Kolonia, Pohnpei: April 3, 2024 – In a gesture of appreciation and collaboration, Acting Area III Director of the Office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, Berley O. Araceley, accompanied by Rural Development staff member Mr. Elmer Cuasay, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Joseph. The visit marked a significant opportunity to express gratitude for the steadfast support and assistance extended by the Pohnpei State Government to Rural Development employees amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic to the present.
At the onset of the courtesy call, Mr. Aracely conveyed heartfelt appreciation to Governor Joseph and the Pohnpei State Government for their unwavering assistance in accommodating Rural Development personnel at Pohnpei State Government facilities when Rural Development offices were forced to close due to the pandemic. He acknowledged the pivotal role played by the State Government in ensuring the continuity of essential services during unprecedented times.
During the meeting, Mr. Aracely shared with Governor Joseph the forthcoming reopening of Rural Development offices, underscoring that essential services, including housing loans and grants, are already accessible at their temporary offices located in the old Peace Corps building. This development signifies a significant step towards revitalizing community development efforts and fostering economic resilience across the region.
Governor Joseph welcomed Mr. Aracely and expressed his strong support for the continuation of Rural Development’s valuable services, particularly emphasizing the importance of extending support to vulnerable groups such as senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in accessing housing assistance. Moreover, discussions also revolved around the prospect of eligibility for housing programs, including those accessible to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces residing in the Federated States of Micronesia, further highlighting the commitment to inclusivity and equitable access to housing resources.
The courtesy visit exemplified the spirit of partnership and collaboration between USDA Rural Development and the Pohnpei State Government, aimed at advancing the well-being and prosperity of communities in Pohnpei State. It underscored the shared commitment to navigating challenges and working together towards sustainable development and prosperity for all residents.


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