Update on Manam Volcanic Eruption 23 January, 2019

Another phase of eruption from Manam’s Main Crater began after 12 noon and 1:00 pm Wednesday 23 January, 2019, and is continuing. Normally, the eruption lasts on average two (2) hours.  For the first time, it is continuing for over 24 hours, raising panic amongst the people. The Volcanological Observatory issued a Stage 2 risk…

Funds Wont be Released Until Structure Approved

On Monday 14, January 2019 Head of Secretariat Ms. Kessy Sawang met with Treasury officials for information on funding to get work moving for MRA. Previously, all the funding for Manam Resettlement Program has been chanelled through the Madang Provincial Administration. The Independent Review authorised by the Minister will also look into how these funds…

Way Forward Strategy – Minister Isifu & Chairman Ken Fairweather

On January 08, 2019 Chairman of Manam Resettlement Authority Ken Fairweather held discussions with the Minister for Inter Government Relations Hon. Kevin Isifu, MP on way forward for the resettlement program. As per expert reports, Manam Island is now uninhabitable.  The frequency of the volcanic eruptions has increased and it is a health hazard for…

Chairman Establishes Secretariat

The Chairman of Manam Resettlement Authority Ken Fairweather is focused on establishing the Manam Resettlement Authority as a fully-fledged institution in the first half of 2019.  The first step is to have the Board endorsed by the Minister for Inter Government Relations in mid-January. It is the O’Neill Government’s priority to institutionalize the resettlement program…