USNS Mercy Transports Six Injured From Bougainville to Ship for Critical Care

 

150630-M-DN141-530 ARAWA, Autonomous Region Of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (June 30, 2015) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Matthew Hawkins, from West Jordan, Utah, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, assists an infant aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). At the request of the government of Bougainville, Mercy launched one of its helicopters to transport six passengers, including one infant, who swam ashore following their ship sinking off the coast of Carteret Island in Papua New Guinea.  The passengers were transported to Mercy and provided medical assistance.  According to Navy doctors, all passengers are in good condition. Mercy is in Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Valerie Eppler/Released)

ARAWA, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (NNS) — The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sent an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on a critical care patient transport mission June 30 to retrieve six injured people, including an 18-month old infant, from Han Island, a small land mass off the coast of Carteret Island in Papua New Guinea.

Mercy received all six patients who were immediately provided medical care.

150630-M-DN141-519 ARAWA, Autonomous Region Of Bougainsville, Papua New Guinea (June 30, 2015) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 returns to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) from a mutual aid request with six patients to be treated aboard the ship. The helicopter transported the six passengers, including one infant, from Han Island after a mutual aid request during the second port mission of Pacific Partnership 2015 in Papua New Guinea. Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through more than 180 engineering projects.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Valerie Eppler/Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Andersen, Pacific Partnership 2015 Public Affairs

“All patients are currently in good condition,” said Capt. Melanie Merrick, the commanding officer of the military treatment facility USNS Mercy.

The Deputy Chief Secretary of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, contacted the U.S. embassy in Port Moresby to request assistance transporting the civilians, who were survivors of a small vessel reported lost at sea June 27.

The Mission Commander of Pacific Partnership 2015, Capt. Chris Engdahl, directed his maritime operations center aboard Mercy to launch one of its helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 to pick up the injured and transport them to the ship for immediate care.

150630-M-DN141-607 ARAWA, Autonomous Region Of Bougainsville, Papua New Guinea (June 30, 2015) Medical  personnel assist patients in the casualty reception area aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy sent an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on a critical care patient transport mission to retrieve six injured people, including an 18-month-old infant, from Han Island, a small land mass off the coast of Carteret Island in Papua new Guinea. Mercy is in Papua New Guinea for its second mission port of Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is in its tenth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, Pacific Partnership 2015 has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Valerie Eppler/Released)

The injured had swam ashore after being lost at sea June 27. On that same day, Mercy received a request for search and rescue support from the Chief Secretary of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) through the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby. The ABG reported a small boat missing at sea along with several passengers, one of whom was an infant. The boat had been in transit from Buka to Carteret Island.

In response, Mercy launched two helicopters, both with Navy search and rescue swimmers on board, to search the area, but they were unable to locate the boat or any survivors.

Of the passengers on board, six were able to swim to shore including a mother and her 18-month-old infant. The other remaining passengers remain unaccounted for, but a search operation continues led by the Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority.

Mercy is currently in Papua New Guinea for its second mission port of Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is in its tenth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided real world medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Critical infrastructure development has been supported in host nations during more than 180 engineering projects.

Additional information on the Pacific Partnership mission is available on the U.S. Pacific fleet Pacific Partnership website at www.cpf.navy.mil/pacific-partnership/2015/ .

Bougainville Women’s News: US Embassy grant opportunity to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women

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U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is proud to announce a brand new grant opportunity to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in Papua New Guinea to enable women’s economic empowerment!

For more information, please see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html…. Proposals are due July 31!

Completed proposals will include the application along with the completed monitoring and evaluation, timeline, and budget templates.

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Interested organizations should know that as per U.S. government regulations – they must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, Number, which is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business or organization.

D-U-N-S Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the U.S. federal government for contracts or grants.

For more information on obtaining a D-U-N-S number, see: http://www.grants.gov/…/orga…/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html.

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Bougainville News: Mother and baby survive drifting off Bougainville, but 2 of 8 still missing

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Update on yesterdays story : Bougainville News: Boat carrying 8 people missing in rough seas off Bougainville

A mother and her baby clung to the remnants of a boat and drifted for more than 24 hours off Bougainville at the weekend, surviving a boating mishap on the way to the Carteret Islands.

Check back with NEW DAWN during the day for updates

The pair were among a party of teachers who set out from Buka on Saturday morning to their jobs on the islands, which lie 86 kilometres northeast of Bougainville.

A search is continuing for two people still missing after the boat took on water during attempts to refuel in heavy seas.

The manager of Bougainville’s Disaster Office, Franklin Lacey, told the NZ Radio the mother and her 18-month-old drifted for about 30 kilometres before coming ashore.

“Somehow she got some debris from the sunken boat and got her baby on the debris and they floated. They floated to one of the islands in the Carteret Islands – Iangain Island. They are OK; they are OK. They’re safe and sound on the island. They are with the health authorities on the island now.”

Mr Lacey said three boats were still searching for the missing pair but five others also survived, although he was unsure how they came ashore due to patchy communication with the islands.

He said helicopters from the US Navy’s USNS Mercy also helped in the search.

Bougainville News : USNS Mercy ship hard at work in Arawa promoting health , safety and community

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The hospital ship USNS Mercy ship (T-AH 19) is in Arawa  for its second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

While in Arawa, PP15 personnel will work and train side-by-side with the community on civic service events, women’s leadership and safety topics, medical and veterinary care.

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“In Papua New Guinea, we are providing medical and dental services, in collaboration with the host nation and at their invitation,” said Capt. Melanie Merrick, the commanding officer of the medical treatment facility onboard Mercy. “We’re working alongside providers, including doctors and nurses in the hospitals and clinics.

We’re able to do some subject matter exchanges with those providers and also with the administrators of those hospitals, as we bring repair technicians, laboratory and pharmacy capabilities as well…to help the country prepare in calm for potential crisis in the future.”

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Also, the Mercy crew will work in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the host nation government to host several engagements focusing on women’s health and violence prevention.

“We want to emphasize the key themes of participation, protection and partnership,” said Royal New Zealand Air Force Wing Cmdr. Jennifer Atkinson, the chief of staff for this year’s Pacific Partnership mission. “We’re looking at ways we can work with the host nation to empower their women, and in response we are supporting workshops on both gender-based violence prevention and family violence prevention.”

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In addition, the PP15 engineering team, made up of personnel from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, U.S. Air Force RED HORSE, U.S. Marine Corps, and Japan Self-Defense Force engineers will work side-by-side with Papua New Guinea engineers to improve two local primary school facilities.

“The work that is already being done and the work we are set to do is all very exciting. I personally look forward to meeting and working with the Arawa community leaders, and I know our personnel are eager to visit Papua New Guinea and work alongside the community to tackle these very important projects for the people of Arawa,” said Capt. Christopher Engdahl, Pacific Partnership 2015 mission commander. “We are tailoring every event, at the host nation’s request, to ensure each of these events supports the people of Arawa, and also helps us learn from their professionals and community leaders. We know that the best way for all of us to be ready for a crisis is to work together now before a disaster occurs.”

To accomplish so many events during the seven-day stay in Arawa, Pacific Partnership will have a larger footprint this year than in previous visits to Papua New Guinea. The hospital ship arrived with more than 900 personnel, including volunteers from eight non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

PP15 participants on the ship and on the ground include personnel from the United States, Australia, Timor Leste, Japan, and New Zealand. All PP15 personnel will work collectively with the Papua New Guinea government and local community on the various medical, dental, veterinary and engineering civic action projects.

“Mercy has been to Papua New Guinea before, in 2008 and in 2013,” said Royal Australian Navy Capt. Brian Delamont, Pacific Partnership’s deputy mission commander. “So the local communities can expect to see some of the same events and equipment, such as our two helicopters that will be transferring personnel and supplies. Sometimes the helicopters will be flying low over villages, but it will all be done very safely.”

The Mercy crew is scheduled to work in Arawa through July 3, when the ship and crew will move to their next port of call in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

See photos of the team’s work in the U.S. Pacific Fleet Flickr stream.

Now in its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has provided critical infrastructure developments to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects

Bougainville News: Boat carrying 8 people missing in rough seas off Bougainville

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By Aloysius Laukai Photo Helicopters from the USNS Mercy helping in the search
 Updated 8.30 am Monday 29 June

TWO STILL MISSING
By Aloysius Laukai

Six passengers from the ill-fated boat that went missing on the way to Cartrets islands have survived whilst two are still missing.

The Bougainville Disaster Coordinator, FRANKLYN LACEY just reported to New Dawn FM five minutes ago stating that boat capsized in rough seas whilst they were trying to refuel their boat.

He said that the mother and her baby swam to Iangain island and also other passengers were rescued early this morning.

Still missing is the skipper and one other passenger and rescue teams are still looking for them this morning.

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A boat carrying the HeadMaster of Carterets Primary school and another female teacher with a child are amongst the 8 people who did not arrive at their destination Saturday.

The boat left Buka for Carterets and when they did not arrive in Catrets the alarm was raised. And according to some earlier reports Helicopters from the USNS Mercy did some search today for the missing boat.

But according to reports from the Disaster Cordinator, Franklyn Lacey the boat left the Buka shores at 10 am Saturday with 2 drums of fuel and two engines, a 60HP and a 40HP as spare engine.

Will get more updates in the morning..but New Dawn FM understands that there have been strong winds over the last two weeks and travelling in small dingies at this time is very dangerous.

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Bougainville Government News alert : New ministers announced by the ABG President Chief Dr John Momis.

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The new ministers announced and declared by the ABG President Chief Dr John Momis.

The new Ministers are;


1. Hon John Momis Buin, Minister for Planning and Inter-government Relations (Department of the President and the Bougainville Executive Council)
2. Hon. Patrick Nisira Halia, Minister for Referendum, Peace and Veterans Affairs (Department of the Referendum, Veteran’s Affairs and Peace)
3. Hon. Albert Punghau (Motuna Huyono) Minister for Treasury and Finance ( Department of Treasury and Finance)
4. Hon. Raymond Masono (Atolls) Minister for Public Service (Department of Public Service)
5. Hon Willie Masiu Minister for Justice (Department of Justice and the Principal Legal Advisor)
6. Hon. Robin Wilson (Terra) Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources (Department of Mineral and Energy Resources)
7. Hon Luke Karaston Minister for Technical Services (Department of Technical Services)
8. Hon Dennis Lokonai Minister for Health (Department of Health)
9. Hon Thomas Pata’aku Minister for Education (Department of Education)
10. Hon. Jacob Tooke (Baubake) Minister for Community Government (Department of Community Government)
11. Hon Josephine Getsi Minister for Community Development (Department of Community Development)
12. Hon Nicholas Darku Minister for Primary Industries (Department of Primary Industries)
13. Hon Fidelis Semoso Minister for Economic Development (Department of Economic Development)
14. Hon John Tabinaman Minister for Lands, Physical Planning, Environment and Conservation (Department of Lands, Physical Planning, Environment and Conservation)

Bougainville Education News : Australia provides books for Torokina schools

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Australia has provided 5000 books for primary schools in the remote Torokina District in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to help improve literacy in the area.

The books were delivered to the libraries of 12 schools in the district, including Torokina, Kawai, Atsinima and Tsitovi Primary Schools.

The assistance from Australia’s Direct Aid Program responds to a request from the Torokina District for school resources.

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Australia’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Ms Deborah Stokes, said: “I am delighted to partner with the district administration to provide these resources for hard working teachers to help improve literacy,” Ms Stokes said.

Primary Schools Standards Officer Luke Pamsi said: “These library books are a much needed resource. They will definitely improve literacy levels in primary schools, creating a good foundation for further studies.”

The books were purchased from Buk Bilong Pikinini, a charity which works to establish children’s libraries in PNG and foster a love of reading and learning.

Improving access to and the quality of basic education is a focus of Australia’s development partnership with PNG. Australia is assisting the PNG Government to build more than 1000 classrooms in rural and remote areas across PNG, including in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

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You can support Buk bilong Pikinini Here

Or Bougainville based

You can support the Bougainville Education Revolution by donating HERE

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Bougainville Government News: Presidential Address to Bougainville Public Servants

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“I am reminded of the old saying, “to whom much is given, much is required”. This means that a leader becomes the servant of the many. This is a partnership between the people, and we the elected leaders. We promised to do all in our power to honor this sacred trust to serve them. My role is make the necessary laws and policies to direct our young nation achieve it vision, your role is to turn our policies into programs aligned to our dreams and vision and implement. Our roles compliment and fulfill our people and nations aspirations.”

Grand Chief Momis :Presidential Address to Bougainville Public Servants

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Download full speech in PDF File Here

President Momis’ Address to Bougainville Public Servants_24 June 2015

24th June 2015

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Dr John Momis bai holim miting wantem ol gavman wokman-meri blong en long Buka tumora

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Good afternoon to you all, as this is the first time for me as head of this Government to address you all it is vitally important that I make myself very clear about where my Government wants to take our people.

But first let me make a couple of declarations very clearly to dispel any ambiguity about my mandate.

  • The people have spoken resoundingly through the ballot to retain me as their President elect and to lead the government and its people over the next five years.
  • They gave me their hand in trust.

I am reminded of the old saying, “to whom much is given, much is required”. This means that a leader becomes the servant of the many. This is a partnership between the people, and we the elected leaders. We promised to do all in our power to honor this sacred trust to serve them. My role is make the necessary laws and policies to direct our young nation achieve it vision, your role is to turn our policies into programs aligned to our dreams and vision and implement. Our roles compliment and fulfill our people and nations aspirations.

On the campaign trail I was often asked about the last five years – “han mak bilong yu we?” I had nothing to show because the public service was not working with my government to deliver our priorities. In fact, certain public servants and their cohorts were behaving like mini governments operating under their own agenda and depriving our rural communities of vital basic services due to them. I am not going to stand by and watch this few continue to squander time and resources for selfish appetites.

I am equally conveying this to those on consultancy contracts and advisor roles. Some of you think you can dictate the affairs of my government and its programs. Your days of dictating and arrogance are over, I am instructing the Chief Secretary to investigate and review all contracts of engagements. He will use all powers vested in his office as the Head of the Public Service to clean and weed out the bad apples to prevent further decay of the public workforce.

There are a good number of us that have worked together for the last five years to improve things in Bougainville. We made progress! We have improved the roads and bridges. We have improved access of farmers to markets to markets for their produce. But what we have done is not enough. The masses are still waiting to be gien the opportunity to taste some of this progress and participate to some extent. Time is our worst enemy as we have less than five years under this autonomous

arrangement to develop the capacity, formulate the appropriate policies, pass the necessary legislations and draw down on the powers to administer services to our people under this new environment.

I call on all of you to stand to attention and take of my directive to serve the Government and the people diligently, professional and whole-heartedly. We do not need flower pots!

There will be no more stealing from the people!!

  • You steal when you turn up to start work and still get full pay!
  • You steal when you knock off early and still get a full days pay!
  • You steal when you are unproductive during normal hours and claiming more overtime hours to do what you were supposed to do during normal working hours!
  • You steal when you use government assets for your private purposes!
  • You steal when you run around in government vehicles doing nothing at odd hours of the night on end!
  • You steal when you give contracts to your friends so that you can pick up your 10%!

Enough is enough!

Before I go on I want to make one thing clear. There are some among you who do your work the way it should be done. There are some among you – not many but some – who go the extra mile, give every bit of your effort for the good of the people. There are a precious few that should the responsibility for most of the public service who come to work early, work late into the night, work weekends to try to make the public service work even though most public servants are not working. All of you know who these people are.

And I will be brutally honest with you. Some of the hardest working people in the public service are the very people that some of you are chastising and even threatening with harm.

Most of you – if you look at yourself honestly – have to admit that you are not doing the work you are being paid for, but it is even worse than that. Many are actually being paid for doing no work at all. This situation did not happen overnight but over the last 10 – 15 years.

This is terrible! This cheating, demoralizing and pulling down the public service, it needs to be fixed, and it must be fixed now. As I speak you should be looking for another job.

I have given instructions in the last five years, to shape up or ship out but they got stuck in the system. Chief Secretary I call on your senior management team and Administration to immediately repair and service the system to remove all these rusted non-performing servants of the public service.

Let me tell you what I expect of the Public Service.

First I expect the Public Service to work. Very Simple. Work. That means being on the job.

There are some among you who feel you have a right to a job, you do not. A position in the Public Service is a privilege. Those of you who are willing to work will find a place in the public service over the next five years. Those of you who expect to carry on as “business as usual”, who expect to show up late for work, disappear for two hours at lunch and then leave early in the afternoon, who expect to abandon their government station for weeks on end should make my government’s work easier by tendering your resignation today. There is no place for lazy, corrupt or negligent government workers in Bougainville.

For those not willing I say goodbye. Do not burden us with your presence any longer. We have work to do, and if you are not willing to join us the please do.

For those willing to work I say welcome. Welcome to a five years that will be difficult, testing and strenuous. But welcome to a five years when we all – together – will create a region/nation we can all be proud of.

In my inauguration speech on Monday 15th June, I reminded all of us that the Bougainville Peace Agreement is our development roadmap. In addition I outline the last five years major tasks and our performance against the targets set. These tasks will continue to be pursued and the include;

  1. Unification – although Bougainville is more unified that in 2010, much needs to be done. Unification continues to be essential as we prepare for the referendum.
  2. Improving the welfare of all Bougainvilleans by promoting appropriate economic development – we need more broad based and inclusive development to bring improvements in people’s lives.
  3. Securing Bougainville’s political future by the full implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement – I want to see increased speed of transfer of powers, my priorities include; and, environment, mining, health and safety, fisheries, incorporation of associations, police, revenue raising powers, foreign affairs powers in proposing names to be place on PNG visa warning list, work permit application for Bougainville and so on. Weapons disposal will also be a priority for this term.
  4. Promoting good governance and the rule of law and ending corruption – we need to continue with public service reforms and resume efforts to establish office of the Ombudsman and Auditor General.
  5. Public awareness – although a costly exercise it will continue to be a major priority as the referendum approaches.

We are going to continue to work the five tasks with new targets and milestones established and for this terms, I have added a sixth task which is – to improve basic services. Development depends on our population being both healthy and well educated. We must find service and development partners to work with us to improve charter of services as servants of our people.

I charge you to participate fully. As I said, it is simple. Chief Secretary, you will together with each departmental head set out clear target to be pursued and achieved, we will insist you report on whether those targets are met. We will reward those who are successful. We will get rid of those who are not.

The choice is yours, the future awaits. But the future belongs not to those who wait for it to come, it belongs to those who create it.

For those willing to work I invite you to roll up your sleeves and join me in creating the future, I am calling on you good will to take on this challenge and rare opportunity to build a renewed society from the ashes of the fallen and refreshed by the tears of our beautiful people for our common agenda – a liberated Bougainville!

The black pearl of the pacific.

Thank you all.

New Bougainville Government : Momis appoints seven members to the executive council

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The new parliament will be required to prepare the autonomous Papua New Guinea region for a vote on possible independence, to be held before 2020.

Mr Momis says a critical element of this process is to ensure the region’s economy becomes viable and this has prompted the new portfolio.

“We want to put a lot of emphasis on the responsibility of the autonomous government to raise revenue and I think one of the best ways of doing that would be to have a ministry wholly and solely responsible for economic generation of revenue for economic development.”

The President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Grand Chief Dr John Lawrence Momis has announced seven Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives to the Bougainville Executive Council.

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The new Ministers join Vice President Patrick Nisira, who is the new Minister for Referendum, Peace, and Veterans Affairs on the BEC.

Six of the Ministers have been appointed under Section 81 (3) of the Bougainville Constitution on the Recommendations of the three Regional Committees of the House of Representatives with the seventh Minister being the nominee of the four women Members of the House unders Section 80 (1) (c).

The new Ministers are;

Hon. Albert Punghau (Motuna Huyono)                    Finance

Hon. Jacob Tooke (Baubake)                                     Community Development

Hon. Nicholas Darku (North Nasioi)                         Primary Industries

Hon. Robin Wilson (Terra)                                        Mining

Hon. Raymond Masono (Atolls)                                Public Service

Hon. Fidelis Semoso (Tsitalato)                                Economic Development

Hon. Josephine Getsi (Peit)                                       Community Development

President Momis retains the Planning as well as Inter-government Relations Portfolios.

“As a result of these appointments, there are five Ministerial Portfolios yet to be filled, I expect to be in a position to announce the remaining Ministers later this week and I will also announce their portfolios,” President Momis said.

“While I have confidence in the talents of my new Ministers, I want to make it clear that I expect a high standard of performance from them,” President Momis said.

President Momis added that he has put each of his Ministers on notice and that he will review their performance after the new government’s first six months in office and that any Minister who has not performed to a satisfactory level will be removed.

The President said his next task will be to revitalize the Bougainville Public Service and to ensure it is lean and starts to work efficiently to carry out its prerogatives.

He said the Bougainville Public Service will undergo serious changes to its structure in an effort to save on costs and the mismanagement of public funds and government assets.

He offered that his government will clamp down on corruption and added that with his cabinet finalized the ABG will now move to give the best possible service to the people of Bougainville.

 

Bougainville News : New speaker of house Simon Pentanu hits the ground running

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“In building and strengthening the Parliament through you as members, the Speaker’s role in the Bougainville Parliament is not one of just a Presiding Officer or Chairman of meetings of the House. I will call on all my previous experience as a parliamentary officer and Clerk of a the Parliament of a successful sovereign nation, an experience that extends over 25 years.  With this experience and background I am confident this places in a position to ensure that the management and administration of the parliamentary service is above board and that everything we do is transparent.”

Simon Pentanu Speaker, House of Representatives Autonomous Bougainville Government 2015-2020

Read full speech HERE

Picture above: ABG speaker Mr. Simon Pentanu was welcome by his Pokpok people when he returned home. The ceremony was very significant and he was accompanied by member for North Nasioi, Hon. Nicholas Darku, Hon. M. Kokiai member for central regional women and Noah Doko rep, Mr. Michael Pariu.

In this article Mr Pentanu thanks the outgoing  ABG Speaker for the last seven years, ANDREW MIRIKI and passes on his best wishes to the Port Moresby Bougainville Association celebrating the Anniversary of ABG (see below)

SPEAKER LANDS RUNNING

By Aloysius Laukai

The newly elected ABG House of Representatives Speaker, SIMON PENTANU has started working on strengthening the ABG House of Representatives.

In his first Broadcast on New Dawn FM, MR. PENTANU said that the time of partying is over and that he was now ready to do his work in strengthening Parliamentary Services to support the Government of the day.

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He said that his office will prepare for the induction of members of the ABG to make sure they know what their role and responsibilities are as members of the ABG House.Pentanu said that his office will support the members to understand their work so that they can properly deliver as required by their constituencies.

He said that his office will do more in strengthening the members by carrying out educational programs to support the members work.

The ABG speaker also thanked the ABG House for having faith in him and elected him as the Speaker of the 3rd ABG House.

Meanwhile, the ABG Parliamentary services staff prepared a lunch to welcome the new Speaker at the House of Representatives.

This completed the one-week of running around since the Inauguration of the 3rd ABG House on Monday this week.

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The outgoing ABG Speaker for the last seven years, ANDREW MIRIKI  officially handed all office keys of the ABG Parliament house to the newly elected speaker, SIMON PENTANU.

The brief but very significant ceremony was witnessed by the Acting clerk, EDWIN KENEHATA and his deputy at the Speaker’s office.

Before handing off the keys, MR. MIRIKI gave a full brief of what he had done and what he could not do in the last seven years.

He also outlined some programs that the new Speaker need to continue with example the Twinning arrangement between the New South Wales Parliament and the ABG house. MIRKI said that he was happy to handover to the new Speaker to continue with the work and also promised to support the speaker if he is needed.

He said that he was now packing up and would leave the Speaker’s house in Kubu in four weeks to allow the new speaker to move and carry out his work.

New Dawn FM understands that this was a rare ceremony as most people leave office without handing over to the successor as they do not accept the change

Message from Simon Pentanu Speaker House of Representatives Bougainville.

On the occasion of Port Moresby Bougainville Association celebrations to mark Third Anniversary of ABG.

It’s a beautiful day in Bougainville. I hope it is too in Port Moresby where PBA is hosting its premier event where Bougainvilleans, with families and friends, get together today to mark this Third Anniversary of our ABG and our current political status as an Autonomous Region.

PBA is the natural facilitator of these events with the support our tertiary students, our women and those that always volunteer to assist the PBA Executive. I know that the message from this Executive has been: “PBA will not do it for you, we will do it with you.”That was the basis of the spirit of success in 2014. I’m sure it is the same spirit for AROB Day 2015.

I am proud to have been associated with the PBA, in particular with the members of the present Executive. I will continue to support the Association in my role as Speaker. I am confident we will build a closer consultative relationship with PBA through which your contributions will be appreciated and valued towards a common Good for all. No matter the distances we are all together. I wish you all a successful Day of Peaceful and Happy Celebrations. Simon Pentanu Speaker House of Representatives