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State resources to support evacuation: PM

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has directed all relevant State resources be made available to support the evacuation of people at risk due to volcanic eruptions on Kadovar Island in the East Sepik region.

 

 

The Prime Minister also again issued a warning for all coastal communities in the north of the country to be on alert for the risk of tsunami resulting from volcanic activity.

 

 

“National Government agencies, led by our disciplined services, have been stood-up to respond to volcanic activity on Kadavor Island,” the Prime Minister said.

 

 

“Volcanoes are very unpredictable, we are hearing various reports that activity has been building up and we need to take all precautions to keep our people safe.

 

 

“We will not take risks with human lives, let’s get people out of harm’s way now, and constantly monitor the activity of the volcano,” he said.

 

 

“I have authorised the additional deployment of personnel and assets to assist in the transfer of any people who are in the broader vicinity of the volcano.

 

 

“National Government resources are being fully engaged, and are working together with the support of provincial officers, to ensure our people are looked after while there is a risk of eruption.

 

 

“Flights in the area have also been cancelled and ships and boats warned to stay away unless they are part of the response to the volcanic activity.”

 

 

PM O’Neill has again warned all coastal villages and towns, even those hundreds of kilometres away, to be vigilant to the risk of tsunami.

 

 

“The terrain around the volcano is very steep, so this increases the risk of a large landslide that could trigger a tsunami.

 

 

“Tsunamis can travel hundreds and thousands of kilometres across open water, so communities must be ready if there is a landslide.

 

 

“I call on all media outlets, particularly radio stations, to carry tsunami warnings and help people to be ready in the event of a landslide causing a tsunami.

 

 

“Tsunami poses a serious threat and all coastal areas in the north of our country must be on alert.”

 

 

The PM O’Neill said as a country on the Pacific Ocean Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea is very aware of the threats posed by natural disasters.

 

 

“We know the damage that can be reaped by a volcano, and only have to look back to Rabaul in 1994,” he said.

 

 

“Our National Government agencies have increased their response capacity significantly since the days of the Rabaul volcano.

 

 

“We will continue to monitor the situation for ongoing escalation on volcanic activity, and do all we can to protect life and property.”

 

Author: Press release

Photo Credit: Loop PNG.

Cost of rice will not increase: Trukai

Source: Loop PNG

 

PNG’s leading rice supplier, Trukai Industries, says it will not increase the cost of rice in the country.

 

Trukai Industries CEO, Greg Worthington-Eyre, said while Trukai understands and is deeply concerned over the current economic conditions in PNG, and the pending inflationary impact of fuel price increases, currency devaluation and reduced consumer spending power, it has no plans at this point of passing on the impact of these issues to PNG consumers.

 

Worthington-Eyre says Trukai’s focus on food security, which includes affordability and quality, is at the forefront and they will be making every effort to support the people of PNG.

 

Trukai is the oldest and largest rice distribution and manufacturer in PNG, having been established in February 17th, 1970.

 

Apart from rice, they also supply stockfeed.

Author: Charmaine Poriambep

Deal made for fishing businesses to recieve loans

By MARK HAIHUIE 


THE National Fisheries Authority has paid K1 million to the Peoples Microbank Limited as part of an arrangement to provide a loan facility to fishing businesses.

 
Bank’s head of credit Danny Koka said it was an installment of the K5 million agreed to in 2014.

 
Koka said the agreement with NFA since 2014 was the commitment of K5 million which would be used as a revolving fund for fisheries business loans.

 
“So far they have given usK3 million and from that we have already lent out K4.2 million to customers,” he said.

 
“The maximum we disperse is K25,000 for fisheries-based business such as to those who want to buy dinghies for their businesses or equipment for fishing and across a range of needs.

 
“This next installment will go a long way in supporting the success we have had with the loans from this arrangement.”

 
NFA provincial support and industry development executive manager Welete Wararu said similar arrangements were in place with other organisations.

 
She said it was important to have timely reporting on funds used to enable funding from NFA.

 
“We are not in the banking business but rather come in with funding to create an enabling environment for fisheries businesses to get funding with ease,” she said.

 
“It is important for us at NFA to have reports on the funds so that funds committed through our agreements either for PML or others to be given early so that we can maintain the support for those in the fisheries sector by getting the funding.”

Chan reaffirms stance against Solwara 1 project

24/12/2017

The views of Governor Sir Julius Chan and the New Ireland Provincial Government have not changed, they have always been against the experimental seabed mining.

This was reaffirmed by NIPG after Loop PNG published an article questioning the governor’s stance.

 

In response, Loop PNG was told that the provincial government has been demanding that an independent environmental impact study be conducted and the findings be made known to NIPG.

 

“It will be worthwhile to note that the decision for Nautilus minerals to mine undersea had been made by the national government and as it is under the Mining Act, everything in the earth, in and above the sea belongs to the State,” clarified the government.

 

“Sir J recognises this and is working on amendments to the act, so mama and papa graun can be fully recognised as owners of these minerals.

 

“The amendments have gone before Parliament as a private member’s bill.”

 

NIPG further said as Nautilus is doing business in New Ireland waters using the road and land as access to its ships, etc, they have demanded that Nautilus give back to the community in projects, which it is doing on the west coast.

 

“Nautilus had so far shown good corporate responsibility but this is not enough to convince NIPG that seabed mining is safe.”

 

Meanwhile, non-governmental organisations have been advised to visit Sir Julius’ Kavieng office and dialogue with their government.

 

Author: Jemimah Sukbat

Source: Loop PNG

Picture Credit: Loop PNG File Pic.

O’Neill positive for this season

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, wishes all Papua New Guineans a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

 

“And hopefully everyone has a very safe new year and I want to stress do it in a very orderly manner.

 

“We want to see you next year; we hear a lot of accidents happen during Christmas and New Year.

 

He gave an overview of the country thus far stating some of the challenges his government has faced against these backdrops.

 

“ In 2014, 15 we had a long eight months of drought, we’ve created a lot of stress in our business community and of course our own people.

 

“ In 2015 and 2016 we had a collapse in the commodity prices, things like the oil prices collapse from 110 dollars per barrel again causing a lot of stress and challenges.

 

“ This year we also had prolonged elections which again caused a lot of challenges.

 

“ I know we are coming off these challenges and I am looking forward to 2018 because I think we have turned the corner.

 

“And I have a strong feeling that when global economic prices are improving PNG will do better.

 

“That is why I’m hoping families can truly celebrate Christmas in the spirit of hope and prosperity.

 

Author: Meredith Kuusa

Remote Rigo Village Gets Water Project

For The First Time In 42 Years And 10 Successive Parliamentary Administrations, The People Of Konakou Village In The Rigo District Of Central Province Finally Have Improved Access To Fresh, Potable Water.

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

For the first time in 42 years and 10 successive parliamentary administrations, the people of Konakou village in the Rigo district of Central Province finally have improved access to fresh, potable water.

Unfortunately, the plight of Konakou villagers over the past decades is typical of many isolated rural villages in a majority of the 6, 000 wards throughout PNG.

With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.156, PNG currently ranks 154 out of a total of 188 countries on the global Human Development Indices.

PNG is one of only two countries in the South Pacific region who place among the 50 lowest HDI rankings in the world (including Solomon Islands, which ranks 156 with a HDI of 0.515).

Department of Provincial and Local Level Governments (DPLLG) secretary, Dickson Guina, during the launching of the Konakou village gravity feed water project, urged for a more dynamic and collaborative drive towards improving PNGs human development indicators.

“I want to encourage our national departments, especially national planning, that this is the program where we can make a change, because it is touching the lives of the people. We have 324 LLGs in this country and more than 6, 000 wards. We also have 89 districts and 22 provinces, but if we can change these 6, 000 wards, we can change this country,” said Mr Guina.

“Unless we change our villages in Papua New Guinea, we can never change this country. All the indicators of the government, the World Bank and the United Nations are measured according to how our people live in their communities. If we don’t have better water, health and education systems, our indicators will be low.”

The HDI is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) human development report 2016, PNGs HDI value saw a 43.4 per cent increase between 1990 and 2015 from 0.360 to 0.516.

During this period PNGs life expectancy at birth increased by 7.2 years to 62.8, mean years of schooling increased by 2.0 years to 4.3 and expected years of schooling increased by 5.2 years to 9.9.

PNG’s Gross National Income per capita also increased by about 76.3 per cent to US$2.712 billion between 1990 and 2015.

Yet despite the successes of the past 25 years, a majority of the 85 percent of PNGs total population who live in rural areas, still do not have access to adequate government services.

Fire Service thanks Government for K18mil allocation

THE PNG Fire Service has thanked the Government for the K18 million allocated in the 2018 Budget.
PNG Fire Service chief Bill Roo said the fire authority was happy, and would upgrade its existing fire stations and build new ones.
Roo said over the years, the fire service managed to use whatever funding it was allocated and continued to provide its services.
“Even if we get a cut or an increase, we use whatever is given,” Roo said.
“This year, we have received an increase and we thank the Government for the support.”
Roo said they were willing to work with provincial governments to establish fire services in the provinces.
“We are also looking at building our capacity, get new fire trucks and fix the old ones,” Roo said.
He said the fire service had 14 stations – four in the National Capital District and 10 in other provinces.
“We are looking at upgrading these existing ones and also build fire stations for the other 12 provinces,” Roo said.
“Fire service is essential and we are looking at improving our service delivery.”
Roo said they were also up-skilling officers and upgrading fire service equipment in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
The fire service will be celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow at the Port Moresby Fire Station – the first fire station in the country.

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