28/11/2012 08:00

PNG Government pledges Kina Five Million for new CBC Headquarters

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill described the role of the Catholic Church as “vital” in the development of the country as the economy grows and additional services can be made available to the people. That’s why his government pledged a contribution of  Kina Five Million (about 2.5 million US dollars) during a corporate dinner held in Port Moresby on Sunday, 25 November to raise funds for the construction of a new Chapel and Office Building for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (CBC).

The Catholic Church is the largest non-government body to provide services in PNG especially in the fields of education (about three thousand institutions from elementary to university level) and health (more than 350 treatment centres in the cities and rural areas).

The new building is meant to house the offices of the 22 Commissions of the CBC along with the General Secretariat. It will also include a Chapel, a Conference Room and ten self-contained rooms for Bishops and Commission Secretaries travelling to the capital city for meetings of evaluation and planning. It will replace the present congested and decaying smaller building at the Gordons suburb in Port Moresby.

Among other dignitaries present at the fund raising activity on 25 November and who pledged different amounts were Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, Health Minister Michael Malabag and Forestry Minister Patrick Pruaitch who pledged K. 100,000.00 each. The total amount needed for the construction of the new CBC headquarters is estimated at about Kina Eight Million. (cbcpngsi.org – giorgiolicini@yahoo.com)