OUTER ISLANDS CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICERS DELIBERATE ON THEIR PRESSING ISSUES –PEILAPALAP (SEPTEMBER 23, 2010)
of the Governor: Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM) On Thursday, September 23, 2010,
Outer Islands Chief Executive Officers met in its monthly meeting in the
Governor’s large Conference Room and deliberated on issues of immediate
concern to the well being of their islands’ residents. Also present at the
meeting are some of Governor’s cabinet officers and immediate staffs and an
Emergency Service Coordinator who is working out of the Department of Public
Islands Chief Executive Officers(CEOs), especially Nukuoro and Kapinga which
rely only on field trip ship vessels in the delivery of medical/dental needs,
extended their appreciation to the Department of Health Services in providing
medical/dental assistances to the residents during the most recent field trip.
Front row:(L-R) Hon. Andrew Lucky, Kapinga
Chief, Hon. Keller, Pingelap Mayor, Mr. Jefferson Peter, Moakilloa Chief Rep.,
Mayor of Nukuoro, Hon. Dison Gideon,Mr. Heinrick Stevenson, Public Affairs
Officer, Director of Health Services Mrs. Keller. Back row: (L-R) Mr. Kenio
Frank, Sapwuahfik Chief Rep., Mr. Richard Herman,
Emergency Service Coordinator, working out of the Dept. of Public Safety,
and Mr.Pelson Moses, Aquaculture Specialist at OFA)
island Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) agreed that there is need for closer
collaboration among contracting officials, contractors and outer islands Chief
Executive Officers to prevent delay in maintenance of schools and
dispensaries. COEs recommended contractors planning to bid and the Office of
T&I to visit public facilities needing renovation and conduct thorough
assessment of structures to be renovated before they can actually submit and
administer bidding. Islands that have local maintenance capability should
have their own residents do the repairs because it is more effective and will
also concern that some buildings to be maintained have solar on their roofs
and need to be removed before work can start. These solar owned by the
national government and should be handled by them. There is concern government
employees on the islands are treating these solar as their own, recommendation
was made during the meeting that the monitoring and reporting of the proper
management of these solar
be turned over to the Chief Magistrates/Mayors.
The CEOs of
the outer islands thanked Rotary Club, an international NGO organization with
local harm here for donating Solar Steel machine which converted salt water to
fresh drinking water. Kapinga and Nukuoro each received 20, Sapwuahfik
received 40 based on the islands’ current population. Next field trip to
Eastern Islands will deliver more to Mwoakilloa and Pingelap.
of hazardous waste on the island caused the CEOs to bring up the idea of
exploring incinerator use and agreed to visit JICA Office in Pohnpei for
further details. This machine burns hazardous materials. The cost and
appropriate size for each population is what they will explore at the JICA
Ringlen, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture (OFA)
has informed CEOs that his office is conducting pelagic fish survey, engaged
in pearl projects on some islands by partnership with COM and Land Grant. Also
managing an aquaculture kuok fish project with Nanwouhn Kepin Semwei. It is
easy to aquaculture kuok species because it feeds and grow on almost anything.
OFA reported sighting of trochus in Kapinga and recommended assessment by the
office staffs on next available field trip to see if harvest may be possible.
Islands CEOs agreed that purchasing of fuel from FSM Petrocorp is difficult
than during Mobil ownership. According to some, you must purchase 6 drums to
receive discount and deliver all at one time even if your car can only carry
4. If you cannot deliver the 6 drums due to limited vehicle space, you can
only purchase what your car can carry and return for the rest but receive no
discount. Petrocorp is also not accepting their government
checks only if they own shares in the corporation. Finally, on this issue,
they will send the copy of the minute of this meeting and letter to the outer
islands Congress and Legislature delegations to look into this matter which
they referred to as, “discriminatory and disrespectful,” in nature.
islands are experiencing water shortages, but most severe is the island of
Kapingamarangi and the phenomena is approaching Nukuoro quickly. Water wells
are drying up, leaving some homes without fresh drinking water. They agreed to
request the proper authorities at the State and National government to assess
the situation for confirmation.
Public Affairs briefed CEOs on availability of technical and grants
assistances from the Embassy of Japan and Australia. This office urged them to
review the requirements and decide whether to apply or not. According to Mayor
of Pingelap, he had some experiences with asking grants and the difficult part
was not knowing how to write a grant and how to obtain statistic information
that donors need. He went on and suggested that each colleagues put in his
annual budget seed money that 5% of it can pay grant writer who secure needed
funding. He further inform other CEOs that some universities and organizations
also offer seed money. It will not hurt to justify to their congress and
legislature their need for seed money. More than 40 families on Pingelap are
engaged on vegetable home garden and are harvesting their vegetables under a
project funded by a grant from Venezuelan Government. Pingelap also exported
3,000 pearls and will soon export another 1000. In November of this year.
the Department of Health Services took the floor by informing the CEOs that
Nukuoro and Kapingamarangi short health assistants. Two health assistants are
required on each island such in case one is sick or something happen to
him/her. She requested the assistance of local entities in identifying an
interested person who will receive the training and will want to remain on the
island. Director Keller further said that Pohnpei faced with insufficient
number of dental staff due to retirement and lack of interest in the field.
Punctuality of health staffs on outer islands need to be monitored and control
because we do not know if they are really working or not, said the Director.
If possible, according to Director, she supports an MOU to authorize local
chiefs to monitor and report on performances of these employees. All CEOs are
consented to the idea and suggested that such monitor and control extended to
all the State Government staffs from other departments/offices on the islands.
side band radio use in the outer islands, Mr. Ricky Herman, Emergency Service
Coordinator at the Department of Public Safety objected continue use of such
system saying it is unreliable especially when you have a disaster/emergency
warning message that must go out immediately and said, “ as disaster control
officer, single side band radio does not guarantee me to contact outer island
when I should and for that reason his firm is exploring a system which cost
less and most effective because it can be used on 24 hour bases. Present
Communication Network Proposal for early warning system to outer islands is
costly and he guarantee the CEOs he will find alternative.
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