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Marape Govt releases Final Quarter of K2 million SIP Funds

The government is currently in the process of distributing the final component of K2 million service improvement program (PSIP and DSIP) funds to all 111 electorates in PNG.

The K2 million is the final amount disbursed to the sub-national administrations for the 2019 fiscal year.

Previously, the department of implementation and rural development (DIRD) had already released K6 million. This now brings the total SIP program up to K8 million per electorates.

DIRD, as being the mandated agency sanctioned by the government to monitor and facilitate the SIP program confirmed the payouts this week.

Secretary Aihi Vaki ,reminded the sub-national administrations to be mindful of the requirements and the prerequisites that must be adhered to as means to qualify for the access of development grants.

“The money is for our rural people and is definitely intended to improve the lives through effective service delivery,” he said.

However, for the purpose of transparency, accountability and good governance, leaders and administrations must comply with the administrative guidelines and the financial instructions that are stipulated to guide the use of these development grants.

He said funds must be spent on projects such as roads, education and health infrastructures, and other sustainable programs in partnership with local communities to empower and improve their living standards.

Vaki stressed that beginning next year DIRD will visit each provinces and district to monitor and evaluate projects and programs actually implemented on the ground and merge with SIP acquittal and disbursement reports based on the grants released this year.

“The process is aimed at maintaining accountability, transparency and good governance because huge development grants were front-loaded to sub-nationals levels who fail to furnish reports so as lack of implementation,” he said.

In total K888 million has been paid to provinces and districts in the form of SIP.

He added that in order to access development grants, leaders must provide itemized copies of approved itemized provincial and district SIP budget plan, previous years SIP physical implementation and financial reports, JPP&BPC or DDA meeting minutes resolutions and five year development plans.

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