PNG Ports invited to share ‘goodness’ at Human Resource conference

The upcoming PNG Human Resource Institute (PNGHRI) annual conference is a good platform where companies like PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) could share their success stories to motivate other companies.

This is according to PNGHRI president, Jerry Wemin, who described PNG Ports as “one of the most successful and best performing State Owned Enterprises (SOE)”.

Mr Wemin said the SOE had “some good success traits” to learn from and invited PNG Ports to share its ‘goodness’ at the conference.

 “The conference is all about Human Resource professionals coming together to talk about the good things they do in their respective organisations so that we can learn from one another,” Mr Wemin said.

“The conference also focuses on people, good governance, and recognises the efforts of Human Resource professionals in contributing to the success, growth and development of their organisations,” he said.

“With the success stories of things happening at PNG Ports, there are many companies out there who can learn from those experiences,” he said.

PNG Ports’ Human Capital Manager, Mr Rex Kini, said PNG Ports was pleased to be a part of the conference where a wealth of information between different organisations would be shared.

“The Conference is really a place where we can learn from each other, develop networks and work together,” Mr Kini said.

“As HR professionals, we are a vital component in the success of our respective organisations.”

“By enhancing our knowledge through such Conferences, we are able to make more sound decisions and be aware of changing global practices so that in the end, we can make informed decisions that will maximise productivity at our workplaces.”

He thanked PNGHRI for providing a learning avenue through the Conference in which PNG Ports has always been supportive of.

PNG Ports is now a Silver Sponsor of the conference after presenting a total of K14, 000 to PNGHRI.

PNG Ports sponsors Australia PNG Business Council forum

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has been named a Diamond Sponsor of the 33rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council (APNGBC) forum to be held in Port Moresby from May 14-16.

PNG Ports, while presenting the APNGBC with K14, 500, said it was proud to sponsor a significant event that featured PNG and its closest neighbour, Australia.

“We are pleased to be associated with such a significant event that brings together the business community in both Australia and PNG to engage and discuss issues which affect business and investment in both our countries,” said Acting Managing Director, Mr Stanley Alphonse.

“In its 33rd forum now, I’m sure the last 3 decades of hosting this event has brought much insight and opportunity to delegates,” Mr Alphonse said.

“The high level speakers and presenters involved previously and for this occasion has and will bring about unparalleled opportunity to learn about business opportunities in PNG, and to network with senior policy makers in both countries.”

“PNG Ports has always been an active member and participant of the forum and we hope that our support through this sponsorship will enable this forum to be successfully hosted here in Port Moresby.”

“We look forward to being part of this year’s forum and wish APNGBC and its partners all the best in running this event,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of APNGBC, Materua Tamarua, who was on hand to receive the sponsorship, thanked PNG Ports for supporting the forum.

“Australia is PNG’s closest neighbour and PNG Ports, as a trade facilitator, plays a significant role in the ongoing trade between the two countries by always upholding the importance of maintaining partnership and allowing efficient trade between the two countries through its network of ports,” he said.

“The forum, a bilateral event, is all about trade and strengthening ties between the two countries, and with the stability in management at PNG Ports, and its efficiency in services, trading is sure to continue,” he said.

PNG Ports is the leading maritime services provider in the region and owns and operates 15 ports.

Free health care for PNG Ports staff and dependents

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has scored a first in health care for workers in Papua New Guinea when it announced that all its employees and their dependents will receive free and quality health care from the country’s premier health care provider, Pacific International Hospital (PIH).

“I am pleased to advice that PNG Ports Corporation Limited has entered into an agreement with Pacific International Hospital (PIH) whereby PIH will provide healthcare services to PNGPCL employees and their declared dependents,” Acting Managing Director, Mr Stanley Alphonse said.

“The facility is now available to Port Moresby and Lae based employees (via the Lae International Hospital). PIH is currently negotiating with medical services providers around the country to extend its health care facility to PNG Ports’ staff in other provinces,” Mr Alphonse said.

The services covered are extensive and include: Accidents and Emergency services, Anaesthesia and Critical care, Cardiology/Cardiac surgery, Critical Care, Dentistry, Dermatology, Dialysis, EYE and ENT, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, laboratory, neurology/neuro surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Optometry and Optical Services (Eye Care), Paediatrics Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Plastic surgery, Radiology, Trauma care and Urology.

Mr Alphonse made the announcement to jubilant staff who will access free and specialist quality health care, and will not have to wait in long queues at the public hospitals anymore.

“Costs are fully covered which means no employee will be required to pay any additional amount,” Mr Alphonse said.

“The health care facility enables the employees of PNG Ports and their declared dependents to access general health care services,” he said.

This company benefit comes back to back with an ambitious Home Ownership Scheme announced in January as an initiative to attract, retain and motivate staff in its endeavors to improve and maintain staff performance levels.

“While PNG Ports is a company seeing immense developments at its ports to meet global demands, it understands that the well-being of its staff will result in enhanced productivity at work and ultimately, the achievement of company milestones,” Mr Alphonse said.

PNG Ports Savings and Loans Society names new Board

The PNG Ports Savings and Loans Society has a new and younger Board of Directors in place to generally oversee the efficient management and control of the Society.

The Interim Board was approved and endorsed by the Regulatory Body for Savings and Loans Societies - the Bank of Papua New Guinea. 

Members of the Board appointed are Beverly Nelson, as Interim Chairperson, and Helen Nanumea, Steven Madagi and Ben Tomba as interim directors.

The Board of Directors will be responsible for making decisions on management of investment funds, budgets, smooth operation of the Society and consider loan and withdrawal applications beyond the Savings and Loans team’s delegated authority.

Ms Nelson, on behalf of the Board, said they were happy to voluntarily serve for the benefit of the members to ensure that their funds are managed well and bring back good returns.

Ms Nelson has been a member of the Board as a Director since 2013 and in 2015 she was appointed Interim Chair.  She is currently a Project Manager with the Project Management Unit and has been an employee of PNG Ports for six years.

Ms Nanumea, Mr Madagi and Mr Tomba are all new to the Board after being appointed last year. 

Mrs Nanumea works with the ICT Department as the Team Leader-Systems Support and has worked with PNG Ports for 18 years.

Mr Madagi, who is the Team Leader-Employee Relations and Training at the Human Capital Department, has been with PNG Ports for two years, while Mr Tomba, the Team Leader-Standards and Licensing attached with Maritime Compliance has been working with PNG Ports for 12 years after joining in 2005.

The Society team, which reports to the Board is being led by Team Leader-Savings and Loans, Eunice Kot, and assisted by Loans Administration Officer, Josephine Sepe and Loans Information Officer, Roselyn Henao.

The Society is an entity owned by its members, and controlled and operated by its Board of Directors.

The main function of the Society is to receive funds from members as ‘Savings’ and ‘Loans’.  These funds are then loaned to members in need of these funds. 

Members are able to obtain loans at a fair and reasonable interest rate of one percent (1%) per month, while an interest of 0.35% is paid on savings every month end on the closing balance.

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