Monthly Archives: May 2017

PNC has done enough, says Marape

By : The National

Finance Minister James Marape says the People’s National Congress-led Government has done enough over the last five years to be voted back this year.

Speaking at the first campaign rally of Moresby North-West MP and Health Minister Michael Malabag, Marape said: “I am the first to admit that while we may not truly have done everything as a party or as a Government, we have done much better.

“This is whether it be in the health sector, education sector, infrastructure sector, law-and-justice sector,or even in the economic sector.”

He described as “hogwash” all criticism about Government being heavily in debt.

“I want to put it on your level that the fact that we were able to run free education and free health for the last five years –  savings in the pocket of ordinary Papua New Guineans,  money that you would otherwise have spent over five years,” Marape said.

“In the education sector alone, our government has invested on behalf of Papua New Guineans, and more so on ordinary  people.”

106 Districts Fail to Aquit K1.1 Billion

May 31, 2017

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

A total of 106 provinces and districts have failed to acquit for the funding that they received from the disbursement of SIP funding last year.

Reports from the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) have shown that out of the 22 provinces and 89 districts in PNG, only five have submitted their acquittals and annual reports for the K1.11 billion released for the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) and Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) last year.

Only 5 out of 106 have acquitted for SIP funds

According to DIRD acting deputy secretary, Aihi Vaki, there has been a steep decline in the submission of annual reports and acquittals for DSIP and PSIP funding over the past four years.

“In 2013, we had 92 acquittals submitted and 19 not submitted. In 2014, we had 75 submitted and 36 not submitted. In 2015 we had 36 submitted and 75 not submitted and this year we have only received five so far. So you can now see the trend is that over this period, the acquittals and the level of reporting is dropping,” said Mr Vaki

“Although we have seen some development since the DSIP program was first implemented in the 2008 National Budget, irregular payments, and the non-submission of annual reports and acquittals have made both the DSIP and PSIP increasingly difficult to manage.

“It is not the sitting members fault. This is supposed to be the district administrators’ responsibility. But as the chairpersons of their respective District Development Authority (DDA) boards, they need to push for submission of acquittals because we need those reports,” Mr Vaki said.

It has become readily apparent that more stringent and transparent measures need to be taken in order to account for the sheer mass of funding that is being drawn down for DSIP and PSIP funding every year.

Tax payers deserve to know where their money is going and whether or not they are directly benefitting from it.

Free education policy vital: PM

By : The National

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says voters have to decide whether to keep the free education policy started by the People’s National Congress Party or support the Opposition’s plan to scrap it.

He made the point when visiting Ialibu in the Southern Highlands where he attended high school.

“I have personal experience
of how hard life is for families
when education is not free,” O’Neill said.

“I went to school in Ialibu and I know how difficult it was for
my mother to find money for school.

“I look around here today and see many of my school friends, and we all know what a challenge it was for many of our parents to pay for school.

“We had to ask for help from
our relatives and people in our village.

“I never want to see that happen to a family again.

“Poor families must be able to get an education just as much as a family with money.”

He said Opposition MPs
wanted to scrap the free education policy.

“The opposition will make parents pay school fees.

“And if families do not have enough money, their children will be thrown out of school.

“Our country is now having an education revolution, and the only way this will continue is if the people bring us back to office so we can continue our work.”

Leadership Needed to Maintain Services

 May 26, 2017KIRIWINA-GOODENOUGH

BY LEONNIE WAYANG

Basic government services like health, education and infrastructure are continuing programs that leaders have to implement.

Kiriwina-Goodenough MP, also Minister for Forest, Douglas Tomuriesa, said it is not so much the completion of these programs but their maintenance.

“We have started a lot of programs and I’m confident of coming back to continue these programs; not so much on completing them but to keep them going like health, education programs and infrastructure development programs in the electorate, which are important.”

“You cannot complete those programs, those are continuing programs,” he said.

“They are government-funded programs, and all they needed is leadership to keep 

them going,” Mr Tomuriesa said.

“I’ve done what I had to do in the last five years. Sometimes you cannot do everything in one go, but we’ve started off somewhere.”

Mr Tomuriesa said when he took office in 2012, there was no five-year development plan available.

“I found there was no five-year development plan.”

“So the first thing we did was work on a five-year development plan; and based on this development plan, we were able to achieve some of the things that we have done.”

“If you look at my election poster, the 10 policies I have basically covers the five-year development plan itself.”

“Last year, I revised the five-year development plan, and it’s now a 10-year development plan,” he added.

Secondary Schools be brought under Office of Higher Education – Czuba

Staff Reporter – PNG Today

Plans are underway to have all the powers of secondary schools throughout the country transferred to the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology.
They currently come under the Department of Education.
Acting Secretary of Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology Father Jan Czuba told NBC News, this is part of the department’s plans for the future.
“The full idea is to make sure that we maintain the quality of education.
“We are very much concerned that the high education sector cannot perform well if the primary and secondary are not doing well.
“We would like to implement a NEC decision of 1995.
“Teachers are very important in primary schools, but teachers coming from our colleges, the quality of education is lower and lower.
“We would like to implement new curriculum for teachers in teachers’ colleges, and we would like to focus too on centres of excellence in different provinces and regions.
“This will help them improve the curriculum, rehabilitate the current infrastructure and improve the learning and teaching environment,” Fr Jan said.

NBC News
Read more: http://news.pngfacts.com/2017/05/secondary-schools-i n-png-to-be.html#ixzz4iQqVJO8D

BSP opens branch in Cambodia

By: Cedric Patjole – 26 May 2017
Bank South Pacific will be creating history when it enters the Asian market following the announcement of its new new branch in Cambodia.
This was revealed today during the announcing of the final dividend to shareholders for 2016 today.
The decision to enter Cambodia was settled on May 2nd this year.

BSP owns 50 per cent of an asset finance company called RMA Finance, which is now in the process of being rebranded to BSP Finance Cambodia Proprietary Limited.
“It’s already operating. We now own 50 per cent and the formal rebranding, hopefully by the end of July we’ll have the BSP colours proudly in Cambodia,” said BSP CEO Robin Fleming.

The new branch in Cambodia is part of BSP strategy to enter the Asian market following its successful penetration in the Pacific which it has successfully covered following its acquisition of Westpac’s assets in the region.
BSP Board Chairman Sir Kostas said other countries in BSP’s sights include Lao’s, Myanmar, and Vietnam which they hope to enter between 18 months to two years.
“We’re starting to do feasibility on these Laos, Myanmar, I mean these things don’t happen overnight. There’s a timeframe, we make sure we have all the ticks in the boxes first. Make sure all the regulatory requirements are satisfied and we proceed. 
But there is opportunity in these countries. That’s the main thing,” said Sir Kostas.

BSP is the largest business in PNG outside of companies in the resources sector.
The banking chain has seen remarkable growth, particularly over the last three years despite a tough economic environment.
The growth and performance is attributed to the management team and staff of the company.

Social Media Guidelines to be Developed – Kali

26 May 2017 – Reports by HELEN TARAWA
Social media and its influence on public service were among the challenges that Pacific Public Service Commissioners discussed this week.
Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali told a press conference yesterday that social media was a challenge for the public service and that policies would be developed for guidelines.
“We will be looking at specific issues like impact of social media on transparency and the role of government,” he said
“Social media has been very influential in the way the governments have been run, so as a public service we want to look at how we can develop a policy around those issues.
“Citizen centric policy development, where we want to engage the public in terms of influencing policy, and how we capture the citizen and public perception of the public service.

“We are looking at the role of public servants and what role they must play in the social media.

“These are the perimeters that we must establish and provide some guidelines as public servants,” Kali said.


He said another major concern was service delivery through value and ethics-based leadership.
All leaders of the public service must have strong values and must be ethical in their conduct to be role models in service delivery.
The values include honesty, integrity, accountability, respect responsibility and wisdom which are universal and enshrined in the PNG Constitution.
“We’ve identified those issues as we move forward in addressing social media, gender and violence to remove from the work place,” Kali said.
Samoa Public Services Commissioner Vaosa Epa said the conference looked at ethics-based leadership framework that PNG had developed.
“The values that are being enshrined are going to be applied in all the different jurisdictions across the region as a guide to ethical leadership,” she said.

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