Vice President Yosiwo P. George Meetings
Press Release #1704-06
FSM Information Services
April 25, 2017
transiting in Guam from his working visit to Japan, the Honorable Yosiwo
P. George, Vice President of the FSM, had the opportunity to meet with
Mrs. Sam Mabini, Ph.D., from the Guam Department of Labor to discuss
vocational training and opportunities for our citizens through the
apprentice programs at the Guam American Job Center, the Trade Academy,
Apprentices Program offered by the Guam Community College.
According to Mabini, there was grant award funding the labor department
received in the amount of $2.2M for the Reemployment and System
Integration National Dislocated Worker Grant.
Currently, the grant has been used for system integration through
“HireGuam” at www.hireguam to
centralize availability of jobs and a pool of technical skilled workers
as a one stop source to link education and training to public and
private partners. Mrs.
Mabini is interested in working with the FSM to be part of this
partnership. She plans to
brief Freely Associated State leaders during the Micronesia Island Forum
(MIF) in May, which is scheduled to be held in Guam.
President George also attended a dinner hosted by former Guam Governor
Joseph Ada at the Guam Reef Hotel. The purpose of the meeting was not
only to advance the friendly relationship they have since 1963 but also
opportunity not only to look back in history and reflect on memories and
events but also an opportunity to further discuss how Guam and FSM can
strengthen cooperation in technical training and education and enhancing
human resources to fill the current gap of foreign workers in Guam.
Former Governor Ada shared with Vice President George a photo of
their baseball team while attending the College of Guam from 1963 to
1964 and a yearbook with photos of their classmates.
Guam, Vice President George had the opportunity to meet with FSM
students attending the University of Guam (UOG) to discuss educational
issues such Pell Grant, work-study issue under the current Compact of
Free Association, and scholarship available in the FSM.
During this meeting students also raised the dual citizenship
issue and increase of tuition fees at the UOG.
All of these issues were
noted and shared with the FSM Department of Education.
President George was accompanied by Special Assistant to Vice President
Mr. Herman Semes Jr., and FSM Consulate Office Foreign Service Officer,
Mr. Johnny Silbanuz.