Pohnpei State COVID-19 Task Force – Guidelines and Advisories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Chairman of the Pohnpei State COVID-19 Task Force has released the following guidelines and advisories to the general public to STOP the spread of COVID-19 in Pohnpei.
Click the link below to view and download the Guidelines and advisories located on the Department of Health and Social Services website:
Please note these advisories and guidelines are subject to change when new information becomes available.
Thank you to to the following partners, advisers, and donors who made this possible:  FSM National Government, USAID, IOM-Micronesia, Micronesia Red Cross Society, Embassy of Japan in Micronesia, UNICEF, and WHO.

Enginkehlap News Excerpts September 4 – 11, 2020

  1. On Friday, September 4, 2020, the Joint Outer Islands Municipal Government COVID-19 Response plan, was presented to Governor Oliver, Lt. Governor Perman, and the Pohnpei State COVID-19 Task Force.  Representing the Outer Islands Municipal Government was the Hon. Smithy Clark, Mayor of Pingelap and the Hon. Senard Leopold, the Mayor Nukuoro.  The joint plan was presented by Mr. Patrick Blank, who was consulted to help draw up the response plan.   The Joint Outer Island Response Plan is modeled after the State’s response plan addressing food and water security, COVID condition levels, movement, quarantine, and isolation.
  2. On Friday, September 4, 2020, a small ceremony in Kitti celebrated the long-awaited delineation of watershed forest reserve within the boundaries of the Kitti Municipality.  According to Mr. Jorg Anson from the FSM Ridge to Reef Project, Pohnpei State Public Law PL No. 1L-128-87, known as Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve and Mangrove Protection Act of 1987, was set up to create and provide for the protection and maintenance of an effective watershed forest reserve, to protect important watershed areas, and to provide for the conservation and management of mangrove forests. It also called for a Watershed line to be delineated and demarcated on the ground to protect native forests from human encroachment. The community outreach efforts culminated in a decision made by Kitti Pwihn en Wahu (Council of Traditional Leaders) that cleared the way for the team to proceed.  The outreach team consisted of State, Local and NGO partners while the actual delineation included several Kitti locals who assisted mainly surveyors from the Pohnpei State Department of Land and Natural Resources.
  3. On Monday, September 7, 2020, the Kitti COVID-19 Task Force presented their Emergency Response and Preparedness plan to Governor Oliver, Lt. Governor Perman, and the Pohnpei State COVID-19 Task Force.  Kitti Task Force Chairman, Mr. Herman Semes, Nahnmadau en Dehd Kitti, led the presentation which included their mission, vision, and goals.  Governor Oliver thanked the Chairman and Task Force for the plan, highlighting one of their goals listed, social distancing, as an important component of prevention and spread of COVID-19.  He urged the Kitti Task Force and Pohnpei Task Force members to lead the way for others to observe and follow with social distancing, asking “mah Kaiden kitail, ihs? Mah Kaiden met, iahd?” 
  4. On Thursday, September 10, Governor Oliver welcomed H.E. Carmen Cantor, U.S. Ambassador to FSM, to the Pohnpei State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office.  The purpose of Ambassador Cantor’s visit was to hand over boxes of trash bags and bottles of water for World Micronesia Clean-Up Day on September 12, 2020. Governor Oliver thanked Ambassador Cantor on behalf of EPA and the people of Pohnpei for the donations to help clean up Pohnpei.  He also took the time to thank Ambassador Cantor for strengthening the bonds of friendship between USA and FSM, particularly Pohnpei with her recent traditional leader’s visits across Pohnpei.  Ambassador Cantor thanked Governor Oliver for his Office’s cooperation and collaboration with these visits.   
  5. On Thursday, September 10, Pohnpei’s representatives on the Joint Committee for Compact Renegotiations (JCRP), Mr. Bethwel Henry, and FSM Vice Speaker Esmond Moses visited Governor Oliver, Lt. Governor Perman, and members of the cabinet at the Governor’s Conference Room. The purpose of the meeting was to provide updates on the ongoing compact of free association re-negotiations.  JCRP Chairman and former Ambassador, Mr. Asterio Takesy, gave a brief overview on the status of negotiations with the U.S.  Ambassador Takesy said the expiring economic provisions which include sector grants, certain federal programs, and the FSM trust fund, are the focus of negotiations with the U.S.  Ambassador Takesy said that the U.S. has expressed interest in the continuation of the compact and that the presence of China in the Pacific has commanded the interest of the U.S.A, particularly in Micronesia.  Ambassador Takesy said the negotiators on both sides have agreed to an ambitious work schedule to have a presentation ready for the U.S. and FSM Congress by the end of this year.  Governor Oliver thanked Ambassador Takesy, former Speaker Bethwel Henry, Vice Speaker Esmond Moses, and Mr. Epel Ilon for the updates. 
  6. Pohnpei’s 41st Liberation Day celebrations were held at the Governor’s Conference Room on September 11, 2020.  Click below to view today’s event to commemorate Pohnpei’s 41st Liberation Day.  With remarks by:
    The Honorable Reed B. Oliver, Governor of Pohnpei State
    His Majesty Wasalapalap Isipahu, Herbert Hebel, Nahnmwarki of Madolenihmw
    Kalahngan to Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation for the coverage

Governor Oliver receives Committee to Wait on the Governor from the 10th Pohnpei State Legislature

On September 15, 2020, Governor Reed B. Oliver, received the Committee to Wait on the Governor chaired by Senator Marvin Yamaguchi of Kolonia with members Senator Mitaro Simina of Sokehs and Senator Kasinda Ludwig of  Kapingamarangi.

Chairman Yamaguchi, on behalf of the Speaker and 10th Pohnpei State Legislature, informed Governor Oliver that the 10th Pohnpei State Legislature started its third and final regular session for this fiscal year, on September 14, 2020, which will run for 30 days.  He further advised Governor Oliver that this regular session would focus mainly on the FY-21 budget.  Senator Simina highlighted the need for the new members of the Board of Education.

Governor Oliver and the Committee discussed FY-21 Budget, COVID-19 continuing preparations and activities, Pohnpei State Government administration building renovations, Government housing renovations, and a briefing done by the members of the FSM Joint Committee on Compact Renegotiations. He emphasized the need to complete the nomination process of the remaining members of the Boards, Commissions, and Authorities including the Board of Education and several others for Legislature’s appropriate action.

On the COVID-19 and repatriation updates, Governor Oliver advised the Committee that the Pohnpei State Government is working with the FSM National Government to repatriate Pohnpei medical referral patients and students from Guam.  There will be a pre-14 day quarantine in Guam with COVID-19 testing and additional 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Pohnpei with further COVID-19 testing.  The exact numbers of residents and date of arrival have not been confirmed but will be decided in conjunction with the FSM National Government.

Governor Oliver thanked Chairman Yamaguchi and the Committee for their visit and the opportunity to share updates between the Legislative and Executive branches.

For more information on this post please call the Public Information Officer at 320-2235 or email at patrick.pedrus@pohnpei.gov.fm