Hela Province

Police/DF Collaborate In Hela COVID Awareness

Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Chief Inspector Teddy Agwi said his officers and the DF personnel started awareness in the Tari Township. They have also gone as far as Komo, Magarima, Kopiago, and Koroba, informing the general public to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing whilst in public places.

PNG LNG Pipeline Landowners to get Payments

Gas Resources PNGLNG Pipeline Limited (GR PNGLNGP) Board has approved a combined dividend and royalty payment to be paid to project area landowners from Segment 2 and 3 of the PNG LNG Pipeline License No.4 (PL4) area.

Segments 2 and covers the Benaria & Homo-Paua regions of Hela and consists of 174 benefitting clans.

There areas are part of the eight segment areas, which are PNG LNG project impacted area

MRDC will make payments at Benaria village in Komo-Magarima District, Hela Province.

Government Commitment Pending

Acco Johnson Limbya, CEO for Juha Petro-energy Development Company Limited, said in 2014 the National Government made this commitment to Juha PDL9, as an integrated part of the PNGLNG Project.

Limbya highlighted the development project agreed to, be established by the state as a high impact infrastructure project for the people of Hela and Western Province.

Apart from funds needed for feasibility studies, Limbya said the funding is the only thing hindering the proposed project from getting off the ground. He said all the paperwork has been done.

500 police positions for Hela

The assistance includes the approval of 500 police positions for Hela Province.

Chairman of the National Executive Council, Prime Minister James Marape, confirmed that NEC has approved for a police mobile squad, within the existing structure of Police, to be relocated and permanently stationed in Hela.

The Cabinet has also approved 500 police positions for Hela and directed that the positions be advertised immediately.

Joint support to improve Hela’s community justice, safety

This was sealed by Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp, Hela Governor Philip Undialu and ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG) Managing Director, Andrew Barry, renewing a joint commitment to support the improvement of law and justice services for Hela’s communities. Australia and EMPNG are supporting this commitment by co-funding a community justice adviser in Hela Province.

Sporting event planned for Hela

NCD Governor Powes Parkop said the initiative will be similar to the staging of the inaugural Hope Cup exhibition match between the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and PRK Mendi Muruks in Mendi during the weekend.

Parkop said he has already spoken with Prime Minister James Marape and Hela Governor, Philip Undialu, adding Papua New Guineans should not turn a blind eye to the law and order problems in Hela.

LOs’ account opening halted

The Umbrella Hides PDL 7 Association has taken out an urgent blanket restraining order on the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) and the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) from carrying out further activities in the PDL 7 area.

The order was granted by the courts on November 14. 

On Thursday, after completion of Timalia Gangulu block awareness in the PDL7 area in Hides for the bank accounts’ opening, certain leaders including Eric Hawai, Huriba Andago, Tolai Awe, Alocis Pangali and Haluni Homogo got a court order O/S number 225/2019 to stop the process.

First-ever Hela peace workshop

Governor of Hela Province, Philip Undialu, noted this in his opening address at the first-ever Hela Peace and Development Workshop which took place from 1-3 October at the Hope Institute in Tari.

New upgrades to Hela clinic

During the hand-over ceremony of the facilities, the Para sub health centre board chairman, Telabe Moiyali, thanked ExxonMobil PNG for its continuous support towards the clinic.

“We are so grateful to ExxonMobil PNG for always supporting us in our time of need. The new staff house and the three refurbished houses are definitely a boost to the morale of our staff,” Moiyali said.

Hela women intent on change

It is easy to see their plight.

Frequent tribal conflicts erupting in many parts of the province have dislodged families from their homes and robbed them of their livelihoods with the most vulnerable – women and children – seriously affected.

Throughout Hela the cry for peace has been growing.

Following the successful women’s leadership summit held in Goroka in 2017, Hela women requested Oil Search Foundation (OSF) support a forum where they can lead the dialogue around addressing violence.