Oro Province

Masere Leads Popondetta Open

Here are the top five contenders after count 3

  1. RICHARD MASERE – PNG Greens Party – 2281
  2. Menson Goumei Yaura – Independent – 290
  3. Sheldon Deilala – PMC – 267
  4. Peter Toroipo – Independent – 249
  5. Jackson Ragusa – PNC – 187

These updates are as of 11 last night, 19th July.

Oro picks top female team

Students from the primary schools of Igora, Resurrection, Hohorita, Popondetta and Popondetta Secondary School enjoyed the day representing Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies, England, India and New Zealand.

Music could be heard around the whole town as the girls took to the pitch in high spirits.

Those who did not make the finals took shelter from the hot sun and cheered on the New Zealand and England teams. 

In what is always a chilling moment for any New Zealand cricket fan, the final ended in a tie and went to another super over. 

Public In Oro Warned Of Scam

In the statement, the provincial government stated that a rumor is being spread that citizens can obtain quotations for store goods from a popular supermarket in Popondetta town, to be paid for by the Oro Provincial Government.

This is NOT true, the statement emphasized.

OPG said they do not endorse or promote such activities and informs the public to not become victims of this scam.

These rumors have caused havoc for both the public in Popondetta and the owners and employers of the supermarket.

Everyday People: Gilman Hombega

Hombega’s story goes back into the colonial days when there was a divide between the white and the black people. He was just a youth who dropped out of standard 6 and joined the Correctional Services as a prison warden at Giru Prison Camp.

Quake, Flood Ravages Oro

Air Niugini and PNG Air flights into the province have been cancelled for a day while most people were warned to stay indoors.

Provincial Administrator, Trevor Magei has confirmed that the epic centre was at Ubo, Safia local level government areas in Ijivitari district on the border of Oro and Central provinces.

He said the Rabaul Volcano Observatory centre, GEO Observatory Hawaii, National Disaster Centre and the Oro Provincial Disaster Centre, confirmed the earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude on the Richter scale.

VIDEO: No Magistrate in Popondetta

PPC Gerari made the call following the local Magistrates absence from work for several weeks. 


Charmaine Poriambep with more 

VIDEO: Juffa’s willingness

His first priority in office though is restructuring the Oro Administration and Public Service Missionary. 


Sophie Yaruso with more 

Mothers are the backbone of society: Juffa

Juffa was recently a guest of honour at the Mothers Union 65th Anniversary in Northern Province.

Mothers’ representatives came from all over Oro attended the anniversary.

“Mothers are the backbone of this world.

“We are who we are because of mothers ... In Oro just as in many other provinces, the mothers lot is the most difficult and challenging.

“She not only tends to her family but often times is the cornerstone of her society. Working long unforgiving and thankless hours she is resilient and inspirational.”

Link PNG suspends flights to Oro

A statement released this afternoon says the airline’s Popondetta flights for this afternoon and tomorrow morning have been suspended.

“The decision to suspend flights was made following reports that a wet crossing or temporary passage enabling vehicles to safely cross the river has washed away by the heavy rains last night.”

“Flight PX 856 this afternoon and PX 852 scheduled for tomorrow morning have been suspended. The operations of PX 856/857 scheduled for tomorrow afternoon will depend on whether or not the flood continues.”

Oro’s Haijo wet-crossing washed away again

Re-elected Member for Ijivitari David Arore says the wet crossing opened yesterday morning and by night it was washed away.

At this stage he says they will try to find excavator machines to pave the crossing again but it only means Popondetta town is cut off from Girua Airport and the Oro Bay wharf.