Villagers of Porebada village in Central province were proud recipients of dinghies with outboard motors yesterday that should go to ease their livelihoods making a living from fishing the seas to sustain themselves.
This was made possible when the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) through its subsidiary Gas Resources PNGLNG Plant Limited (GR-PNGLNG PL), handed over a few of its Community Investment Trust Fund (CITF) to Porebada beneficiaries of the PNG LNG Project.
The Board Director for Porebada village on the GR-PNGLNG PL, Mr. Peter Vagi, said the dinghies are going to be distributed among all the thirty-five clans.
“This is because there is a lot of hardship people are facing at the moment and we want to help them ease some of the burdens in the village, in terms of benefit for the people,” he said.
The CITF projects are essential projects and infrastructures that will contribute to the sustainability of the people of Porebada and other PNG LNG impacted neighboring communities.
The thirty- five dinghies were among other items all at a total cost of K3.7million that were handed over to the people of Porebada village. The others include,
• a fully-operational community health centre;
• three health staff houses;
• two community trucks;
• one multi-purpose tractor;
• two small-church trucks;
• an ablution building;
• three incinerators with generators;
• a water tank for the Health Centre and;
• a board walkway for the Porebada-east community.
GR PNGLNGPL funded these projects under its 2019-2020 CITF which MRDC manages.
Meanwhile, speaking during the hand-over, Managing Director for MRDC, Mr. Augustine Mano said, the projects are vital and will deliver broader community benefits to the Porebada village.