By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
A joint initiative between government bodies to provide health and education services in remote Papua New Guinea is underway at the Northern part of the country.
This joint interagency operation is led by the PNG Defense Force, through the Second Royal Pacific Islands Regiment. It involves government bodies like police, PNG Customs and the Labor Department.
Meanwhile, the PNGDF Maritime Element is leading a similar operation with coastal patrols to minimize coastal smuggling.
This exercise will reach inland areas of both Sepik provinces, and is a measure to establish a government presence in remote areas.