Category Archive: Community

Aug 26 2016

Paddle Challenge – 2016 Coastweeks

It’s that time again! 2016 Coastweeks presents Paddle Challenge!

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with South Pacific Watersports (SPW) and are offering fun and exciting water sports activities to celebrate our annual 2016 Coastweeks celebration during September 12 – 24, 2016

Download Flyer Here!


For more information about 2016 Coastweeks, please contact Reinette at 254-2594 or 633-5155.


 

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/paddle-challenge-2016-coastweeks/

Aug 12 2016

BEA Press Release: GDP Update

The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce has released estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) 2015 for American Samoa. 

Download Full Report here: BEA GDP Report

For more information about the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), visit their website www.bea.gov

 

 

 

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/bea-press-release-gdp-update/

Aug 12 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Population Est. Update

The Department of Commerce Statistics Division has released an official estimate of American Samoa’s population as of July 1, 2016. Results have shown that current population estimate is at 60,200, with 29,597 males and 30,603 females.

To read more, click here to download press release: Population Estimate Report


Other official reports can be found on the DOC website under the Research & Statistics tab, under the category of Reports.


For questions, please contact Chief Statistician Meleisea Vai Filiga at (684) 633-5155 ext. 256 or vai.filiga@doc.as.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/press-release-population-est-update/

Aug 09 2016

PNRS Board Meeting – August 17, 2016

DEPARTMENT of COMMERCE

Project Notification & Review System

Legal Notice

                                                                                                                                               

August 17, 2016

PNRS BOARD MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Commerce/American Samoa Coastal Management Program has received a Land Use Permit Application from the following individuals.

  1.  Frank Gaisoa                                                                                                                     16-4314-LVB

        Proposal for new construction of a new commercial structure with                   Iliili

        utilities and walls

  1. Mareta & Aluese Te’i                                                                                                        16-4328-LVB

       Proposal to convert existing structure to commercial use with utilities              Pavaiai

       and parking

  1. F&L Samoa, Inc. c/o Liren Zhang                                                                                 16-4256-LVB

       Proposal for commercial Car Wash                                                                              Futiga

  1. Marysita Brown                                                                                                                 16-4259-LVB

       Proposal to repair existing Parking Lot                                                                        Utulei

 

Persons interested in or affected by a proposed project, are invited to review the project file and provide comments based on environmental issues, by contacting Aokusotino Mao at 633-5155, at the Department of Commerce in Utulei during regular ASG working hours. Public comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at DOC Conference Room, on the 2nd Floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei.

O lo’o iai i le Ofisa o Fa’afetauaina ni talosaga mo Pemita e Fa’atagaina ai le Fa’aaogaina o Fanua ma Laueleele e tusa ma ala o le Tulafono. A iai se tasi e fa’asea pe fia tusia se molimau i ni afaina o le si’osi’omaga pe a galueaina nei galuega, telefoni mai ia Aokusotino Mao i le 633-5155. E mafai fo’i ona e auai i le fono a le Komiti Fa’afoe ia Aukuso 17, 2016, ile itula e 9 ile taeao.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/pnrs-board-meeting-august-9-2016/

Aug 08 2016

August First & Third Fridays

EXPERIENCE BUSINESS AT FIRST FRIDAYS


Make it a family event or socialize with friends. There will be no entertainment for August First Friday due to group cancellation. However, you can still enjoy entertainment by LT Entertainment featuring a Son of Samoa, a very special surprise guest (8/19). Treat yourself to the best Samoan food on island as recognized and awarded by South Seas Broadcasting in their “Best of American Samoa Survey”. Indulge in live music, handicrafts, farm fresh agriculture, and cultural cuisine.

And as always, we encourage you to support local businesses first.

WHEN: August 5th and August 19th

WHAT TIME: 6pm to 9pm

WHERE: Fagatogo Marketplace

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 Download the flyer here: AUGUST – FIRST & THIRD FRIDAYS FLYER


The First and Third Friday events are sponsored by the Department of Commerce Planning Division in support by the Community Services Block Grant.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/august-first-third-fridays/

Jul 07 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Basic Food Index June 2016

The Basic Food Index (BFI) rose in June 2016 for the second consecutive month. Read more about the Basic Food Index June 2016.

Other related reports, please see the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters of 2015. Click below to view the press releases containing summary of revisions and data.

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The official CPI Quarterly Reports can be found on the DOC website under the Research & Statistics tab, under the category of Reports.


For questions, please contact Chief Statistician Meleisea Vai Filiga at (684) 633-5155 ext. 256 or vai.filiga@doc.as.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/press-release-basic-food-index-june-2016/

Jun 17 2016

PRESS RELEASE – 2014 Statistical Yearbook Released

The American Samoa Statistical Yearbook for 2014 is now available.

Statistical Yearbook Highlights:

Population

The U.S. Bureau of Census released a 2010 American Samoa population count of 55,519: a decline of 1,700 persons or -3%.  The annual rate of growth of the local population is -0.3 percent.  The U.S. Bureau of Census counted less people in 2010 than in 2000.  The mid-year Population Estimate for 2014 was 61,811.  Median age is 22.4 years and the gender ratio was 103 males for every 100 females.

Vital Statistics

Total births in 2014 equaled 1,048 while deaths counted at 259 resulting in a natural growth of the resident population at 825.  According to LBJ Medical records, only 1 infant death occurred in 2014 (the lowest in all years).  Leading causes of death were Heart Diseases, Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer), Septicemia, Cerebrovascular Diseases and Influenza/Pneumonia.  This is the first time Influenza/Pneumonia appeared as the fifth leading cause of death in recent history.  Life expectancy for the male gender is 71.1 years while the female gender is 77.8 years.

Education

There were 110 educational institutions including the ASCC, while school enrollment registered at 17,337.  School teacher vacancies increased in 2014 for public schools, notable was the special education vacancies had the highest rate in the number of teachers.

Law Enforcement

Offenses reported by DPS dropped by 2.9 percent.  Larceny is the number one offense in Part I while both Larceny and Forcible Rape increased in 2014.  Arson, assault and burglary had declined.  The involvement of alcohol consumption in offenses reported by DPS can be identified with given statistics but the number of DUIs is on the rise again in 2014.

Travel Statistics

65,059 arrived in 2014 versus 67,122 departed; a net loss of 2,063 persons.  Most incoming travelers were returning residents while visitors accounted for 42 percent.  The United States continued to be the primary tourism market holding 51 percent of the market.  New Zealand followed with 34 percent and Australia with 11 percent.

Employment and Income

The American Samoa Government collected $279.9 million in revenues and grants.  The American Samoa Government spent $286.4 million that produced an annual deficit of $6.5 million in FY-2014.  Federal grants accounted for 68.5 percent of all government revenues while 30.7 percent came from local taxes.  The Tobacco Settlement made up the remaining balance.  Of the total expenditure, 30.0 percent were spent on Education and Culture followed by General Government with 19.3 percent and Health and Recreation with 19.2 percent.

Total employment in 2014 amounted to 17,565 with 37.3 percent working for the American Samoa Government and its authorities, 14.2 percent worked for the canneries, and 48.4 percent worked in the rest of the private sector.  By definition of those who are actively looking for work, the unemployment rate determined from the 2010 U.S. Bureau of Census is 9.2 percent.  However, there are a substantial number of individuals not working and not actively looking for work that was not captured in the unemployment category by the U.S. Bureau of Census.  Presumably, the unemployment data is much higher.

Median household income in 2010 for American Samoa was $23,892, while per capita income was $6,311.  Compared to the 2010 U.S. median household income of $51,144, the American Samoa median household income is about 46.7 percent of the U.S. median.  About 54.4 percent of families were below poverty and 57.8 percent categorized as individuals.

Economy

Cost of goods and services normally purchased by the community remained stable throughout 2014, with an average inflation of 0.7 percent.

Recent Gross Domestic Product estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis valued the local economy at $645 million at current prices.  The 2014 GDP at constant prices (i.e. price changes removed) amounted to $643 million compared to $633 million in 2013: a real growth in the local economy of 1.6 percent.

For more information, contact the DOC Research and Statistics Division or the government agency cited in source references.

View Official Press Release Here:

Click Icon to Download 2014 Statistical Yearbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For questions, please contact Chief Statistician Meleisea Vai Filiga at (684) 633-5155 ext. 256 or vai.filiga@doc.as.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/press-release-2014-statistical-yearbook-released/

Jun 07 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Basic Food Index May 2016

The Basic Food Index (BFI) has increased by 0.4% in the month of May, with current BFI at 101.1 points and now the fourth month with index above 100 points. Read more about the Basic Food Index May 2016.

Other related reports, please see the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters of 2015. Click below to view the press releases containing summary of revisions and data.

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The official CPI Quarterly Reports can be found on the DOC website under the Research & Statistics tab, under the category of Reports.


For questions, please contact Chief Statistician Meleisea Vai Filiga at (684) 633-5155 ext. 256 or vai.filiga@doc.as.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/press-release-basic-food-index-may-2016/

May 10 2016

PNRS Board Meeting – May 18, 2016

DEPARTMENT of COMMERCE

Project Notification & Review System

Legal Notice

                                                                                                                                               

May 18, 2016

PNRS BOARD MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Commerce/American Samoa Coastal Management Program has received a Land Use Permit Application from the following individuals.

  1.  Faleupolu & Naomi Oney                                                                                                   16-4124-LVB

    Proposal for new construction with utilities                                                                    Tafuna

  1.    Faleupolu & Naomi Oney                                                                                                 16-4133-LVB

    Proposal for new construction and excavation                                                              Tafuna

  1. Ramona & Filiva’a Mageo                                                                                                    16-4130-L

     Proposal for new construction of residential structure with utilities                        Pago Pago

  2. Jimmy Mart, Inc. c/o Dang To Nguyen                                                                            16-4153-LVB

    Proposal to convert existing structure to commercial Laundromat with                 Tafuna

    utilities

  3. Stephen Leasiolagi                                                                                                               16-4138-LVB

       Proposal to repair commercial structure with utilities                                                  Nu’uuli

 

Persons interested in or affected by a proposed project, are invited to review the project file and provide comments based on environmental issues, by contacting Aokusotino Mao at 633-5155, at the Department of Commerce in Utulei during regular ASG working hours. Public comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at DOC Conference Room, on the 2nd Floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei.

O lo’o iai i le Ofisa o Fa’afetauaina ni talosaga mo Pemita e Fa’atagaina ai le Fa’aaogaina o Fanua ma Laueleele e tusa ma ala o le Tulafono. A iai se tasi e fa’asea pe fia tusia se molimau i ni afaina o le si’osi’omaga pe a galueaina nei galuega, telefoni mai ia Aokusotino Mao i le 633-5155. E mafai fo’i ona e auai i le fono a le Komiti Fa’afoe ia Me 18, 2016, ile itula e 9 ile taeao.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/pnrs-board-meeting-may-18-2016/

Apr 21 2016

PRESS RELEASE: 2016 Consumer Price Index Update

The Department of Commerce Statistics Division has released updated Consumer Price Index (CPI) reports for 1st Quarter 2016.


The official CPI Quarterly Reports can be found on the DOC website under the Research & Statistics tab, under the category of Reports.


For questions, please contact Chief Statistician Meleisea Vai Filiga at (684) 633-5155 ext. 256 or vai.filiga@doc.as.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/press-release-2016-consumer-price-index-update/

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