311014PROBLEM IS WITH THE YOUNG POPULATION
BY JENNIFER NKUI
A representative from the Arawa district office has revealed that the problem of family planning now a days is with the young population because they are becoming pregnant when they are not yet ready and also at a very early age.
He said now that the Marie Stopes programme is in the district, the programme will help educate the mothers and the young population on family planning which will in turn minimise the problems that they are faced with every day.
Joachim Meirama, who represented the government body at the launching of the Marie Stopes programme in Bougainville in Arawa on Monday, appealed that the programme must outreach to the communities because most of our women, about 90 per cent are illiterate about a lot of things and family planning is one of them.
He stressed strongly that our mothers and young women need education on family planning so they can be able to control the population.
However, he also added that since the programmes are intimate programmes, both partners must be involved which is very important.
He pointed out that educating the young people who are now the majority of the population in the community will have a big impact because this is the problem that the programme must address, especially with the young generation.
311014 DEFERAL OF BPA AWARENESS FOR BHR
By Helmtrude Lewewett
DWU Journalism student
The Acting Clerk of Parliament Edwin Kenehata is advising the Honorable Members of the Bougainville House of Representative (BHR) that the Planned Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) Awareness for the Members of Parliament has been deferred to a later date.
Mr. Kenehata said the planned date has been deferred because the main facilitators, Mr. Tony Reagan and John Money will be away in New Zealand next week.
Meanwhile the Director of Autonomy, Implementation and Monitoring Paul Kebori also advises the people concerned that the suggested date would be before or after the next Parliament Sitting.
The Office of the Clerk will confirm the date later and provide the information as to when the workshop will be conducted.
ABG RADIO TO COME ON AIR
By Aloysius Laukai
The Autonomous Bougainville Government’s Bureau of Media and Communications has bought a Suitcase radio that will be used to carry out awareness throughout Bougainville.
This is despite the ABG signing an MOU for a 60/40 Content agreement with the National Broadcasting Corporation at the beginning of this year to carry out awareness on the NBC Bougainville network.
Following this MOU a support grant of FOUR MILLION KINA was pledged to support NBC Buka to reach the entire region.
The FM radio similar to the one used by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Radio Free Bougainville during the height of the Bougainville conflict will be moved from locations to locations to carry their awareness program.
According to reports gathered by New Dawn FM this is funded with TWO MILLION KINA by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (AUSAID) (DFAT).
The new radio CALLED “Radio PLES LAIN” will be launched at the BEL ISI PARK on November 6 and 7th, 2014.
They have been testing their signals in Buka on 98.6 Megahertz on the FM BAND.
Meanwhile New Dawn FM a local radio operating from Buka since 2008 has signed a grant deed agreement with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to Produce, screen and distribute six awareness videos in Tok Pidgin language to raise awareness about missing persons, war widows, government corruption and the three pillars of the Bougainville Peace Agreement
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301014 TOROKINA RENDER SAFE AFTER 1,200 BOMBS
By Aloysius Laukai
Torokina is indeed rendered safe after more than 1,200 Bombs which is about 50percent of the total bombs identified for disposal have been removed since the operation commenced in Torokina a week ago.
This was the comments made by the ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA after visiting Torokina today.
He told New Dawn FM that the people of Torokina will from this year be able to participate in the development of the region as their land will be free from Bombs that has destroyed their lives since the end of World War 2 70 years ago.
MR. NISIRA said that he was happy that the MOMIS/NISIRA government made this decision to help the people of TOROKINA who had to live with these dangerous bombs for a long time.
The Vice President also thanked the Multi national force operating under Australia for putting their lives under risk to save the people of Torokina and Bougainville as a whole.
On the question of requesting the Australian Army to return to remove more bombs that would be left after this operation, MR. NISIRA said that it will be up to the next governments to make that decision.
He said he personally would leave this until after referendum so that issues raised by former combatants on this operation is avoided in the future.
Meanwhile, the Commander of Operation Render safe, Captain JAY BANNISTER said that from the 65 sites identified for disposal the locals have shown them another 30 sites to be dealt with before the operation ends next week.
He said if weather permits they would remove all bombs at these 65 sites and the 30 extra sites before they leave Torokina.
The team that visited the Torokina sites today included the ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA, ACP Bougainville Police Service, Commander PAUL KAMUAI and a reporter, Fabian Hakalits from the Post Courier and a reporter from New Dawn FM.
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BY JENNIFER NKUI
The representative from the United Nations Population Fund Walter Medonca-Filho has urged and encouraged the people of Bougainville to utilize the services that Marie Stopes PNG will be providing to them.
When giving his speech during the launching of the Marie Stopes services in Arawa on Monday, he explained that the United Nations Population Fund is an agency that supports health and particularly the health of mothers and women.
He said he has had the opportunity to speak to the people who revealed to him that they do not understand what family planning is, especially the women because they are not aware of the services available.
He then added that now we have the opportunity to go there and receive information and services that were not available before.
Mr. Medonca-Filho also encouraged the people in Arawa to spread the message and information out to others about the availability of the service, and to tell people to come and utilise the services which are very important.
He said we have the chance to make our choices so we must go there and utilize the services that are free of charge saying the family planning methods are available for both men and women.
He added that there are many choices but we can only choose what we want to become and therefore, it is very important to make sure we know about these things so we can make our choices.