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By B. Chen-Fruean

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, (Samoa News, March 6) - For a long time many American Samoa residents who order merchandise from off-island have been making up street addresses because some shippers won't deliver to a post office box. Now a bill has been introduced in the house calling for street signs in Tafuna because essential services can't find people who call for help.

[PIR editor’s note: Tafuna is located on the southeast coast of Tutuila island in American Samoa, just north of the Pago Pago International Airport.]

Introduced by Representative Falema'o Pili, the resolution calls for street signs in Tafuna to aid various governmental agencies in performing their duties. The resolution went through its first reading on Friday has been referred to the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Retirement Representative Fa'alae Lauatua'a Tunupopo, along with the chairman of the House Committee on Public Works, Representative Fagasoaia Lealaitafea.

The resolution points out that housing development in the Tafuna area has grown tremendously in the past few years, and the number of people living in the area is proportionate to the housing growth.

"With the growth in population also comes the growth of needed governmental services such as with the Department of Public Safety, the Emergency Medical Services, and other agencies," the resolution says, adding that many times, when the various governmental departments are called on by the residents in the Tafuna area, it is difficult to render services because the agencies do not know how to physically reach the residents in need of assistance.

According to the resolution, "Many times, when the police or the ambulance is called, neither can find the house that called them due to the lack of street signs or markers."

Therefore, "the implementation of street signs is critical to whether or not our agencies are able to do their job. It is critical to the police and the ambulance services to be able to help the people who called on them, and it is critical to the physical well being of our citizens."

March 7, 2006

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