More civil servants study

Secretary of the Department of Personnel Management (DPM), Mr John Kali was in Divine Word University (DWU) Madang campus recently and presented tuition and boarding fees for public servants studying under the Public Sector Workforce Development Program (PSWDP).

He presented a cheque of K128,150 to DWU Bursar Ms Glenda Baptiste at a ceremony attended by the public servants who received the scholarship and senior officials of DWU at the Postgraduate and Research Centre on Wednesday 30th July, 2014.

The money was for 25 public servants from various government agencies around the country selected by the department to study in DWU. The public servants were on campus for their two-week residential component of the studies from Monday 28th July to Friday 8th August. They have since returned to their workplaces with assignments to do over the semester.

Mr Kali said that 13 officers were sponsored for the Masters of Public Administration (MPAdmin) program and 12 for the Bachelor of Public Administration (BPAdmin) program.

The two programs were developed by DWU and introduced in 2011 following a request from the PNG government for the University to assist it to improve the public service workforce with training programs.

This is the second batch of public servants studying under the PSWDP at DWU and Mr Kali said that the number continues to grow.

The first batch has since graduated. Among those that graduated in the first group of the Master of Public Administration program in March 2014 were senior public servants such as high profile police fraud investigator and member of anti-corruption Task Force Sweep Team, Superintendent Mathew Damaru, registrar of Companies Alex Tongayu, Registrar of Intellectual Property Office, Ms Amelia Naaru and Chief Executive officer of Vanimo General Hospital, Elias Kapavore.

Mr Kali told the public servants during the presentation that the purpose of PSWDP is to upgrade skills and knowledge of the public servants so they can serve the public better.

“You are here to attend this program to upgrade your skills so that you can aspire to work better and be promoted.”

He urged the public servants to use the opportunity study at DWU learn as much and return to help the civil service to be more ethical, accountable and productive.

Mr Kali said they were fortunate to study at DWU and should make use of the chance to enrich themselves academically, physically and spiritually “because DWU is a spiritual place (because of its Christian heritage).”

Mr Kali told the civil servants to work hard in their studies and develop a work ethics of integrity and become shining examples in their work places.

He said the priority of the government is to deliver services to people thus the PSWDP is an investment.

He told the public servants, many of whom are district administrators and local level government executives that they were always at the frontline and in contact with the people and what they acquired in their studies should be put to use to serve the people.