Govt partnership with churches must follow policy guideline

The Government’s partnership with churches in Papua New Guinea must follow policy guidelines, says National Planning Minister Charles Abel.

Abel said the Department of National Planning and Monitoring tries to keep the implementation of public funds as focused as possible on outcomes and align as much as possible with government’s purpose and intention.

He explained that it’s the role of churches to facilitate the spiritual development of the people and it is the role of government to facilitate the goods and services to the people.

“We use public funding to partner with churches and other partners to facilitate and support government’s role.

“Policies have to be focused as we are here to deliver basic services to our people in particular health and education,” he said.

He called on the Department of Community Development, Youth and Religion to follow this process and make the partnership with the churches more effective by following clear policy guideline.

Quintina Naime