by Michelle Amba – EM TV, Port Moresby
A recent report by the Department of Implementation and Rural Development, concluded that provincial funds have improved services in Southern Highlands province.
The report said programs initiated by Southern Highlands Service Improvement Program Funds has improved infrastructure, health and education facilities.
This report was filed after a five-member team from the department visited the province, spending 22 days reviewing all PSIP, DSIP and LLGSIP projects.
As the lead agency to develop administrative frameworks for the Service Improvement Program, the Department of Implementation and Rural Development travelled to Southern Highlands to inspect projects funded under the PSIP, DSIP and LLGSIP.
Observations concluded that Mendi-Munhiu district is the top, followed by Nipa-Kutubu, in terms of delivering impact DSIP projects and equally distributed throughout the LLG’s and wards.
Further observations relate to the Southern Highlands Provincial Government, stating that the provincial government under Governor, William Powi, is undergoing transformation, in terms of the approach to service delivery in the province.
The report of May 2015 concluded that services are having an impact on lives of people, especially road projects.
Under the PSIP, 15 road projects with an investment of over K15 million were inspected by the team.
There are 14,000 kilometres of roads, under the responsibility of Southern Highlands Provincial administration.
The government in its 2012 and 2013 budgets has appropriated major component of its development expenditure to the provinces, districts and LLG’s which will continue for the next two to three years.