hold up to 16 people to transport students from their villages to their school.
For the sea transport there are ferries, speed boats, medium wooden boats up to 17 Metres in length, and longer heavy wooden boats up to 35 metres using single propeller engines.
Thousands Flowers Park
In North Penajam Paser Regency, there's a thousand flowers park beside the Police District Station at Penajam.
For tourism, actually there are three beaches for tourism. Pantai Lango (Lango Beach), Pantai Lawe-Lawe (Lawe-Lawe Beach), and Pantai Senipah (Senipah Beach) that viewed Balikpapan City and Makassar's Strait. But in 2013, as the Sea Bridges Planned. Senipah Beach used for the cross point and fondated for the Bridges Construction.
In Riko, there's a waterfall for tourism and there's another two waterfalls, one near ex. PT International Timber Corporation Indonesia area, and another deep to the jungle from Sepaku. Its location is kept secret by local people to secure the waterfall's protection from the effects of tourism.
In Sepaku, there's a high mountain named "Parung" for local hiking and camping. Mount parung was a mountain upper the another mountain that can seen from 50 km away and there's a big Cave for Bats and Swallow Nest and pre-Historic giant stone formation at the peaks of Mount Parung.