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Hurahura leaves PNGFA after six years...
By Fay Duega
IT IS very rare to find a national employee thinking about the welfare of his subordinate staff members and working himself out of a job. However, this was the case for Francis Hurahura, who was the acting Divisional Manager for Forest Management Division (FMD) at the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) until his resignation on Thursday, July 22, 2004, after six and a half years of fruitful service to the forestry body.
Mr Hurahura was acting in the position for one year and seven months, having been promoted from his position as the Manager – Natural Forest Management at the end of 2002, after the then Divisional Manager Don Bakat went on overseas study leave.
How staff saw him
Tom Bukon who was then appointed as acting Manager – Natural Forest Management, taking over from where Mr Hurahura left off, described him as someone who has a heart for others, and a plan for his officers down the line.
“He could have stayed on, however, he was aware that if he did, when Mr Bakat returns, then all the positions will be reversed, and I would have to return to my former position as Senior Silviculture Officer – Bulolo. He felt this to be unfair, having officers moving back and forth with their families, that is why he decided to move on,” Mr Bukon said.
He further described Mr Hurahura as a very unique and hard-working man.
“Due to his commitment to his work, he expects the same from his staff, always on their backs to hand in reports he had assigned them to write up or complete tasks he had given them,” Mr Bukon said.
On the social front, he was described as knowing his social boundaries well when dealing with staff.
In my position as the acting manager and having worked closely with him in his capacity as the acting head of the division, I have come to know him better.
“PNGFA has lost a very well trained and transparent person. His financial management is also excellent as he knows when to say yes or no. He was an asset to PNGFA and his current employer and those in the future will benefit a lot from him,” Mr Bukon said.
He added that Mr Hurahura is a very experienced man who has worked with non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the government, and has a broader understanding of the other sectors.
With Mr Hurahura’s departure, Francis Vilamur, who was the Manager – Tree Plantations, has been appointed to carry on where he left as the Acting Divisional Manager – FMD. And Mr Vilamur described him as “a unique person in that he demonstrates a commitment to his job in making sure that things are done right and on time. He exercised his management skills by planning, implementation, coordinating and controlling the processes to achieve required targets. His delegation of duties and follow up action on outstanding matters is of unique nature compared to others of similar responsibilities.
“He was an asset to the PNGFA and his departure is a loss to the organisation, especially the FMD. We have progressed considerably during his term as acting divisional manager. We have also learnt new things from each other and have set procedures in place for proper implementation, coordination, accountability and transparency.
“Unfortunately we regret to lose him but we are sure to see him again and wish him well in his new job. We are also happy that he will be based in Madang and will be interacting with us one way or another in the future,” Mr Vilamur said.
PNGFA’s Policy Analyst Danbis Kaip who attended the University of Technology (Unitech) with Mr Hurahura described him as “a good guy who likes to get things done. He sets goals and aims to achieve them. He is a very committed officer who was a great asset to PNGFA. His leaving is a loss to the authority, however, life goes on. As long as his experience is utilized within PNG, this will contribute to nation building,” Mr Kaip said.
PNGFA General Manager Brown Kiki, who was Mr Hurahura’s immediate supervisor, described him as a “very hard working, dedicated and responsible person. He has a wealth of experience in reforestation generally, and the National Forest Service will certainly miss the services of a very good officer.”
Asi Nanadai, who has been Mr Hurahura’s personal assistant for the last one year and seven months, described him as a boss who wants things to be moving. A very dedicated person to his work, he likes his staff to also take their work seriously. He also stresses the need for tasks he has assigned to his staff to be completed and not left half done.
Among his achievements at PNGFA is the leading role he played in the re-opening of the provincial forestry office on Bougainville after an 11-year absence as a result of the Bougainville crisis; and the establishment of the Natural Forestry Silviculture Branch.
It was actually his achievement in the AusAID funded Kandrian Gloucester Integrated Development Project (KGIDP) in the West New Britain province that first introduced him to the PNGFA. He was the Forestry Sector Coordinator of KGlDP which he was with from 1994-1996. The project showed that management of natural regeneration can be achieved after logging.
Because of its success, the PNGFA took it on board including the six forestry officers when the project ceased. They filled the positions of the newly created Natural Forestry Silviculture Branch.
Mr Hurahura, 40, from Sininai village on South Bougainville, has taken up a position as the Project Manager with The Nature Conservancy’s Adelbert Conservancy Project in the Madang province.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree which he attained from Unitech in Lae, Morobe province in 1986.
He is married to wife Cecilyne who is also from Bougainville and they have three sons and a daughter. The children are Cyril, 11; Ferdinand, 9; Quentin, 5; and Rosamyistica, 3.
Thanks to PNGFA
Mr Hurahura thanked the PNGFA management team for the service, training and employment opportunity provided to him, through which he said personal development and experiences were achieved, which now have contributed towards advancement and competitiveness in his professional career to prospective employers.
He acknowledged that without the opportunity given by PNGFA for him to undertake various assignments and challenges, he would not have had that much exposure to compete with professionals working in other forestry related fields.
“I therefore leave the organization with respect to the management. My departure from the organization to be an employee of an international NGO, creates an opportunity to strengthen established networking and allows for dialogue with the PNGFA in areas collaboration will be required to progress towards achieving goals and objectives to benefit various stakeholders inclusive of the land and resource owners,” Mr Hurahura said.
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Mr Hurahura pictured in his office at PNGFA’s Forest Management Division where he was Acting Divisional Manager until his departure.
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