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    Joint Damage Assessment Team Completes Summary Report

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    Joint Damage Assessment Team Completes Summary Report

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 8th, 2019 the Joint Damage Assessment (JDA) Report for Typhoon Wutip was provided to the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The JDA team, comprised of officials from the FSM National Government and the FSM State Governments, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted their assessment of Typhoon Wutip-related damage between March 18th and April 4th, 2019.

    Among other conclusions, the JDA team—which visited many, but not all, sites of Typhoon Wutip-related damage—verified that Typhoon Wutip destroyed 106 primary dwelling home and heavily damaged major agricultural crops and public infrastructure, resulting in pressing humanitarian needs in the FSM. Initial estimates from the report suggest that the cost for supplemental disaster assistance would exceed $2,000,000, of which both emergency needs and public infrastructure repairs would require at least $1,000,000 each.

    The JDA team, which recognizes that FSM has exhausted its capacity to respond to the immediate needs across the states of Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap, advises in their report’s Executive Summary that the JDA “provides the basis for a Presidential Disaster Declaration (PDD) recommendation.” The FSM National Government is presently preparing to request that U.S. President Donald J. Trump make a PDD on behalf of the FSM, which would allow the FSM to access additional funding to meet the needs of the FSM citizenry affected by Typhoon Wutip.

    The FSM National Government appreciates the support from the U.S. Government with respect to the assistance in assessing the damages caused by Typhoon Wutip. The joint damage assessment has enhanced the FSM’s ability to continue to respond to the needs of citizens affected by this national disaster.

    Vice President George Visited by Yap Upward Bound Students


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    Vice President George Visited by Yap Upward Bound Students

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 9th, 2019 the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was visited by public high school students enrolled in Yap State’s Upward Bound Program. The visit was one part of a larger tour of the FSM National Government, including visits with staff and officials at each of the three branches of government, as a component of a broader tour to Pohnpei State and Guam which includes visits to all foreign embassies hosted in the FSM, the College of Micronesia-FSM, the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and the FSM Consulate Office in Guam.

    Some important issues and updates discussed with the students included the Compact of Free Association (COFA) and the FSM in 2023 and beyond, the FSM’s diplomatic relations with other countries (which emphasizes maintaining goodwill and friendship with all nations), the Joint Committee on Review and Planning (JCRP), and the functions of the Office of the President.

    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education via 5-year competitive programmatic grants, Upward Bound Program is a part of the U.S. TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide educational services for individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline. Through the Amended Compact of Free Association (COFA) between the FSM and the United States, FSM-based State Departments of Education, College of Micronesia-FSM, and other community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth and secondary schools may apply to operate Upward Bound Programs in the FSM. As of April 2019, there are Upward Bound Programs in Yap State and Pohnpei State.

     

    President Christian & Vice President George Meet with Asian Development Bank Deputy Director General


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    President Christian & Vice President George Meet with Asian Development Bank Deputy Director General

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 4th, 2019 His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the FSM, met with Mr. James Lynch, Deputy Director General, Pacific Department, of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ADB country programming in the FSM, including a combined total of 26 million dollars of grant funding available for 2019 and 2020.

    Mr. Lynch described how ADB’s engagement with the FSM over the past few years has focused on three areas: energy, water, and education. President Christian, in turn, asked if it would be possible for that money to be used on infrastructural projects on the premise that such projects necessarily feed into energy, water, and education access and quality.

    “You can’t go wrong with basic infrastructure,” President Christian said, “because where the road leads, the economy follows. Better roads means better houses, better sewer systems, better education response and better healthcare response….” President Christian followed up by asking if the combined 26 million from ADB for 2019 and 2020 can be used in such infrastructure projects.

    “I think it’s…very much contingent on what the government’s priorities are,” said Mr. Lynch in response.

    President Christian noted, for example, that in Yap multiple schools need paved roads to improve access and multiple bridges need to be rebuilt; and in Pohnpei State, the Jesuits have donated the former Pohnpei Agriculture & Trade School (PATS) complex to the National Government, and the current administration has been wanting to turn it into a new dedicated vocational education school—the FSM presently lacks such a dedicated vocational education institution.

    President Christian further highlighted that infrastructure development can often have numerous positive side effects. “For example…every time we let a road be made of coral, we have to go out and re-dredge a reef in order to cover the road—but if we pave these roads, then we’re not just providing good access road, we’re saving the reefs from further degradation.”

    “That’s a really interesting angle,” said Mr. Lynch. “This is one of the most interesting and innovative approaches [we’ve heard of].” Mr. Lynch emphasized the importance of ADB’s mission to the FSM, to include the future establishment of a Pohnpei-based FSM Country Office which will “give [ADB] more physical presence on the ground to really provide [FSM] the support that’s necessary.

    “Let me say that I appreciate this meeting,” President Christian said, “we will ensure we remain vigilant that this money we’re saying we have is used effectively…and I’d like to immediately tell the FSM states of Kosrae, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap that this is your share…but we recommend the best thing is to use it for roads.”

    The meeting concluded with Mr. Lynch advising that ADB will “come up with a roadmap within 30 days that will help FSM allocate these resources…and the states comply with the timeframes we’ll set forward.”

    The FSM National Government is committed towards providing essential services to the citizens of the Nation, and believes that FSM’s national sovereignty necessitates that genuine partnerships with foreign nations and independent organizations focus on development projects that enhance both the quality of life, and the quality and quantity of opportunity, for all who call these islands home.

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