Amazing Port Moresby Launches Grand 48th Independence Celebration

The event marked the commencement of the Independence Day celebrations for Papua New Guinea's capital city.

Youth day embraced in NCD

In commemoration of the day, the general public was invited by the Active City Development Program (ACDP) to a day of events on the 13th of August at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium and culminating at Ela Beach.

The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is 'Green Skills of Youths’.

This was recognized by the United Nations where it sheds light on cultural and legal matters that impact young individuals. It underscores the importance of cultivating environmentally conscious skills among our youth.

Four Principals disciplined

First Assistant Secretary for the NCD Education Service Division Peter Kants, said the principals disobeyed a government directive under the free education policy, which includes non-payment of project fees.

He told LoopPNG during the NCD Students Leaders SLIP Leadership Training Workshop today in Port Moresby.

He said every school has needs but when the government gives directives, schools have to abide by them.

“Even if there is a need at the school we have to find a better way to deal with such situations,” he said.

NCD education introduces SLIP

SLIP targets school heads, Board of Management, Governing Councils, even teachers and students to drive the PNG Education System with good governance and transparency.

One-hundred-and-sixteen (116) students from schools in NCD are participating in the SLIP leadership training in Port Moresby today; 40 primary schools, 15 high school and secondary schools including five vocational centers. Accompanying the students are 88 teachers.

City gears up for 48th Independence Day

The first planning meeting chaired by the Governor, took place yesterday, marking the beginning of meticulous preparation just two months before the celebration.

This year's Independence Day holds special significance as Port Moresby also prepares for the momentous 50th year of Independence Day in 2025. With this in mind, the organizing committee is dedicated to early preparation, careful planning, and a strong commitment to the city's vision.

The city aims to engage stakeholders from the corporate, education, and defense sectors, which are key focus areas for the event.

Police Shut Down Illegal Markets

These markets, which have been a hotbed for the sale of betelnut and food, have become breeding grounds for opportunistic criminals, who prey on the vulnerable.

Sector Patrol Zone 200, in collaboration with the Gerehu Police Station, launched a joint operation targeting several illegal markets near the city's main commercial center and extending into Rainbow Estate. The authorities swiftly dispersed the illegal vendors, confiscating and destroying their makeshift wooden tables used for selling betelnut and food in public spaces.

Kaupa appeal for attitude change

He was speaking at the recent launch of the Boroko Precinct Transformation Project.

MP Kaupa thanked Governor Powes Parkop and the NCDC for choosing Boroko Precinct to be the first area to experience change. 

“I would like to thank governor, the city manager, especially the team, who have spent their time to bring Boroko back to the original state. The place is clean. Today is the day of change. Transformation of Boroko Precinct must proceed positively,” said Kaupa.

Boroko declared as betelnut free zone

This initiative is in alignment with the National Capital District Commission’s 2030 Vision for a Clean, Safe, Healthy, and Planned City and applies to both private and public transport like taxis and PMVs.

NCD Governor, Power Parkop stated that controlling and regulating of betelnut use promotes cleanliness, hygiene and a healthier environment.

Parkop called on business houses and city residents to join NCDC’s realization of a safe, clean, healthy and planned city goals.

NCD hospital progress update

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, Health and HIV Minister, Dr. Lino Tom, Secretary Dr. Osborne Liko met to make progress on the planned Level-5 Hospital for NCD, located at Tete in Gerehu.

Governor Parkop expressed his intention to announce the new PHA Board and provide updates on the new hospital in the near future.

He emphasized the urgency of commencing and completing the construction of the new hospital to enable Port Moresby General Hospital to transform into the national referral and teaching hospital.

NCDC aims to create healthy city

The program under the National Capital District Commission will run from June the 17th – 21st and will have a hub of activities, classes, promotions, talks, and performances. It will unite individuals, organizations and promote holistic well-being.

On Sunday 18th, the highlight was the Mass Yoga Session that was conducted by the Founder and Director of Active City Program, Fazilah Bazari, who hosted the event from 6am-8am at Ela Beach. It showcased the inclusivity and positive impact of yoga on individuals from all walks of life.