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.
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.
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.✔️✔️