News & Press Releases
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
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
The Governor stated that
this legislation was long overdue and is necessary due to the increasing
number of cancer related cases and deaths in the State of Pohnpei. He also
mentioned that Pohnpei is still under a State of Emergency for Non
Communicable Diseases (NCD) and therefore will require the State leadership,
community leaders and local stakeholders to work together in reversing the
crisis. Furthermore, the Governor tasked the State Department of Health
Services and its partners to start with the education and work with relevant
State Departments and agencies in enforcing the new Betel Nut law.
FSM National Cancer Control and Non Communicable Disease Program Manager, Mr.
Xner Luther who represented the FSM Secretary of Health Magdalena Walter
praised the Governor and the State Legislature for their leadership in
tackling the NCD crisis and for setting the standard for Cancer related
Officials attending the
signing ceremony included Lt. Governor Reed B. Oliver, Acting Director of
Health Services, Governor’s Chief of Staff, Chief of Public Health and staff,
Mr. Xner Luther, FSM NCD and Cancer Control Program Manager; and Mrs. Shra
Alik, FSM Tobacco Control Officer.
the Governor- September 16, 2016, The Honorable Marcelo K.
Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei, administered the Oath of Office to the newly
appointed Director of Treasury and Administration, Mr. Feliciano M. Perman.
Governor Peterson also administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Antonio John,
for Board of Directors, Pohnpei Utilities Corporation; and Mr. Rullens
Phillip, Mr. Salvason Salvador, and Mr. Johnny Musrasrik, for Board Members of
Small Business Guarantee & Finance Corporation. Mr. Robert Hadley also
received the advise and consent from the 9th Pohnpei State Legislature to be a
Board of Director for Public Transportation Authority, but was not present
during the ceremony.
47th Pacific Island Forum
Honorable Marcelo K. Peterson giving his welcoming remarks during the Opening
Ceremony for the 47th Pacific Islands Forum Meetings. The Pacific Island Forum
consist of 16 self-governing member countries. These Countires include;
Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati,
Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall
Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Office of the Governor- September 1, 2016, The Honorable Marcelo K. Peterson
signed an agreement with the owners of the Kepirohi Waterfalls, for the
renovation of the waterfall trails and install new facilities for the
convenience of tourist and locals visiting the site. The agreement is the same
as the previous agreement with the Pohnpei State Government and the owner of
the Liduduhniap waterfalls in terms of funding and assistance.
Courtesy visit by Air
Nuigi Officials(Sept. 5, 2016)
Members of the visit:
Sir Noel Levi-
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Simon Foo- CEO
Mr. Dominic Kaumu- GM,
August 26th 2016, was very proud to swear in a new cohort (M82) of 13 new
volunteers to serve for the next two (2) yearson islands all across the FSM.
After an intensive 12 week Pre-Service Training held here on Pohnpei, they are
now ready to depart to their separate states. These new volunteers will be
based in Chuuk-Mortlocks (2), Pohnpei (3), Kosrae (4), and Yap (4). They will
be joining current volunteers in the field who are co-teaching and co-planning
with local counterpart teachers to teach English as a Second Language(ESL).
Peace Corps thank all the host families that will be welcoming these
volunteers into their homes and the communities they will be serving for the
next two years.
of the Governor, State of Pohnpei - August 31, 2016, 10:00 am, a swear-in
ceremony took place in the main conference room of Pohnpei State
Administrative building. The ceremony was for the newly appointed AG for the
Attorney General's Office, Executive Director of Pohnpei State Housing
Authority, Commissioner of Election Commission, Board of Education, EPA Board
of Directors, Board of Directors of Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation,
and Board of Directors for Pohnpei Utilities Corporation. Listed Below are the
newly appointed nominees;
Attorney General, Pohnpei State
Mr. Dana Wesley Smith
Executive Director, Pohnpei Housing Authority
Mr. Paulino Lambert
Commissioner, Pohnpei State
Mr. Emilio Eperiam
Board of Education
Mr. Franky Edward
Mr. Joab Santos
Ms. Alice Ehmes
Mr. Grilly Jack
Board of Directors, Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Valentine Santiago
Board of Directors, Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation
Mr. Oltrick Santos
Mr. Bensile Enicar
Mr. Paul James
Ms. Brenda Hadley
Mrs. Lynn Narruhn
Board of Directors, Pohnpei Utilities Corporation
Ms. Cynthia Ehmes
15, 2016, PATA International Chapter,
Chairman, Andrew Jones, from Australia
PATA Micronesia Chapter, Chairwoman,
Guam Tourism Legislature,
Monty McDowell- Advance Manangement
Don Evans-Yap Visitors Bureau,
Manager, visited Governor Peterson at
his Office. PATA is a non-profit
association that is internationall
accalaimed for acting as a catalyst
for the responsible development of
travel and tourism to, from and within
the Asia Pacific Region
FSM TO COMPETE IN RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
JENNIFER CHIENG INVITED TO COMPETE IN BOXING WITH A TRIPARTITE INVITATION
Jim Tobin, FSM National Olympic Committee
Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending five athletes to this
year’s Olympic Games competing in Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field)
and just announced in Boxing.
The Olympic Games are from August 5 to August 21, 2016 in Rio, Brazil.
Late June, the FSM National Olympic Committee (FSMNOC) and FSM
Boxing Association were notified by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) and International Boxing Association (IABA) that Jennifer Chieng,
FSM female Boxer from Yap State, received a late Tripartite Commission
invitation to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Female 57-60kg
division in Boxing. This is
outstanding news for the development of Boxing in the FSM, and is a great
honor for Chieng. She has
been training in New York the past few months.
Her coach is Erick Divinagracia from Pohnpei State.
FSM sports delegation, attending the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Rio 2016),
will include 5 athletes (Debra Daniel, Dionisio Augustine II, Larissa
Henry, Kitson Kapiriel and Chieng), 5 coaches (Elias Rodriquez, Sweeter
Daniel, Rendy Germinaro, Lestly Ashby and Divinagracia), 1 Chef de Mission
(Sterling Skilling), 1 Press Attaché (Curtis Graham), 2 Administrative
Staff (John Howard and Ron Etscheit) and FSM National Olympic Committee
(FSMNOC) Vice President Ted Rutun and Secretary General Jim Tobin.
Four-time FSM Olympian, Manuel Minginfel, famous male weightlifter from
Yap State, was planning on competing in the Rio 2016 but had to return to
Yap do to an illness in his family.
10,000 athletes from 205 countries will participate in 28 sports in Rio
2016. The majority of TEAM FSM, led by Chef de Mission Sterling Skilling,
from Kosrae State, will depart the FSM on July 30 and arrive to Rio on
June 02. The Opening Ceremony
will be held at 7:00pm, Friday, June 05.
Chieng will be the FSM flag bearer.
This will be the 5th Olympic Games that the FSM has
participated in, starting with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Debra Daniel and Dionisio Augustine II, both from Pohnpei State, will
compete in the 50-meter free style in Swimming on August 11 and 12.
Larissa Henry and Kitson Kapiriel,
from Pohnpei State, will compete in the 100-meter dash in Athletics on
August 12 and 13. Chieng will compete in Boxing from August 12-19.
The Boxing competition is single elimination and there will be 12
female boxers in the 57-60kg division.
the past 2 years, Chieng and Daniel have received International Olympic
Committee Rio 2016 Athlete Training Scholarships, along with Minginfel and
FSM male wrestler Jk Kaminanga from Chuuk State.
All four scholarship holders tried to qualify for Rio 2016 by
competing in 2015 and 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, including Oceania and World
Championships in each of their sports.
Augustine, Henry and Kapiriel received FSM National Olympic
Committee training grants to properly prepare for Rio 2016.
FSMNOC applied for and received International Olympic Committee and Rio
2016 Organizing Committee grants to fund the costs of economy airfares and
Rio accommodation for all TEAM FSM members. NIKE international provided
competition and team uniforms. The FSM National Government funded uniform
printing and shipping. Local
sponsors: Palm Terrace Shopping Center, Etscheit Enterprises, Matson,
Carolina Fisheries, Lyon and Association and the Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China provided funding for TEAM FSM travel stipends and
FSMNOC, with funding support from the IOC, is working with FSM
Telecommunications Corporation to stream the live television broadcast of
the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Yap, Chuuk and Kosrae cable TV stations,
most likely from a feed from Fiji One TV in Fiji.
We are not able to confirm if Pohnpei will be able to receive the
broadcast feed on Island Cable TV.
strengthens emergency operation centre management
18 July 2016
– Training to help improve the response to emergencies and natural
disasters is underway in the Pohnpei State this week, with a focus on
strengthening the management of the State Emergency Operations Centre
(EOC) and helping the state prepare and respond better to disasters such
as strong winds and storm surges which frequently impact the coastlines.
Pohnpei State Lieutenant Governor Honorable Reed B. Oliver in opening the
training encouraged the participants to take advantage of the presence of
the regional trainers who are facilitating the training so that
preparedness for response in Pohnpei can be enhanced and
this training is timely as the EOC is being activated more often in
response to increasingly frequent strong winds and storm surges events
affecting the island.
Participants are from the Pohnpei State Government Departments, Offices,
and Agencies such as Public Safety, Agriculture, Health, Education,
Transportation Authority, Environment Protection Agency, Radio Station,
Public Affairs Office.. Two participants are from the FSM Office of
Environment and Emergency Management as well as one from the Republic of
Palau’s National Emergency
The training is facilitated by regional trainers who are also staff of the
Geoscience Division of SPC, Mr. Anthony Blake and Mr Noa Tokavou.
Following the training, SPC will provide support to Pohnpei State
Government to develop Standard Operating Procedures for the EOC which will
complement the training and provide a foundation for response to future
The EOC training, supported by the European Union funded, SPC implemented
Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project,
is a capacity building initiative to improve the preparedness and
response capability to natural disasters.
The training will conclude on Friday 22nd July with a
simulation table top exercise and is held at the Governor’s Conference
Patrick Carl, Pohnpei State Disaster Coordinating Officer, Kolonia,
Pohnpei , FSM,
firstname.lastname@example.org, +691 924 5317
Noa Tokavou, SPC’s North Pacific Regional Office, Pohnpei, FSM,
+691 320 7523
The ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project has the
objective is to reduce the vulnerability as well as the social, economic
and environmental costs of disasters caused by natural hazards, thereby
achieving regional and national sustainable development and poverty
reduction goals in Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Pacific Island States.
Implemented by SPC, it will also
maximise synergies between disaster risk reduction
strategies and climate change adaptation.
The total value of the project is EUR 19,367,000 M.
of the Governor- July 15, 2016 2:00pm; A Ground Breaking ceremony was held
at the Liduduhiap waterfalls in Nett, Pohnpei, for the improvement of the
trail leading to the waterfalls. Earlier this month, agreement
was signed by the Pohnpei State Office of Aid Coordination, Tourism
and Economic Affairs and the owners of the surrounding areas near the Two
waterfalls. The Project funding was made available by the FSM Congress
through the FSM Tourism Fund. The funding covers the improvement of the
trail to the waterfalls and picnic facilities to accommodate tourists and
Building a Regional Center for Research Excellence in the FSM
Kolonia, Pohnpei July 11, 2016 - PohnpeiState
Regional Center for Cancer and
Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Research through a National Cancer
Institute (NCI) funded initiative.
On Thursday July 07, 2016 Dr. Neal Palafoxcurrently
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of
Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, and a NCI Principal Investigator
with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center
met with Governor Marcelo Peterson to share and discuss a
opportunity to develop a National
Institute of Health designated Research Center of Excellence.
The discussion about developing more Cancer and NCD research capacity in
Pohnpei and the other FSM States has been present for the last 15 years.
The most recent discussions about research through a Pacific Regional
Center for Research Excellence (RCRE) unfolded during the Cancer Council
of the Pacific Islands(CCPI) meeting in December 2015 and April 2016 in
Honolulu, Hawaii. The discussions took place in the context of high NCD
and cancer burdens in the FSM.
The US National Cancer Institute Initiative (NCI), entitled
Planning for Regional Centers for
Research Excellence (RCRE) in Non-Communicable Diseases in Low and Middle
Income Countries (LMIC) provides a unique opportunity for a RCRE to be
developed and based in the FSM States. FSM RCRE projects will focus on
preventing and treating the
high rates liver , mouth, and
cervical cancer; as well as diabetes in
the FSM. The planning
includes partners from the FSM and Pohnpei Health Departments, College of
Micronesia, UH Cancer Center, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, and the
University of Guam.
The planning budget for the proposed NCI grant includes $400,000 over two
years. The RRCE is not tied to the
Compact, and if successful has the potential to continue for decades. The
application deadline for the competitive NCI grant is August 23, 2016 and
project period, if awarded, begins n April 2017. Successful RRCEs will be
eligible for future funding and support from the NCI.
For more information about the proposed Pohnpei Research Center and the
grant application to the US National Cancer Institute Initiative please
contact the Department of Health Services Administration or the Pohnpei
Cancer Control Program and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community
Health (REACH) at 320-6101 or email email@example.com.
Monday, July 4, 2016 at 10:00am those who appointed by Governor Peterson
and received the advice and consent from the 9th Legislature
took an Oath at the Governor’s Conference Room.
Churchill Edward took an Oath of office for the director of department of
board members of the Environment Protection Agency, Mr. Zorro Donre, Mrs.
Ginger Porter Mida, Mrs. Lucille Apis Overhoff, Mr.Kanoperson Asher, Mr.
Steward Penias, Mrs. Norleen Diorio.
Those you took an Oath for the board members of the Pohnpei Port Authority
: Mrs. Lynn Pangelinan, Mr. Ricky Cantero, Mr. Alik Alik.
Donald David appointed and received advice and consent as a board member
of the Pohnpei
Sport Commission, Mr. Pius Roby board member of the Petrocorp, and Mr.
Richard Adams board member of the FSM Telecommunication.
the Pohnpei State Oath of Office Ceremony Governor Peterson presented a
remarks of Congratulations to the swore-in officers and asked for the
support from everyone for the assistance they will need to guide them
while doing the important works that will benefit Pohnpei State for now
and in the future.
“TREES FOR THE EARTH, LETS GET PLANTING”
2016 Earth Day
Office of the Governor-(April 22, 2016) Earth Day is an
international event which Pohnpei had been taking part in over 20 years.
This year Pohnpei will also take part in the event which it will focus on
restoring the local environment on which all of our lives depend on.
Earlier this morning, a short ceremony was held at the Governor's
Conference room in honor of this year's Earth Day. During the short
ceremony, Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Heinrick Stevenson gave a brief
explanation on the history of Earth Day. H. E. Ambassador Doria Rosen was
present during the ceremony. Governor Peterson expressed his sincere
appreciation and gratitude to Ambassador Rosen for her presence during the
ceremony and her willingness to help the people of Pohnpei raise awareness
for Earth Day.
Drought Relief Assistance
Office of the Governor, Pohnpei - April 15 2016, and
hand-over ceremony was held at the front of the Pohnpei State Administrative
Building in response to the Drought. His Ecxellency Ambassador Li Jie handed
over a good amount of canned goods, sacks of rice and bottled water to the
State of Pohnpei as a means of Drought Relief Assistance followed by a
speech. In his speech, His Excellency Ambassador Li Jie extended his deepest
sympathy for the people of FSM and hopes that all wil work together to
overcome such natural disaster. Governor Peterson expressed his sincere
appreciation and thanked H.E. Ambassador Li Jie and the People's
Republic of China for the generous helping hand they have given to the
people of Pohnpei. Governor Peterson also Personally thanked H.I. and the
People'e Republic of China, saying that even before the Declaration for the
El Nino has been declared, The Chinese Government prompty responded to the
threat. Governor Peterson went on and stated that such good deeds will
furhter the relationship that the People's Republic of China have with the
people of FSM.
Office of the
Governor- April 13, 2016, a sworn-in ceremony was held at the
Pohnpei State Administrative Builing, Peilapalap St. Kolonia Pohnpei. Three
Board members took the Oath of Office, Mr. Lewis Santos, for Board of
Trustees, Public Land Trust, and Mr. Pete S.P. Leon and Mr. Ronald Etscheit
for Board of Pohnpei Utililies Corporation. The Honorable Marcelo K.
Peterson extended his utmost appreciation to the nominated candidates for
accepting his offer to take responsibility for the given offices they had
sworn to uphold.
World Health Day 2016
The Honorable Marcelo
K. Peterson giving his speech at the 2016 World Health Day, April 7, 2016.
The theme for this year's World Health Day is "BEAT DIABETES". In his
speech, Governor Peterson points the grim truth that most patients fail to
do their medical check ups rendering serious stages of all kinds of illness.
He went on and urge the public that it is imperative for an individual to
maintain good health but early check-ups.
Donated Fire Truck
POHNPEI STATE EXECUTIVE BRANCH·FRIDAY,
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Office of the Governor, Pohnpei State Government
The Department of Public Safety recently received a donated fire truck from
the Caldwell Fire Department - City of Caldwell in Idaho, USA.
This donation was made possible through the collaboration and cooperation
between the Western Pacific Island Association of Fire Chiefs, based out of
Guam, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) on behalf of
the European Union and the FSM National Government.
This generous donation could not of been more timing as we are faced with a
strong El Nino and recently declared a State of Emergency.
The people of Pohnpei will benefit greatly from this generous donation
through varies emergency supports it can provide.
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