By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

March 7, 2018

Nukuoro, Pohnpei—A Pohnpei Office of the Public Auditor (OPA) report on an audit of Nukuoro Municipal Government covering the years 2015 and 2016 showed that NMG was exposed to a high risk of loss, abuse and mismanagement of its financial resources.  The exposure was due to the lack of “proper internal control measures to govern and safeguard its cash receipts and cash disbursement activities.”

The Executive Summary of the recently released audit was dated February 15, 2018.

Auditors said that they could not be assured that all cash revenues collected during the two year audit period had been deposited into the bank.  NMG didn’t have a cash receipt journal or equivalent to keep track of its cash receipts.  Auditors could find no evidence that there had been any management oversight review of the revenue collection of NMG during the two year period.

On cash disbursements auditors discovered instances of checks that were made payable to “cash” that were not monitored and accounted for properly.  NMG allowed blank endorsement checks.  Some payments to vendors were issued in the name of an employee.  A $5000 donation to a non-governmental organization was unauthorized.  Cash disbursements were made without supporting documents.  It said that there was insufficient documentation to support payrolls and other cash disbursements and NMG also allowed payroll advances to its officials and employees.

The audit report said that previous audits had demonstrated similar uncorrected weaknesses.

In his response to the audit report, Mayor Senard Leopold agreed with all of the findings and said that he looked forward to working with OPA during the monitoring period to be sure that NMG corrects all of the identified problems.  He committed to ensuring that like findings never occur again.

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

March 6, 2018

FSM—For the last few months, residents of the FSM have noticed unseasonably high levels of rainfall, higher than average winds, and higher sea levels. Many have wondered what has been going on and whether or not it will come to an end.

In the FSM, those are precisely the results of La Nina conditions caused by lower than average sea surface temperatures that in the vicinity of the FSM cause wetter and colder weather than the FSM usually experiences at this time of year. Weather services have said that the La Nina conditions have been weak but that doesn’t mean that the results of the environmental conditions haven’t made things a bit more difficult than usual.

Last weekend, the Pohnpei Fishing Club postponed the Tuna Commission’s scheduled fishing tournament due to weather.  They’ve had to delay several tournaments in the last few months though they always plan to curtail tournaments in months when weather is usually capricious.  This year the weather has been unusually capricious due to the weak La Nina conditions.

On Monday morning, traffic was snarled in Kolonia due to very early morning heavy rainfall that drove gravel from the sidewalk project onto the street by the Social Security Administration Pohnpei office, a main intersection in Kolonia’s most populated area.  Early this year, the Pohnpei Department of Education felt compelled to cancel classes in Pohnpei due to the threat of predicted high winds that never developed during the days that schools were closed.

Weather forecasters are predicting that an end is in sight.  The current weak La Nina is predicted to resolve into a neutral position sometime between now and May.

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, February 20, 2018 – Vital FSM Petroleum Corporation (FSMPC) and Pohnpei State Government, 

Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the terms of which include coordination on matters of interest such as safety preparedness and response, health and environmental protection, information sharing and capacity building. The MOU was signed into effect by the Honorable Governor of Pohnpei State, Mr. Marcelo Peterson, FSMPC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jared Morris, and Director of Public Safety Mr. Benito Cantero.

 

During a brief signing ceremony, FSMPC presented a donation of ten, double jacket fire hoses and swivel nozzles to the DFES, equipment that the Division had identified as most critical for fire-fighting. Governor Peterson expressed his gratitude for the donation and for the new partnership of like-minded public servants.

Vital-FSM Petrocorp launched its strategic plan called VT2025 in 2016.  One of the four strategic results areas is strengthened, mutually beneficial partnerships with government, NGO’s and communities. “Our business exposes us to hazards such as flammable and combustible liquids, and our efforts and priorities remain with a focus on operational safety and asset integrity. This MOU is a small start to improving our preparedness and response capabilities in the event of an emergency,” said Mr. Morris.

Witnessing the signing were personnel from both institutions, including DFES Assistant Director Mr. Patrick Carl, FSMPC Health & Safety Officer Mr. Juanito Hasugulmal and Competency Assurance Program Manager Mr. Garrison Irons.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem

International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018

The economic inequalities plaguing much of the world today are reinforced by many other forms of inequality, including inequalities in sexual and reproductive health. More than 200 million women—many of them poor and living in rural and remote parts of the world—lack access to voluntary family planning methods. In addition, more than 800 pregnant women—many in fragile socio-economic situations—die each day from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

In many parts of the world, access to services is particularly limited or even non-existent for rural and indigenous women, undermining their ability to exercise their reproductive rights.

Without addressing the discrimination that these women face in both private and public spheres, many of them will remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, repeated pregnancies, diminished capabilities, unfulfilled human rights and unrealized potential. The denial of reproductive rights not only harms individuals, it can also put a drag on economies and stifle countries’ development.

Making reproductive health care universally accessible would not only help fulfil a poor, rural woman’s reproductive rights; it would also enable her to stay healthy, get an education and participate in all facets of life, including economic life. These benefits accrue to her, her family and her country. That’s why it is our mission at UNFPA to work with our partners to end unmet demand for family planning information and services, to end preventable maternal deaths, and to end gender-based violence and other harmful practices against women and girls by 2030.


Addressing inequalities and discrimination has always been at the heart of UNFPA’s work. We work to ensure that no one is left behind through programmes that improve the lives of excluded and marginalized women.

On this International Women’s Day, let us all renew our commitment to addressing the many different forms of inequalities that hold women back, particularly the rural and indigenous poor, and keep them from realizing their rights and ambitions, and from living their lives on an equal footing with men. A more equal world depends on it.

March 6, 2018

By Joyce McClure

Pacific Island Times

Chinese, Koreans harvesting grouper and sea cucumber on the cheap in Ulithi Atoll

Colonia, Yap- Being a chief in Yap and its Outer Islands is taken very seriously and carries many responsibilities. Dismissal of chiefs is not taken lightly.  When a chief is dismissed by the traditional council that he sits on, his abuse of power warranting such an action must be substantial.

The membership of Fernando Moglith, Chief of Fedrai in Ulithi, in the Council of Tamol was terminated this week.

A letter was sent to Moglith from Ramon Peyal, Chairman of the Council, dismissing him “effective immediately” based on a “diligent review of your past actions and assessments of such actions…” Those actions were deemed to have “created disputes, fiasco, and segregation between families and clans in the Neighboring Islands Community especially Fedrai.”

One of those actions was Moglith’s fishing agreement with Topside Enterprise, a locally-owned business, which he did not discuss in advance with the Chairman of the Council and “neglected to touch base with your community before you made the agreement…” Another citation in the dismissal letter notes that Moglith also went to Fedrai with his “Korean friends” to harvest sea cucumber, disobeying “the general consensus of the Council not to remove any sea cucumber from the Neighboring Islands.” Upon arrival, the community “put a stop to your decision,” the letter declares.

According to Council Policy, “The Chairman of the Council of Tamol under that authority as the only head of the Office of the Council may remove any member with having justifiable cause and disturbance of Council of Tamol meetings and any other business affairs and stability.” The Chairman’s letter ends, “With the citations listed above, I am exercising them because you have left me no choice.”

The Chairman was assisted in his review of Moglith’s past actions by the chief and elders of Mogmog, the seat of the high chief of Ulithi. They will now meet with the people of Fedrai to give the directive to select a new representative to the Council. If the people are unable to choose a replacement, the Council of Tamol will do it for them.

Augustine Kohler, FSM National HPO

Ashley Meredith, Kosrae State Cultural Anthropologist

Untitled 1In February 2018, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Congress ratified the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention. This formal consent outlines good practice in the protection and management of underwater cultural heritage in the Pacific. Upon receipt of Instrument of Ratification by UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the process of ratification will be complete for the FSM. March 6-8, 2018, Chuuk State, FSM Office of NACH, and UNESCO hosted the National Consultation on the Underwater Cultural Heritage Safeguarding in the FSM.

Why is FSM interested to ratify/benefits to FSM?

With the destruction, pillage and commercial exploitation of UCH as well as the industrialization of the seabed increasing, the protection of UCH becomes increasingly relevant to FSM’s economy and path to self-sufficiency. Underwater Cultural Heritage supports the tourism industry, cultural sustainability, and local subsistence economy of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

What is Underwater Cultural Heritage?

Underwater Cultural Heritage refers to the intangible and tangible aspects of culture located in the water, partially or fully submerged. Article 1(A) of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention recommends UCH to be at least 100 years old (however it is up to each country to decide period of time). UCH can include sites, structures, human remains, vessels, their cargo, any object of prehistoric character, and marine life related to UCH. For example, the lagoons of the island states support women’s roles in societies such as are found in Kosrae and Chuuk, traditional knowledge of navigation, and fish species traded between villages which demonstrate respect from one village to the other as well as promoting peaceful relationships.

Dr. Jun Kimura, Junior Associate Professor of Tokai University in Japan reminds that marine resources in the past have referred only to the natural aspects. Kosrae and Pohnpei State Historic Preservation Offices (HPO) identified the marine resources as cultural resources in Kosraean culture. Discussions at the UCH Workshop raised awareness to UCH resources in each of the FSM States.

UCH in the FSM and its States

Kosrae State Government approaches its resources holistically as is evidenced by the semi-autonomous government agency, Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority (KIRMA). The KIRMA Director, Mr. Blair Charley, reinforces the interconnected relationship between its five units (Historic, Marine, Forestry, Permitting, and Education) of which each unit carries out their part. In particular, the Kosrae HPO identified four UCH sites: Women’s roles in lagoon subsistence, traditional routes (terrestrial and aquatic), shipwrecks from whaling or World War II  in the harbors of Lelu, Utwe, and Okat, and PMB plane wreck in Lelu Harbor. Through their participation in the Kosrae Association of Tourism Operators (KATO, meaning “beautiful in Kosraean)) Pacific Treelodge, Nautilus Resort, tour guides, Kosrae Visitor’s Bureau, and KIRMA on Kosrae assist in the protection of Kosrae’s UCH through their business models and respective projects.

Pohnpei State Government recently inscribed Nan Madol onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, hosting UCH components. Pohnpei State looks forward to securing additional protection in the context of climate change and the Micronesian Challenge.

Chuuk State hosts the largest shipwreck graveyard in the world, hosting more than 40 ships from World War II in the Chuuk Lagoon. Chuuk’s Truk Stop Dive Center promotes cultural heritage through its celebration of Women’s Dive Day (offered for free to women) and education on the wrecks.

Yap State UCH includes fish weirs (which are at times partially or fully submerged), traditional knowledge in the transportation of stone money from Palau to Yap, and trading certain marine resources as demonstrations of respect and to promote peaceful relationships between the villages of Yap.

While each of the FSM States hosts their own unique UCH, as a nation, there is also unique UCH. The FSM UCH includes navigation, the traditional knowledge embedded in inter-island travel, and traditional cultural knowledge of marine resources.

 

A Way Forward with UCH in FSM

 

The first consultation was held in Chuuk State 6-8 March, 2018. During these meetings, each HPO presented on their UCH. Through the consultation in conjunction with ratification, FSM HPOs learned legislation requires some updates to address the protection of its UCH. One of the outcomes for the consultation was to create a five year action plan which identifies five main components for success in the protection of UCH in FSM. These five components include:  UCH awareness, capacity building, cultural sustainability, improved protection, management of UCH and develop National database and expand State databases.

On the last day, all parties came together to develop an action plan for the country. Resolutions were signed by all parties involved to be to be considered by each FSM State Government.

Untitled 4Santa Rita, GU — The Coast Guard Cutter KISKA, home portedin Santa Rita, Guam, is conducting community outreach in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)following a week-long
Search and Rescue case.

Coast Guard Sector Guam conducted a rescuecase of three fisherman which were located 85 nautical miles from Chuuk earlier this week. The missing vessel was found with high visibility orange paint received from a previous engagement the Coast Guard conducted in FSM. To ensure continued success of this program, the KISKA conducted another OBI event in Chuuk during their stay, which resulted in 35 vessels receiving high contrast orange interiors.

Since the program’s first operational roll-out in the summer of 2015, over 400 privately-owned skiffs have orange interior paint schemes,
greatly enhancing detectability by search aircraft.

Through the assistance of the U.S. Embassy in FSM, the crew of the KISKA also participated in a local school restoration project which provided them the opportunity to continue their strong relationship with the island community.

by Lt.j.g. William Mitchell

02.27.2018

Untitled 3The ground-breaking ceremony was held on February 27th, 2018 at Chuuk High School at 1000. The dignitaries in attendance included Ambassador Robert Riley from the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia, Pohnpei; the Director of the Chuuk Department of Education, Mr. Graceful Enlet; and many more from the Chuuk State Government. Building the school will provide much needed infrastructure for the island but building relationships with the locals will allow the Seabees of NMCB-11 to give the community the tools needed to develop their own economy and allow them to be self-sustainable.

NMCB-11 Seabees are working to establish an apprentice program during their time in Chuuk. Ambassador Riley urged the community to “work directly and closely with the Seabees, who are true experts in construction techniques.” Teaching the local populace how to properly execute Seabee-proficient skilled trades would enable them to repair and maintain their infrastructure for many years to come.

The CCAD is in Chuuk to complete Humanitarian Assistance projects while providing support for the local community through apprentice training, military enlistment preparation, basic community health assistance, as well as unyielding community relation involvement. The Civic Aid project that the CCAD is tasked with is to build a new two-room classroom at Chuuk High School. The project is estimated to be completed on July 28th, 2018, providing the 875 students at Chuuk High School more space for classes and after school Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
(NMCB) 11 Ground-breaking for Two room classroom in Chuuk, FSM activities. The community relations aspect of the CCAD’s mission is being accomplished by conducting ASVAB training 3 days a week to the students at Chuuk High School, establishing an Apprenticeship Program to develop the technical expertise of the local community, teaching the high school students basic medical procedures such as CPR and continuously participating in local events.

NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Mississippi.

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

March 3, 2018

 MG 4763Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Visitor’s Bureau assembled a fine greeting for passengers aboard the Caledonia Sky small cruise ship who arrived in Pohnpei at approximately 9:30 on the morning of March 3, 2018.  Passengers aboard the 90 meter long luxury cruise ship crowded the decks to watch a group of talented young local dancers from U perform for them as the vessel edged toward the dock in the pouring rain.

The local dancers were the Nan Welin Rohi U Traditional Dancers.

The Visitor’s Bureau also arranged for several local businesses to display handicrafts and other items for sale.  As passengers scurried to their buses for their tours at the beginning of the day, there wasn’t much time for them to make purchases but time was arranged at the end of the day before the vessel left for the passengers to make any purchases they wanted to make.

As the passengers, each of whom had paid anywhere from nearly $13,000 to over $22,000 for the 15 day excursion disembarked, the young dancers were at the end of the gangway to present mwaramwars and to welcome them to Pohnpei.  Though the weather was blustery, nearly without exception, the travelers appeared to be delighted with the greeting.  Great happy smiles abounded on both sides. MG 4774

The annual cruise is marketed by Zegrahm Expeditions which runs highly reviewed small vessel cruises to exotic locations as “The Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to Palau”.

Current information on their website is for next year’s cruise that will also take place in March.  This year’s cruise had a similar itinerary, though details may have differed for the current cruise.

After meeting in Cairns, Australia, passengers then flew to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea where they embarked on the Caledonia Sky.  On board they were then treated to lectures on the island’s World War II history. Later they were entertained by the Baining tribe’s fire dance.  From Rabaul, the vessel made a stop in PNG’s Tingwon and Tsoi Islands.

The cruise’s first FSM destination was Kapingamarangi where passengers were transported by Zodiac boats to the shore where they can tour the island and snorkel in the lagoon.  The cruise company paid to transport three FSM officials to Kapingamarangi so that passengers could be cleared for entry to the FSM.  The officials traveled at excursion expense with the cruise ship through Nukuoro and into Kolonia, Pohnpei. 

 MG 4851While in Pohnpei this year, passengers could participate in one of two possible tours during the eight hours they were in Kolonia’s port-of-call.  Some travelers chose to tour Lenger Island to explore WWII ruins with an onboard historian.  Other travelers chose to visit Nan Madol and Kepirohi Falls.  Due to weather and a short stay, a proposed “birding” excursion could not be accommodated.

After leaving Pohnpei, the vessel moored in Oroluk for a tour conducted by the Atoll’s eight residents, following a time of beach combing, and snorkeling.

Leaving Pohnpei’s waters, the vessel would arrive at unspecified lagoon islands in Chuuk where divers could explore the famous sunken wrecks from WWII’s Operation Hailstorm or enjoy white sandy beaches and go snorkeling.  From there, the vessel would head to Chuuk’s Pulap and Tamatam.

Departing Chuuk, the vessel would head to Satawal, Yap’s easternmost island.  The next day would be spent at Ifalik where they would be treated with local dances and have an opportunity to admire and perhaps purchase some of the island handicrafts. Their next day’s destination would be Yap’s Sorol Island, followed by Ngulu Atoll.

The disembarkation point of the cruise is Koror, Palau where passengers will be able to take part in a visit to Jellyfish Lake before checking into the Palau Pacific Resort for a night before departing. MG 4836

The Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 suites.  Common areas aboard ship include a Club Lounge featuring a bar on the top deck.  It has a library featuring reference books that pertain to the places the vessel is visiting.  The library also features daily newspapers and magazines based on local availability.  The vessel’s amenities are designed for well-heeled adventurous passengers.

The cruise line has been to the FSM before but this was the first time that The Kaselehlie Press was asked to cover the visit.

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

March 8, 2018

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Pohnpei—Under the theme “Pledge for Parity”, International Women’s Day was celebrated at the PICS Track and Field with speeches, dances by women’s organizations, displays and sales of arts and crafts, and a raffle to help fund the Pohnpei Women’s Club’s scholarship fund for Pohnpeian College Students.

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

Emy Musrasrik served as the Master of Ceremonies.  After 21 separate but united women’s groups marched onto the track, Sister Christina Elias gave the invocation.  Susana Sohs, President of the Pohnpei Women’s Club gave entertaining and inspiring opening remarks.

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Mrs. Maria Donre, Vice-President of the Pohnpei Women’s Club provided the key note address stressing the importance of the entire community to work together to promote parity (equality) for women and also congratulating the State Government for the passage of the Domestic Violence law.  She also reminded the participants that women’s rights and parity is not just important for women individually and as a whole, but for the entire community.

Governor Marcelo Peterson also gave his remarks saying that more work needs to be done together for the rights of women and indicating his support of that work.

Following a speech by the Mwolen Wahu the women’s groups provided entertainment.  If rain during an event is the sign of blessing as is often said in Pohnpei, the event was blessed indeed.  Much of the dancing and entertainment took place during “deluges of blessings”.  The rain did not dampen the spirits of the women one bit.

 MG 5130Though the event, as always was, light hearted, the issue of women’s parity is a vital human right that internationally is all too often disregarded.  The program for the event contained a pledge for parity in Pohnpeian that organizers asked participants to seriously consider.

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

February 27, 2018

Chuuk—A resolution has been introduced in the Chuuk House of Representatives requesting Governor Johnson Elimo to step down from office.  The resolution was introduced during the special session of the House during the last full week of February.  At this point, the resolution has only just been introduced.  It will be taken up for consideration by the full House during its regular session in April.

The resolution outlines as it first reasons for the resolution, the recent Chuuk Supreme Court ruling finding Governor Elimo in civil and criminal contempt for disobeying the Court’s order to not interfere with the business activities of Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation.  It ruled that his appointment of an interim CPUC board by Executive Order was a clear violation of the Court’s order.

Governor Elimo has filed a motion requesting the Court to reconsider and set aside that decision.  During the hearing on that motion, which Ramp and Mida Law Firm opposed on behalf of the CPUC Board, the Governor’s attorney, Johnny Meippen recused himself from representing the Governor.  Since the Governor will have to hire a new lawyer to defend himself, the hearing on the motion was postponed.

“Governor Johnson Elimo either knew, or should have known, that his action on or about 18th January, 2018, in signing into effect an executive order put the position of the Governor as a leader, organizer, and instigator in the formulation and execution of a common plan or conspiracy to commit fraud against the CPUC in supporting a $10 million guarantee for a loan to an unknown shell company registered in the Cayman Islands: Earth Energy International, Company, Limited,” the proposed resolution claimed.

The resolution later made the claim that “there is credible evidence from which to infer that, in his conduct while Governor of Chuuk, (the Governor) has unlawfully used State property in furtherance or concealment of (an) inappropriate relationship with a company and has made administrative decisions, based solely upon the furtherance of that inappropriate relationship.  Furthermore, the lack of the transparency of the company’s financial and compensation arrangement and status further demonstrate corrupt motives and suggest circumvention of state code of ethics or laws…”

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

March 6, 2018

Pohnpei, FSM—This morning, Pohnpei’s Governor Marcelo Peterson presented his State of the State address to the Pohnpei State Legislature as required by law.  It gave a thumbnail sketch of significant developments in the Agriculture, Education, Environment, Fisheries, Health, Infrastructure, Public, and Tourism Sectors.

The English language version of his speech was 10 pages of compact text that could not have been expected to have completely outlined all that is being developed in each sector.  Still the framers of the Constitution were wise to have required at least an annual address from the Governor to keep the people apprised of efforts the government has been making to try enrich their lives.

Nearly every sentence of the speech contained information that if filled out, could fill a newspaper article, and there were developments that, due to the limitation of time, the speech simply could not contain. Also due to limited print space in this newspaper, even the short thumbnails will have to be further condensed.

By: Richard F. Porter

UntitledWhat started out as an idea by Senator David W. Panuelo introduced to the Principals of Kolonia and Ohmine Public Elementary Schools came to fruition on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Nine Students from Kolonia and nine from Ohmine, one from each grade (ECE – 8th grade), for a total of 18 Students were selected as the Student of the Month for the month of January.  During this visit, the Students along with their respective Teachers, School Principals and Vice Principals arrived to the FSM Congressional Chamber to first sit-in during a congressional session where Senator Panuelo, introduced each Student by name and grade they represent for each school.

The 18 Students and Teachers for each school are as follows:

 

Kolonia Elementary School

  1. Keerson Salter Etse Santos ECE                Cynthia Edwin
  2. Darlan Artui 1st                    Ailina Ezekias
  3. Yulie Aia 2nd                    Mindira Nanoto
  4. Chanielle Carl 3rd                    Ronda Henry
  5. April Jean Hainrick 4th                    Mary Aldis
  6. Evamarie Faith Porter 5th                    Nikita L. Gallen
  7. Omar Kenyon Santos 6th                    Joan Iohp
  8. Anthony Reign Teeson 7th                    Mayleen Wichep
  9. Daphne Rodriquez 8th                    Vanessa Bermanis

Representing Kolonia PTA: Mr. Richard F. Porter

Ohmine Elementary School

  1. Khyra L. Ham ECE                Mary Rettin
  2. Briona Marquez 1st                    Diselina David
  3. Francisco Celestine, Jr. 2nd                    Rihna Solomon
  4. Riona Albert 3rd                    Merfelina Lick
  5. Destiny Esiel 4th                    Edith Helgenberger
  6. Kozel Irons 5th                    Wilynta Anton
  7. Karen Semens 6th                    Brenna Malachi
  8. Ryan Nakasone 7th                    Rose Werthog
  9. N-Trew Solomon 8th                    Sepe Une

Representing Ohmine PTA: Mr. Trevayne Esiel

After witnessing Congress in session, the Students were moved to the Congress Committee Hearing Room and were presented with Certificates by Senators Urusemal and Panuelo and lastly by Speaker Simina.  After this awards presentation, everyone enjoyed a lunch with Speaker Simina, Vice Speaker Moses, Senators Panuelo and Urusemal and Congressman Perman.  The afternoon was topped off with a photo op with Senator Panuelo.  Kolonia Elementary School 8th grader, Daphne Rodriquez is also the winner of the state level Scripps Spelling Bee.

Note:  Richard F. Porter is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President of Kolonia Elementary School.  Trevayne Esiel is PTA Vice President for Ohmine Elementary School.

By Ltjg. Danielle Tatchio 

February 20, 2018

180221 N NO824 002ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Feb. 20, 2018) – Crewmembers assigned to the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) rescued three fishermen Feb. 20 whose vessel was adrift in the Pacific for eight days.  

The 19-foot skiff was first reported missing Feb. 12 after it failed to return from a fishing expedition near Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia. According to the report, the boat carried food and water, but no safety equipment or radios. Assets from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam searched for the vessel for several days before requesting assistance from the U.S. Navy.

The “Fighting Tigers” aircrew and maintenance team were tasked to support the search and rescue (SAR) operation, repositioning on short notice from Kadena Air Base, Japan to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The crew flew the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, which is equipped with an advanced APY-10 multifunction radar and MX-20 camera system, ideal for searching the 2,100-square-mile area. The vessel was located after only three hours and the aircrew deployed a UNI-PAC II Search and Rescue (SAR) kit, a new addition to the maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) fleet and the first time the kit had been successfully deployed by a P-8A in real-world SAR operations.180221 N NO824 003

SAR kits are deployed at approximately 500 feet with a 150 yard trailing lanyard to deliver equipment as accurately as possible to survivors in the water. Kits generally include medical supplies, food, water, communications, and signaling equipment, but can be configured with additional supplies depending on the mission type.

The three survivors were picked up by a nearby police vessel a few hours after being located by VP-8.     

“It was incredibly rewarding to be a part of saving lives—it’s what everyone joins the Navy to do,” said Lt. Miles Schumacher, the Tactical Coordinator of the VP-8 Aircrew. “This aircraft allows for a massive step forward in the ability of SAR units to search large areas quickly and effectively, and we were excited to have the SAR kit loaded and be able to prove its effectiveness. We successfully demonstrated the capability of the MPRA community to react quickly and effectively to operational requirements in the farthest corners of the globe. Hopefully this is just the first of many successful rescues by P-8A Poseidon aircrews.”

Patrol Squadron Eight is currently deployed to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility conducting theater and national level tasking in support of U.S. 7th Fleet, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. Pacific Command.

by Dr. Kevin Rhodes, MarAlliance

In collaboration with state and national government agencies, Dr. Kevin Rhodes of MarAlliance conducted sampling at five of Kolonia’s fish markets in November to test for harmful bacteria, viruses and temperature. The testing found coliform bacteria at all of the fish markets.

Five fish from each of the selected markets were tested by taking swabs of the fish and display tables and measured for temperature to see if fish were maintained at the state health code recommended 410 F temperature requirements. Fish temperatures at markets averaged between 560 F and 720 F, well above the 410 F requirement.

The virus Vibrio sp. was found at three of the five markets tested. E. coli was found at two of the five markets tested.

Testing at one of the most popular fish markets in Pohnpei found E. coli in 7 of 11 samples taken, while a second market had 6 of 11 samples positive for E. coli. At these same markets, 3 out of 11 and 5 of 11 samples tested positive for Vibrio sp.

Only two markets were free of Vibrio sp.  Coliform bacteria is often found in soil and groundwater, while the more harmful E. coli is present in warm-blooded animal feces, including rats, dogs, humans and cats, meaning that the fish had been exposed to at least one of these sources of contamination or that flies transferred fecal matter to fish being displayed.

In under-cooked meats, E. coli can cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps, while some strains of Vibrio sp. can cause gastroenteritis. Illness can be most severe in infants and older adults. To prevent illness, consumers should thoroughly cook fish before eating.

Markets and fishers can reduce or eliminate these contaminants by cleaning coolers before and after use with a mild soap and bleach solution. The growth of these pathogens is also promoted by open display, inadequate pest control and not keeping fish on ice at all times.

Improvements in sanitation and safe handling are key to keeping consumers healthy and fish fresh. Regular inspection in Pohnpei is the responsibility of EPA, however the agency declined to participate in the current study.

February 14, 2018

By Joyce McClure

Pacific Islands Times

131331 Colonia--Federated States of Micronesia President Peter Christian praised the project, which has been in the works for seven years as “the first step” in the country’s strategic development goal of using “affordable, reliable energy sources” to supply 30 percent of the nation’s energy needs by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030.

  The tangible results of the work are three massive wind turbines atop a hill overlooking a wide panorama of the island, reef and ocean, but they're just part of the island’s new grid-connected wind and solar power plants and diesel-fed generator hybrid system.

  Gathering to herald the completion of Yap’s Renewable Energy Development Project, FSM President Peter Christian and Governor Tony Ganngiyan expressed their thanks to the Asia Development Bank, World Bank, Entura, Vergnet and CAT Energy which financed, designed and installed the system at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

  The two leaders were joined by Ted Rutun, Speaker of the Yap State Legislature, James Lynch, Deputy Director General of ADB, and James Gilmar, Chairman of  the Yap State Public Service Commission, to inaugurate the hybrid system.

  "In the past," said President Christian, “we explored the seas with rafts and canoes. Today we voyage with the world.”

Approved in 2013, the Yap Renewable Energy Development Project, funded by two ADB loans totaling $9 million, supported the construction of a wind farm capable of withstanding typhoons near Colonia, Yap’s only urban center. Grid-connected solar panels were also installed on about five government buildings across the island and new fuel-efficient diesel generators replaced aging ones.

   “The project helps the state of Yap achieve a renewable energy future by reducing dependency on imported diesel through the expansion of renewable power generation,” Lynch said.

  According to ADB, the wind farm is expected to generate about 11 percent of the current delivered electricity supply in Yap, while the solar facilities will produce about 6 percent. Fuel savings from the more efficient generators will also reduce diesel consumption by about 11.5 percent from current levels. In total, the project will allow renewable energy sources to replace about 17 percent of electricity currently generated by diesel generators.

  With only 200 kilowatt peak installed from solar panels before the project, the main island of Yap, with a population of 11,400, is 97.6 percent dependent on imported diesel for power generation, and the economy is highly vulnerable to fuel price movements. 

ITTF Training Yap 02 13 2018Colonia, Yap. Technical Training for Table Tennis was the topic of a 14-day workshop at the Yap Sports Complex February 11 – 25.  Participants learned the technical aspects of the sport and gained coaching ​skills for the 2018 Micro Games taking place in Yap this summer. Supported by a $20,000 grant from the International Olympic Committee, the FSM National Olympic Committee hosted the training that was led by Patrick Wuertz, High Performance Officer of the International Table Tennis Federation - ​Oceania.

A former ​semi-​professional table tennis player from Germany who now resides in Melbourne and specializes in​ the development of performance-orientated structures in sport and coaching education, Wuertz explained that the course includes the coaching skills to introduce the sport to beginners, the sport’s rules, tournament organization and competition formats, and information on para table tennis for disabled athletes. “The ITTF was founded in 1926,” he said, “and today it’s the only sport with national federations in 226 countries around the world." First played in Victorian England as an after-dinner parlor game among the upper class, it was introduced as an Olympic sport at the Olympics in 1988.

“We’re still in need of more umpires and volunteers,” Wuertz added. “It’s a fast paced, exciting game for everyone who gets involved.” Free training will be provided prior to the 2018 Micro Games at the Yap Sports Complex for anyone interested in learning more about the sport and how to become an umpire. For more information and to sign up, contact Castro Joab at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Kevin L. Rhodes, Ph.D.

In 2015, Dr. Kevin Rhodes, Coastal Fisheries Coordinator for MarAlliance and Dalia Hernandez-Ortiz from University of Guam teamed up with The Pohnpei State Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture (OFA) and College of Micronesia (COM) marine science graduates to conduct a fish market survey. The 2015 market information was compared to information taken ten years earlier in 2006. The purpose of the 2015 survey was to examine the changes in coastal fisheries 10 years on, inform state government on the fishery’s current status, and help identify the most beneficial and most needed management options.

What was found should be an eye-opener to state leaders, market owners and fishers. Since 2006, the total weight of marketed coral reef fish has declined by 20%, or 10,000 lbs., while the use of nighttime spearfishing and small-mesh gillnets, which are considered unsustainable fishing practices, has increased from 76% to 82%. Boats are now piling on more fishers, but the number of pounds a fisher takes in an average hour has gone down. At the same time, the amount of money fishers take home for an hour of fishing was nearly half of what is was in 2006. That means fishers are working harder to fish, but making far less money for their efforts.

Also since the last survey in 2006, changes were found in where fishing occurs, with more fishing outside the reefs now as fish inside the lagoon have declined. Fish like grouper and snapper that once made up a big contribution to catch, are now being replaced by parrotfish, surgeonfish and unicornfish. Parrotfish, surgeonfish and unicornfish are needed to clean the increasing amounts of sediment off of reefs and control the algae that are now beginning to smother corals both inside and outside the reef.

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

February 21, 2018

Palikir, Pohnpei—Today Jonesper Isaac stood before the FSM Supreme Court and pled guilty for two trespassing charges after he admitted breaking into offices at the FSM National Government complex in Palikir.

On the morning of March 17, 2017, employees of the Department of Health arrived for work to find that some of the office had been ransacked and some items were missing from the office.  National Police responded.  They found that window louvers had been removed from the second floor office windows. 

Dusting the louvers for fingerprints they found that 10 of the prints matched fingerprints on file for Isaac.

One of the investigating officers said in his statement that the mode of entry was similar to another burglary of the offices of the Department of Resources and Development in February of 2016.

Two officers confronted Isaac in his home in Palikir on March 17.  According to the court documents, Isaac freely admitted that not only had he broken into the Department of Health in the very early morning hours of that day, but he had also broken into the Department of Resources and Development in 2016.  He showed the officers the items he had taken from the Department of health which included coffee, powdered creamer, earphones, a laptop, a small yellow towel, hand sanitizers, and a few other items.  He told them that had taken them so that he could buy alcohol and food because he didn’t have a job.

The officers who arrested Isaac said that he smelled of alcohol at the time of their interview.

February 16, 2018

 MG 4278Before a Japanese drum performance sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pohnpei, the Sendai Ikuen Gakuen High School signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pohnpei Department of Education for a high school student exchange program.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce (NRC), together with the US Forest Service’s (USFS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, the Micronesia Challenge Regional Office, the Micronesia Conservation Trust, and the University of Guam, recently completed a two-week training in Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data collection methods. The training prepared crew members to collect critical data on RMI’s forest during monitoring that will take place over the next two months.Untitled 1

Every ten years, the USFS FIA surveys plots across the United States and affiliated countries and territories with a standardized protocol that allows for consistent, comparative data. The last FIA survey in the RMI took place in 2008 and collected detailed data on tree health, vegetation, invasive species, and more. This year, additional measures have been added to meet RMI’s needs such as coconut productivity. The team will also add additional survey plots to help the RMI meet the goals of the Micronesia Challenge (MC), a regional initiative calling for effectively conserving 20% of terrestrial resources by 2020, including plots on three additional atolls not included in the 2008 survey at the request of NRC.

Training commenced on Tuesday, January 16 with an open information session at the RRE Boknake explaining the background of FIA and the MC, followed by an orientation of field tools and equipment. The rest of the week, the crew had hands on training while monitoring and installing plots in Majuro. On Monday, January 22, the crew departed in 2 groups to Arno atoll and Mejit Island to continue training and monitoring for the second week.

45Ten additional atolls and islands (Jaluit, Aur, Kwajalein, Ailuk, Maloelap, Mili, Ailinglaplap, Likiep, Rongelap and Wotje) remain to be surveyed. On Tuesday, January 30, six of the trained crew members from the USFS, Pohnpei, Yap, Guam and the RMI NRC embarked on a 2-month research trip to complete this inventory. They will revisit the previous plots and establish additional ones, hoping to have completed surveys at 85 plots by the end of the trip. The data will provide valuable insight into the status of RMI’s terrestrial resources that can be used by resource managers, communities, policy makers and relevant agencies.

The team is grateful for the support of many agencies, and especially to the communities, traditional leaders, Mayors and Ministers of the atolls to be visited, and for funding support for the MC monitoring from USFS Landscape Scale Restoration Grant #17-IG-11052021-237. For more information, please contact NRC State Forester Lajkit Rufus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), USFS FIA Project Coordinator Ashley Lehman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Micronesia Challenge Terrestrial Champion Roseo Marquez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or MC Regional Coordinator Rachael Nash (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Eugenia Samuel

 

Editor’s Note:  Not long after Bishop Angkel was consecrated as Coadjutor Bishop for the Caroline Islands Diocese he made a visit to Pohnpei where he met with many groups of people before departing for Chuuk on Saturday.  At the last minute, The Kaselehlie Press asked Eugenia ????????? to write something about the new Bishop.  She hurriedly put this article together for us.

Bishop Julio Angkel is a native of Parem Island in the Chuuk Lagoon. Parem is a small island, one of the four islands in a group called Macheweichun, (Fefan, Parem, Totiw, and Siis) in the Southern Namoneas region in Chuuk Lagoon.

I remember Julio from our youth as we are from Macheweichun. Julio and I were high school classmates from tenth grade until we graduated from the former Truk High School in the year 1974. When I went to attend Truk High School, I did not know any young man in the school to be so well behaved, well mannered, so humble, soft spoken, and most of all, so religious, like the young man named Julio Angkel.  Even though we were classmates, we hardly spoke to one another. That was because he was not the type of boy who would go around and talk with girls.  I remember the only time he could be seen to exchange talk with girls was during his Christian fellowship with the students at the dormitories. Because of his quiet nature, I distanced myself from him.  There was not much reason for me to make conversation with him because he was a more focused person on what he was determined to do, and I believe he already had a clear ambition to become a priest and dedicate his life to the Catholic faith.

 I remember the students and the boys and girls at the school dormitories used to talk about a “young guy” from Parem who seemed to be very “dedicated to pray” and who was studying Bible with his young peers every week. I hardly saw him just hanging out among the boys. I guess he was not even the type to hang around the school campus leisurely. He must have spent his time either at home on Parem or doing important chores, unlike most of the students who enjoyed hanging out with friends if they were not in class.

Then our graduation time came, and he was named the “Outstanding male” and I was named the “Outstanding female.” That’s when I realized this young boy named Julio Angkel is really a special and outstanding one, with a warm, respectful and humble personality. I didn’t know we were related until after our graduation, and his family prepared a small feast at his residence for us. I was embarrassed to find out that we were related and that we never acquainted ourselves while we were in school.

Micronesia Conservation Trust

On February 08, 2018, the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) requested that its Investment Advisor, Raymond James, disburse $461,734 (in 2017 it was $435,362) to the Palau Protected Areas Network (PAN) Fund (www.palaupanfund.org). The Palau PAN Fund, per the agreement with MCT, will use the fund exclusively for (a) implementation of PAN protected areas management, sustainable development and work plans for PAN sites based on performance, impact/outcome and appropriate management costs for the continuing sustainable operation of the PAN Fund; (b) the undertaking of necessary research and educational activities substantially related to carrying out the purposes of RPPL No. 7-42; and (c) the performance of any of the functions that are necessary in order to carry out the purpose of RPPL 7-42 including the operation of the PAN Office. The amount withdrawn is based on a formula agreed to between the donors and the owners of the endowment  in an Investment Policy Guidelines on the Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund (www.micronesiachallenge.org) and is designed to ensure the value of the Fund is maintained in perpetuity.

In 2006, MCT was selected by the Chief Executives of Micronesia to serve as the Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund financing mechanism, and has been managing the MC Endowment Fund since its inception in 2008. The fund was initiated with a $1,000,000 grant from The Nature Conservancy and a $500,000 contribution from the Palau Government. Subsequently, the Palau Government, through its Palau PAN Fund, and the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands governments started contributing their own national funds to the endowment to match other donor funds from The Nature Conservancy ($3M), Conservation International ($3M) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – United Nations Environment Programme ($5.1M).  As of December 31, 2017, the endowment fund stood at approximately $21.5M, with Palau owning approximately half of the fund ($10,184,749) and with FSM and RMI owning $5,839,138 and $4,246,693 respectively.  In 2016, a student group from Saipan, the Tanapag Middle School Micronesia Challenge Club, provided $1,000 (now currently at $1,140) from their own funds to launch the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands’ (CNMI) Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund. A related fund, the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship Endowment Fund, currently stands at $356,712. MCT continues to work with Guam and CNMI officials, as well as other international development partners, to launch their MC endowment funds as part of this joint regional initiative. Guam recently passed a law that committed $80,000 over the next two years to their MC Endowment Fund. The CNMI Development Authority is also interested to contribute funds to CNMI MC Endowment Fund.

For the FSM and RMI to start to receive earnings from the MC Endowment Fund, they will need to put in place national policies and legislations that formally establish their protected areas networks, as well as the mechanisms for disbursement (i.e. the Palau PAN Fund). Both the FSM and RMI Governments are now working to put these program requirements in place so they

can begin to drawdown on the funds to support the much-needed community-based site work within their respective jurisdictions.

 

FSM Congress Information

PALIKIR, POHNPEI - January 23,
2018. Chairman David W. Panuelo, on behalf of Speaker Wesley W. Simina, met with and welcomed to the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia Deputy Mission Director Clay Epperson of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Deputy Director Epperson was in Chuuk to attend a close-out ceremony on March 20th for assistance provided through USAID for Typhoon Maysak recovery efforts. Typhoon Maysak was classified as a Category 5 super typhoon as it passed by the islands of Chuuk and Yap in March of 2015. It left in its wake four deaths, 10 injuries and over 5,000 people in need of emergency assistance.

Subsequent to the close-out ceremony for Chuuk, the Deputy Director and Robert Pierce from the USAID Office in Manila, Philippines visited the state of Pohnpei and met with the national leadership where they also paid a courtesy visit to the Legislative Branch of the national government. Chairman Panuelo welcomed Deputy Director Epperson and Pierce along with US Ambassador Robert Riley and Deputy Chief of Mission Joanne Cummings who were accompanied by staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs. He expressed the collective appreciation of the Congress for the massive work executed in the Nation by the USAID and assured Deputy Director Epperson of the Congress’ support in such undertakings.

During their discussions, Ambassador Riley shared that the USAID projects in Chuuk and Yap were funded through the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Ambassador further expressed the importance of supporting Climate Ready projects, which operates under the umbrella of USAID to provide assistance in capacity building, among others.

Chairman Panuelo agreed about the importance of climate ready projects and especially highlighted that preparedness was an issue of extreme importance to the FSM as a Nation prone to and extremely vulnerable to typhoons. The short visit concluded and Panuelo thanked the Ambassador and Deputy Director Epperson for their role in the successful completion and close-out of the USAID towards Typhoon Maysak in the state of Chuuk.

By Bill Jaynes - The Kaselehlie Press

February 17, 2018

 MG 4573Pohnpei—The Japanese Embassy pulled out all of the stops in this year’s Japanese Festival that was held at the Our Lady MG 4547 of Mercy Catholic School gymnasium.  The gym itself was previously provided by a grant from Japan and has seen constant use since it was built.  This is the 30th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and the FSM.

Before cultural booths were opened, participants from the FSM and Japan took the stage to perform musical and dance numbers for the gathered crowd of several hundred.

Students from the Pohnpei Catholic school demonstrated Taiso, a popular form of group exercise in Japan.  Students at PCS participate in Taiso at the beginning of three school days a week.

Students from Ohmine Elementary School who are a part of the music club performed two numbers, one a vocal number and the other an instrumental piece performed on recorders, mouth organ and other instruments.

College of Micronesia FSM students who are members of the Micro-Japan Club performed an instrumental number accompanied by ukulele and cajon, a percussion instrument.

10th graders from Pohnpei Catholic School performed a special dance number based on a re-enactment of net fishing.

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Six young girls who called themselves “The Moana Girls” performed a highly entertaining and cute dance called the Chiwawa Dance.

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A group of musicians who called themselves “Green Wind” took the audience on a musical journey through Europe, Russia, and finally to Japan.  It consisted of flutes, accordion, vocal, and a majestically played beautiful harp played by Dr. Wang-Harris.  It was probably the first time for most of the audience to have ever seen an actual full sized harp and it was demonstrated beautifully.

 

 

 MG 4600 EditOf course, the highlight of the performances was the Japanese Drum (Taiko) performance by students of the Sendai Ikuen Gakuen High School in Sendai, Japan.  Sendai is in the Miyagi prefecture to the northeast of Tokyo in northern central Japan.  The highly athletic and intense performances by mostly 10th graders from that school were highly entertaining. On one of the numbers, two members of the team played the role of a lion who danced throughout the audience snapping it’s stylized jaws, twitching its ears and occasionally stopping to “scratch its face” with its feet.  The story being told was of a young Japanese girl who was frightened of the lion but overcame her fear and played a “trick” on the lion, slapping it on its head as it slept.

The performances closed with an audience participation dance called Tokyo Ondo taught by members of the Embassy staff, volunteers, and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador, Yuko Horie.

After the performances were completed, audience members circulated among the booths that were setup.  There was a MG 4450 calligraphy booth where participants could have something written for them in beautiful Japanese characters.  There was a demonstration of Japanese paper folding called origami.  Participants could dress in formal Japanese attire for a photo shoot at the Yukata booth.  PCS, COM, and Ohmine students demonstrated Japanese dance and song at their booth.  The Taiyo Micronesia Corporation had samples of tuna jerky that were produced at the newly opened plant in Dekehtik.

February 16, 2018

Pohnpei—The FSM is mourning the loss of its Fifth President, Leo Falcam who passed away on the evening of February 12 at the age of 82.

President Falcam Photo by the United NationsPresident Peter Christian declared a national mourning period with the National Flag flown at half-mast.  A memorial service was held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Awak, U followed by a state funeral at the President’s home in Awak.

“It is with profound sadness that I announce to this nation and its peoples the passing of a great leader, statesman, and a dedicated and true public servant, the former President of the Federated States of Micronesia, His Excellency Leo A. Falcam,” President Christian proclamation said.  “The late President Falcam, served this Nation as a very passionate, colorful and vibrant public servant in many highly respected positions of leadership”

President Christian’s proclamation provided a wealth of information about President Falcam’s public service life which is repeated here.

President Falcam was born on November 20, 1935 in Awak, U. 

After Graduation from the University of Hawaii in 1962, President Falcam started his public service career as a teacher in Pohnpei.  From 1962 to 1964, President Falcam joined the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Government Headquarters in Saipan, Marianas Islands, as the Political Affairs Officer for the TTPI High Commissioner.

In 1964, President Falcam, was appointed as the Assistant District Administrator for Pohnpei District.  The following year he left for Princeton University in New Jersey, United States, where he completed his fellowship studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International affairs.

In 1966 he returned to the Trust Territory Government and served as the Executive Officer for the Office of the High Commissioner, and in his capacity as the Executive Officer, became the first Micronesian to serve as the acting High Commissioner for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

In 1972, President Falcam, became the first Pohnpeian to serve as the Pohnpei District Administrator.

In 1975, he was elected as a delegate to the first Micronesian Constitutional Convention, and was the chairman of the Pohnpei delegation to the Convention.

In 1976, he was appointed to head, and assigned to establish the first Micronesian Washington Office in Washington DC.

In May 1979, President Falcam was elected as the first Governor of Pohnpei State under the newly formed constitutional state government of Pohnpei.

In 1983, he was elected as a delegate and served as the Chairman of Pohnpei State's first constitutional convention.