MOA Sign - Goilala DDA, CPG, Provincial Works

2:1 RATIO FUNDING AGREED – MOA SIGN WITH PROVINCIAL WORKS FOR GOILALA HIGHWAY

Goilala DDA has formalized a Memorandum Of Agreement [MOA] with Central Provincial Works Department to have Goilala Highway maintained and cleared.

MOA Sign - Goilala DDA, CPG, Provincial Works
MOA Sign – Goilala DDA, CPG, Provincial Works

The MOA will see Goilala and Central Province work on a 2:1 funding ratio to help keep the Goilala Highway open and usable.

2:1 ration mean – for every K2mil Goilala DDA allocates to Goilala HW, Provincial Government will put K1Mil as counter funding annually.

MOA Sign - Goilala DDA, CPG, Provincial Works
MOA Sign – Goilala DDA, CPG, Provincial Works

This in essence means annually, Goilala Highway will get a funding of K3million from both Goilala DDA and Central Province Government under the watch of Hon Robert Agarobe and Hon William Samb.

Witnessing the MOA signing was the Governor of Central Province – Hon. Robert Agarobe, Goilala MP Hon. William Samb, and Central Provincial Administrator Mr. Gei Raga, Goilala CEO Mr. Titus Girau

Photo credit: Goilala DDA Officers.

Most Improved Award - Tapini Sacred Heart

MOST IMPROVED AWARD GOES TO TAPINI SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL –

Congratulations Sacred Heart (Tapini) High School on being awarded this commendation from the Secretary of Education which was given in person by the secretary to our Principal, Mr Arasu Ason at the close of Grade 11 Selections this afternoon at the Gateway Hotel.

Most Improved Award - Tapini Sacred Heart
Fr. Brian on the right with School Principal Mr.Arasu Ason showing the award.

Sacred Heart has been rated as being one of the top ten high schools on PNG.

For this year’s G11 selection 61 out of 92 students who sat the G10 exams gained selection to Grade 11 next year (66% being the highest in Central Province).

A great effort moving now into secondary status. Watch out for Sacred Heart (Tapini) Secondary for the performance our first G12 on 2019! Big thanks to Mr Ason and all the committed teachers at Sacred Heart.

Most Improved Award
Most Improved Award – Tapini Sacred Heart High School

A very proud BOG Chair.

Source: Fr. Brian Cahill‘s FB wall.

FR.BRIAN DID THE RIGHT THING – TAIA.

This is a nation wide issue that is supported by research done by a long serving doctor in PNG, Dr Greg Law. It was not exposed or tackled by relevant authorities therefore it spread to all provinces and finally it has reached our district through schools.

Fr. Brian Cahill should be honoured despite critics tagging him for mismanagement of in house issue or bad publicity.

I personally think he is very patriotic about Goilala District and the education of future generation of Goilala. His exposing and management technique used to have regular medical checks will deter the practice of penis injection and enable students to focus only on education.

When students have foreign substances in their body or system, they will be disturbed in their education and also in their daily life. What is the main purpose of having the injected penis; that desire will lead him to have multiple sex partners and wont be able to care who they may be.

This penis injected students as they leave school and reach their adulthood will have a social attitude problem. Their desire to entertain their injected penis will lead them marriage problems, financial problems and health problems especially “AIDS”.


What Fr. Brian is doing now is beneficial for the educated generation of today but it is also beneficial for healthy generation of Goilala tomorrow.

Mr. Tumau. T. Taia

FACTS NEEDS TO BE TOLD. ITS NO BAD PUBLICITY – CAHILL.

My intention in posting about this problem regarding the practice of penis injection as it has been uncovered amongst male students at Sacred Heart and Mainohana, and amongst male students attending primary schools in the Tapini area is not to put out ‘bad publicity’.

Nor is what I have reported to be misconstrued in any way as being a problem specifically concerning the male students attending Tapini schools.

This problem first came to our attention last year, and then again this year when the school authorities at Sacred Heart noticed health problems with a number of male students following sports and physical exertion (i.e., fevour, fatigue, tiredness). Medical examination at the Health Centre revealed that these students had undergone penis injection. This alerted the school administration to potentially serious problem. Subsequent medical examinations conducted by health workers on all the males students at Sacred Heart (last year and this year) uncovered the extent of this condition amongst male students.

At Sacred Heart we have students enrolled from all areas of the diocese – mountains and coast – providing a sample pool giving some indication as to the extent of this problem in the diocese, as this practice of penis injection comes out of their village, and is usually done to school boys when they are home on holidays. The data indicated that students with this condition came from nearly all the village areas in the diocese, with certain areas (Aiwarra, Ivane, Pilitu, Guari, and Mekeo) being hotspots.

Prior to this first coming to our attention last year, the school had not seen this problem of penis injection. A medical examination of the students is routinely done at the school each year. This gives some clear indication as to when this new trend of penis injection began. Moreover, since it was first noticed last year, and then again this year, the incidence was seen to have increased.

With what was uncovered at Sacred Heart in Augst, a similar medical examination of male students was undertaken at Mainohana last month revealing similar statistics.

Also, investigations were undertaken at our nearby primary schools at Tapini. These primary schools are ‘community’ schools giving a further indication of what is going on in these communities. This was not done to single out schools (and communities) in the Tapini area. It was done at these schools because of their proximity and ease of access to provide a sample pool. Medical investigations are to take place at all our primary schools in diocese early next year. I imagine a similar picture will emerge.

When this problem of penis injection first came to our attention at Sacred Heart last year, we did not act on it other than to keep it ‘ín house’ and deal with it as a discipline problem in the school. We also were inactive in providing treatment for these students, as we did not have the advice we have now or means to go about it at the time. However, when it came to our attention again this year (in August) with an alarming increase in incidence amongst male students, warning bells rang that we were dealing with a much bigger problem then what we first thought. It is not ‘in house’ but a major social problem.

The practice of men and boys in PNG injecting their penis with an oil substance has a history. I quote from advice I received from a long serving doctor in PNG, Dr Greg Law:

“The problem you describe is very common and has been so for many years. The practice started in Sandaun Province about 10 – 15 years ago and then spread through Momase and then throughout PNG. At first men from Sandaun were going across the border to get the injections in Jayapura, then bringing back various products into Sandaun and doing the injections themselves. Sadly many male health workers got involved and made quite a lot of money doing these injections at that time. All this was while I was still in NDoH. I did some corrective surgery myself and then started referring them to the surgeons / urologists. They soon became overwhelmed with the scale of the problem and the official policy for many years has been that they will not repair the damage surgically within the public health system because it uses up a huge amount of time and resources. Some surgeons are doing some reconstructions in the private hospitals and charging huge fees. It is not easy and is a pretty bloody process.

It is a huge problem nationally – even in remote parts of Bougainville and the other Islands and throughout the Highlands. I have seen many, many men and boys who can no longer have sexual intercourse because of the deformity. Just recently when I was at the City Mission Farm past Bautama doing medicals – I would say that probably 85% of them all, have had the injections. It is very common. The damage depends on how much (oil) is used and just where it is injected.

These days it is usually baby oil but I have known them to inject cooking oil, melted margarine, skin lotion, melted candle wax, coconut oil +++++++

NDoH and the surgeons are very aware of the problem.

This is such a huge problem and on such a grand scale.”

I am shocked by what I have found out since when I began to seriously investigate this problem, the extent of this problem in PNG, and the apparent indifference of health authorities to even simple preventative measures, beginning with public awareness.

I am hearing stories from our students at Sogeri NHS of the number of students there who have this problem. I am appalled by stories I heard of outsiders coming into the school (unknown to the school administration) to sell oily substances to students for penis enlargement, and doing injections on students in the dormitory.

This is not a problem confined to Sacred Heart and Mainohana. It is a problem seen in schools across the country. At our two schools I believe we have demonstrated a pastoral care for the well-being of our students and taken appropriate action to tackle the problem.

Public Awareness is urgently required stem this trend of penis injection and prevent further damage being done on boys in our communities. This is of paramount concern. This is being done by the diocese prior to students heading home for the holiday period, as this is the time when things usually happen. Posting on FB is an effective means of getting the message out there, fast.

Seen in this light, this is not ‘bad publicity’ or even ‘very bad publicity’ for our schools, buts shows a level of responsibility on the part of our school authorities that distinguishes them as being ‘schools of excellence’ where it matters most – care of students.

Fr Brian Cahill msc
Catholic Diocese of Bereina

LETTER TO PARENTS – PENILE INJECTION – DIOCESE OF BEREINA

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you of a disturbing trend that has recently been uncovered in our schools, concerning male students having their penises injected with baby oil or cooking oil for penis enlargement.

This appears to be new development sweeping through nearly all of our village communities over the last 2 years, following on from the more well-known practices amongst village boys of partial circumcision and penile insertion with beads and other objects. These practices originated in the settlements of Port Moresby, they were then introduced to the villages, and eventually they have found their way into our schools. The ideas being promoted by this sort of activity are based on misinformation, and they feed on adolescent immaturity, sexual fantasy, and peer pressure. This sort of penile self-mutilation is associated with rascal gang activity and cultic practice, whereby boys have this done to their penis so they can foolishly pursue the promise of heightened sexual enjoyment with different partners, while having little regard for the harm caused to the girls concerned (at worst rape). Needless to say, such ideas and practices are contrary to a Christian way of life, and the sort of character we are trying to form in our schools. We don’t need such persons in our schools.

This latest practice of injecting an oil substance into the penis for penis enlargement is a very dangerous activity, leading to all sorts of health complications and even death in the not too distant future if it remains untreated.

What happens when the substance is injected into the penis? The substance is usually injected into the outer layer of skin (areolar tissue) which surrounds the actual shaft of the penis. The shaft of the penis is that tissue which contains the blood vessels and spongy tissue to enable erection, the nerves that make sex pleasurable, and the urethra which is the canal for urinary function. Because it is a foreign substance to the body, the body mounts a natural defence against it and as it does it causes scarring and an uncontrolled growth of the areolar tissue which surrounds the shaft of the penis. So while the surrounding areolar tissue may increase in size, the actual shaft of the penis usually remains the same and may even shrink as the abnormal overgrown areolar tissue compresses into it. The effects are devastating!

  •  The growth of the areolar tissue is uncontrolled, which means it can continue to grow and become dysfigured to the point that one can no longer use it for normal human sexual activity.
  •  It can become extremely painful during sex and even without sex.
  • The nerves that make sex pleasurable are damaged by the abnormal growth and scar tissue making sex almost impossible to enjoy.
  • The compression on the shaft of the penis causes erectile, circulatory and urinary dysfunction.
  • If the injection is done under unsterile conditions the penis can become very infected with bacterial growth. Causing complications such as swelling of the glands, fever and fatigue.
  • Sometimes the person injecting the substance injects it too deep into the shaft of the penis and this leads to scarring of the penile shaft itself causing a devastating and painful condition called pyroneus disease.
  • If this condition remains untreated it can develop into a rotting of the penis, cancer, causing death. This condition can only be corrected by surgery, whereby the infected outer layer of skin on the penis is surgically removed.

The earlier this corrective surgery is done the better the outcome. The simple message to boys is to be happy with what God has given you (to be used as God intended) and do not fall for anyone trying to con you into having this done. In this matter parents, especially fathers need to be vigilant in caring for the welfare of their sons and be mindful of the influences out there in the community that can easily pull them into trouble. To give you some idea of the extent of this problem now in our schools, a medical examination of all the boys at Sacred Heart – Tapini revealed 30%+ of the male student population with this condition.

A similar examination of students at Mainohana revealed 20-30% of the male student population with the same condition, with cases more severe than what was uncovered at Sacred Heart. Medical checks on male students at primary schools in the Tapini area has also revealed an alarming statistic for students in grades 4,5 and 6 approaching 80% of the male student population in the upper grades. I point out that what we are seeing here is a recent phenomena, which was unknown of just 2-3 years ago. And what we are seeing in our schools is a reflection of a much bigger number of unschooled youths in the village with this condition.

This is a major health problem affecting all our communities. I am told by doctors who have been treating this problem, that it is now a problem which is widespread across the country. The silence and lack of public awareness about this problem needs to be addressed. The Diocese of Bereina, through its health, education, and pastoral services is committed to addressing this issue. Our Diocesan Education Board has therefore endorsed the following policy for enrolment into our schools next year (2018):

  1. All male students enrolling at Mainohana and Sacred Heart next year (2018) will be required to undergo a medical examination by a nursing officer at the school clinic at the time of enrolment. Enrolment will not proceed if the student does not have a medical clearance for this condition. Students found to have this condition will be given advice as to where it can be corrected by surgery, and advised not to come back until this is done. NO STUDENT WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENROL WITHOUT A MEDICAL CLEARANCE FOR THIS CONDITION.
  2. The Diocese of Bereina has an arrangement with St Mary’s Medical Centre, Boroko to provide surgery for boys who are referred to it by our Health Services. The cost for the medical procedure is discounted, and part of this cost is covered by the diocese. Parents are required to pay K400 for this procedure, which is around 50% of the normal cost. Payment is made to the school as an additional charge. Already students currently enrolled at Mainohana and Sacred Heart with this condition have been billed for this amount, with these students to be attended to at St Mary’s during December – January period
  3. A medical examination of all male students at our main centre primary schools will be conducted at enrolment next year, and at smaller schools throughout term 1. Students found to have this condition will be required to have it corrected before being permitted to continue in the school.
  4. Instances of this practice of injecting oil into the penis have been taking place within our schools, in the playground and dormitories. Instigated by a student who does the injection of other boys with the same needle, which is usually a used needle in the first place. There have been instances at one school were a student has been injecting small boys in lower grades, who really have no idea of what is happening to them at the hands of the bigger boy doing this, and causing serious damage to the health of these little ones. Students interfering with another student like this in the school is a criminal matter, and they will be referred to the police by the school authority. Such activity is an expellable offence.

The resources of our Diocesan Health Services are being utilised to help deal with thisproblem. Provincial/National Government Health and Education authorities have beenalerted. It is a social problem requiring every effort now on the part of community leaders, village elders, and parents to do their part in warning their sons and to promote a public awareness about the dangers of such activity.

Yours faithfully,
Fr Brian Cahill msc,EV
Vicar for Education
Chair – Diocesan Education Board
Chair – Diocesan Health Board

PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP – GOILALA HIGHWAY.

Growing up in Tapini station back in the early 1980s, one feature of Tapini stations that stood out was the ease of use of the Mona Highway.

That feature along directly had an impact on the availability of both public service and public servants.

There was also the fact we had Douglas Airways allowing its aircrafts to over night there and fly out early mornings.

Vehicles used to drive up and down Tapini HW freely.

Whenever there was a landslip or landslide, works department bulldoser stationed at Utalama base camp would move in and clear that within two hours at most.

Those where the good old days when Department of Works and Supply had a well oiled system which was functioning seamlessly and flawlessly.

Mona HW today is an eye sore. It has been for the last two decays and is worse today.

While politicians seem to be the easy target, most people forget that all roads in PNG should be the responsibility of the Department of Works and Supply.

Anyway, today, that Department of Works and Supply is now so corrupt it can barely move its senseless limps nor can it breath.

So how can Goilala District own up and take care of its own Highway while waiting for a miracle to happen at Dept of Works?

How about this?

Goilala DDA instead of pumping in hundreds of thousands of Kina into Non-Goilala road contruction companies, buy machinery for the sole purpose of replicating what Department of Works used to do back in the 1980s.

An excuvator and a backhoe and maybe a bulldoser would do us heaps and bounds of wonders.

After buying these assets, lease that out to Pilitu people who are traditional LOs of the land that the highway passes through.

(Pilitu people already has a corporative society, use that legally recognized entity)

Engage Catholic Church Agency which is based in Tapini as the Manager of these assets. And DDA and District Administration then budget and allocate funding to Catholic Church Agency to handle the servicing and maintainence of these machines plus wages and salaries of the operators and care taking and security of these assets. Other funding sources can be identified and secured as time goes by.

In this way the concept of contracting out roads works becomes an inhouse issue.

LOs now take ownership of the roadworks. LOs also will have the upper hand to set up boomgates and collect fees from road users as they wish so long as such acts are sanctioned by DDA and District Administration.

If this is done there is an opening now for Goilala DDA to expand its road works service into Kairuku Hiri district and even look at Gulf Province road works too. Not forgetting the Hiritano HW which is a National Road. Extra revenue source?

Private and Public Partnership in its simple terms means something like this at the grassroots level.

It does mean other things in levels higher above the grassroots level.

This is just my opinion. This is in no way critism or an advisory to any authority. This can be used as an idea by decision makers if considered practical without crediting me as a owner. Primary beneficiaries are Goilala people. And if this directly or indirectly is used to benefit Goilala people that is the sole mission.

FREIGHT & AIRFARES SUBSIDY CONCEPT IS SMART.

A subsidy is a form of financial aid or support extended to an economic sector (or institution, business, or individual) generally with the aim of promoting economic and social policy. (Wikipedia]

Service providers in Goilala provide the service they provide to the people of Goilala for a fee.

And it has to be stated these services are not cheap. Especially with the economy of PNG in its current state.

Operational costs incurred by these service providers are so high that in order to recoup such costs, service providers pass that down to its customers who end up paying a high price to help keep the service providers afloat.

Airborne Logistics offers a door to door chopper flight services throughout Woitape LLG and parts of Tapini LLG at a price of K450.00 one way per passenger.

Airborne Logistics Chopper at Sopu Airstrip
RAA Team touches down at Sopu to work on the airstrip

The excess luggage is weighed in at K7.00 per Kilo.

Charters would cost about K5,000.00 one way with no backload. The chopper on the return leg of the flight does its normal service run meaning it charges passengers the normal ticket fare.

Air Sanga Aviation also K400.00 per passenger one way either way.

They charge freight at K3.00 per Kilo for excess luggage.

PMV operators on the death trap Goilala HW charge a K100 per passenger one way and a bag of 50kg vegetable would be charged K50.00.

The road is so unusable vehicle owners pay heavy for repairs and spare parts.
Samb Grave Yard - Goilala HW (5)

While the obviously fix the roads airstrips chants are there to be thrown at our respective authorities, would it be further relieving to see FREIGHT & AIRFARES SUBSIDY incentives provided by respective and responsible authorities of Goilala?

If I were to be offering my advice… I would suggest…

1. 50 percent airfares subsidy to Airline’s service providers for passengers traveling out of Port Moresby back to any port in Goilala – (K225.00). And normal fares for any passenger coming back into Port Moresby – K450.00. (Encourage urban-rural drift, discourage rural-urban drift)

2. 50 percent freight subsidy for passengers originating both ways. Encourage more cargo to be brought home and more fresh vegetables to be brought into Port Moresby to sell.

Who would and can provide such incentives to attract reliable service providers into Goilala?

Open Members office by way of DDA resolutions approval from DSIP and Provincial Government’s PSIP component. And LLGSIP too if adequate enough to share.

Subsidizing airfares and freight for traveling passengers will benefit all involved.

Service providers would feel obligated to provide service while people would afford to pay their way home. On top of which bring enough or more cargo home which they can sell if its store goods.

Farmers from home will bring into Port Moresby more vegetables and sell at very good prices and buy more cargo on their way back because the freight charges would be affordable.

This subsidy assistance can be offered to PMV operators as well.

Freight and airfare subsidies are not a new concept. It’s been adapted and used by various politicians and governments in PNG and above.

It is a new thing for Goilala so it seems.

Rural Airstrip agency has helped opened up a lot of airstrips in Goilala. Now they are idle and unused. Chopper company airborne logistics is struggling to provide air transport to Goilala people.

Goilala HW is unusable. Get that cleaned and opened.

Then subsidize airfares and freight and let the people take ownership of their own destiny.🤔🤔🤔

This is only an opinion. And it will remain an opinion for now.✔️✔️

WOITAPE VOCATIONAL CENTER – IS ONLY USEFUL WHEN UTILIZED – YR 12 DROP OUTS FROM TAPINI SACRED HEART SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL.

DROPOUTS FROM TAPINI SACRED HEART SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL GRADE 12 IN 2019.

Woitape Vocational Centre

It would be smart if we have a Goilala Technical School of some sort up and running to fetch the rest of the students who will not make it past the Grade 12 Education level.

Maybe we already have a Sacred Heart Teachers College in Bomana taking care of students who can not make it past Sogeri Nat High School, Mainohana Secondary High School and other secondary-level high schools in PNG [esp those from Goilala].

It would be proactive and in control on the part of the District’s Education system and District’s political body to have an avenue up and operating so it smartly captures students that find themselves not able to make it past Grade 12 from Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School starting in 2020.

Woitape Vocational Center is currently dead and rotting away.
Woitape Vocational Center - 2012 - What is Left Of it.

Is there an Education Sector coordinator in Goilala that might want to consider exploring that?

Do such possibilities fall under the Agency responsible for Education in Goilala’s area of care?

Does the LLG President concern – Hon Joe Geru – of Woitape LLG have any plans to make submissions into National Planning Dept, Provincial Education, OPen MP, and Donor Agencies and even Catholic Church Agency to see if this concept is worth looking into?

How about the Open MP for Goilala? What is education plan for Goilala going forward?

Ensuring there are no failures in any Education system is something that’s possible but is it really possible to achieve with the kind of leadership we have in place?

SAMB WANTS PROVINCIAL FUNDS AUDITED – The National.

By LUKE KAMA

GOILALA MP William Samb, pictured, says the Auditor-General must conduct independent audits into acquittals of a district and provincial funds submitted to the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD).

Sitting MP William Samb  - Nominated
Sitting MP William Samb – Nominated

He said this yesterday after presenting 2015 and 2016 Goilala district services improvement programme funds to the DIRD.
“One of the important things for Government is to adequately fund the Auditor-General’s Office,” Samb said.
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“This is so they can do an independent audit of the DSIP acquittals for every district in the country.

“This is important to ensure check and balances in the report.
“This ensures that what’s being acquitted and presented to the DIRD reflects what’s really happening on the ground.

“There needs to be some confidence in the acquittal reports districts submit.”
Samb said the current trend of districts submitting their acquittals to DIRD without an independent audit would see some bias.

“We (Goilala) have acquitted the K6 million we received in 2015, as well as the K9.5 million we received in 2016,” he said.
“We have submitted our acquittals to the Department of Implementation and Rural Development.

“I think responsible agencies of State that are entrusted to look into the prudent management of funds, such as the Auditor-General’s Office as well as the DIRD, need to do independent audits into the acquittals of every district and province.”

SAMB CLEARS AIR ON MINING DELAY.

THE operator of the Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited in Central has been delaying operations for the past two years because a business partner was pulling out, according to Goilala MP William Samb.
 
He said the Asidokona Mining Resources Pty Limited was to have restarted the mine which Central was a shareholder in.
In a statement, Samb said the delay had caused inconvenience to the company management in settling outstanding salaries of employees and resuming the operations at the mine.
 
The Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited is under care maintenance.
This was revealed during a recent meeting Samb had with Asidokona’s executive director Vincent Siow who confirmed the challenges.
 
Samb said a stakeholders’ meeting to be held this month will be to revise the agreement. They will discuss the production phase, scale of the mine, construction of the road from Doa to Tolukuma, the establishment of the infrastructure development committee, and proper landowner business plans.
“Siow has assured that Asidokona is here to stay and continue with operation of the mine despite the few challenges,” Samb said.
 
“One of those will be to build a road linking Tolukuma to Port Moresby so it can cut back on the high operational costs.”

For background information, please read..

1. TGM LO ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN GIVES 7 DAYS ULTIMITUM TO ASIDOKONA

When Goilala MP Samb clears the air on the above article, this is the reaction from TGM LO Association Chairman – GUSI REACTIONS TO SAMB’S MEDIA STATEMENT.