PHILIP Kapal being bestowed a knighthood in the recent Queen’s birthday honours is deserved for the service he rendered to the people of Western Highlands and Jiwaka over the time in his capacity as a two-time premier of Western Highlands.
Though Kapal was out of the political limelight after the provincial government reform, he still offered his services to his community where he could.
After leaving politics, he ventured into agriculture, starting his own Karkopi coffee plantation and was as board member of the Fatima Secondary School for more than 40 years.
He is also an active church committee to Fatima Catholic parish.
During the proposed idea of Jiwaka breaking away from Western Highlands, Kapal was instrumental in using his resources in spearheading the move.
He and those other like-minded Jiwakans eventually had their dream of a new province materialised.
He has done enough through politics, agriculture, education, church and in many other ways.
He deserves to be honoured.