Chief Justice Alexandro Castro of CNMI Accepts Presidential Appointment to Palau Supreme Court

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-028
April 21, 2017
Office of the President

Chief Justice Alexandro Castro of CNMI Accepts Presidential Appointment to Palau Supreme Court

Chief Justice Alexandro Castro [Photo Credit: www.justice.gov.mp]

On March 23, Chief Justice Alexandro Castro of the Supreme Court of the Common Wealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI) accepted President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.’s appointment to serve as a non-resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Palau Supreme Court.

“It is indeed an honor and privilege to join Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong and other distinguished jurists of the Palau Judiciary,” Chief Justice Castro expressed in his letter to of acceptance to President Remengesau. “I will do my utmost to apply the rule of law fairly and, in appropriate cases, take into account the norms and values of the People of Palau.”

Castro has served as the Chief Justice of the CNMI Supreme Court since September 2012. With a long and extensive career in law, President Remengesau expresses confidence that he will contribute greatly to the Appellate Division and the Palau Supreme Court.

Castro was appointed by President Remengesau on March 8, 2017. He is scheduled to take his oath of office to the Palau Supreme Court sometime in May 2017.

To download this press release in PDF click on the following link: Press Release_Alexandro Castro Palau Judiciary_21APR2017_FINAL

Palau High School Juniors Successfully Complete Career Mentoring Program at the Office of the President

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-027
April 21, 2017
Office of the President

Palau High School Juniors Successfully Complete Career Mentoring Program at the Office of the President

Two 11th Grade Palau High School students, Ms. Ayanna Ramarui and Mr. Kobe Kertou, have successfully completed a week-long Career Mentoring Program at the Office of the President from April 17-21, 2017.

Ms. Ramarui and Mr. Kertou, both Liberal Arts majors at PHS were exposed to the inner workings and day-to-day operations of the office through the guidance and support of the administrative staff. The students were given an opportunity to learn about the different sections of the Office of the President including the role the office plays in the government and within the community through a hands-on experience.

[L-R]: Mr. Kobe Kertou, 11th Grade at PHS; Ms. Isabel Goodall, Administrative Staff of the Office of the President; and Ms. Ayanna Ramarui, 11th Grade at PHS

“It’s been a blast!” exclaimed Mr. Kertou of his experience during the past week. Mr. Kertou, who plans to pursue a degree in political science following high school expressed, “During my mentoring week at the Office of the President, I learned many things. But one thing I’ll never forget is everyone’s warming hospitality. All I can say is thank you.” Among the list of things he and Ms. Ramarui learned is the different components that make up the whole of the office, including the communication and media team and the legal team that they were previously unaware of. Additionally, these young students were also introduced to a variety of fields from administrative and secretarial work to logistics.

Like Mr. Kertou, Ms. Ramarui plans to pursue a degree in political science. Their mutual interest in political science and government affairs is the reason behind their placement at the Office of the President. “Mentoring at the Office of the President was an experience I will never forget. I’ve learned so much from the staff and also had the opportunity to meet people in different sections of the office. I want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to work in the office,” expressed Ms. Ramarui.

Chief of Staff Secilil Eldebechel encouraged the students to work hard and excel in their studies as well as take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities available.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and members of his staff would like to express appreciation to Ms. Ramarui and Mr. Kertou for their attention, dedication and hard work during the course of their mentoring program, and encourages young Palauans to shine academically beyond high school.

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Press Release: Palau’s Scholarship Board and Kainan University Forges Relations in Academics, Research, and Cultural Exchange

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-023
April 17, 2017
Office of the President

Palau’s Scholarship Board and Kainan University Forges Relations in Academics, Research and Cultural Exchange; PRR Chairman Lin to Sponsor Two Full Scholarships Annually

On April 14, Palau National Scholarship Board (PNSB) and the Kainan University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing bilateral relations in academics, research and cultural exchange, further strengthening the relationship and cooperation shared between the Republic of Palau and the Republic of China-Taiwan.

Through this MOU, Kainan University agreed to waive tuition and fees of two students recommended by PNSB and accepted to attend Kainan University in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. In addition to educational related expenses, the University will also provide $300 stipend per month as well as cover the costs of on-campus housing and travel to and from the ROC.

The Kainan University Full Scholarship for Palauan Students is made possible by Mr. Ching-Po Lin, Chairman of Palau Royal Resort. Chairman Chin-Po Lin is contributing the scholarship funds in full to Kainan University resulting in two full scholarships annually for Palau’s high school graduates.

President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., thanked Chairman Lin at the scholarship launching ceremony saying, “Chairman Lin’s success over the course of his career is something that should be recognized.  His dedication to promoting educational attainment, through his generous scholarship fund, is worthy of commendation. I, on behalf of the Palauan people appreciate his willingness to not only see Palau as a business opportunity, but a culture worthy of investment.  No action speaks louder than his investment in the future of Palau, his investment in Palau’s youth.”

In announcing the scholarship program, Chairman Lin expressed, “With the leadership of President Remengesau, Palau has shown full support, assistance and stood up for the Republic of China-Taiwan in the international stage during this long and difficult period. On behalf of the 23 million citizens of Taiwan, I would like to express our appreciation. Under the leadership of President Remengesau, we all have witnessed the improvements of infrastructure, society, culture, education and tourism every year. Palau has set itself as an example and role of leaders of the countries in Pacific. We believe the eternal friendship of the Republic of China-Taiwan and the Republic of Palau is assured, and will never change. Furthermore, this scholarship program will bring significant academic exchange to the youths of both countries.”

Taiwan Ambassador to Palau, H.E. Michael Y.K. Tseng, witnessed the MOU signing and congratulated Palau, Kainan University, and expressed his gratitude to Chairman Lin. “Taiwan was built on education and its leaders’ commitment to strengthening the education system and creating educational opportunities. Taiwan is proud to partner with Palau in its effort in building and enhancing its educational system, particularly, building capacity through scholarships such as these where Palauans are made available the opportunity to succeed academically and return home to help build their nation.”

The MOU was signed by Vice Chairman of PNSB Kevin Polloi and Dr. Jung-Hui Liang, President of Kainan University and Dr. Shih-Chi Chao, Assistant Professor at Kainan University.

 

Kevin Polloi, Vice Chairman of PNSB and Dr. Shih-Chi Chao, Associate Professor at Kainan University

Top L-R: Minister Billy Kuartei, Ministry of State; Kevin Polloi, Vice Chair of PNSB; Dr. Shih-Chi Chao, Associate Professor of Kainan University; and, Minister Sinton Soalablai, Ministry of Education. Bottom L-R: Ambassador Michael Tseng, Republic of China; H.E. President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.; and Chairman Lin of Pacific Royal Resort.

 

To download this press release in PDF, click Press Release_MOU PNSB and Kainan_17APR2017_FINAL (Rev)

Click here to view, download or print the memorandum of understanding.

 

2017 State of the Republic Address

President Remengesau delivers the 2017 State of the Republic Address on April 13, 2017

Palau is truly a unique environment. As I have said for decades now, it is our goose that lays the golden egg and we must cherish and save it for our children. 

So let us continue on our course of environmental concern and work to complete the job that we started together, preserving our natural environment through the most effective series of protected area networks, particularly the marine protected areas, in the world.

And while we move to stabilize this course that joins economic development, environmental protection and cultural integrity, let us also remember that, as leaders, we must work for each and every citizen of Palau and for their well-being. In moving forward, we must not leave even a single Palauan behind. 

I therefore commit myself, over the next four years, to work with you and with the People to strengthen our governmental institutions and to fortify the underpinnings to a strong and vibrant future. We must ensure that everyone shares in the benefits of economic development. 

Click here to read the address in full.

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