East New Britain

ENB planning board challenged

Speaking on behalf of the ENB Governor at the swearing in program, on June 3rd, for the 16 board members, was Chairman of the Lands and Physical Planning, Forestry, Mining, Energy and Resettlement in the Provincial Executive Council (PEC) and President of Kombiu LLG, Michael Warium.

He encouraged the new board members to perform their roles and responsibilities with due diligence.

Dispose garbage through right processes

Rabaul Urban LLG Environmental Health Officer, Josephine Varip who spoke on behalf of the LLG Manager Joshua Wowo said that waste management is important as it reduces pollution and creates a clean environment to live in.

She highlighted these during a radio awareness program by the Rabaul district team recently leading up to the cleanathon to commemorate the East New Britain Day 46th Anniversary of the East New Britain Provincial Government since its inception on May 31st, 1977.

Tourism students applauded

General Manager of South Sea Horizons Australasia, Alan Manning, applauded the students’ enthusiasm, saying tourism is an undervalued resource in the province that can play a vital role in employment and economic growth, particularly in the Gazelle District.

“It is truly encouraging to witness students choosing to study tourism, as they hold the key to comprehending the industry and enhancing its future.”

Manning emphasised the exceptional opportunity that lies ahead in creating a thriving tourism industry within Gazelle district.

ENB launches fisheries MSME support

This follows the launching of the ENB Fisheries Micro Small Medium Enterprise support recently at the Provincial Fisheries Station in Rabaul town.

The support comprises of outboard motors, dinghies, deep freezers and eskies worth K250, 000 that will assist the local people in making fishing a viable small business venture.

ENB Provincial Fisheries Coordinator, Dickson Kondaul said this initiative by the provincial fisheries sector will be piloted in the province with counter-funding support from the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).

ENB launches Immunization Plan

This now kick starts the implementation of the SIA program, expected to run for three weeks, which will deliver Measles, Rubella and Polio vaccines as well as vitamin A nutritional supplement to children aged 5 years and below, .

Attending the launch today was Governor Michael Marum, ENB acting provincial administrator Levi Mano, Rabaul District Administrator Benedict Mode, Rabaul Provincial Hospital Manager Dr Osiat Baining, Deputy Chief Pediatrician Dr Beryl Vetuna and other senior hospital officials.

Tertiary students’ scheme outlined

Member for Pomio and Chairman of the Pomio District Development Authority Board, Elias Kapavore, said the subsidy scheme began in 2015 and for the past 8 years, the district has allocated over K8 million for this program.

The scheme is for students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 and above, and parents are to meet their component before the DDA comes in with the subsidy.

Pomio Acting Deputy District Administrator for Operations, Joshua Jeremiah, said this year, 276 applications were submitted for the subsidy support, and all applicants received subsidy support.

Midwifery Schools Welcome New Birth Simulators

The simulators were supplied by the United Nations Population Fund Country Office and Laerdal Global Health (Norway).

The school’s Midwifery Coordinator, Francesca Bevi, said the simulators help her 17 students build their competence but also their confidence, as the mannequins allow students hands-on practice before they enter clinical practice. Importantly, students can make mistakes, have these corrected, and repeat their correct techniques, before attending to live births. Bevi shared that such practice is essential for women to receive the best quality of care.

All for Pomio district

This was the statement made by Pomio MP, Elias Kapavore, after defecting to PANGU Pati from People’s National Congress (PNC) party.

After expressing his gratitude to PNC and former Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, Kapavore said PNG would be celebrating 50 years of independence within three years, and Pomio needs to move with its development plans.

He also outlined that his move is to strengthen the presence of one of the oldest political parties, PANGU, in East New Britain Province.

West Pomio committees take oath

Apart from these East New Britain WDCs, other WDC members from Mamusi-Yana LLG and Central Pomio LLG – who had missed out from their programs last week – were sworn in as well.

Four wards each from Mamusi-Yana and Central Pomio joined the WDCs of Gugulena, Malmal-Talie, Manginuna, Totongpal, Kaiton, Puapal, Rowan-Malo, Pomai-Mu, Irena, Poro-Salel, Mauna, Lau, Bairaman, Tolel and Palmalmal for West Pomio LLG.

Ward committees pushed to perform

Pomio deputy district administrator for operations, Joshua Jeremiah, outlined that the empowerment of the lowest level of government at the wards is an oath of affirmation of the members of the WDCs, with the ward members as chairpersons of their respective WDCs.

He said having the largest landmass in East New Britain Province, the delivery of basic services remains a challenge for Pomio District.