PNG Ports provides paternity leave for male staff

PNG Ports has made provisions in its policies that enable its male employees to take time off work for paternity leave.

The paternity leave allows for men to take time off from work (three days) to provide support to their partners during the birth of their newborn child.

While women are entitled to receive maternity leave, PNG Ports recognizes that it is equally important for men to be with their partners to welcome their newborns, and is one of the few companies that provides this benefit for men.

PNG Ports, through its Human Capital Department, at a recent awareness encouraged its male staff members to be responsible and supportive fathers, and use their paternity leaves to be with their partners at such times.

Apart from this, PNG Ports staff also enjoy full medical and insurance cover and competitive salaries.  They also have other entitlements and benefits that give employees no reason to ‘slack off’ from their work.

This was made known during a recent awareness on company policies and procedures conducted by the Department across 11of the 15 ports that PNG Ports owns and operates.

The awareness was to update staff on the department’s revised policies and procedures, attend to questions and use staff feedback to improve or amend the policies.

Human Capital Manager, Rex Kini, said as a result of the awareness, the company would now expect improved staff understanding and adherence to company policy and procedures.

The Human Capital Department will continue to deal accordingly with those staff who do not abide by policy.

PNG Ports Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports as a company that provides equal opportunities for its staff, was giving its male staff the privilege to apply and take paternity leaves.

“PNG Ports realises that providing equal opportunities and allowing staff to exercise their rights is the way forward in any company.  We want to make our staff happy so that they in turn perform to high expectations,” Mr Alphonse said.

PNG Ports is a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) that owns and operates 15 sea ports located in all maritime provinces in the country and employs more than 600 skilled Papua New Guineans.

PNG Ports is the premier port services provider in the region and one of the profit-making SOE’s.

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is a fully corporatised entity owned by the State and is a successor Company to the PNG Harbours Board. The Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) is the sole shareholder that holds shares in the Company on behalf of the State of Papua New Guinea.
The overall management and operations of PNGPCL are dictated by the relevant port and shipping regulations as well as policy directives of the National Executive Council (NEC) through the Ministry of Public Enterprises & State Investments.
PNGPCL operates/manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in Papua New Guinea; one (1) is under agency management & seven (7) are non-operational. The 15 operational ports are: Aitape, Alotau, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo and Wewak. The only one (1) under agency management is Samarai Port.
These ports handle in excess of 5.8 million tonnes of cargo annually – 100 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s entire seaborne trade and the main gateway to more than 300 scattered islands.
PNGPCL provides Pilotage services in PNG and has pilot launches at its main ports. Since its launching on the 13th of November 2006, the transition of the PNG Ports Corporation Limited as is known today has evolved from Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board (1963-1969), Papua New Guinea Harbours Board (1970-2002) and PNG Harbours Board Limited (2002-2006) and then PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.
The Corporation provides the following services including Berthage, Wharfage, Storage, Pilotage, Harbour Management Services and Miscellaneous port related services.
The regulatory body that governs port related tariff with the port services industry is the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
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