300 Housing Titles Giveaway
By : Post Courier
The Government will allocate the first 300 titles to ordinary Papua New Guineans in the first 100 days, Treasury Minister Charles Abel announced last Friday.
Mr Abel will also support the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission to do a review on whether they can bring rental rates under some sort of control and more affordable for ordinary people.
He said 300 out of 1762 allotments will be released to Bank South Pacific for mortgage loans within the 100 days through a raffle.
He said his office has began response and on site observations over the last three weeks and are continuing.
“We already have officers on the ground that are monitoring the situation,” Mr Masange said.
He said his office at the moment is responding by distributing non food items to the communities to help them relocate and resettle temporarily until the increased water levels subside. “We will be issuing food items when our assessments determine that there is an acute need for food items,” he said.
He said negotiations with other humanitarian organizations in the province were progressing and some assistance would be sought from these organizations when the circumstance arises. Mr Masange is also calling onto the Department of Works and PNG Power Limited to monitor culverts and power poles along the highway to ensure it is business as usual despite the weather.
He said many times road users face problems because of the negligence of authorities on the ground.
He said it was important for the DoW to closely monitor the culverts along the highways that link the province so that they make sure there is no build up of debris.
“When you have debris piling up at one end of the culvert, the water will look for ways to escape and in doing so will dig up the area surrounding the foundation of the bridge and that is dangerous,” Mr Masange said.
He added fixing the culverts took long periods of time and were also expensive.
“We can avoid these spending by simply ensuring that the culverts are cleared on both ends so that excess water can pass through without having to disrupt any other activity,” he said.
Bridges and other small waterways are rising and bringing debris of all kinds onto the road posing a threat to road users especially PMVs travelling up the Markham highway and also commercial vehicles running errands between Lae, Nadzab, Erap and further up.
Mr Masange said it was also important for PNG Power lines men to regularly monitor the power poles that run the highways.
“We cannot afford to have live wires falling onto the highways during this time because then the live wire will be in direct contact with water,” Mr Masange said.