ABOUT THE STATE OF YAP
The State of Yap is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia, along with the states of Pohnpei, Chuuk and Kosrae. Yap is the Western-most island in the FSM, located about midway between Guam and Palau.
Yap is comprised of the main islands of Yap, Gagil, Tomil, and Rumung. Yap State stretches eastward, for another 1,200 or so kilometers and includes another 134 outer islands, most of them low-lying atolls.
The Yapese were seafaring people who sailed vast distances over the Pacific. Even in recent times, canoes from Yap have sailed to the Marianas, Okinawa, and Palau. The trip to Palau was made to re-enact the quarrying of stone money. In centuries past, Yapese made the life-threatening 1000 kilometer round trip voyage to Palau's Rock Islands to quarry the now famous stone money. Yap is probably best known for this stone money - huge disks of crytalline stone. These stone disks measure up to two meters in diameter, and weigh as much as four tons, making them the world's largest currency.
Yap State has its own constitutional government
with three co-equal branches of government consisting of the
executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Yap also has
traditional leaders that serve in the Council of Pilung and the Council of Tamol which perform functions concerning tradition and custom. See Art. III of the
Yap State Constitution .
The Executive Branch is headed by a Govenor and a Lt. Governor and they are primarily resposible for executing the laws and administering state government services. See Art. VI of the Yap State Constitution.
The legislative power of the State is vested in the Legislature. Such power extends to all rightful subjects of legislation not inconsistent with the Yap Constitution. The Legislature is composed of ten members, who shall be elected by the qualified voters of their respective election districts. See Art. V of the Yap State Constitution.
The judicial power of the State is vested in its State Court, and other courts as may be created by law. The State Court is the highest court of the State and consists of a Chief Justice and two Associate Justices. The number of Associate Justices may be increased by law upon the request of the State Court. Retired justices may serve temporarily on the State Court at the request of the Chief Justice. See Art. VII of the Yap State Constitution.
government leaders and
some key staff are as follows:
Governor: Hon. James Yangetmai
General: Hon. Jonathan M. Tun (Acting)
Public Safety: Chief Fanian Bamngin
Office of Administrative
Services: Acting Director Julius T. Tun
Planning & Budget: Director Maria Laaw
Department of Resources & Development: Director James G. Lukan
Department of Youth & Civic Affairs: Acting Director Francis Reg
Department of Education: Director Teresa Filepin
Department of Public Works & Transportation: Director
Department of Health Services: Director Martina Reighhardt
Legislature: Hon. Ted Rutun
Hon. Joseph Giliko'
Leader: Hon. Jerry Fagolimul
Hon. Vincent A. Figir (Chrmn., Finance Comm.)
Hon. Stan Kensof (Vice Chairman)
Hon. Joseph B Tiucheimal (Member)
Hon. John E Mooteb(Chrmn., Government, Health & Welfare
Hon. Joseph Giliko
Hon. Charles S. Chieng (Chrmn., Resources, Education & Development
Hon. Lazarus Ulith (Vice Chairman)
Hon. Joseph Giliko' (member)
Hon. John Masiwemai (Chrmn., Resources, Education & Development Comm.)
Hon. Nicholas Figirlaarwon (Vice Chairman)
Hon. Jerry Fagolimmul (member)
Legislative Chief Clerk: Dee N. Libian
Chief Clerk: Terrence Fong
Officer: Benedict Rikin
Administrative Secretary: Elizabet Laayow
Legislative Counsel: Leelkan
Legislative Counsel: Genevieve M. Mangefel
Legal Researcher / Secretary: Diana Giniy
Justice: Hon. Cyprian Manmaw, Esq.
Justice: Hon. Cyprian
Justice: Hon. Jesse Torwan
Yap State Court Counsel: Seema Shaw,
Court: Julianne Giley
Administrator: Libuw Pongliyab
Chairman, Council of Pilung:
Hon. Bruno Tharngan
Chairman, Council of Tamol:
Hon. Ignathio Gapthey
Public Defender: Quintina Letawerpiy, Staff Attorney
Attorney: John T. Mootmag, Esq.
Yap Environmental Protection
Agency: Christina Fillmed
Yap Community Action Program:
Yap Investment Trust:
Genevieve F. Y. Gilmoon
Yap Fishing Authority:
Yap State Public Service
Corporation: Faustino Yangmog
Yap State Public Library:
Yap Visitors Authority:
Yap Sports Council Office Director:
For more visitor information on Yap, visit the Yap page of the FSM Visitors Board web site.