TAOA, KVZK, OPAD have newly nominated directors
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed three more cabinet directors and an executive director to head the Arts Council, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Executive Branch. The appointments were made in separate memorandums all dated Jan. 31st.For the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA), the governor appointed Ale Tifimalae as director. Ale serviced as ASG Treasurer from 1997 to 2000 during the first four years of the Tauese Administration. He was then appointed in 2001 to serve as Special Assistant to the Governor for Manu'a Affairs and resided most of the time on Ta’u island. The other cabinet appointment is Fagafaga D. Langkilde, as director for the Office of Public Information (or KVZK-TV). Fagafaga, who has been a key figure as master of ceremony in many local events, had been in the private sector for many years, including the local media, heading the privately owned Malama TV. Fagafaga is a former candidate for the Congressional race and many years ago was a long time announcer and DJ to the former WVUV radio station. Another cabinet appointment is Dr. Peter Tinitali, who was previously with the Department of Education’s Special Ed division. He is named as the director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled (OPAD).The final appointment by the governor is Uta Dr. Laloulu Tagoilelagi as executive director of the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities (or Arts Council). Uta is the current chairman of the Board of High Education, the governing body of the American Samoa Community College and served as Education Department director during the first two-and-half years of the Tauese Administration. The appointments of Ale, Fagafaga and Tinitali are subject to Fono confirmation, but not Uta. According to the governor, these director-appointees and executive director shall be responsible for carrying out functions, duties and responsibilities of their respective offices and agencies. They shall also enforce all laws and regulations relevant to their appointments.