PNG AIC probe accident near Vanimo

Chief Commissioner of the PNG AIC, Hubert Namani, says the AIC was informed by PNG Air Services Limited (PNG ASL) about the accident on June 2nd, 2020.

Namani says according to initial information the accident involved a foreign aircraft, which to this date not been found.

All PNG registered aircraft’s have been accounted for.

The AIC is gathering information on the progress of Search and Rescue activities before a team of investigators is deployed.

PNG Air recommence Western and Sepik flights

Those intending to travel, holding onto a valid ticket and have queries are encouraged to visit a PNG Air sales office or an agent to be served.

Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Nancy Nakikus said "PNG Air is looking forward to operate flights and continue to connect people".

"We are looking forward to getting normalcy back into PNG and giving our people a quality service they deserve,"

Restrictions Across the Border

While government funding is yet to be released, the Consul has gone ahead and prepared travel arrangements for the group to return to Vanimo on Wednesday 6th May.

Eighteen citizens are on standby to be repatriated back to PNG. They have been stranded in Jayapura since January 2020 when PNG border authorities wasted no time in securing this major entry point. 

Sandaun Chamber hopes plan is continued

The Plan, which was introduced under former governor Amkat Mai, aims to be the stepping stone on which the township builds its local economy.

Chamber President Boni Leki currently does not know what the plans of the current provincial administration are. However, he is hopeful they maintain the original plan.

“We intend to use that as a vehicle to bring in investments.

Financial literacy giving women opportunities

Participants in the training say it was an eye opener and one that gives them confidence to make better decisions.

The recent graduation of participants in the financial literacy program saw a good number of female trainees receive their certificates.

Some of them included primary school children from as far as Nuku District, who made the long journey to receive their certificates.

Grade Seven student Dorothy Arket was thankful for the training, saying she realises the importance of saving money.

​Measles outbreak in Vanimo

The National Department of Health has confirmed this, reporting three villages in Vanimo-Green District affected.

NDoH also noted a quick response from the provincial team in sending a vaccination crew to schools and villages to vaccinate children enrolled from grades 1-8 and under five within the catchment area.

In a statement, Secretary for Health, Pascoe Kase, confirmed the province has 18,000 doses of measles vaccine available for the targeted population.

​Mobile squad restores order

“Despite a few law and order problems encountered where drunken youths travel around, threatening voters to vote for certain candidates, everything is quiet now,” says a member of the Special Services Division (SSD).

"Vanimo is quiet, polling is going well."

The 13-man team landed in the Sandaun capital last Tuesday morning.

“We SSD personnel are also assisting our counterparts from PNG Defence Force to patrol our international border,” Loop PNG was told.

PNG Air’s new aircraft to help travelling public

Chief commercial officer for PNG Air, Paul Abbot says that with the arrival of the forth new ATR early this month, the domestic schedule now offers further significant improvements for travellers in PNG.

Abbot says it will also increase frequency on a number of ports that they will be commencing ATR operations into Daru and Vanimo as well as resuming operations into Alotau.

PPC alleges operation of scooter trade by syndicate

The motorised vehicles then get registered and licensed in Vanimo to use the public roads.

Sandaun Provincial Police Commander Robert Gesa told Loop PNG in Vanimo that investigations have already started.

“How they are brought in is questionable and we are working on it.

 “Many of them are brought in illegally through bush tracks; not through the border at Wutung.

“My concern is how they get registered to run on PNG soil.

Securities at borders must be strengthened before APEC meet: PPC

Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby will host the APEC leaders’ summit and will be the biggest security test for the country since gaining independence in 1975.

PPC Gesa told Loop PNG in Vanimo that security must not only be concentrated in Port Moresby because any person can cross into the unmanned borders of Sandaun and Western provinces and travel to Port Moresby and stage an attack.  

He also revealed that intelligence officers from Papua New Guinea and Australia visited Vanimo on a fact finding mission this week.