New PNG Surveyors Board Members inauguration

The new PNG Surveys board will be looking at improving the surveyors’ cadetship program as one of its main priorities. Acting Surveyor General, Chris Manda revealed this upon his swearing in as the new Chairman of the PNG Surveys board in Port Moresby last Friday 01st May 2015. Mr. Manda said since the Surveyors Board was inaugurated in 2012 after being dormant for over a decade, the board had only registered 4 surveyors.

“The Survey board will be seriously looking at ensuring that the cadet training program is in order. Due to lack of participation from outside, we will be looking at recruiting our own surveyors within the Lands Department for the cadetship training,” Manda said.

Mr. Manda added that whilst the Surveyors Board regulates survey practices in the country, it is also aware that whatever role the board plays, it must also reflect land reform policies of the government.
“That is one factor that forces us to review the Surveys Act. Once the Act is reviewed, it will enable us to write up new policy directions in line with the land act.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary, Land Services and Surveys Board Member, Luther Sipison called on the newly recruited young surveyors to register themselves.