Author: PNG Haus Bung

For Thelma Hungito, being at the centre of efforts to combat family and sexual violence in one of PNG’s most heavily populated provinces is much more than just a job. As Coordinator of Morobe’s Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC), Thelma is at the forefront of action to tackle everything from violence against women, children and those accused of sorcery to improving services for people living with a disability. It is a demanding role made tougher by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a surge in calls for assistance. Even after five years in the role, Thelma’s determination to…

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South Pacific Brewery (SPB) joined other HEINEKEN operating companies across the globe to host World Quality Week on Thursday 11th to Friday 19th November 2021. “Quality is the foundation of sustainable growth in our company, supporting our 2030 Brewing A Better World.” “Passion for customers and consumers underpins our obsession for quality. A strong Quality culture is essential to make sure consumers and customers are at the heart of everything we do,” said Jamosah Verave, SPB’s Quality Assurance Manager. World Quality Week saw SPB staff engaged in safety and quality checks, food safety virtual Webinars as we progress into meeting…

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Ela Motors on Wednesday this week, donated PPE Supplies worth K40,000 to the Covid Center at Port Moresby General Hospital. This is part of their continuous support to the hospital since the pandemic began in 2020. Ela Motors National Marketing Manager, Benjamin Niligur, expressed his appreciation towards Friends of POMGEN and their effort to support POMGEN. “On behalf of Ela Motors, we would like to extend our appreciation to Friends of POMGEN and what they do for our National Hospital and as part of our annual ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Program’ we are happy to donate a total of K40,000 worth…

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Trukai Industries recently donated K5,000 towards a fundraiser to send 500 unfortunate children to school in 2022. This donation will go towards Life PNG Care’s fundraising drive to raise K400,000 towards their Strongim Pikinini Program. There are three programs that come under their Strongim Pikinini Education program. They include the Underprivileged Student Sponsorship Program, Mobile Education Program and Home Schooling Program. Trukai Industries’ Public Relations and Communications Manager Andrea Tagamasau, when presenting the cheque commended Life PNG Care for the work they have done through their various education programs. “We know that with this support Life PNG Care can be…

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THE high increase in the number of people going for vaccination in October has dropped drastically this month. This seems to be linked to the drop in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported this month as compared to the month of October. As of today, 25th November, 2021, a total of 272, 141 have received at least one dose of a  COVID-19 vaccine which is 14.6 per cent of the target population of 1, 869, 279 for 2021. Those fully vaccinated stand at 201, 318 which is 10.8 per cent of the target population for 2021. The three vaccines…

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The Minister Health & HIV and Member for Gazelle, Hon. Jelta Wong released a statement on the occasion of the NEC Approval of the Rabaul tuna Export processing zone and the Gazelle Agro-Special Economic Zone. Minister Wong stated that the Marape Government is looking at how best to add value to our natural resources to drive our economy forward. We must seriously choose strategies that are relevant to boosting growth of our economy. We must choose between Industrial Park, Special Economic Zones, Export Processing Zones or Free Trade Zones which have proven to work for other nations throughout the world.…

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The Department of Treasury has initiated an internal investigation to identify the person or persons involved in leaking the National Executive Council Decision No. 329/2021. Secretary Vele said “Section 23A subsections (5) and (6) of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council Act 2002 makes it a serious disciplinary offence under the Public Services (Management) Act 1995 and the Public Service General Orders.” The Department of Information and Communications Technology has also been notified of the breach and will commence its own processes with social media providers to identify the source of the post. “This is unacceptable and unprofessional behaviour…

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The Association of Superannuation Funds of Papua New Guinea (ASFPNG) is not in favour of a recent NEC decision to introduce a banking levy as part of the Income Tax Act to collect K190 million per annum. This decision will affect Bank South Pacific Group (BSP), the largest bank in PNG and the Pacific, of whom, superannuation funds on behalf of ordinary workers and tax payers are major investors/shareholders. The imposition of this new banking levy will result in a decline in profitability, dividend payments to shareholders and a decline in BSP’s share price. This is a double blow for…

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Athletes from around the country are arriving in Kimbe this week for the second part of the PNG Air Athletics Grand Prix series. The competition will serve as a useful lead up to the PNG Air National Championships which will also be held in Kimbe , from Dec 3 to 5. With local competition programmes having been affected by venue closures this year the Grand Prix has provided valuable competition opportunities for the national squad. The focus will be mostly on track events this weekend with the only field events being  a mens  long jump, mens and womens  high jump…

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Prime Minister James Marape has assured the nation that Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey will deliver the nation’s 2022 Budget today amidst delays and many political speculations. “I want to assure Papua New Guinea that your Government is at work, despite many challenges and obstacles, and we will deliver our third Budget today,” he said. “The handing down of the Budget is the single most-important parliamentary occasion of any government. “With hangovers and effects of slowed economy due to COVID-19, your Government has used the last three years of National Budget to ensure our domestic economy was functional and alive, and our…

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