Preparing reliable human resources in the era of rapid change, especially in the tourism area whose economy seems to get paced with the time, indeed has become a challenge. It was recognized by Kutuh village secretary, I Nyoman Camang. Departing from a poor village inhabited by pre-prosperous family and then turning into an adequately prosperous village was special achievement for the customary village inhabited by 800 families. Administratively, Kukuh village formerly joined with Ungasan village. Then, it was separated into an independent definitive village in 2002. Preparation into an independent village has been made since 2000.
“We are preparing everything for the welfare of our society,” he said. For example, when the beach was opened, hundreds of villagers were invited to open business, ranging from providing massage service, shop, rent a canoe and others. For the time being, the village had not owned something like co-operative or other village enterprise. So, all economic activities were managed by a team.
“We do a devotional work. During the process, we encounter many constraints. It did not only have something to do with the matter of negative accusation due to public mistrust but anyway we can resolve it,” said Camang. He and other village communities were proud because the cliff and access to the village was still under control of the village and it would last forever because in had been set forth in the awig-awig or customary bylaw. Height of the cliff in the area was about 180 meters. From the edge of the cliff to the beach or local residents called it ngampan had become the management rights of local village. So, it was expected there would not be the cases as happened to other places where the cliff as well as the access to the beach for religious ceremonies, for example, got disturbed as being claimed by investors.
For the future, his party had been working with academician such as from the Bali Tourism Institute (STP) Nusa Dua and Gajah Mada University to study about the potential of local village as a whole. “We also make partnership with private sector, like the Pandawa Beach Festival held next yearend,” he concluded. (BTN/pal)