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Appointment of Mrs. Janet S. Panuelo as FANGO Executive Director

Kolonia, Pohnpei: February 6, 2017. On December 13, 2016, the Interim Board of Directors of FSM Alliance of NGOs (FANGO), after consultations and discussions among various key NGO stakeholders, selected Mrs. Janet S. Panuelo to the position of Executive Director, on a voluntary basis during this challenging period of FANGO, to assist the Board of Directors and the FSM Civil Society to build capacity and strengthen FANGO as the FSM national representative body for the civil society and the NGOs.
Mrs. Panuelo brings to FANGO great wealth of experience, having served in various capacities in the NGO community of the Pacific being a staff of PREL in Hawaii and FSM, board and advisor of Pohnpei Women Council, board member and co-founder of Conservation Society of Pohnpei. In her capacity as the Administrator of the Office of Social Affairs for Pohnpei State Government, she had oversight on women, youth and senior citizens’ interests.
FANGO Board has great confidence that, with Mrs. Panuelo’s involvement in the management of FANGO at this critical stage of organizational re-strengthening, all stakeholders - governments, and support organizations - will be willing to provide technical and financial assistance to enable FANGO to better serve the interest of FSM Civil Society and the NGO community.

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Chuuk State to unite with JICA and Ichigo Holdings CO., LTD for “Resilient Water Station” utilizing natural energy

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The implementation of the “Resilient Water Station” Utilizing Natural Energy is finally underway for the Chuuk State Government in partnership with Ichigo Holdings CO., LTD and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Ichigo Holdings Team was dispatched to Chuuk from January 7th to 13th, 2017 for the purpose of installing the water purification system on the island of Weno, Chuuk. This type of mobile water treatment system will aim to provide stable and sustainable safe drinking water supply for daily usage and under emergency situations.
Honorable Marius J. Akapito, Lt. Governor of Chuuk later accompanied the Team to the project site to witness the first series of installation of water purification systems, all of which are Ichigo Holdings product from AQUANEXT (Seawater-type: Model SW-NE5 & SW-NE1, Blackish-Type: Model BW-GS5 & BW-GE5, and Manual-Type: Model BW-HP) for Chuuk State. Lt. Governor Akapito drank the first sample of the purified water on the first day to confirm the quality of the water and its safety for the people of Chuuk’s daily use.
These water purification systems will continue to run during normal times to ensure that the systems are operable during emergency situations. The target areas and beneficiaries are Weno Island and certain surrounding islands in Chuuk.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Literacy Week

By: Emihner Johnson, IFCP
Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) was invited, along with other sectors to take part in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Parent Literacy Week which started on January 23 to January 27, 2017. . IfCP was asked to present on Nutrition Effects.
On January 23, 2017, ECE started this workshop of Parents of ECE students attending the ECE Centers in Kolonia which consist of Ohmine and Kolonia Centers. This workshop was held at the Pohnpei State Gym in Dolonier. IFCP Presents the Recommendations for Children within the age range of 4-5 of the following Behaviors to reduce or prevent obesity:

  • Sleep – 10-13 hours of sleep within a day(24hrs)
  • Screen Time- 2 hours or less(watching TV, video games with no PA)
  • Vegetable Intake – 1Cup local vegetable in a day (local not canned imported)
  • Fruit Intake – 1Cup local fruit in a day(local, not canned imported)
  • Physical Activity – at least 1 hour or 60 minutes in a day
  • Drink water- Drink water or coconut, avoid sugar-sweet drinks.

The second day of the workshop was held with the same theme to the Parents of Uh and Nett ECE Centers at Pohnpei Gym in Dolonier. There were 125 parents attended the workshop. On the third day, the workshop was held at Sekere GYM to the ECE parents of Sokehs ECE Centers. There were 115 parents attended the workshop. On the fourth day, this workshop was held at Pohnalamwahu Church to the ECE Parents of Kitti ECE Centers with 97 participants. On the last day, the workshop was held at Sapwalap Church with 86 parents of the ECE Centers in Madolenihmw.
IFCP would like to thank Dept of Interior- TAP program, Pohnpei State Government – Dept of Health Services, Bill Raynor Estate, Late Dr. Lois Englberger & Family, and the FSM Health for their financial support.

USAID and IOM complete construction of nearly 100 houses in Yap’s Ulithi Atoll


10 FEB 2017

In cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the government of the Federates States of Micronesia, USAID recently celebrated a major milestone as part of its Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project. In response to 2015’s Typhoon Maysak, USAID responded with a $50 million project to rebuild houses and public infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the typhoon in Chuuk and Yap states.
USAID collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders across the globe to implement U.S. assistance needs. For decades, USAID has utilized well-established implementing partners to monitor development results, improve aid effectiveness and coordination, and enhance transparency and social accountability. USAID has partnered with IOM on a variety of projects across the globe, including fighting Ebola in West Africa, providing agricultural support in Papua New Guinea, installing solar power in Haiti, and setting up food distribution centers and shelters in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 which killed thousands. The Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project represents a result of the established USAID and IOM partnership.

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Japanese Ambassador hosts reception for New Year celebration

japan 01By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
February 8, 2017
Pohnpei—Ambassador Ryoichi Horie and his wife Yuko hosted a reception for Japanese residents of Pohnpei and for friends of Japan at their residence in Nanpohnmal on the evening of February 8. The reception was a late celebration of the New Year. Ambassador Horie greeted his fellow countrymen in the Japanese language and continued in English.
He reminded the attendees that next year will be the 30th anniversary of Japan FSM diplomatic ties. “Towards 2018, I hope that our two countries will continue to work together to further strengthen our bonds of friendship,” he said. “For such purposes, this year is very important.”
He announced that in two weeks’ time a Japanese team with two famous scholars will visit Pohnpei to start a Nan Madol related project. He said they would have exchanges with political and traditional leaders here. “I hope that our cooperation for the conservation of Nan Madol and tourism promotion to the FSM will be further enhanced and strengthened this year,” he said.
The reception was beautifully decorated with stunning flower arrangements assembled by Mrs. Horie from flowers collected from the home garden of Joe and Ichiko Vitt.

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Former President Manny Mori also spoke to the crowd of the deep bonds of kizuna between Japan and the FSM. He thanked the Japanese people for their many contributions to the development of the FSM and said that he anticipates that relationship and cooperation will extend long into the future.
Afterwards a magnificent dinner was served.

Small paving project in Kolonia Town a precursor to repaved roads Mayor says

paving projectBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
February 8, 2017
Kolonia, Pohnpei--It might seem strange for Kolonia Town to have paved what amounts to about a three block stretch of road in front of and alongside Joy Hotel and Restaurant but Kolonia Town Mayor Jose San Nicolas says that it is a pilot project. The project also served as a training ground to teach employees how to use the new equipment purchased by San Nicolas’ construction company, VCS Construction and an innovative asphalt paving product called “Liquid Road Ultra Blend” made by “SealMaster”.
John Moody, Vice President of the independently owned franchise Seal Master, Hawaii said that his company has been working with Pohnpei for a year and a half. “I told them that if they buy the product I would be here to provide training and support, and that it works,” he said.
“Liquid Road Ultra Blend” was applied during the pilot. It is an asphalt water based sealcoat, hot blended latex, fiber reinforced and with four pounds of sand per gallon. No heat is involved in the application and it needs no heavy rolling machines to make it smooth. As water evaporates from the road surface, it smooths out. Two applications are required.
It goes down very fast. The first coat on a block long section of road took one and a half hours.
Moody showed us a cell phone photo of a patch made over a year ago in Kolonia using a SealMaster cold applied product that appears to be holding up very well.
“We have been in business for over 120 years in Hawaii. We have been doing SealMaster since 2003, and we just received the Franchise of the Year award for 2016,” Moody wrote in an email.
Mayor San Nicolas said that during the next year, Kolonia hopes to repave all of the roads in Kolonia Town and also to put in a sidewalk from the Botanical Gardens through to the “Tuna Commission” building.
Kolonia Town doesn’t have the money to do the two projects. FSM Senator Ferny Perman who represents Election District #1 in Pohnpei which includes Kolonia Town says that the money to pay for the project will come from a special projects allocation from FSM National Government. He estimates that the cost will be more than $300,000 for both projects.
Perman said that although the pilot project was conducted using SealMaster products, he has also been looking for a potential alternative resource for comparison.
VCS does not have the project locked down, though they now have the equipment. The projects will be open for competitive bidding.

Johnny says documents provided at “Sea Cucumber hearing” do not prove meetings of traditional leaders

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
February 7, 2017
Pohnpei—Assistant Attorney General Judah Johnny said this morning that he didn’t feel that the plaintiffs in the Sea Cucumber case had proved their contention that the Mwoalen Wahuen Pohnpei exists during the hearing that took place in January.
Partially based on an April 2016 letter to Governor Peterson from the Nahnmwarki of Sokehs Herculano Kohler saying that the Mwoalen Wahu en Pohnpei had disbanded, the defendants in the case filed a motion to dismiss claiming that the plaintiffs in the case did not exist.
Our eyewitness sources for the story we wrote on the January hearing on the matter said that Billston Charley, Liaison Officer to the Mwoalen Wahu supplied minutes for five meetings of the council of traditional leaders. That did not in fact happen. They also said that Charley had testified that the minutes of the meetings were also supplied to the Office of the Attorney General. Out sources also were incorrect on that statement. No such testimony was ever given and Johnny says that the AG’s office has never received minutes of the meetings.

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