MORE than 20 officers and their spouses from National Cultural Commission (NCC) and Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies were yesterday privileged to obtain marriage certificates.

Providing marriage and birth certificates and National Identity (NID) cards for the release of leave entitlements among public servants in PNG is difficult now a days therefore NCC and its management made an arrangement with a marriage celebrant to conduct the mass marriage ceremony.

The Acting Executive Director of NCC, Steven Kilanda told the officers that for the public servants now a days to get their leave entitlements released was getting tough these days therefore the Management of NCC decided to arrange the marriage celebrant so that the officers and their spouses could sign and get their marriage certificates easily.

“It’s getting hard these days so NCC arranged this so that you and your spouses can get the marriage certificates while NCC take care of the costs incurred,” he said.

Mr Kilanda said he was more than happy to see his officers and their spouses signing and getting their marriage certificates.

He said the same marriage celebrant and the Human Resources officer from NCC would travel up to Goroka in the eastern Highlands Province to conduct the marriage celebration with the officers of the National Performing Arts Troupe (NPAT) and National Film Institute (NFI) in the days to come.

Pastor Joel Mondo, the marriage celebrant who is from the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Morata told 25 couples who obtained the certificates that they needed their spouses as their assistance.

“God’s purpose of creating man and woman is to assist each other. Your spouse is your helper,” Ps Mondo said.

He said God created animals male and female but human being was only male and when He saw that the man needed helper, He made man lie down and took his rib from his side and made female and gave her to the man as his helper.

Ps Mondo said therefore both officers and the spouses were each other’s helper which the certificates they were about to sign signifies that.

He said the certificates they were about to sign were the legal documents signifying legally married couples in the country.

It was a relief for the officers from both organizations because the provision of the marriage certificates to have their leave entitlements released has been tough.

This would also makes the external auditors’ jobs easier when it comes to auditing the books of NCC and its institutions.