Thursday, March 26, 2015

New changes in the FSM Postal Service

FSMIS (March 26, 2015): The Federated States of Micronesia Postmaster General (PMG), Mrs. Ginger Porter Mida, has issued some new information regarding new postal rates, priority flat rate boxes, and delayed delivery of mails.

The PMG has been notified by the United States Postal Service (USPS) regarding the increase of postage rates that will begin on the 26th of April, 2015. PMG Mida explains in a recent notice that, "As specifically stated in the Amended Compact, the postage rate increase should be uniformed within the USPS. Thus, the Freely Associated States (FAS) postal rates will increase as well."

With regards the US Postal Service Priority Flat Rate Boxes, the FSM Postal Services will charge outbound mails according to their weight also starting on April 26th. 

PMG Mida also indicates that the FSM Postal Services "has no control" over delayed mails due to cancellation or alteration of flight schedules. 

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused… the FSM Postal Services has been coordinating with the USPS in resolving these issues so that our valued customers receive the best service they deserve." 

PMG Mida issued her notice on March 25, 2015. Inquiries can be emailed to fsmpostalpni@mail.fm directed to phone number 320-2313 or 320-2614. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

President Mori wants a High-Level Meeting with Chuuk State, Governor Elimo too busy

FSMIS (March 25, 2015): In a letter to Chuuk State Governor Johnson Elimo on March 10, 2015, Federated States of Micronesia President Mori suggested a high-level meeting on March 27 between the President, the Governor, the Chuuk Delegation to the FSM Congress, Chuuk Senate President Mark Mailo, Chuuk House Speaker Inosente Oneisom and The U.S. Ambassador to the FSM. 

"The sole purpose of this get together is to discuss the challenges that were brought up at the various meetings with respect to the Secession Movement but most importantly, to work toward mitigating the issues that were enumerated by the CPSC (Chuuk Political Status Commission) to be the contributing factors to the Movement", President Mori indicated in his March 10 letter. 

As his response, Governor Elimo expressed regret that the suggest meeting date "is not favorable to us here in Chuuk", he said in a March 16th response. 


"I am regretful to inform you that the time of such proposal is very untimely for me as I will be off island around that week, traveling to Hawaii and the US mainland. Immediately after returning to Chuuk, I will be off island to the Philippines for medical attention. Furthermore, I realized that the Chuuk Leadership, if not all, most will be off island until May of 2015."

The Governor added, " I am optimistic that an idea of such is definitely of valuable importance". 

The full text of Governor Elimo's letter is linked below. 

http://www.fsmpio.fm/Executive_Order/New%20folder/elimo_president.pdf

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

President Mori line item vetoes $5 million in CA 18-121: The Supplemental Budget Act


Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori has line item vetoed a specific section in the supplemental budget that removes $5,000,000 from the 2023 Investment Development Fund (IDF) by adding an additional $5,000,000 into the FSM Trust Fund,  “thereby leaving the 2023 Investment Development Fund unfunded”.  

Although President Mori commends Congress for appropriating more money for the FSM Trust Fund, he has consistently urged and encouraged a better balance of investment into the Trust Fund, the Investment Development Fund, and other “targeted” projects in the FSM States that will stimulate, promote, enable, and sustain short and long term economic growth.

In the framework of building a self-reliant economy, President Mori has asserted several times that a vibrant private sector plays a leading role in further developing the Nation’s economy.  One such Private Sector effort would be investing in viable economic projects, which also creates more job opportunities and the potential for increased domestic and foreign investment interest.  The 2023 Investment Development Fund was designed to support and compliment Private Sector investment initiatives in these types of projects.  

The 2023 IDF is a critical financing component of the 2023 Action Plan -- a plan which has been endorsed by the most recent conference of the FSM State and National Leaders (SNLC), held in Palikir, Pohnpei.

The required legislative framework to create and commence operations of the 2023 Investment Development Fund had been previously submitted by the President, and is still pending Congressional action.

To view President Mori's transmittal letter in its entirety, please go to the following text:

Transmittal Letter

To view the 2023 Action Plan, which includes the proposed 2023 IDF Framework, please click on the following:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The 4th National Joint Coordinating Committee held at FSM OEEM



The 4th National Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) Meeting organized by the Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) in collaboration with the Japan Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management (J-PRISM), a five-year project under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was held on March 4, 2015 at FSM OEEM Conference Room.

The participants included representatives from Embassy of Japan, JICA, FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM), J-PRISM, FSM Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure (TC&I), Project Management Unit (PMU), FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSA), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Pohnpei State Environment Protection Agency (EPA), and Pohnpei Waste Management Services (PMWS).  

The main purpose of the meeting focused on the activity progress and on-going developments in the four states in regards to Solid Waste Management efforts, which allowed participants to discuss and exchange ideas on how to manage SWM efforts more effectively at the national and state levels.

With waste management being one of the priorities in the region, the strong commitment to ensure proper disposal and protect the public healthcare are impacted by the improved dumpsites, landfill developments, management of waste collection and operations of disposal systems. Through the J-PRISM project, implementing waste activities and managing waste at the national and state levels have improved.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

President Mori vetoes $2.8 million public project funding due to weak planning

Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori has vetoed Congressional Act No. 18-123 that would allocate funds to more public projects throughout the FSM.

Congressional Act No. 18-123 is "AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $2,800,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND OF THE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING PUBLIC PROJECTS AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS FOR THE PEOPLE IN EACH OF THE FOUR STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES."

In his veto message to Speaker Dohsis Halbert, President Mori noted that Congress appropriated the sum of $2,800,000 for public projects and social programs without a public hearing and consultation prior to its enactment.  There has been no committee report that provides the rationale behind the appropriations and no record that contains any information on why it was withdrawn from the assigned committee.

In numerous separate, but similar communications with Congress, President Mori consistently expressed his support for Public Projects and their value and importance to the Nation's continued economic growth.  However, he has also consistently re-iterated the need for transparency, comprehensive project planning and improvements in the accountability process of the Public's limited fiscal resources.  A recently released Public Auditors report similarly outlines and identifies problems in the accountability process and the credibility of expenditure reports from previous Congressional appropriations.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

UNOFFICIAL: KOSRAE ELECTION



Four Year Term
    Grand Total

Two Year Term
   Grand Total





Alik L. Alik
                1,704

Paliknoa K. Welly
               2,786
Yosiwo P. Geroge
                2,315

Rensley A. Sigrah
               1,233








UNOFFICIAL OVERALL TOTALS: 2015 CONGRESS ELECTION (POHNPEI)




ED. 1
ED. 2
ED. 3
      Totals
Percentage
    Dion G. Neth
201
437
144
                 782
5.12%
    Dionisio Saimon
236
1,1216
127
              1,579
10.35%
    John Ehsa
932
1,509
1,104
              3,545
23.23%
    Peter M. Christian
3,585
2,744
2,762
              9,091
59.58%
    SelestinoMarquez
68
54
140
                 262
1.72%




            15,259
100.00%


ED. 1
      Totals
          Percentage
Dohsis Halbert
            2,317
                     46,86%
Ferny S. Perman
            2,628
                     53.14%

            4,945
                   100.00%


ED. 2
    Totals
          Percentage
Berney Martin
            3,406
                     56.46%
Goodwin Etse
            2,627
                     43.54%

            6,033
                   100.00%
 


ED. 3
   Totals
          Percentage
David W. Panuelo
            4,026
                   100.00%