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       of Pohnpei State Governor

             The Honorable Marcelo K. Peterson
                   Governor, State of Pohnpei


Date of Birth: November 15, 1961

Work Experience:

Engineering Aide                                                          1981-1983
Pohnpei Transportation Authority

Surveillance Reconnaissance Intelligence Group          1988-1991

Director of Community Development                            1992-1995
Kolonia Town Government

White Collar Crime Investigator                                   1996-1998
Pohnpei State Legislature

Insurance Underwriter                                                 1998-1999
Moylan Insurance Inc.
Tamuning, Guam

Mayor of Kolonia Town                                                 1999-2011
Kolonia Town Government

 Governor                                                                  Present

Educational Background:

Our Lady of Mercy School                                             1968-1976

Pohnpei Agriculture Trade School                                 1976-1980

Eastern Oregon State College                                      1984-1986

California State University at Chico                              1986-1988

Personal Background:

Married to Linda Suzuki

9 Children

Father: Loren Peterson

Mother: Enerika Peterson

2016 State of the State Message
English Version
Pohnpeian Version





March 10, 2017, a  grant signing ceremony was held at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador in Nan Pohnmal. H.E. Ryoichi Horie, Ambassador of Japan to FSM signed over the grant with the exact amount of one hundred eighty thousand and nine hundred seventy dollars ($180,970.00) to Pohnpei State Government. The intended purpose of the fund was for the construction of a new gymnasium for the School of Nett. Governor Peterson thanked the Ambassador for the huge contribution further  stated that he hopes these collaborations will strengthen the ties between the Two Nations. In attendance during the ceremony was T.H. Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei, Director of Education, Mr.  Churchill Edward, Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Heinrick Stevenson, and staff, the Principal and Vice Principal of Nett School, the PTA President of Nett School, and H.E. Ryoichi Horie, Ambassador of Japan to FSM, along with Madam  Ambassador and Embassy staff. 

Achieve3000 is an online, differentiated literacy program that builds reading lexile levels through nonfiction text. It assesses students, delivers the same content to each student at his/her just-right reading level, and then as students complete the lessons and when they are ready, the program will increase their reading lexile level. Most international students triple their normal reading growth in a year when they use the program at least twice weekly and score 75% or higher on the embedded assessments. Achieve3000’s goal is to create literate students who are ready for college and/or career by the time they graduate from high school.



Mavner won his award, the Highest Number of Points Earned in FSM during the month of December by reading and completing more lessons and scoring 75% or better on the tests. Working hard during class, after school, on weekends, and during his Christmas vacation time, Mavner went far beyond what the other 660 students using Achieve3000 in FSM accomplished in that month which demonstrated his interest in learning and improving his reading and literacy abilities. He also had the support of his family at home and his teacher and administration at Nett School, as well.


Education Day- January 31 2017

Governor Peterson deilvering his Special Remarks

RFP-Architectural/Engineering Services Pohnpei State Government Project Managment Office


November 9, 2016, a Swear-in ceremony was held at the Governor's conference room. Governor Peterson administered the oath of office to three (3) cabinet members and four (4) Board of Directors of three offices. Among the newly sworn in Officials are Mr. Kapilly Capelle, new Directo rfor Department of Health, Mr. Nicholson Solomon as the new Director for the Dpeartment of Resource and Development, and Mr. Jack Yakana as the new Administrato of T&I. Governor Peterson also delivered the oath of office to Mr. William Hawley and Mr. Etiny Hadley for board of directors of Pohnpei Port Authority, Mr. Mohner Esiel for board of Director of Pohnpei Transportation Authority, and Mrs. Maria Donre for board of directors of Department of Education.

Office of the Governor - October 25, 2016, Honorable Reed B. Oliver, Lt. Governor of Pohnpei attended a workshop that was held at the main Conference Room of the State Administrative building. The planning of the workshop started 4 years ago. The aim of the workshop was to basically introduce the future plan of Ridge to Reef(R2R) Project.  The workshop was hosted by the Office of Environment & Emergency Management,  with the participation of State & National R&D officials, NGOs, The Nature Conservancy and Micronesia Conservation Trust. Honorable Reed B. Oliver gave the opening remarks for the workshop on behalf of the Governor of Pohnpei. In his remarks Lt. Governor stated that most of our small islands,  such as Pohnpei itself, what affects our mountain ridges, impacts our lagoon reefs. Lt. Governor Oliver concluded his speech saying that the Office of the Governor is ready to render any assistance that may be needed to develop a realistic and practical framework for the project in the coming years

On October 18, 2016 the Pohnpei State Department of Health Services hosted its first traditional medicine workshop with technical assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Liaison Office (CLO) based in Palikir Pohnpei and its Regional Office (RO) based in Manila, Philippines. [read more]

State-wide ban on Betel Nut consumption: First of its kind in the FSM

Peilapalap, Pohnpei: September 16, 2016 - On Friday September 16, 2016 Governor Marcelo Peterson signed the historic BETEL NUT legislation that was unanimously and recently passed by the Pohnpei State Legislature.

The historic legislation prohibits anyone to consume or chew betel nut in government offices, buildings, vehicles, boats, ships and other public gathering settings including Churches and traditional houses (Nahs). The bill also prohibits businesses to sell betel nut to minors under the age of 18. Furthermore, anyone who is in violation of this law will be fined, put in jail or both.


Job Opportunities[February 2017]

Detailed information on the vacancy announcement relating to announcement numbers, duties and responsibilities qualifications, requirements etc, may be obtained at the Division of Personnel, Department of Treasury and Administration,   (FSM) College of Micronesia (COM), and the Division of Personnel, Labor and Manpower Development, Department of Treasury and Administration at Kolonia, or at the places where positions are located.

[Opportunities] [Employment Application]



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