President Remengesau Encourages 10th Basic Police Academy Cadets to Strive Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-045
July 14, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Encourages 10th Basic Police Academy Cadets to Strive Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

 Addressing the 23 police cadets of the 10th Basic Police Academy who graduated from the program on July 14th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. encouraged and urged the cadets to strive above and beyond the call of duty in their law enforcement careers.

“Law enforcement is a profession that requires one to perform above and beyond the call of duty,” said President Remengesau. He further stated, “Palau needs you. We need your passion in the protection of life and property and maintaining peace.”

The cadets, most of whom have joined the police force where urged to establish good working relationships with the Office of the Attorney General and all law enforcement agencies.

During the ceremony held at the Palau Community College Cafeteria, six outstanding cadets were awarded and recognized for their achievements in Academic Excellence, Physical Fitness, Against All Odds, Outstanding Leadership, Perfect Attendance and Top Gun.

The 10th Basic Police Academy was a 14-week training program from April 17 to June 14, 2017.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_10th Basic Police Academy_14JULY2017_FINAL

11th Belau Games Results

The 11th Belau Games came to a close on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Below is a message from the 11th Belau Games Organizing Committee :

With years of preparations and training’s, the 10 days Belau National Games has come to an end. We have seen many different game faces along the way from losing to winning, some were celebrating for their win and some were emotional for their loses. Many athletes, coaches and fans were upset and frustrated and other who were celebrating in joy and happiness for their accomplishments. At the end of the day, that is the true Olympic spirit we all share in every games we play. With that being said, we would like to congratulate all the Athletes, Coaches and spectators for all the hard work and efforts for your success. We also would like to thank all the volunteers for your time and commitments and also our sponsors and partners for your continuous support in all the sports program in Palau and the Region.

Thank you and God Bless us all,

11th Belau Games Organizing Committee

Click on the following links to download final results:

  1. Final Medal Tally_070217_500pm
  2. July 02 2017 Results
  3. Sports Top Men & Women

President Remengesau Bids Farewell to Outgoing Italy Ambassador Massimo Roscigno

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-042
June 28, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Bids Farewell to Outgoing Italy Ambassador Massimo Roscigno

On June 28, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. bid farewell to H.E. Ambassador Massimo Roscigno of Italy to the Republic of Palau.

In thanking Ambassador Roscigno for his service to Palau, President Remengesau stated: “I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your friendship, assistance and work in our bilateral relationship. Italy is an important partner to Palau, in particular, its support and partnership of Palau’s environmental undertakings.”

Ambassador Roscigno expressed Italy stands in solidary and shares sympathies with Palau on climate change and global warming challenges, and will continue to work closely with Palau in this area.

Ambassador Roscigno has served in Italy’s Foreign Service for more than 35 years. Having served 5 years as a member of Palau’s diplomatic corps and as a friend, he offered his assistance to Palau in whatever capacity he may hold in the future.

Click on this link to download this press release: Press Release_Courtesy Visit Ambassador Massimo Roscigno_28JUNE2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Accepts H.E. Rodrigo do Amaral Souza’s Credentials as Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-041
June 28, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accepts H.E. Rodrigo do Amaral Souza’s Credentials as Second Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Palau

On June 27, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accepted His Excellency Rodrigo do Amaral Souza’s credentials as the second Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Palau during the presentation of credentials ceremony held at the Executive Building in Ngerulmud.

President Remengesau extended warm congratulations to Ambassador Souza on behalf of the people and government of Palau, and further expressed desires to strengthen partnership and relations. “I look forward to working with you and the government of Brazil to advance our friendship, partnership and relations.”

“I am honored and privileged to be here as the second Ambassador to Palau. Geographically, Brazil is far from Palau, however we share mutual values and interests, including the protection of the ocean and the environment. I look forward to working with Palau closely moving forward”, expressed Ambassador Souza.

Ambassador Souza has served in various foreign and diplomatic service positions for more than 30 years.

Click on this link to download this press release: Press Release_Presentation of Credentials Brazil Ambassador Souza_28JUNE2017_FINAL

Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg Swears in as Minister of State

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-038
June 13, 2017
Office of the President

Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg Swears in as Minister of State

On June 13, Mrs. Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg took her oath of office as the Minister of State and the newest member of President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.’s Cabinet.

With a wealth of experience in public service, the preservation of Palau’s heritage and history through her roles as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, and as Director and Curator of the Belau National Museum, President Remengesau expressed confidence that Minister Rehuher-Marugg will work diligently to represent the Republic of Palau in international forums, both inside and outside of the Republic.

In congratulating and welcoming Minister Rehuher-Marugg, President Remengesau also expressed his appreciation to Minister Billy Kuartei for his service to the public and the years he dedicated to the community.

Minister Rehuher-Marugg’s oath of office was administered by Judge Rosemary Skebong. The swearing in ceremony was held at the Office of the President in Ngerulmud, and witnessed by elected and traditional leaders in addition to Minister Rehuher-Marugg’s family and friends.

To download this press release, click on this link: Press Release_Minister Rehuher-Marugg_13JUNE2017_FINAL

Taiwan-Palau Stimulus Grants Program Awarded to PNOC, Ngeremlengui State and Sonsorol State

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-039
June 13, 2017
Office of the President

Taiwan-Palau Stimulus Grants Program Awarded to Ngeremlengui State Government, Sonsorol State Government and PNOC

Congratulations to the Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) and the Athletes of the 11th Belau Games, the Sonsorol State Men’s Association (Thafaas) and the Ngeremlengui State Government on receiving funding from the Taiwan-Palau Small Grants Program to support their initiatives this summer 2017.

An award of $1,000.00 for team support was made to each of the 14 participating States (Ngeremlengui and Aimeliik declining to join), with $2,000 going to the Palau Youth Council for management support and $2,000 to PNOC for volunteers and officials uniforms and meals.  The 11th Belau Games are scheduled for June 23 to July 2, 2017.

The Ngeremlengui State grant of $10,000 is to support the State’s Youth “Remerang” summer internship program helping to protect and preserve wildlife.  Working alongside State conservation officers in the Ngermeskang Bird Sanctuary to maintain bird sanctuary trails, Ngeremlengui youth will develop bird monitoring and tour guiding skills and learn the principles of natural resource ownership.

Sonsorol State received $18,000 towards two brand new Yamaha outboard boat engines for their boat to be used in a project that will teach Sonsorol youth traditional fishing techniques and navigation. The objective of this effort will be to improve food security for the people of Sonsorol.

On behalf of the Republic, President Remengesau expressed his appreciation to the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their generous support for the upcoming Belau Games, for fostering wildlife preservation in our largest terrestrial bird sanctuary and for reviving traditional fishing among the citizens of our small island state of Sonsorol.

To download this press release, click on this link: Press Release_Taiwan Palau Stimulus Award_13JUNE2017_FINAL (Rev)

Ismael Aguon Sworn-In as Director of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA)

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-036
May 26, 2017
Office of the President

Ismael Aguon Sworn-In as Director of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA)

On May 26, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. administered the Oath of Office, swearing-in Ismael Aguon as the Director of the newly created Narcotics Enforcement Agency with his family, friends, and fellow officers standing witness. Palau’s Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch, in his welcoming remarks expressed his eagerness to have Aguon on board and relayed the same sentiments from his other Directors that “Aguon will certainly pick up where he left off with our fight against drugs and crime in his previous position as head of the Drug Task Force.

President Tommy Remengesau made it very clear in his statement that “those involved in drugs have their days numbered. They cannot continue to reap fortunes at the cost of our children’s lives and they cannot continue to put every single person’s life at risk while they make their living – destroying families and robbing this country of its future. I am confident that Aguon and his team, with the Attorney General and the entire Police Department will put these people behind bars, said the President.

“This is our biggest and toughest challenge. We can only be successful together. We can only be successful if work together diligently, ensuring that our part is done in the best possible manner – ensuring that we make no mistakes in the criminal justice process bringing every drug traffickers to justice.” Added President Remengesau.

In his remarks, Director Ismael Aguon highlighted his approach to eliminating drugs in Palau. “Prevention and enforcement have to work together. My team and I will work harder in getting drug users off of drugs and we will work even harder in bringing traffickers and dealers to Justice.” Says Aguon.

To download this press release, click on this link: Press Release_Aguon NEA_26MAY2017_FINAL

Alexandro C. Castro Sworn-in as the Fourth Non-Resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-034
May 22, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Administers the Oath of Office to Alexandro C. Castro, the Fourth Non-Resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division

On May 22, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. administered the oath of office for Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Island (CNMI) Judiciary as the newest and the fourth non-resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Palau Supreme Court.

President Remengesau congratulated and welcomed Associate Justice Castro to the Palau Judiciary stating, “Associate Justice Castro is an experienced and knowledgeable judge with a deep connection to Palau. I thank him for accepting Palau’s invitation to join the bench.”

As the newest member of the Appellate Division, Castro joins four other non-resident Associate Justices, including Associate Justice Dennis K. Yamase of FSM Supreme Court who was sworn-in on March 14 and Kevin Bennardo, a law professor at University of North Carolina who is scheduled to take his oath of office in July.

Each appointed and sworn-in non-resident Associate Justice as explained by Chief Justice Ngiraklsong during the ceremony held at the Judiciary Building in Ngerulmud, have some connection and experience with the Palau Supreme Court and the Republic of Palau, and will greatly contribute efforts in discharging of cases before the Appellate Division. Since January 2017, the Court has identified 24 conflict of interest cases that will require the Associate Justices of the Appellate Division’s attention and action.

Castro has served as a Judge for more than 28 years in the CNMI Supreme Court. He has also served various positions in law for more than a decade including CNMI’s Attorney General.

The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch and members of President Remengesau’s Cabinet, Senate President Hokkons Baules and members of the Senate, Speaker Sabino Anastacio and members of the House of Delegates, Reklai Bao Ngirmang representing our traditional leaders, CNMI Lieutenant Governor Victor B. Hocog, family and friends.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_Swearing in of Alexandro Castro_22MAY2017_FINAL rev

 

Official Statement for Ongeim’l Tketau, Jellyfish Lake

Official Statement
For Ongeim’l Tketau, Jellyfish Lake

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism wishes to continue active engagement with Koror State Government, the 10th State Legislature, the Klobak ra Oreor and relevant parties to define an agreeable strategy to ensure the protection and sustainable use of the Jellyfish Lake. It is important to maintain dialogue with all stakeholders on matters of this magnitude, especially when such matters are of public interest and national priority. As a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, it is important that we demonstrate to the global community our efforts to better understand the factors negatively impacting the Jellyfish Lake and to inform appropriate policy decisions and management actions.

At this time, the Ministry is inclined to believe that the closure of the Jellyfish Lake is of key significance as it essentially removes additional stress that may be caused by visitors and human activities. While the closure is in effect, we wish to continue the important dialogue with technical partners to provide the information needed to guide these discussions with all stakeholders. We will also work with relevant agencies to convey a unified and clear message on the closure of the Jellyfish Lake while an assessment is undertaken. In providing such support, it is also import to note that the function of the national police will be to keep peace and order to the extend allowable by law and all pertinent statutes.

With the highest regards for our democratic and traditional governance systems, the Ministry requests the support and full cooperation of all parties concerned so that we could address this important matter which is simply to ensure the health and improved condition of the unique biodiversity found in the Jellyfish Lake. Clearly, this is an issue that can only be resolved through collaboration and we look forward to having such dialogue moving forward. Thank you for your time and attention.

Click on the following link to download this statement: Official Statement_Jellyfish Lake_5.18.17

Public Advisory: Palau Placed on El Niño Watch

PUBLIC ADVISORY
May 17, 2017

The National Emergency Committee (NEC) and The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is placing the Republic of Palau under the “EL NINO WATCH” and announce that current weather patterns in the Pacific indicate that the Republic of Palau has a up to a 65% chance of experiencing Severe Drought Conditions to occur in August 2017.

The weather phenomenon, El Nino, is a Pacific weather cycle that creates high sea surface temperatures that bring rain and storms to the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, opposite of their normal course of coming to the west where Palau is located.

The National Weather Service Office has informed the NEC that global weather monitoring stations indicate a strong possibility that prolonged extreme dry conditions may occur in the Republic of Palau beginning August 2017 with an expected duration of up to 10 months.  Expected dry conditions will be similar to the previous drought Palau experienced in 2016. While the possibility of drought stands at 50% to 65% to date, the National Weather Service Office will continue to monitor any changes and inform the NEC, NEMO and the General Public accordingly.

El Nino brings extreme dry conditions (Drought) with very little scattered rainfall to the Republic of Palau.  The amount of rainfall predicted for Palau between the months of August 2017 and April 2018 will not be sufficient to maintain adequate water levels in Palau’s two main water reservoirs (Ngerimel and Ngerikiil), including main water sources in all other States.

Water Conservation is instrumental in addressing predicted water shortage. The General Public including the private sector is urged to practice water conservation measures by minimizing water use and detect and repair water leaks in government property, private businesses and residences.