Since election is coming up, I will ask our readers in Yap and the Outer Islands to ask our leaders this. Are there any plans in place to better the transportation between Yap proper and its outer islands? Is the Yap State government looking to build more airstrips on the other islands, especially Sattewal and Lamocheg? Are we really saving money buying and/or accepting donated USED ship/plane?
For our congress delegation or candidates, what does the FSM plan to do with the transportation problem between Yap and its outer islands? Can the FSM provides a more consistent service between these islands or can the states do better? Why the FSM decided to have its own fleet of cargo/passenger ships? Are they consolidating these services because they are better in managing it than the state does?
What you all think? Can the FSM do a better job than each state in running services like this?
We all know, Ulithi, Fais, and Woleai have airstrips so that’s a plus but can these planes carry drums of gasoline/kerosene? Are planes better alternatives?
Ifelug and Yaurupig are benefitting from the airstrip on Woleai so I am tempted to ask both Congressman Joe Urusemal and Senator Jerry Fagolimul of their plans in upgrading this service to ensure a more safer and better commute by the people of these islands.
I believe there is no better time than today to reflect on what works and what didn’t work. We know canoes can travel these islands, as long as there’s wind and decent weather. We also know gasoline/kerosene are getting very expensive and also are the greater polluters of our planet.
For Yaurupig and Ifelug as well as Feshaulap, we need a very good communication as well as navigational system in place for safer traveling. I am talking expanding cellphone services between these three islands. In addition to the cellphone services, there must be some kind of beacons or lighthouses powered by solar to help direct canoes to their destinations. And hopefully the government can provide each island with Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB) to be carried in case of emergencies by all traveling groups between these islands.
I am not implying you are not Super Navigators back home, but just like humans do, plan for the unforeseen circumstances. Plan for that moment in time you’re going to need it.
It’s the failure of planning that led us to this day where our folks are stuck in Pohnpei, on Yap, or in the outer islands having no idea when is the Hapilmogol going to appear out of that deep deep ocean. Or when will the FSM decides it’s time to give the state of Yap it’s own ship so it can run it on its own.