Their houses, constructed under the gold mine’s relocation program for landowners impacted by mining activities, are located at Paiam in Porgera, Aiyak and Kasap in Laiagam, and at Sapos village within Wapenamanda’s Tsak valley.
Under PJV’s Local Procurement Policy, the homes were built by local contractors Heli Limi Limited (Paiam), Kalane Construction and Engineering (Aiyak and Kasap) and Kyakangen (Sapos).
PJV’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Senior Manager Timothy Andambo was on hand to present the keys to the home owners.
“This is a great outcome for all parties involved,” Andambo said.
“Not only have we provided landowners with genuine compensation for use of their land but the high quality homes are constructed by local builders, meaning there are legitimate flow-on benefits to the community through the purchase of construction materials and wages.
“We thank the landowners involved for partnering with us on this initiative and we also thank the local builders for their efforts and commitment to construction of superior housing for our local people.”
The option of a new house is one of a number of options available to landowners under the company’s relocation and compensation programs.
The four new houses, a mixture of four and three bedroom designs, include built-in closets, kitchens, 9,000 litre water storage and shower and toilet facilities. Internal electrical wiring is certified by PNG Power and the home is capable of being connected to mains power where this is available.
The landowners who took ownership of the newly constructed homes are from the Kaiya, Anawe South and Lower Apalaka regions of Porgera.
(LO house at Paiam)