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AG appoints Divine Iuli Falaniko to Territorial Registrar’s post

Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu has appointed Divine Iuli Falaniko as the new registrar for the Office of the Territorial Registrar — which is part of the Department of Legal Affairs.

Fainu’ulelei announced the appointment in a Mar. 26th media statement, saying that this was made upon the expiration of the contract of the acting registrar, Katerina Vaiga.

He explained that Mrs. Falaniko has played an integral role in the Attorney General’s Office for nearly 20 years now, and has served as a paralegal and a legal assistant handling corporate affairs and parole matters, in conjunction with other clerical responsibilities.

Additionally, Mrs. Falaniko holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Human Resources and has just finished an extensive year in training in management of the Office of the Territorial Registrar.

“Mrs. Falaniko is a family woman born and raised in the village of Leone” and she is the daughter of Iuli Joe Iuli and Isalei Iuli, according to Fainu’ulelei, who points out that new Registrar, a 1995 graduate of Fa’asao High School, “serves and renders tautua to her communal family and church so she has an intimate knowledge of the value of Samoan lands and titles.”

“In my opinion, Mrs. Falaniko is highly qualified for this position,” said Fainu’ulelei. “Mrs. Falaniko shall be responsible for all statutory and regulatory responsibilities of the Territorial Registrar as mandated by law.”

Appointment of the new Territorial Registrar was made effective Mar. 23, he said.