The Port of Port Moresby and the big village – Hanuabada – have existed side by side for years, sharing the same waterways to forge their livelihood.
So when the big village went up in flames recently and the appeal for assistance was launched, PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) could not wait around and let the good neighbour suffer.
“We send our sympathies to the families that have lost their homes and are traumatised by this disaster. It’s really sad,” Chairman of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), Nathaniel Poya said.
PNG Ports is the owner and operator of Port Moresby Port, which has been relocated across the bay to Motukea.
Yesterday PNG Ports joined the growing number of donors to give K20,000 and boxes of donated clothing to assist the displaced people of Hanuabada.
Upon making the presentation to the Hanuabada Village Fire Appeal committee, Mr Poya, said PNG Ports sympathised with the suffering families.
“On behalf of the Management and staff of PNG Ports Corporation Ltd, let me express sadness for the destruction and loss of homes at Hanuabada,” Mr Poya said.
“Recovery from this tragedy will take a long time and we, at PNG Ports, sympathise as you rise up and start your lives again.”
“We can only hope that this contribution from PNG Ports will at least help rebuild your lives,” he added.
Mr Poya said the donation was in recognition of Hanuabada as an important stakeholder and PNG Ports will help in anyway it can to ease the suffering inflicted on the villagers.
Mr Poya said PNG Ports will continue to work with the villagers in spin off businesses and other social activities to promote the living standard of the people.
Witnessing the presentation was PNG Ports Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse, PNG Ports Board Members, and several staff.
Two weeks ago, 18 homes in the Motuan village were completely razed to ashes and 24 other partially damaged, leaving more than 200 people homeless.
The elderly and mothers are left with no choice but to take refuge with their young children under makeshift homes and tents set up near the disaster site.
It is the first time such an incident occurred in Hanuabada, the largest village of the traditional landowners of Port Moresby. The Hanuabada Village Fire Appeal was set up to help the families affected and so far, companies, groups, individuals and government bodies have chipped in.
PNG Ports and Hanuabada, as well as Tatana, Baruni, and other coastal villages located within its sphere of operations at the Fairfax Harbour, share a long history of friendship as stakeholders of the Port Moresby Port and the port operations in the Nation’s capital.
PNG Ports is the premier maritime services provider in the Pacific and is the gateway to the delivery of goods and services. It is one of the oldest State Owned Entities in PNG running since 1963, and is the sole authority over all declared ports in the country and manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in PNG. They are Lae, Port Moresby, Kimbe, Madang, Alotau, Rabaul, Kavieng, Oro Bay, Kieta, Buka, Vanimo, Lorengau, Wewak, Daru and Aitape.