Monthly Archives: May 2017

Parkop: I have no plans to evict squatters, this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more

Settlements will become suburbs with basic services, settlers will get land titles and there will be no evictions, says NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

Mr Parkop added that he had no plans to evict squatters; adding that this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more.

“I have been the Governor for 2 terms, what makes people think that I will evict them when I have not done so in the last 10 years,” he said.

He added that he has bigger better plans for settlements around the city and these plans do not include evictions.

Mr Parkop said that his contribution to the city’s development is evident and he has more plans for the city but that will depend on the voters this election.

Governor Parkop was speaking at a recent election rally at Tete Settlement in Gerehu.

Post-Courier May 31, 2017

Chocolate brand supports farmers to boost quality

By ELIZABETH VUVU
QUEEN Emma Chocolate, a subsidiary of Paradise Foods Limited, is supporting local cocoa farmers to look after their plots to produce quality cocoa, a company official says.
The official, general manager Karina Makori, was speaking during the Air Niugini Cocoa Warwagira last week in Kokopo.
She said cocoa has been around for so many years and the company which was established in 2012 added value to the commodity.
“We have now a value-added product and are not just exporting but we can have something from our own cocoa on our shelves that visitors can buy and take back into their countries.”
Makori said PNG has the standard to meet cocoa quality and there was demand for chocolate.
“Paradise Foods’ Queen Emma has made chocolate affordable for people today,” she said.
“We have been making commercial bars since Feb last year at the chocolate factory in Port Moresby.”
The chocolate company is  proud to be working with farmers from Bougainville, their biggest supplier, as well the Lower Watut Cooperative Society in Morobe, the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in Madang and growers from Milne Bay. Last week she encouraged farmers in East New Britain to also become suppliers.
“Our social responsibility to the people is through downstream processing of cocoa as the livelihood of many farmers in rural area depends on cocoa.”

http://www.thenational.com.pg/chocolate-brand-supports-farmers-boost-quality/

Parents and Guardians to Pay Extra Attention to their Children and Support them in their Studies because of the Election-Related Activities

 

Sixty nine thousand Grade 10 students will be expected to sit the Grade 10 Written Expression Examination in 301 Provincial High Schools and Secondary Schools nationwide on Thursday, 8 June, 2017.

The Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra made this announcement today (31 May).

“All the Provincial Education Advisers, Provincial Examination Supervisors, Senior Secondary Schools’ Standards Officers, Guidance Officers, Principals, Head Teachers of all Provincial High Schools and Secondary Schools must be vigilant and security conscious of the confidentiality of the examination paper to avoid any form of malpractice that may compromise the examination results”, urged the Secretary for Education.

The Secretary appealed to the parents and guardians to pay extra attention to their children and support them in their studies because of the election related activities going on and is already affecting the attendance of many students and teachers.

Meanwhile, Dr Kombra wished the Grade 10 students in the country all the very best in their examination.

Post-Courier Newspaper May 31, 2017

Health Grants Program by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)to Fund Projects to Combat Stigma and Discrimination

The US Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity under the Health Grants Program.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and is seeking to fund projects to combat stigma and discrimination (including violence), particularly associated with the key populations (KP) of female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Papua New Guinea.

Applicants may request a maximum of US $15,000 (K49,000).

A total of US $127,000 (K417, 000) is available for this program.

Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration before the closing date of this announcement on June 30, 2017.

The Health Grants Program encourages projects that promote partnerships among two or more local organisations for a common goal; include KPs as project implementers and/or target beneficiaries; incorporate the use of social media; and identify barriers that hinder KPs from accessing health services and develop innovative solutions to address these barriers.

Applications can be found on the US Embassy Port Moresby website: https://pg.usembassy.gov/small-grants-request-proposals/

Decision that You make in terms of Engaging in Social Media really Depends on Your Value

***Meeting to Discuss Social Media***

 

Papua New Guinea is among Pacific Island countries that will develop a policy regarding the impact of social media on the public service when the next Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference convenes in Noumea, New Caledonia, next year.

“So the theme of the conference in 2018 is going to be around open and transparent government and leadership, but we will be looking at specific issues like social media and its impact on transparency and the role of government,” Personnel Management Secretary John Kali said yesterday.

Mr Kali said social media, like Facebook, was influential, and the idea was for the public servants to develop values and ethics as guides for them to be responsible in their conduct when dealing with social media.

“We are trying to tell public servants that these values are important in your conduct; conduct is about decision making, so the decision that I make in terms of engaging in social media really depends on my value.

“If I have weak or no values, I’m going to engage in anything, but if I have strong ethical values, I exercise honesty, integrity, accountability, respect, transparency and wisdom,” Mr Kali said.

His counterpart, Vaosa Epa, who is the head of the Public Service Commission of Samoa, reiterated similar challenges the public service in other Pacific island countries faced.

Both acknowledged that social media, including Facebook, could misrepresent the public organisation or government’s stance on issues, and could have drastic negative impacts on other people, waste working hours and adds to unnecessary cost, and the conference next year is aimed at finding ways to address these issues for effective service delivery.

Mr Kali said the conference will also discuss on how the public can be engaged in influencing government policy development among other issues, like gender at the workplace.

Post-Courier  Tony Sii May 31, 2017

El Nino warning issued

BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG

Papua New Guinea must prepare for a potential El Nino weather phenomena in August, which could bring drier than normal conditions, the National Disaster Centre warned yesterday.

National Disaster Centre acting director Martin Mose said preparations on this potential El Nino should not be taken lightly.

“We have all witnessed the events of various El Nino’s in the past, and currently we can see and feel that during the day time, it is much warmer and there are cooler and colder nights.

“In 2015 and 2016, more than 2.4 million Papua New Guineans were affected by El Nino, where almost 400,000 people faced food insecurity,” he said.

Mr Mose said aside from food insecurity and malnutrition, the 2015 El Nino induced drought also created a number of other critical needs including water shortages, lack of proper sanitation and increased incidences of communicable diseases.

“The shortage of water led to the closure of many schools and the economic impact of that phenomenon was estimated to be widespread, affecting small to medium size businesses as well as bigger industries such as mining and agriculture,” he said.

National Weather Service assistant director forecasting and warning centre Jimmy Gomoga said that the World Meteorological Organisation had, since March, reported a 50 percent likelihood of a return to El Nino in the second half of 2017.

“When moving into El Nino, scientist are monitoring the Central Pacific where there is an increase in the temperature.

“Some of the El Nino impacts on the weather parametres are that, when the Central Pacific experiences warmer temperature, reduced rainfall in the Western Pacific where the temperatures become cooler, drought conditions experienced, and there is delay on the onset of the monsoon with also reduced number of tropical cyclones,” he said.

He said the temperature was warmer due to the reduced cloud cover, where the sun’s energy comes right through, therefore, during the daytime, it is much warmer and at night, it is very cold.

“For the highlands, there will be colder nights with extremely increased frost hazards,” he said.

Mr Mose was pleased that PNG has adopted a systematic approach to planning for the actions.

“It is important that we start with technical inputs from experts as such from National Weather Service, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), to share with us the likely climate impacts and location of the likely impacts on analysis of the historical climate data.

http://postcourier.com.pg/el-nino-warning-issued/

Election Observer Group to be in Port Moresby in June.

***Melanesian Spearhead Group to Observe PNG’s National Election***

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is set to observe PNG’s National Election, the observer group will be in Port Moresby by June.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Commonwealth are just a few of the international election observer groups that have confirmed their attendance during PNG’s National Election, following an invite from the PNG Government.

Sir Francis Billy Hilly, a former Solomon Islands Prime Minister will lead the MSG election observer group.

He will be accompanied by former Fiji president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, election officials Mr. Martin Tete (Vanuatu), Mr. Mohamed Saneem (Fiji), Secretary to the MSG Chair, Mr. Renee Sore and  a member of the political bureau of the FLNKS, Mr. Phillipe Ajapunya.

Sir Francis signed an Agreement of Service for his most recent engagement with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, the MSG Chair.

This will be Sir Francis third time to head an election observer mission, having headed the MSG observer group during Fiji and Vanuatu’s National Elections in 2014 and 2016 (respectively).

Nationwide Polling is scheduled to begin June 24, ending July 8.

 

 May 30, 2017

EC’s job to conduct postal voting

By Malum Nalu
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the commission is obliged by law to conduct postal voting for citizens, including those living overseas.
In response to queries on whether the commission would conduct postal voting for citizens living abroad, as well as those living in the country but would not be in their electorates at the time of polling, especially fly-in and fly-out employees of resource projects.
Gamato said the commission was getting the Foreign Affairs Department to submit a list of Papua New Guineans living overseas who were eligible to vote.
A senior commission official, however, said it may be too late to conduct postal voting as it was only three weeks to voting time.
Gamato said there were seven categories of electors whom postal voting applied to. They were:

  • Those who would not be in the electorate during the polling period;
  • Those who would not take part in polling on religious grounds like Seventh Day Adventists;
  • Women electors approaching maternity or caring for their infrants;
  • Those who were seriously sick in the house or hospital;
  • Those who were travelling away from their residence;
  • Those who were not within 16km by the nearest polling place in the electorate where they were enrolled; and
  • Those citizens living abroad.

“By law, electors can apply for postal vote certificate, ballot paper and candidate poster,” Gamato said.
“When that is done, a returning officer may, together with a postal vote certificate and an allot paper under Section 100 of the Organic Law on National and local level government elections, forward to an elector who has applied for postal vote certificate and postal vote ballot paper.
“A candidate poster may also be included by the returning officer to assist the elector, who may not be familiar with candidate names and codes.
“A postal vote certificate and declaration by an elector is to be made in Form 6.
“Electors making wilful false statements in the declaration carry a liability of two years’ imprisonment.”

 

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/ecs-job-conduct-postal-voting/

Motuans To Have Open Seat in Parliament – O’Neill

May 29, 2017 ~ The National

By Malum Nalu

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has assured Motu-Koitabu villagers that they will have their own seat in Parliament as well as a greater share in project developments in their areas such as the Port Moresby port.

 

He gave the assurance during a campaign rally for Health Minister and Moresby North-West MP Michael Malabag at Tatana village outside Port Moresby on Saturday.

 

O’Neill promised the people that, just like he had turned Hela and Jiwaka into provinces in 2012, he would give the Motu-Koitabu people representation in Parliament.

 

“Today I make a commitment to the people of Motu-Koitabu, you will have your own seat in Parliament after 2017,” he said.

 

“You will have your own member, carrying your own voice, on the floor of Parliament.

 

O’Neill said PNG Ports Corporation had been directed to ensure that “participation and benefits must go to the people of Motu-Koitabu, and especially the landowners of Tatana and Baruni, which must be clearly defined”.

 

“This is a commitment from a prime minister who has delivered shares back to Ok Tedi (landowners), shares back to Bougainville (landowners), and there are going to be more landowners who will benefit because of our policies of giving back to our landowners and our people. We want equal benefits sharing with our people right throughout the country, especially landowners.”

State Visit will Provide the Basis for Deepening Relations between Papua New Guinea and China

**** China’s President to be Invited for State Visit to Papua New Guinea ****

The President of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, will be invited to attend an Official State visit to Papua New Guinea when he attends the APEC Summit in November 2018.

The matter was raised during a meeting held by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, with China’s new Ambassador, H.E. Xue Bing, in Port Moresby this week.

The Prime Minister said relations between Papua New Guinea and China are built on strong historical foundations and the State Visit will provide the basis for deepening this engagement.

“President Xi Jinping was one of the first Leaders to accept our invitation to attend the APEC Leaders’ Summit, and now we would like to extend our welcome through a State Visit at the same time.

“This will provide greater opportunity to advance direct bilateral engagement and investment, and for President Xi to see first-hand the development co-operation between our countries.

“China is a foundation customer for Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports, and the volume of trade and commercial relations in other areas continues to grow.

Papua New Guinea also appreciates China’s support in advancing education in our country.

“Our country is committed to a One China Policy, and this provides a basis for the strengthening of engagement and co-operation.”

PM O’Neill said China and Papua New Guinea will further continue working together in other global forums.

“Our countries have shared interests in many of the major challenges facing the world today.

“On climate change, we have a common desire to deal with this problem and co-operate in international forums to bring about global action.

“Papua New Guinea also shares similar views to China in relation to United Nations reform, in that the current UN model must evolve with the needs of the global community.

“The UN must be relevant to all members.”

PM O’Neill said the strengthening of people-to-people engagement is vital to growing the relationship.

“While Papua New Guinea and China formalised bilateral relations in 1976, our two Nations have long historical links through trade.

“For more than 200 years, Chinese people have come to our country and been involved in business.

“In the coming years we will continue to deepen this interaction between our countries with the establishment of direct flights between Port Moresby and Shanghai.

“This increased ease of travel will provide a further gateway to expand business and tourism, and also to establish more student exchanges.”

H.E. Xue Bing, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has previously served in diplomatic postings in Canada, Australia, Kenya, United States, New Zealand and Fiji.

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