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    President Panuelo Meets Meninkeder & Other Madolenihmw Government Officials, Discusses Infrastructure Projects

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    President Panuelo Meets Meninkeder & Other Madolenihmw Government Officials, Discusses Infrastructure Projects

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On June 6th, 2019, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received the Honorable Petrick Ringlen, Meninkeder Lapalap of Madolenihmw Municipal Government (MMG) within Pohnpei State, in a courtesy call including the Honorable Ortpurt Bert, Nalaim of Madolenihmw Municipality, the Honorable Kiumy Albert, Chief of Justice of Madolenihmw Municipality’s Supreme Court, the Honorable Wencer John, Speaker of Madolenihmw Municipality’s Legislature, Mr. Dadasi Shelten, Chief of Staff of MMG, Ms. Rosaleen Alanzo, Secretary of MMG, and Mr. John Rensle, of MMG’s Public Works. The purpose of the meeting was to offer President Panuelo belated congratulations on his election to the highest office, and to discuss ongoing road and water projects within Madolenihmw Municipality.

    Much of the discussion focused on an upcoming groundbreaking ceremony on June 20th for road projects in Madolenihmw Municipality, and a water project including Madolenihmw Municipal Government, Madolenihmw’s local dispensary, and Madolenihmw High School. The delegation advised that the Government of Japan had recently donated a garbage truck, which has benefited the people of Madolenihmw Municipality in removing waste.

    Additional discussion included President Panuelo sharing the outcomes of his recent trip to the United States, and informing the delegation of ongoing and forthcoming projects.

    “I remember when I was a student,” President Panuelo said. “I cleaned floors, and I loved doing it. I value hard work, and I value public service. I intend to serve you.”

    “The FSM’s National Convention Center should have its groundbreaking ceremony in September here in Palikir,” continued President Panuelo. “And we have about 195 million dollars of infrastructure money that’s available but otherwise been held up. Why is the implementation late? I believe it’s related to the transition from the Project Management Unit (PMU) at the national level being responsible for implementing projects, and the recent development of State-based Project Management Offices (PMOs) taking on that role. I have every intention of ensuring the expeditious implementation of projects during my administration, particularly those that have a profound impact on people’s daily lives.”

    The meeting concluded on a positive note, with the MMG delegation laughing, smiling, and in at least one instance hugging President Panuelo.

    As the meeting was conducted in Pohnpeian, FSM Information Services advises that all quotations are translations into English, and apologizes if any nuance with regards to honorifics and high-level respectful language is lost.

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