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President Manny Mori and Dr. Russell Howorth, director of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, officiated in the ground breaking ceremony on February 17, marking the commencement of construction of the new national Emergency Operation Center at Palikir, National Capital in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The new Emergency Operation Center is to be constructed by APSCO construction at a cost of about $220,000 which will assist the FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) in disaster preparedness and coordination. This project is funded by the European Union through the Disaster Risk Reduction project implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.