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EHP monitoring committeemeets for first time


The Eastern Highlands Provincial Coordination and Monitoring Committee had its first meeting last week.

The provincial sector heads with the chief executive officers of the district authorities were inducted on the roles and responsibilities of the PCMC on Thursday followed by PCMC meeting with the State agencies’ representatives on Friday.

The meeting was its first after the PCMC was revived with adjustment to personnel management that saw appointment of an executive officer to the inspectorate office of the PCMC in the province, Peter Gare as its corporate service coordinator and the Eastern Highlands provincial administrator Allan Los as its chairman.

Senior officers from the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, ICAC and others with other State agencies’ representatives in the province like Police, PNG Fire Service, PNG Forestry Authority, National Broadcasting Corporation and others attended the Friday’s meeting.

Among them was Service Monitoring wing director general James Agigo from the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs who co-chaired the meeting.

The participants interacted openly and frankly on the status of their programs and discussed on ways to deal with issues and challenges they face.

They unanimously resolved to collaborate with each other in delivering on their respective mandates.

“We want all the national agencies, together with the PLLGA, to come here and inform us on what the roles and responsibilities of the PCMC are in the province,” Mr Los said.

He said the PCMC meeting provides an avenue where the provincial sector heads and chief executive officers of the district development authorities learn what the State agencies are doing at the national level that affect life at the provincial level and how they can work together to serve the people in the province.

Mr Agigo said the existence and operation of PCMC is sanctioned by section 110 of the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs to not only monitor but also manage the implementation of service delivery in the provinces.

Mr Los, who was one of the two deputy provincial administrators previously, said Eastern Highlands had their PCMC established in 2008.

“But it had died out due to administrative impasses and leadership issues and we have been unable to coordinate the implementation of the policies from the national government at the provincial level with the assistance of all the government agencies in the province,” Mr Los said.