Madang Province

City Mission expands beyond Pom

The event featured a ground breaking ceremony at the Hululan Plantation outside of Madang, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at Apex Hall in town.

The launch sees City Mission continue to expand beyond Port Moresby where it has operated for 25 years and Lae since 2004.

Present at the ground breaking at Hululan Plantation were Madang MP Bryan Kramer, Founder of City Mission PNG, Larry George, and Australian High Commission representative, Brendan Peace.

Madang: 4 men reportedly lost at sea

The Madang Provincial Disaster Office says the men’s families reported them missing on Monday 29th January, when they learnt that the four never arrived in Madang since leaving the island.

To reach Madang Town from Bakbak, islanders have to cross the open sea for at least two hours.

Madang Provincial Disaster Coordinator, Rudolf Mongali, said according to the families, the four left Bakbak Island at 8am Friday morning on a 23-foot dinghy. 

He said weather conditions at that time were not favourable.

Sungilbar leader asks for a high school

Councilor Willie Malubun, from Busken Village, made a plea to Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, during the Minister’s recent trip to Madang.

Malubu informed Maru that while funds had been allocated for the project, only a sawmill was bought.

Minister Maru said over the last five years, funds had been disbursed to all Members of Parliament for such projects.

And he failed to understand why such a project was implemented.

Madang joins fight against AIDS

Throughout Madang, banners of the red ribbon signifying the fight against HIV/AIDS have been put up.

Even companies like the Trukai Industries Madang depo have joined in, putting up a banner since Wednesday.

Today, all staff came to work with a red ribbon.

"This is an annual thing for Trukai. We support a lot of health programs, and World AIDS Day is one of them,” said Jillanne Valu, regional sales manager - Momase.

“It's sad to see a lot of people dying from this disease that can be avoided."

Badging of nursing students today

Lutheran School of Nursing is affiliated with the Divine Word University.

These students will be graduating in March next year together with the students of DWU at the university.

Today's ceremony however, will see the final year students receiving their badge from the school as students of this nursing institute.

Two groups will be receiving their badges today; 41 students for 15th Diploma in General Nursing and 11 students for 13th Bachelor of Clinical midwifery.

Yama secures partnership with the Philippines

He has recently returned from the province of Batangas in the Philippines, seeking partners to build a school in Madang that offers this type of training for youth in his province.

Yama believes that the arrangement would be of strategic benefit to Madang Province and the Madang Provincial Government.

He said this partnership would also be an intervention to rid unemployed but indigenous youths from the streets of Madang, which in turn will decrease the strain on the law and justice sector.

MP disputes police barracks site

Among the concerns he raised was the plan to establish a mobile police barracks at Ramu, Madang Province, which he says is not realistic because it is not a central location.

“I appeal to the Commissioner of Police and the Police Minister, Prime Minister and Minister for National Planning, to revisit the decision and relocate the establishment of the (Mobile) Police Barracks to the Walium District Headquarters,” Uguro said.

Potential for more resources in Madang high

This was revealed to the Madang Provincial Government Executive Council by the Mineral resources Authority (MRA) during a presentation early this month on Karkar Island.

The MRA’s Geological Survey Division presented its compilation of a geological resources potential report revealing high mineral deposits, oil and gas reserves, and the potential for geothermal energy.

Momase service delivery high on agenda

Secretary for Department of Personnel Management, John Kali, met with Madang Governor Jim Kas and his Provincial Administrator, Danny Aloi, to discuss capacity and capability development.

Their recent discussions centered around strengthening of institutional partnerships between Papua New Guinea Institution of Public Administration Northern Regional learning and development centre, Divine Word University, National Maritime College, Balob Teachers College and other relevant stakeholders.

Volunteer American doctors in Madang

Gama is one of the least developed areas of the Usino-Bundi District of Madang.

The outreach program kicked off yesterday, and will be conducted from February 13-16. It is carried out by a five-member team of medical doctors.

The program reaches out to vulnerable people who are unable to access basic health services.

The medical team consists of the two Americans, one eye specialist from Madang and two doctors from the Kundiawa General Hospital.

Dr Marc Richmond is from California and Dr Maury Krystel comes from North Carolina.