24th National Law Enforcement Academy Commencement Exercise

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-084
January 19, 2018
Office of the President

24th National Law Enforcement Academy Commencement Exercise

On January 19th, a total of twenty cadets received their Certificate of Completion for fulfilling all the academic and physical requirements of the 24th National Law Enforcement Academy, a 14-week training program aimed at equipping cadets with all the necessary tools to take on a career in law enforcement.

Congratulating the cadets for successfully completing the program, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. emphasized and highlighted the importance of respect and integrity, on and off-duty, in the field of law enforcement.

Special awards recognizing the exemplary effort, performance, and dedication of the cadets during the entire course of the program were presented during the ceremony.  Awarded for Perfect Attendance were Charles Tachibelmel, Bonifacio Ngiraiwet, Kirk Derbai and Hogan Techakl Skebong. The Leadership Award presented by Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch was awarded to Kirk Derbai. Top Physical Fitness Award presented by President Remengesau was awarded to Lavoice Umiich Mongami. Academic Excellence Award presented by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons was awarded to Kirk Derbai. The Against All Odds Award presented by House of Delegates Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet was awarded to Bonifacio Ngiraiwet.

Graduates of the 24th National Law Enforcement Academy are Hubert Amalei of the Division of Patrol, Tony Chayam of Helen Reef Research Management Program, Oreokel M. Daniel of Kayangel State Government, Kirk Derbai of Division of Customs, Isaiah A. Dolmers of Division of Patrol, Abimelech Etpison of Aimeliik State Government, Tracy E. Marcello of Helen Reef Research Management Program, Gregory Meyar of Division of Biosecurity, Lavoice U. Mongami of Kayangel State Government, Bonifacio Ngiraiwet of Airport Police, Loureine S. Echang of Division of Immigration, Hogan T. Skebong of Airport Police, Charles Tachibelmel of Palau Community College and Kerkikl Tkoel of the Airport Police. The five cadets who enrolled and successfully completed the program in their individual capacities are Kristoffer A. Chapman, Ojay Feliciano, Blailes Byron Chiokai, Ken Iyekar, Arlene Melimarang, and Carson A. Sumor.

The ceremony was attended by President Remengesau, Paramount Chief Ibedul, Vice Speaker Ngiraiwet, Vice President Oilouch, Kayangel Governor Midas Ngiracheluolu, Aimeliik Governor Demei Obak, Hatohobei Governor Huana Nestor, PCC President Dr. Patrick Tellei, Ministry of Justice officers, and the family and friends of the graduates.

Click on the following link to download a copy of this press release: Press Release re. 24th National Law Enforcement Academy Commencement_19JAN2018_FINAL

President Remengesau Joins Ocean Elders

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-079
January 16, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Joins Ocean Elders

On August 14, 2017 President Remengesau joined Ocean Elders, an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity President Remengesau joins H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Jane Goodall, Ted Turner and other notable individuals working together to protect the ocean and its resources in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans and seas resources”.

A leading advocate and voice for ocean protection in the Republic of Palau and the Pacific region, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. joins Ocean Elders and their efforts to working with and leverags the work of other ocean organizations, and influences governments and business decision-making to stimulate the protection and preservation of marine ecosystems. At the core of their efforts, is the active championing for the creation or expansion of marine protected areas, believing that marine protected areas are critical to both the protection and the recovery of marine ecosystems from human impacts.

In the past year, Ocean Elders attended and actively participated in a number of ocean related conferences and meetings, including the United Nations’ Ocean Conference in New York and the “Our Ocean” Conference in Malta.  Moving forward, the Ocean Elders aims to increase its presence in major gatherings, boost efforts for ocean protection advocacy and strengthen partnerships for ocean protection. Ocean Elders also continues to focus efforts on the high seas, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the connection of the ocean to human health and plastic pollution.

President Remengesau is honored to be a member of Ocean Elders and commits to protecting the interest of the ocean and its resources domestically, regionally and internationally for the future generation.

For more information, visit http://www.oceanelders.org/

 

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. Ocean Elders_16JAN2018_FINAL

Tara Pacific Expedition Conducts Scientific Research in Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-080
January 16, 2018
Office of the President

Tara Pacific Expedition Conducts Scientific Research in Palau

The Tara Pacific Expedition recently conducted a scientific research in Palau as part of their 2-year mission that commenced in May 2016 spanning the entire Asia-Pacific region.

On Wednesday, January 10th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., Senate President Hokkons Baules, Delegate Jonathan Isechal, Minister Umiich Sengebau, Ambassador Olai Uludong, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu of Palau International Coral Reef Center and other officials met the crew and the scientific team on board vessel -Tara Pacific.

The team shared their initial observations of Palau’s ecosystems and the potential impact neighboring nations have on the Republic’s marine environment. In terms of coral research, Ryan McMinds, a coral microbiologist from Oregon State University and mission Chief Scientist explained, “The overall idea is to get a sense of how many variations corals have, including what type of algae, bacteria and viruses are associated with these corals across the entire Pacific. We’re focusing on three particular species of corals, but also have a fish team on board. We really want to understand the genetics of these organisms and if they are consistent across the entire Pacific or whether they are specific to different environments.” The team also focused their research on microbes or microorganisms that might be causing diseases and potential coral gene flow through ocean currents from surrounding nations.

Beginning their research in the Southwest Islands, the team observed healthy, diverse reef ecosystems compared to other reefs in the world, but also noted signs of stress due to climate change and other contributing factors. Researchers from the University of Nice Côte d’Azu in France on board the Expedition focused research on determining the level of resilience and adaptation corals have to ocean acidification, which occurs when corals cannot absorb calcium carbonate to maintain their skeletons due to the increase of carbon dioxide in the ocean.  The team noted Palau’s well conserved reef ecosystem allowed them to observe the impacts of acidification other anthropogenic factors that originate from human activity that could be affecting the reefs.

In the meeting President Remengesau noted that the team’s initial observations justifies the importance of establishing marine protected areas in the entire region, and further asked the research team to share data collected with the Government of the Republic of Palau towards educational and policy-making in Palau’s efforts to further preserve and protect the ocean and its resources locally, regionally and internationally.

The Tara Pacific Expedition is near the end of its 2-year research mission. Samples collected throughout the mission are being analyzed by international labs. Results of their mission are anticipated for completion within a year’s time.

The Tara Pacific Expedition is sponsored and supported by numerous international organizations such as agnès b., UNESCO, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Veolia Foundation, World Courier, BillerudKorsnäs and Oceans by Disney among others.

 

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. TARA Pacific Expedition in Palau_16JAN2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Congratulates New Board Members and Thanks the Senate for their Continued Support

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-081
January 17, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Congratulates New Board Members and Thanks the Senate for their Continued Support

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. congratulates thirteen (13) Board members whose appointments were confirmed by the Senate during the eight day of their fifth regular session on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the National Capitol.

The Senate confirmed the reappointments of Theodore Dulei Subris, John C. Thing, Lakolani Olngellel, and Father John Paul Illilau to the Palau National Parole Board; the reappointments of Emiliano Kazuma and Masao Esebei to the Board of Land Surveyors Examiners; appointments of Yosko Malsol and Huan Anastacio and the reappointments of Alfonso Uchel Megreos and Gregorio Ngirmang to the Palau Language Commission; the appointment of Romana Wong to Palau Community College Board of Trustrees; and the reappointment of Hanenore K. Belechl and appointment of Pastor Hiob Ngirachemoi to the Palau Ethics Commission.

The newly confirmed members will greatly contribute the mandates of these important Boards of the Republic. President Remengesau further extends his appreciation to the Senate of the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau for their continued support.

Click on the following link to download a copy of this press release: Press Release re. Confirmed Board Appointments_17JAN2018_FINAL

Nation Gathers in Prayer for the People and Government

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-078
January 12, 2018
Office of the President

Nation Gathers in Prayer for the People and Government

On Thursday, January 11th at the National Day of Prayer event, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., Senate President Hokkons Baules, House of Delegates Speaker Sabino Anastacio, members of the Olbiil Era Kelulau, with State Government leaders and Traditional Chiefs and Christians of the Republic gathered in prayer to entreat the Almighty God seeking guidance and continued blessings for the health and wellbeing of the People and Government of the Republic of Palau.

Delivering the Prayer for the Nation, Pastor Billy G. Kuartei referenced the book of Psalms that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance” and that a nation is blessed to have God’s favor and protection. Asking for God’s forgiveness, protection and blessing, Pastor Kuartei prayed on behalf of the Republic for God’s guidance and for the nation to work together in harmony and good faith in this New Year.

In his message to the Republic, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. expressed that leadership, governance, service to the people, and decision-making relies on faith, trust, and service to the Almighty, adding that “It should be reminded that unlike other countries around the world, there is no separation of church and state in the Constitution of the Republic of Palau as we Palauans have and always will, as a nation, stand firm in our faith that all things are dependent on the Almighty God.”

The National Day of Prayer event saw citizens and members of the Christian faith with the Invocation given by Father Rusk Saburo of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the National Anthem performed by Kirby Sikyang, and Benediction by Pastor John Zimmer of the Omekulel a Bibilia with Hymns by choirs from the Palau Baptist Church, the Omekulel a Bibilia, and the Koror Evangelical Church.

Click on this link to download the press release: Press Release re. National Day of Prayer_12JAN2018_FINAL

First Lady and Ministers’ Spouses Announce Winners of the 3rd Annual Public School Christmas Tree Contest

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-077
January 5, 2018
Office of the President

First Lady and Ministers’ Spouses Announce Winners of the 3rd Annual Public School Christmas Tree Contest

On Friday, January 5, First Lady Debbie M. Remengesau and Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton announced and awarded winners of the 2017 Public School Christmas Tree Contest during the Principal’s Forum held at the Ministry of Education.

The First Lady expressed the objective of this 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Contest held in December 2017 is to not only encourage young children to utilize recyclable and reusable materials, but to also provide them with an avenue to be innovative, creative and to “think outside the box” of normal daily classroom studies.

The Ministry of Education revealed the students who participated in designing the Christmas Trees for the Annual Contest researched the products such as plastic bottles to learn more about their origin and how they washed up on Palau’s shores.  The Contest gave the students an opportunity to be hands-on, learn more about everyday products they use and how they can contribute to maintaining and protecting the environment.

The winners of the 2017 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Contest is as follows:

  1. Angaur Elementary School – First Place Prize of $1,000.00
  2. B. Harris Elementary School – Second Place Prize of $700.00
  3. Ngeremlengui Elementary School – Third Place Prize of $500.00
  4. Aimeliik Elementary School – Fourth Place Prize of $300.00

The remaining schools were awarded $250.00 each for their participating in the contest. A total of fourteen public schools, twelve elementary schools and one high school, designed and submitted their Christmas tree creations based on the “Year of Family” theme and use of recyclable materials. A group of judges, including the Ministers’ spouses judged the submitted Christmas Trees on December 20, 2017 based on its height, creativity, expression of the theme “Family”, the use of recyclable and reusable materials and the originality of the design.

The Christmas Tree Contest is an annual program and plans are underway for this year’s contest.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_2017 Public School Christmas Tree Winners Announced_05JAN2018_FINAL

President Remengesau and his Cabinet Members Set Course for 2018

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-076
January 3, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau and his Cabinet Members Set Course for 2018

On December 28th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and members of his Cabinet gathered together to discuss progress of ongoing government initiatives and programs, and set course for 2018 as the Republic prepared to welcome the New Year.

Among the topics discussed during this last Cabinet meeting 2017 are the continued Government efforts to eradicate kebeas, implementation of NDBP’s agriculture and aquaculture loan program promoting food security, focused attention on preventive healthcare, and stronger partnerships supporting the continued growth and sustainable economic development of Palau.

Palau witnessed major infrastructural development and capacity advancement in 2017, including the completion of fiber optic high-speed internet connectivity, the commencement of public-partnerships for the renovation and expansion of the Palau International Airport, the Water Improvement Project and the Koror-Airai Sanitation Project to improve the capacity of the sewage system as well as enhancing the nation’s maritime security capacity in partnership with the Nippon Foundation among other programs and projects aimed at improving the lives of the People of Palau.

Coming to the end of the “Year of Family”, President Remengesau and his Cabinet members commends the success of 2017 and of specialized programs focusing on the well being of families and family participation in social, health, and economic development programs. Further discussing the possibilities for focus in 2018, the Executive Leadership approved of a new theme that will be formally announced in January.

President Remengesau regularly meets his Cabinet every Monday to discuss and resolve important Government matters to ensure the efficient delivery of public services to the People of Palau. He is committed to continue this tradition during the duration of his term in office.

To download this press release, click on the following link: Press Release_President Remengesau and Cabinet Set Course for 2018_29DEC2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Celebrates Christmas with Our Senior Citizens

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-075
December 20, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Celebrates Christmas with Our Senior Citizens

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., First Lady Debbie M. Remengesau, Minister Elbuchel Sadang and Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton gave our Senior Citizens an early Christmas celebration hosting a holiday luncheon at the Old Age Center on Wednesday, December 20th.

Wishing all of our Senior Citizens a happy Christmas, President Remengesau expressed appreciation to our Senior Citizens for their unwavering love and commitment to Palau and our children. “We are where we are because of you. Without You, our elders, there won’t be an Us.” said President Remengesau. “We truly value your opinion and wisdom as important members and caretakers of our Palauan community and family.”

Giving back to the Senior Citizens, President Remengesau announced his commitment to work with the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau in looking into increasing funding assistance to Social Security beneficiaries by $50 or more. The President also reminded all Senior Citizens of subsidy available for the first 500 kilowatts of energy costs. Further assistance was also made available by Minister Sadang and his staff to help all Senior Citizens access this service.

First Lady Debbie gifted each of the Senior Citizens present certificates to Melusch Dil Beauty Shop for a service of their choosing.

On behalf of the President Remengesau and the Office of the President, we wish all Senior Citizens of Palau a very happy Christmas.

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First Lady and the Ministers’ Spouses host 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Contest

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-074
December 20, 2017
Office of the President

First Lady and the Ministers’ Spouses host 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Contest

First Lady Debbie M. Remengesau and the Ministers’ spouses in partnership with the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Education hosted the 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Contest themed, “Year of the Family”.

A total of fourteen public schools, twelve elementary schools and one high school, participated in this year’s event creating original designs using recyclable and reusable materials focusing on the theme of family.

First Lady Remengesau stated, “The contest is more than judging and awarding the best Christmas tree design. The holiday season is about family. This contest in a way reminds us of the importance of family and spending time with the people we love.”

“All of the designs submitted were creative and beautiful, physically demonstrating that something as simple as a Christmas tree can be created with materials found around us,” said Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton. “We applaud all of the students and their teachers for their handiwork and congratulate them for creating stunning trees this year.”

The group of judges including the Ministers’ Spouses carefully judged all fourteen Christmas Trees submitted based on its height, creativity, expression of the theme “Family”, the use of recyclable and reusable materials and originality of the design.

Prizes for the contest are $1,000 cash for first place, $700 cash for second place, $500 cash for third place and $300 cash for fourth place. Winners of the contest will be announced during the Principals’ Forum on January 5, 2018.

To download this press release, click on the following link: Press Release_3rd Annual Christmas Tree Contest_20DEC2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Bids Farewell to Senior JICA Volunteer Yuzo Yasui

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-073
December 19, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Bids Farewell to Senior JICA Volunteer Yuzo Yasui

On December 19th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. received Senior JICA Volunteer Yuzo Yasui who paid a courtesy visit to the President’s Satellite Office in Meyuns.

President Remengesau thanked Yasui for his service to Palau stating, “I thank you sincerely for the time you’ve spent working in Palau and with PPUC. Renewable energy is a top national priority and an area of great need.”

A passionate photographer outside of his profession and work with PPUC, Yasui spent much of his 2-years in Palau visiting all the States and capturing the beauty of Palau.

Yasui worked with PPUC’s Renewable Energy Department during his tenure. He is due to return back to Japan in January 2018.