HRH Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita commissioned new van for the Alonga Centre
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/02/2017
HRH – The princess Royal – Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita believes that the people of Tonga should never forget people living with disabilities, or leave them behind because they are the important members of the society.
HRH highlighted the message while commissioning a new shuttle van for the Alonga Centre thanks to the Ministry of Internal affairs.
Speaking during the program, Lavinia Satini, Training officer at the Center says, this is after many years of challenges faced by the centre in its transportation.
She says, they had 2 second hand vehicles but they had mechanical problems most of the time and they had to borrow vehicles from various places.
The Acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau says, the assistance is from the Ministry’s budget allocated to Non-Government Organizations.
Hon. Lavemaau says, he’s aware that this is not the first time the Alonga Centre had requested a vehicle, and that they are seeking a 4-wheel drive van.
Therefore, in his capacity as the Acting Minister of Internal affairs and Finance and National Planning, he promised the Centre they’ll be granted that, during the next fiscal year 2017-2018.
HRH. Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita, who represented the Patron of the Centre – HM the Queen Mother Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho thanked the government for the kind assistance.
She emphasised the importance of taking good care of these people because as the population of Tonga grows, number of those living with disabilities increases also.
Therefore, it is vital to ensure that no one is left behind.
Attending the commissioning program was Hon. Sione Ikamafana Tuita, Rev. Siua Tau’ataina – Church Minister of the FWC of Pea, officers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, staff and members of the Alonga Center.
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