Archdiocese of Rabaul: Housing Project from Heaven
Various housing projects and policies have been popping up in the real estate sector of Papua New Guinea. For instance, the National Gaming Control Board has issued the first ever housing policy that aims to distribute shares from 20 land leases to loyal employees.
The Government of Papua New Guinea has also been partnering with local and international developers to construct low-cost housing in the form of Duran Farm. Just recently, plans on creating a new housing development for low-income earners have surfaced again.
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Archbishop Francesco Panfilo – in an Islands region mayors conference in Kokopo – recently talked about the plans of the Archdiocese of Rabaul in East New Britain to develop a housing project for employees in Kokopo. Panfilo says, “We foresee the project to develop into three to four stages with the hope that at the end, we may have about 250 houses.” The project will be located behind the Kokopo sports field.
Even though this will be a large scale project like this, Panfilo clarifies that there is still a need to preserve the landscapes, infrastructure, and common areas in order to maintain the familiar feeling of being home even in a city setting. The Archdiocese will also be financing additional infrastructure developments that will regulate drainages, water, roads, and electricity.
With the primary goal to guard the welfare of his community, Panfilo explains in a recent awarding that “PNG is a developing country but there are so many opportunities.” And these opportunities require us to nurture different resources. But above anything, the housing projects are aimed towards nurturing one of the most important resources. Panfilo says that “there is the human resource, which is the best resource of PNG, particularly the children and the youth.”
Doing It All Over Again
This isn’t the first time the Archdiocese of Rabaul got involved in a project like this. In 2013, their Project Office development was completed. It has since assisted education providers, health providers, women, and youth groups that are under their care to carry out various activities. The project’s office is located at Vunapope, just opposite the Radio Peter ToRot Station.
With the Archdiocese or Rabaul taking on a vital role in the betterment of the lives of PNG citizens and other organizations providing alternatives to alleviate poverty in their own circles of influence, could the economy of PNG soon receive a significantly bigger boost in order to get into the radar of the international market? No matter the case, if the plans push through, 250 low-income earners will have a good opportunity to get a roof above their head without breaking the bank.