All of us are currently faced with making challenging and complex decisions during these strange COVID-19 times. For me as the Commissioner of Labour, this complexity was magnified when playing a key role in making decisions around repatriation. There is the constant dilemma of how do we kee…
A total of 124 repatriated citizens were sent home yesterday after spending 14-days in quarantine at Iririki Resort and were declared free of COVID-19 by the Health authorities.
The government will spend around Vt50 million to cover the quarantine cost of over 1,500 citizens and residents in the first repatriation phase, said Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Esline Bule.
In preparing and responding to COVID-19 in mitigating with students; Teachers and School Committees, the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and Ministry of Health (MOH) are currently visiting provinces to re-activate Health Promoting School (HPS) in provinces of Penama, Tafea, Torba a…
Market vendors who have become victims of the decision by the SHEFA Provincial Government Council (SPGC) to limit number of vendors at the Manples Market, are currently using the parking lot within the premises of Cellovila at Tebakor area.
The First Ordinary Session of Parliament yesterday morning did not proceed because there was no two -thirds majority present as required by law.
Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jay Ngwele, and Australia’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Sarah deZoeten, have signed an exchange of letters formalising Australia’s additional assistance of over 117 million vatu to support the Ministry’s response to the dual challenges of CO…
The Director of Health Services in Vanuatu, Dr Len Tarivonda, has clarified the decision for schools in Port Vila and Efate to return to homeschooling next week, is a decision by the Ministry of Education and Training.
As repatriation flights are planned for Ni-Vanuatu currently stranded overseas, the Ministry of Health (MOH) conducted a mock drill at the Port Vila International Airport yesterday on how to manage these flights.
The mandatory quarantine costs the Vanuatu Government had to meet for quarantining around 60 citizens and residents who initially returned overseas to date is approximately Vt13 million, said Acting Director of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Johnson Wabaiat.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading to Pacific island countries (PICs), posing a severe threat to their economies and human security. Donors are aiding the region. For example, the United States has provided more than US$32 million to PICs. Australia announced AU$10.5 million as…
In its meeting this week to endorse the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE), the Council of Ministers (COM), agreed on other areas that needed to be addressed to facilitate services during the SOE.
New Zealand will provide 220 million vatu ($NZ 3 million) to support the Vanuatu Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package and help the people of Vanuatu weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister (PM), Bob Loughman, has confirmed that over 200 Ni-Vanuatu citizens are currently stranded overseas because of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management wish to inform all business sectors nationwide, that the Government has now established its policy directions in light of the COVID -19 pandemic, to confirm which business sectors are eligible to benefit directly from the announced Economic Sti…
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has received VT200,000 as assistance to its operations from the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu (PCV).
The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and Digicel announced yesterday that the MoET website moet.gov.vu is now accessible for free to all Digicel users.
The Vila Central Hospital (VCH) and the Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) in Santo as the country’s main referral hospitals must be fully equipped with necessary equipment to handle COVID-19 cases if there is any detection.
The national government is currently providing assistance to all its citizens stranded in different parts of the world following border lockdowns amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
The French Ambassador to Vanuatu, Pierre Fournier, said France’s assistance to the Vanuatu Government and the people in such times of double crisis like the COVID-19 and the TC Harold is a ‘Spirit of Solidarity’.
Since the closure of schools around the country as a preventative method against the COVID-19, school fee exemption was also enforced on all schools.
The Ministry for Agriculture Livestock Forestry Fishery and Biosecurity (MALFFB) has entered a Public Private Service Agreement (PPSA) with two local institutions to MASS produce seedlings which will be distributed to disaster-hit communities.
In the Pacific we aspire to endurance and sustainability. But progress is difficult to sustain when we face multiple threats that reverse decades of development gains in a matter of hours or days.
All provincial and municipal councillors can use their constituency allocation of Vt500,000 for the first and second quarter of this year as part of the responses to the COVID-19 threat and cyclone Harold in their constituencies.
Today, Digicel announced that One World: Together At Home — a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic — will air on Sky Pacific on Sunday, 19th April from 11am.
Australian defence officials are looking to how a plane from China held up a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft from landing in Vanuatu while carrying vital humanitarian supplies for the cyclone-struck nation.
The Government of Australia is providing a relief package of Vt310 million (AUD4 million) to support response efforts for families affected by cyclone Harold in Vanuatu.
Caretaker Minister of Meteorology, Geological Hazards and Climate Change Bruno Leingkone has issued several orders under the Disaster Risk Management Act to direct Government agencies responding to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold.
Tannese Chief Peter Yamak has called from Australia to express utter disappointment and anger over media reports of the arrival of a Chinese plane at Port Vila International Airport, to deliver coronavirus medical equipment this week.
Concerns are being raised by the public on whether physical distancing (also called social distancing) for COVID-19 may be or not possible in school settings.
The Government has announced the appointment of a COVID-19 Advisory team to assist the National Disaster Management Office implement prevention and containment measures to respond to the COVID – 19 pandemic in the region and keep Vanuatu free of the Virus.
The European Union (EU) will mobilise and redirect €119 million (FJD 295 million) to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the Pacific. Fifteen partner Pacific islands countries and four European Overseas Countries and Territories will benefit from this support.
Caretaker Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has acknowledged China for responding positively to Vanuatu’s request to provide the necessary supplies and equipment, in order to support its health system in case there are confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Council of Ministers (COM) met on Thursday this week and made the following decision (Decision No. 17) requesting for a State of Emergency (SoE) for: (1) Continuing Prevention and Strengthening Containment Measures in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic; and (2) to respond to the Tropical Cycl…
It was a relief to hear all returned citizens and residents from abroad released from quarantine last weekend at Port Vila after none developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Employers, business houses and companies must ensure they comply with labour laws when considering laying off or terminating their workers.
It is probably the first time since the country hoisted its national flag forty years ago, that the people of the Republic of Vanuatu, are uniting in prayers and as one people than ever before.
Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, has confirmed the Council of Ministers (COM) in its meeting yesterday agreed for the Government to use Vt125 million to help families affected by cyclone Harold and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat.
Scott Morrison has talked about Australia’s responsibility to the Pacific in the wake of COVID-19. He was right to do so. But recent history from parts of the Pacific can also teach us a thing or two at this harrowed time, most especially about how to gear up a population in service of a com…