Porgera Joint Venture (PJV)

Porgera businesses get tax education

This follows a five-day tax awareness workshop facilitated by the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) – Highlands Regional Tax Centre.

The workshop, held at Suyan in Porgera, from 23-27 September, was through an initiative of the Porgera Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in partnership with the Economic Programs unit of PJV’s Community Development section.

Manager IRC Tax Centre for Mt Hagen, Mark Kolow, highlighted that Porgera businesses have very low compliance levels when it comes to tax obligations.

PJV team proud of performance

Ranking second overall behind Ok Tedi, the team from Ipili valley earned the second spot due to its level of endurance and motivation, according to Team Coordinator Paul Poumaka.

He said the team’s performance was gritty and nurtured by a ‘don’t give up attitude’, and although being physically challenged by Port Moresby’s scorching heat, their positive attitude kept them going to earn the second spot.

“Yes, our ER team did very well at this year’s challenge but we know that we couldn’t have achieved the result if we did not have PJV management backing,” Poumaka stated.

Basic supplies for riverine communities

PJV’s Community Relations and Engagement (CRE) section under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department had the supplies airlifted to Paka, Aluni, Wanekipa and Yokona communities in the Lake-Kopiago District of Hela Province, and Gaua community in the West Sepik Province.

These communities are located along the borders of West Sepik, Hela and Enga provinces, along the Lagaip and Strickland river system.

The supplies donated included library books, chairs, uniforms, desks and tables and wheelbarrows.

New homes for Porgera LOs

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.

Maintenance work on Porgera bridge

This week the Porgera miner carried out maintenance work on the Aipulungu Bridge – one of the two bridges that connect Paiam Township to Porgera Station and the Porgera Gold Mine.

The PJV roadworks team on February 23rd removed the damaged bridge deck planks on the Bailey Double Single Reinforced – 7 Bay bridge, removed damaged stringers, and placed new stringers followed by the new deck planks before reopening the bridge to motorists.

Senior Engineer Josiah Kunai said the maintenance work was carried out after an inspection of the bridge by the PJV team.

First harvest on display

Under the PJV Food Security program, they were able to acquire improved crop farming skills through the Agrikids program, which is targeted at school children.

According to PJV Executive Managing Director Anthony Esplin, the company is happy to support communities in re-establishing agriculture skills, particularly through agriculture oriented projects.

“I spent most of my career working in developing countries around the world, and I’m a very great believer in the power of mining companies to do good in the communities where we operate.

K150,000 boost for teachers’ program

The Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) has partnered with the Kokoda Track Foundation with a support of K150,000 to enable teachers in Enga to participate in KTF’s ‘Teach for Tomorrow’ training program.

The ‘Teach for Tomorrow’ program enables partially trained elementary teachers to complete their Certificates of Elementary Teaching, and become certified as fully-fledged elementary teachers.

The Enga project commenced in Wabag on 24 July, and will run for 6 weeks.

​Improved farming method for Porgera farmers

Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) introduced the method, which is also aimed at assisting farmers re-use their gardening plots all year round.    

The initiative was under the PJV Food Security Program.  

According to community development senior advisor, Regina Toropo, the method not only boosts soil fertility but improves quality and yield of vegetables, where the surplus can be sold at local markets.

“The results remain favourable as long as farmers continue to make composts and apply to their gardens.”  

K10 million for Porgera high upgrade

Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, revealed this during the ground-breaking ceremony of the upgrading project at Paiam Oval recently.

During the ceremony, Ipatas thanked project sponsors, which include Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) and the Government.

He said with the upgrade, students in Porgera need not attend secondary schools in Wabag or Wapenamanda.

“So people of Porgera, people of Enga, we must know that there is development coming to our area,” said Ipatas.

New maternity ward to aid expecting mothers

The construction has been welcomed by Health Extension Officer (HEO) in charge of the clinic, Jerry Maku, and his staff who received building materials late last month from Porgera Joint Venture (PJV).

“A lot of mothers come here to deliver but we don’t have a delivery area. I am thankful the management heard about my request and came in a fast way,” a very appreciative Maku said.

Maku is also the health officer for Porgera district, including the Paiela sub-district.