Island legislators on Yap take care of business and trash

Colonia, Yap.-- With glove-protected hands holding trash bags, a group of men and women fanned out along the road that circles Chamorro Bay in Colonia early Saturday morning, Feb. 2. Most were members of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures’ Board of Directors accompanied by staff, friends and family. Picking up trash around the lagoon came at the end of the Board’s three-day long 59th meeting as a means to give back to the community.

The prior Wednesday, Jan. 30, representatives from the organization’s 12 island governments had been welcomed to Yap by the state’s new Governor, Henry S. Falan, and the recently appointed Speaker of Yap’s 10th Legislature, Vincent Figir. Then, Senator Fernando Scaliem of Pohnpei took up the gavel as president and called the meeting to order.

Now in its 38th year, APIL meets “regularly to consider matters in areas where regional cooperation, coordination, exchange and assistance may help governments achieve their goals through collective action.”

During the second day, organizations from Guam and Yap made presentations to the assembly.

Guam Sen. Kelly Marsh-Taitano joins cleanup at Yap APIL meeting