The chief of Manam Island's Dugulaba Village, Paul Maburau, has criticised the PNG government over its handling of the Manam resettlement programme, Radio New Zealand International reports.
He said there had been a rise in social problems among families living in evacuation centres as they struggled to earn a living to feed their children and send them to school.
"Government can get in asylum seekers and put them into Manus Island. It's a disgrace to the people of Manam because they are affected and they are the ones that the government has to turn on before taking on asylum seekers," Paul Maburau said.
"They have to find a land where they can settle them rather than sitting in the care centre for the last 15 years."
Maburau said the government had allocated $K3 million to help resettle the islanders - yet "no-one knows where the money has gone. And people are still suffering".
"It's all talk and no action," Maburau said.