Femili PNG continues to support and strengthen the work of core service providers responding to family and sexual violence issues in Lae, Papua New Guinea.
During the final Lae FSV Service Provider Group meeting for the year in October 2016, Femili PNG donated more than K14,600 worth of office equipment, stationery and computers to the police and the Public Solicitor’s Office.
“I am delighted and humbled to receive this equipment on behalf of our Lae City Metropolitan Commander, who is busy today. These donations will indeed assist the work of the policemen and policewomen to execute their work effectively,” Superintendent Timothy Pomoso, Assistant Commander Operations said.
Superintendent Pomoso received the goods on behalf of the Lae Metropolitan Command and the 3-Mile suburban police station while Fiona Wafi received the goods on behalf of the Public Solicitor’s Office.
Superintendent Pomoso said that many police officers cannot carry out their work effectively because of the lack of resources such as computers and printers. He praised Femili PNG for its continued assistance.
A four-draw filing cabinet, two office chairs, a work table, two plastic chairs, a printer, stationery and desktop computer with accessories was given to the 3-Mile police station.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Lae police and the Public Solicitor’s Office were also each given a desktop computer with accessories.
Femili PNG also donated an Olympus voice recorder each to the police Family and Sexual Violence Unit (FSVU), police Sexual Offences Squad (SOS) and the Provincial Welfare Office.
The Lae FSV Service Provider Group were also oriented on two newly enacted laws by Femili PNG’s retained lawyer, Luke Vava of Luke Vava Lawyers. These newly endorsed laws are the Lukautim Pikinini (Child Protection) Act and the Family Protection Act.
Mr Vava gave a thorough synopsis of the two laws and explained how each law can be applied in responding to FSV issues in the country.
The FSV service providers who attended were the police’s Family Sexual Violence Unit, Sexual Offence Squad, Provincial Welfare (Child Protection Office), the Suburban police stations, safe house representatives, Public Solicitor’s Office, Magisterial services, Family Support Centrer and the provincial Family Sexual Violence Action Committee secretariat.
At this meeting, the members shared their successes and challenges and continued dialogue, working together to address FSV issues in the community.