The Department of Works began its week’s training on how to operate and maintain Japanese Disaster Reduction equipment in Lae today.
Twenty-five employees from the Department of Works in various disaster affected provinces, are currently taking part in the training, which will provide them with basic knowledge and skills.
The training is facilitated by Futurebud International Company and Kyokuto, who are the suppliers of the machines.
15 new pieces of disaster reduction equipment have been funded by the Government of Japan, through the Japanese International Corporation System to PNG.
The PNG Government through the Department of Works had also contributed nine machines.
They comprise of apprentices and experts from the Plant and Transport Division with the Department of Works, as mechanics and operators of these new machines, who are undergoing the training in Lae.
The Plant & Transport Divisions primary role is to purchase, manage and maintain a centralized fleet of plant and vehicles for the Provincial and National Government as well as the state sunded Statutory Authorities.
The first day training was based on safety matters for preventing serious damage and injuries.
The facilitator from Futurebud International Company Limited, Yuji Ito, did an introduction on the general purpose of use of the equipments, the basic operation of the machines and daily safety check.
” The equipment is suited to Papua New Guinea’s environment, and with the location the country is in, disasters are bound to happen,” Ito San said.