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Public Servants challenged to be leaders at work place

Minister for Public Service Westly Nukundj challenged recipients of Certificate in Leadership and Governance to be leaders in their respective provincial governments and state entities which they represent.

Minister Nukundj was speaking at the graduation of the 2nd batch of Public Servants from the Momase, Highlands and Southern Region who graduated on the 16th of August 2019 at the Lae International Hotel, Morobe Province, with Certificates in Leadership and Governance. A total of 34 public servants underwent 6 weeks of intensive training on Leadership and Governance, facilitated by the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG).

This program has been running since 2016 and is funded and delivered under a Public Private Partnership between the SP Brewery Foundation Inc. and PILAG. This certificate program is aimed at equipping public servants with the best possible knowledge and skills required to have an impact at their respective work place and to take a leading role at work.

The Public Service is challenged to do more in service delivery. Beyond working, the whole of Government approach, Our Public Service must now achieve Whole of Nation outcomes highlighted the Minister.

He said the Government is now looking at appointing Public Servants to senior positions through merit. And therefore challenged public servants to take lead in their roles and responsibilities.

Minister Nukundj said the government is now looking at ensuring that all public servants are on contracts with specified key result areas so they are seen to be performing and assessments will be made on them.

“Starting from Tea boy up to the management levelwe want all public servants to be on contract basis on merit. Public Servants had always had the perception that one has to serve in a department for a good number of years before being promoted to a senior role.”

He commended the SP Brewery Foundation Inc. for this important partnership saying this is a true testimony of a corporate entity passionate on taking social responsibility to help develop capacities in the public sector. The Minister also extended an invitation to other corporate entities to come on board and join in similar arrangements with PILAG to better the workforce. He said the Government is progressing in the development of public sector capabilities in leadership, strategic management, financial management and other key elements of public service.

SP Brewery announced its support for the continuity of the program with a commitment of K250 000 funding for year 2020.


Many years ago PNG used to have libraries in most schools and provinces but most have been shut down due to lack of funding to maintain them and books being outdated said Public Service Minister Westly Nukundj when welcoming development partners and Australian Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister for Women, Marise Payne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Davies Stevens, to the opening of the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance library opening ceremony.

“Technology is having a major impact in the lives of our people and in order to have an up to date library in an institute like PILAG is a bonus for the public servants in the country,” said Nukundj.

“PILAG has been committed over the years in development and training of high performing public servants throughout the country,” he said.

In the library there is a section given to ‘The Russel B. Trood Collection’ where late Trood’s personal book collection is kept.

Russel Brunell Trood (5th December 1948 – 9 January 2017) was an Australian scholar and politician who is held in high-regard for his distinguished academic career, passion for public service and foreign policy expertise.

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director for Griffith Asia Institute and representing late Trood family described late Trood as a leading Australian thinker on international relations. He inspired generations of tertiary students as a teacher at the Australian National University and Griffith University, and was often relied upon by community organizations, public sector agencies and politicians as a trusted foreign policy adviser.

“The Russel Trood Collection was gifted by his family to the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance to honor him and his wish,” added Prof Byrne.

Minister Payne acknowledged the continued partnership between PNG and Australia and promised that Australia will remain steadfast to PNG.

“I am pleased that its vision of teaching future leaders continues today through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct,” said Minister Payne.

Payne was delighted to open the new library as well as launch the Russel Trood Collection.

“I am delighted that my friend and colleague, the late Senator Russel Trood, donated his professional and personal library to PNG.”

Minister Payne was emotional when she described late Trood as one of Australia’s finest policy minds.

Deputy Prime Minister Davies Stevens stressed that PILAG has a legacy of training capable leaders within the public service in PNG.

“A breed of new generation leadership. Leadership that embraces ethics and commitment in service for our people. Not only in public service but in all sectors of society,” said Stevens .

“No amount of legislation will be effective without a change in attitude,” said Stevens. Stevens added that a change in how we perceive right and wrong and a simple commitment to doing the right thing, making PNG a better place, taking back our nation and restoring it to a position where we can advance and progress for the better future for our people.


Four final year students from the University of Technology completed their 6 months internship training with the Office of Government Accommodation and Public Service Housing as part of their course requirement to complete their respective programs.

“Translating theory to practice is a challenge that all of us go through. In PNG its competitive to find employment but don’t be discouraged, focus on what you want,” said acting Deputy Secretary for Executive Resourcing Services Mr Vele Ravugamini.

Mr Ravugamini thanked the students for providing much needed assistance to the division and encouraged them to stay focus and engage.

“Different people go through different challenges but there is another path that God has planned for you,” said Ravugamini.

The four trainees are Ezekiel Peter, Maryanne Porika, Joel Walano and Samuel Paita.

Miss Maryanne Porika, on behalf of the trainees, thanked DPM for the valuable advice, shared experiences and shared knowledge which will assist them in their remaining study time and in future endeavors. DPM organized a small lunch, token of appreciated and certificates for the trainees for their time assistance to the department.


The launching of the Department of Personnel Management Corporate Plan 2019-2022 was a milestone event and an achievement because the National Executive Council has approved this document to be used as a template for all other government departments and agencies including provincial administrations when developing their respective corporate plans.

DPM’s vision is “To have an efficient, ethical and value-oriented Public Servants who can provide Public Service to the people of Papua New Guinea” with the mission statement “For Papua New Guinea to have a cadre of qualified Public Servants who will enter the Public Service at the District level and enhance the provision of service to the people.

Good governance, among many things, was intricately woven into the planned activities with acting secretary duly accountable for all work plans in different divisions and streams by committing her Key Result Areas which are normally part of contracts to the work plan of the department.

This is where the Performance Management System (PMS) plays a vital role of ensuring departmental heads are accountable for the management of their respective agencies.

“I would like all Departments and Government Agencies to follow this format. We must cut down on unproductivity, reduce and refine the public bureaucracy to a lean machine and lessen maladministration including nepotism and outright corruption,” said Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore.

“DPM’s primary function is central to human resource development just as it is to the leadership and reinvigoration of the public service. However, to accomplish what should be done on different fronts, DPM must be smart and strategic in its thinking by taking proactive and decisive steps on the way forward.

Under this Corporate Plan, DPM will place more emphasis on the management of its Corporate Responsibility by being in the face of all agencies of government to ensure that whilst applying the delegated HR powers through the Public Service General Orders, taking a proactive step such as getting two or three individuals on one position to rectify continuous budget blowouts in personnel emoluments in the country’s national budget. All staff were smartly attired in the new Corporate Uniform to support Acting Secretary Sansan and Minister Kapavore launch the new Corporate Plan 2019-2022.

Morobe public servants determined to lead with ethics and values

Morobe’s public sector leaders believe that ethics and values are crucial for more effective delivery of vital local services, including health care and education. More than 50 public servants participated in the recent Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct short courses on Ethical Leadership for Decision Making, including 29 who took part in Lae. Siwan Patiuwatu, Senior Local Government Officer in the Morobe Provincial Administration, said ethical leadership is important for the public service because the office they hold is for the people of Papua New Guinea. “We are their servants,” he said, “The positions we hold are not our birthrights.” “We must be accountable, honest and transparent, and it must try to hold value in what we are doing for the people.” Mr Patiuwatu said the course provided insights on how to ensure local leaders are ethical, capable and have the tools to navigate Papua New Guinea’s cultural complexity. He said, “PNG has value systems; we have family values, Christian values, and now we are a member of the global community which has its own values – so we try to adopt those global values as well and see where in our family, community and society these global values will be best incorporated.” “My hope is to encourage our leaders to practice good values, have good thoughts and good planning. I think I am doing the right thing to serve my people when I encourage leaders at Ward or LLG level to be accountable for their decisions,” he said. More than 1,000 public servants have participated in Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct short courses, with over a third from subnational agencies. All Precinct activities are underpinned by the PNG Government’s Ethics and Values-Based Executive Leadership and Management Capability Framework and the core public service values – honesty, integrity, accountability, respect, wisdom and responsibility. Kaumu Laga, Education Manager for Lae District, said the training demonstrated that he can be a role model for other public servants and contribute to the development of emerging leaders. “I am inspired by the six values I learnt – honesty, integrity, accountability, responsibility, respect and wisdom,” he said, “I didn’t realise it before, but they are part of my life.” “They are really relevant, useful and meaningful, and I can adopt these so people can see me as an example and I can lead others as well. Ethical leadership is the right way forward – we need to apply it in our lives to prosper and improve so that services can be delivered effectively,” he said. The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is a partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia that is supporting the development of ethical, capable public sector leaders.

PILAG Launches New Logo

Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance Precinct has been doing a tremendous work in upskilling public servants in necessary knowledge and at the same time driving the six values enshrined in the capability framework.

The six values being honesty, integrity, accountability, responsibility, respect and wisdom. The whole idea was evident when PILAG launched its new logo and motto recently.

Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore, when launching the new logo explained that the logo was coined to honor the past and look forward into the future with the motto “Forging a new generation of future leaders”.

“This is about the future of many more public servants who will continue to come and acquire the necessary knowledge,” said Kapavore.

PILAG is going into provinces and districts, like Telefomin and Menyama, and rolling out short courses to public servants in the province to upskill their competencies.

“The interest we have received from Members of Parliament is increasing every time and we have also received some more reports on other MPs who want to see the PILAG programs to be rolled out to our rural communities,” added Kapavore.

Kapavore and Department of Personnel Management acting Secretary Taies Sansan were invited to officiate at the launching, showing the Government’s support and aim to build the public servants capacities to better serve its people in their respective roles and responsibilities.

PILAG is headed by Acting Chief Executive Officer Angori Wewerang.

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