FSM citizens receiving adequate Covid-19 assistance

Students on Houk, an outer-island in Chuuk, at their Houk Elementary School putting COVID-19 spaces between themselves for save distancing. Facebook photo

Ruphino Robert laughed when he recounted a rather funny experience with a local bank while depositing his money from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program a few days ago.

"Maybe because I don't look rich," Robert said in jest, "even though I took a long shower, combed my hair slick and made myself really presentable by putting on my best island wear."

A bank teller, he said, looked rather surprised at the wad of money contained in an envelop he pulled from his pocket .

Robert said the first thing that came out of the teller's mouth with eyes wide was: "Where did you get that money from?"