Category Archive: Community

Apr 06 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Basic Food Index March 2017

The Basic Food Index (BFI) for March 2017 is registered at 99.4 points, an increase of 0.2% from the February index of 99.2 points. To download the full press release, click here.

Other related reports, please see the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 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-basic-food-index-march-2017/

Apr 03 2017

Cleanest High School Challenge

CLEANEST HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE


Did you know that all schools are part of the Coastal Zone?

While there are academic competitions and sports which respectively highlight the importance of education and health inside the classroom and on the football fields, basketball, and volleyball courts, local high schools have been engaged in a different competition which highlights environmental health through the value and pride that comes with having a clean school environment—from inside the classroom and other school facilities, to outside the surrounding campus grounds.

The Department of Commerce hosted a competition for high schools to show their school pride in keeping their campus grounds and facilities debris free and clean! Check out the winners from last year’s competition.

Cleanest Outside Environment

Public School: Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private School: South Pacific Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleanest Classrooms

Public School: Tafuna High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private School: Pacific Horizon School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleanest Restrooms:

Public School: Fagaitua High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private School: Manumalo Baptist Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleanest Cafeteria:

Public School: Tafuna High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private School: South Pacific Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleanest Gymnasium

Public School: Tafuna High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private School: South Pacific Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All category winners will be provided equipment and supplies to assist them with maintaining the cleanliness of the category areas. Equipment and supplies include outdoor and indoor trash bins, trash bags, rakes, mop sets, and other landscaping and cleaning supplies.

ASCMP plans to continue this effort in the future and encourages high schools to take pride in a clean campus and continue to keep their campuses clean, inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/cleanest-high-school-challenge/

Jan 23 2017

PRESS RELEASE: American Samoa 2015 HIES

The 2015 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) is the fifth survey of the American Samoa Expenditure Series since the first one in 1982. The HIES collected information on demographic, social and economic characteristics of the resident population, as well as expenditures and family spending patterns drawn from a 20 percent systematic sample of households in American Samoa. The main objectives of the survey are:

  • To provide new expenditure weights and a “market basket of goods and services,” for the revision of the American Samoa Consumer Price Index.
  • To supplement personal consumption expenditure in compilation of National Accounts and Gross Domestic Products.
  • To obtain selective eating habits and nutritional intakes of residents.
  • The tabulation report presents summaries of key findings as well as detailed tables of subject matter crosstabulations useful for planning and policy decisions.

The survey was funded with a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA). OIA funded simultaneous grants to American Samoa, CNMI, and the Virgin Islands for the 2015 HIES surveys as they did for the 1995 and 2005 rounds.

Many individuals and organizations provided assistance for the successful completion of the HIES. I extend my deepest appreciation to the Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs for funding this project. And to Dr. Michael J. Levin for data processing utilizing the CSPro software; Mr. Brian Hannon, a Wasington DC based Price Statistics Consultant who worked on the Consumer Price Index Revision, and all those involved in the field enumeration and processing of the HIES survey. I want to pay special tribute to former Chief Statistician Mr. Etuale Tuileta for leading this work and the Department of Commerce staff for their unwavering support.

Fa’afetai fa’apitoa mo aiga uma o Amerika Samoa na filifilia mo lenei galuega. O lo outou sao ua mafai ai ona tu’ufa’atasi ni fa’amaumauga taua mo le fuafuaina o atina’e ma le tamaoaiga, aua se manuia o Amerika Samoa ma ona tagata.

Signed,

Director Keniseli F. Lafaele


DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE HERE: American Samoa 2015 HIES.(PDF)

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/press-release-as2015hies/

Jan 09 2017

PRESS RELEASE: 2016 4th Quarter Consumer Price Index Update

The Department of Commerce Statistics Division has released the updated Consumer Price Index (CPI) reports for 4th 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-2016-4th-quarter-consumer-price-index-update/

Dec 14 2016

PNRS Board Meeting – December 21, 2016

DEPARTMENT of COMMERCE

Project Notification & Review System

Legal Notice

                                                                                                                                               

December 21, 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.               Sa Jr. Iosia                                                                                                          16-4494-LVB

                        Proposal for two story extension to commercial structure                           Nu’uuli

 

      2.              Matavao Ioane                                                                                                   16-4498-LVB

                        Proposal to convert residential to commercial Laundromat                      Taputimu

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, December 20, 2016. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, 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 Tesema 21, 2016, ile itula e 9 ile taeao.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/pnrs-board-meeting-december-21-2016/

Oct 25 2016

PNRS Board Meeting – November 02, 2016

DEPARTMENT of COMMERCE

Project Notification & Review System

Legal Notice

                                                                                                                                               

November 02, 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. Hedy Dadfar                                                                                                   16-4433-LVB

 Proposal for a new extension to existing commercial structure              Tafuna

  1.    Faamasani Jr. Tuitasi                                                                                 16-4420-LVB

 Proposal for extension, repair and convert to commercial use                 Malaeloa

  1.   Maneafaiga Faoa                                                                                         16-4309-LVB

Proposal for new commercial structure with utilities                                   Leone

  1.  Apelu Jr. Milo                                                                                                 16- 4411-LVB

Proposal to convert existing structure to commercial use                         Tafuna

 

  1.    DOH c/o   Ben Sili                                                                                       16-4424-L

Proposal for a Billboard Sign                                                                              Nu’uuli

  1. ASNOC c/o Victor Langkilde & Kenneth Tupua                                     16-4430-L

Proposal for new construction with utilities.                                                   Tafuna

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, November 01, 2016. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 02, 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 Novema 02, 2016, ile itula e 9 ile taeao.

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/pnrs-board-meeting-november-02-2016/

Oct 07 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Basic Food Index September 2016

The Basic Food Index (BFI) for September 2016 dropped by 1.1%. To download full press release, click here.

Other related reports, please see the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 2016.

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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-september-2016/

Sep 19 2016

Family Fun Beach Day – 2016 Coastweeks

2016 Coastweeks Family Fun Beach Day

To close out this year’s 2016 Coastweeks Celebration and kick-off a fun year full of hard work and coastal stewardship for 2017, we are inviting everyone to our Family Fun Beach Day on Saturday, September 24th at the Su’igaula Beach Park in Utulei from 11am to 5pm! Registration is free for all! There will be food available by some of our local food vendors, farmers, and fishermen, final paddle challenge races, games for all ages, an opportunity to ride in a fautasi, live entertainment by various ethnic groups, and so much more!

Join us as we continue to work together as a community to promote a healthy coast by taking care of our island’s natural resources now and for future generations! 

For more information, please contact Tuna at 254-6117 or Reinette at 254-2594.

Download Flyer Here

Permanent link to this article: http://doc.as.gov/family-fun-beach-day-2016-coastweeks/

Aug 29 2016

Biggest Loser Challenge – 2016 Coastweeks

During Coastweeks, the Department of Commerce likes to incorporate a health challenge that helps to encourage a fit, active, and healthy lifestyle which contributes to a healthy coast. The health of our environment relies greatly on the physical health of it’s people. Join this year’s Biggest Loser Challenge to Lose Weight, Be Fit, and Help Keep American Samoa Clean!’ 

Download Flyer Here


CONTACT REINETTE AT 633-5155 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


 

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

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/

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