President Christian & NORMA staff surprise hospital patients with Christmas cheer

President Christian & NORMA staff surprise hospital patients with Christmas cheer

FSM Information Services

Christian 3PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On December 28th, 2018, His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, joined Eugene Pangelinan, Executive Director of the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA), Kester James, Acting Director of Pohnpei State Hospital, Bernolina Hedson, Nursing Midwife at Pohnpei State Hospital, Marko Kamber, President of Caroline Fisheries Corporation, and NORMA staff to surprise patients at Pohnpei State Hospital with Christmas presents.

Both hospital staff and patients alike were warmed by the thoughtful gesture. As part of the good vibes and the Christmas spirit of giving, President Christian personally shook the hand of every patient he saw—pausing, too, to briefly discuss how that particular patient may have been doing, and to wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

How did this brilliant idea originate? “I planned it a week ago,” said Executive Director Pangelinan, “when I saw all these cars beeping and throwing candies. I thought we should do something for those in the hospital, too.”

Gift boxes, buckets, and bags were prepared by NORMA staff with donations from all the major fisheries companies operating in the FSM, including Liancheng Fisheries, Caroline Christian 3Fisheries Corporation, Taiyo Micronesia, Kasar Fisheries Corporation, National Fisheries Corporation, Dayang Seafoods, City Pro Management, and FSM Seafoods. Gifts were available for every demographic imaginable, from newborns to little boys and girls, and from men and women to parents and grandparents. President Christian noted his appreciation to the FSM fishing industry, both for their generosity this Christmas and for the essential role they play in our economic development.

After all the patients at Pohnpei State Hospital received gifts, the NORMA staff went onwards to both Genesis Hospital and Pohnpei State Correctional Facility.

Just as the spirit of giving is what Christmas is all about, healthy and sustainable fisheries is what NORMA is all about. Interested in learning more about the role NORMA plays in our economy, or wondering how you can join the team? Call NORMA at 320- 2700, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their website at


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