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THE recent announcement by the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) Secretary Aihi Vaki, for Pomio to be among six districts to pilot the DIRD Bilum Digital Platform, has been described by the Pomio MP Elias Kapavore, as a vote of confidence in the district’s effort towards strengthening good governance.

The platform is already piloted in the Nuku District of West Sepik Province and Wabag District of Enga Province, and so far, have proven positive results.

“The platform will ensure on-site, real-time reporting for projects approved and funded by the Pomio District Development Authority Board and other development partners. Tablets will be issued to our 7 LLG managers, the district sector heads, especially the technical services, and the district administration’s CEO with his two deputies for administration and operations,” said Mr Kapavore.

A number of projects are concurrently progressing in all seven LLGs, which include:
n Construction of a 40-metre Bailey Bridge for Kavu River, and ongoing construction of Melkoi ringroad and the hinterlands in Melkoi LLG;

– Construction of roads and the new LLG Office in the Mamusi Yana LLG;
– Construction of a 30-metre Ngelngel Bailey Bridge, coffee factory and chicken projects, as well as upgrading works on the Palmalmal town roads in the West Pomio LLG;
– Upgrading of the road to Malakur and Metal re-decking of the 82-metre Matale Bridge in the Central Pomio LLG;
– Construction of the Nutuve to Kapkena road and land surveys for the new LLG office at Kapkena in the Inland Pomio LLG;
– Construction of the new LLG office at Milim, with upgrading on the roads in the East Pomio LLG;
– Construction of the 40-metre Kilak Bridge and constructions of the road from Merai ward towards Karong ward and Inland Sinivit Roads of Sinivit LLG.

Mr Kapavore said that these priority projects, and others not mentioned, need prudent management and monitoring tools to present to the DIRD, and that it would be done in real-time progressive reports.

“Implementation of the DIRD Bilum Digital Platform ensures that acquittals for all our District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) funds and District Services Grants (DSG), will be submitted electronically, thus limiting the need for hard copies,” said Mr Kapavore.
He said that the decision by the DIRD to include Pomio District in it’s pilot program, was made in consideration of the fact that, the district is up to date with all their DSIP, DSG and LEDL acquittals.

“I acknowledge the ongoing support from our key partner, the Australian High Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), for this important program. Systems strengthening with good governance and prudent management of resources, is very critical to achieve our socio-economic indicators,” he said.