Eastern Highlands Province

Seigu school celebrates new infrastructure

This is an initiative of the Seigu High School board led by Chairman Tom Amero, who expressed gratitude to the former provincial government for its support funding of K175,000 for the school infrastructure grants.

The project, supported by the Eastern Highlands education director Wesley Albert, is part of a broader vision to enhance educational facilities across the province.

First landing

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot, Andy Symmonds embarked on the maiden flight to Aiyu and shared his experience.

He was welcomed with a singsing, the participants danced around the aircraft.

All the local dignitaries were in attendance, including local government members, pastors, and newly appointed MAF agents. He gave them some instructions on the care and maintenance of the strip.

The community advised Symmonds that the nearest operational airstrips were at least a full day's walk away, over difficult swampy terrain.

Rosso applauds EHP leaders

DPM Rosso was accompanied by Eastern Highlands Governor, Simon Sia, and local MPs William Hagahuno – Kainantu MP, Saki Soloma – Okapa MP, John Boito – Obura-Wonenara MP, Robert Atiyafa – Henganofi MP, Ekime Gorosahu – Daulo MP and Kinoka Hotune Feo, Unggai-Bena MP.

Coinciding with PNG’s 48th Independence celebrations, the sleepy town of Kainantu came alive with traditional singsing groups, students’ march and a local police parade.

UOG prepares for VC Cup showdown

Defending champions, the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) Pythons, will be defending their title this year, after winning the cup in a fiery grand final match against the University of Technology (Unitech) Spartans in Port Moresby, in 2021.

UPNG has assembled three teams; two from the main campus including defending champions, the UPNG Pythons. The Third UPNG Team is Medfac from the School of Medicine, Taurama campus.

NFA sponsors Goroka show

The cheque was presented to the Goroka Show Society by Jonathan Manieva, NFA Executive Manager of the Provincial Support and Industry Development Unit (PSID).

“It is important that our money reaches the community grassroot level. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility program. It remains a focus of us to maintain consistency in how we disperse support, and through supporting ground level events like this, we hope to maintain a strong link between our work in Port Moresby and positively impacting our people in the provinces,” said MR Manieva.  

TVI launch community hall

Recognizing the need to promote education and increase literacy rates within the Seigu Community of Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province, CleanGen Leaders from the University of Goroka applied for and were awarded a CleanGen Innovation Grant to build a Multi-Purpose Hall at the Mercy Quashie Early Learning School.

The Voice Inc. (TVI), through the grant program, provided funding support of K10,000.00 for the project.

EHP immunization coverage low

Director for Public Health Services, Dr. Max Manape stated that the reason for this was because many people in the province and other parts of the country had refused to bring their children thinking that it is the COVID vacation being administered during immunization.

He made this remark during the meeting with a multi-party delegation of Australian MPs, including opposition leaders and delegates from the Global Health Asia Pacific who are in the country for a five-day trip to research and assess the development of pressing issues affecting communities in Papua New Guinea.

Honey Farmer Urge Gov’t For Support

Principal of Bee Supplies, Ian Mopafi based in Korefegu said it is important for government, Small Medium & Enterprises Corporation (SMEC) and other line agencies in the SME sector to fund existing businesses.

“This is because SMEC and the Provincial SME coordination office around PNG do not have proper statistics and data. Over the years many SME businesses missed to apply for funds or starting capital,” he stated.

Currently, Usino Bees Supplies employed 20 locals and provide training for youth and SME groups; and schools involved in the SME space.   

EHP Maternal Waiting Hut Opened

The Waniati Maternal Waiting Hut (WMWH) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, is a place dedicated especially to pregnant women in disadvantaged situations.

Through Digicel Foundation’s Community Grant Support Program, the association was able to construct a postnatal building in Okiufa Village within Goroka district, adding to its facility a much-needed hand in housing mothers who usually find it difficult during the repatriation process. 

Kaupa confident with EHP counting

Steven Kaupa expressed his confidence last week in Goroka during the early preparation of the country venue.
Speaking from NSI Counting centre, Kaupa said counting has been organized in LLGS of the 8 districts.

Kaupa said LLGs from Daulo to Goroka, Unggai-Bena, Lufa, Okapa, Henganofi, Kainantu and Obura-Waninara is progressing. 

Organising the counting in LLGs is fast tracking the process.