The District Development Authority is very much home grown.
Chief Secretary to Government Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc made this statement in his opening remarks at the District Development Authority Workshop held on March 2nd in Lae.
The workshop was for Provincial Administrators, District Administrators and Local Level Government Presidents for Eastern Highlands, Morobe and Madang Provinces. Sir Manasupe said the DDA is home grown based on experiences of 40 years of service delivery.
“It is based on the experiences of Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill while growing up in Pangia,” Sir Manasupe said. Secretary for Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Mr. Munare Uyassi said the districts already have the powers to bring services down to the district level.
He said the District Development Authority Act now gives them the statutory power they need to make things work. Mr. Uyassi said DDA is not a new thing; it is what people have been asking for. “It is about localized, accessible service delivery at short turnaround time.”
“We need political and bureaucratic will and the Act requires them to work together.” Secretary for Department of Personal Management Mr. John Kali said DDA is the vehicle for public servants to use to deliver services that they are normally unable to deliver on.
He said it is through leadership and ownership that services can be delivered. “Services are not delivered to where it is needed due to no leadership,” Mr. Kali said.
“Public servants need to take ownership and lead in service delivery.” Sir Manasupe said the District Development Authority is the best possible opportunity to build our villagers and deliver services. He also acknowledged the District Administrators of Morobe and the Provincial Administrator of East New Britain Province for their contributions to the development of the legislation that enables the DDA.