November 29, 2017
Community Development Secretary Anna Solomon is a very happy departmental head as her department received K68 million in 2018 under the 2018 National Budget.
For the first time, sorcery awareness has been allocated K10 million, gender-based violence K10 million, Lukautim Pikinini Act K3 million, and disability another K2 million, among others.
Ms Solomon said yesterday the government was definitely prioritizing its funding and recognizing the importance of social issues in Papua New Guinea – hence the huge increase and first of its kind starting next year.
“I am a very proud Secretary because not only has the O’Neill Government seen the importance of the programs that we have been carrying out, they have allocated funding to that effect,” Ms Solomon said.
“I thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, also National Planning Minister Richard Maru and the government, who have seen the struggle of this department in addressing the issues that are now being heavily funded here in next year’s budget.”
“We will have a massive awareness on sorcery, gender-based violence and, since the launch of the Lukautim Pikinini Act, this was the first time we have been allocated funding.
The 2018 Budget talks about the community and culture sector, which comprises five agencies with the Department for Community Development and Religion as the lead agency.
The focus of the sector is to empower, promote and support youth, gender equality, and persons with disabilities (PWD), the elderly and women. The sector also supports national and international sporting and cultural events.
Over the past five years, the government, with support from development partners, has produced a number of policies, strategies and legislation that drives this sector. These include the national strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based Violence, Family Protection Act 2014, Lukautim Pikinini (Child Protection) Act 2015, child protection policy, national disability policy, youth policy and informal economic policy.