2018 Year of Good Health Small Grants Program Strengthens Health Education and Improves Quality of Life

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-144
September 6, 2018
Office of the President

 

2018 Year of Good Health Small Grants Program Strengthens Health Education and Improves Quality of Life

On August 22nd, the Office of the President through the Grant’s Office and the 2018 Year of Good Health Small Grants Program awarded a value of $40,000 in grants to strengthen health education and improve the quality of life in schools and within the community.

The Ministry of Education was awarded a grant of $10,000 to conduct a yoga program in collaboration with Omkar Yoga Palau. The purpose of the project is to provide schools with tools and resources to promote physical activity, character building, and mental and spiritual health awareness through the art of yoga.

The Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs was awarded a grant of $10,000 to conduct an NCD Awareness Campaign through essays and poster contests using the theme of “A klisichir a rechad, a klisichel a beluu”. The program focuses on raising awareness of non-communicable diseases (NCD) among school aged children.

The Bureau of Aging, Gender and Disability under the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs was awarded a grant of $10,000 to promote spiritual health learning and exchange through traditional dance, arts and crafts among our elderly citizens. The program further encourages exchange and learning with the youth and the community through creative arts and crafts, traditional and contemporary dances.

The Bureau of Public Service System under the Ministry of Finance was awarded a grant of $10,000 to conduct health screenings for all Executive Branch employees through the Worksite Wellness Program. The Worksite Wellness Program was established to promote and raise awareness among employees of the importance of making healthy life choices that result in personal and professional growth.

President Remengesau commended all grant recipients for seeking creative and innovative ways to promote the importance of health and fitness in our community.

The 2018 Year of Good Health Small Grants Program is made possible with support from the Government of India.

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HiSET Graduates Awarded High School Equivalency Diplomas

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Serial No. PR-18-146
September 4, 2018
Office of the President

HiSET Graduates Awarded High School Equivalency Diplomas

Seven graduates who successfully passed the HiSET or the high school equivalency exam received their diplomas during a brief ceremony held at the Ministry of Education on August 30, 2018.

President Remengesau congratulated the students for obtaining their high school equivalency diplomas in spite of circumstances they may face in their everyday lives. The diplomas will enable them to progress forward in pursuit of their respective educational or career goals.

Diplomas were awarded to Erica Charfauros, Herbie Ngirasob, Raylene Ngiralemau, Delanah Ourad Sakuma and Pono Sumang. Umai Paige Kesolei and Cody Ngiraungil, who are both off-island and enrolled in universities in the U.S., were also recognized.

Program Coordinator Imengel Mad shared that all of the graduates are either working or pursuing higher education at Palau Community College or Universities abroad.

The HiSET exam is administered through the Ministry of Education’s Adult Education Program.

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Ministry of Education Curriculum and Instruction Director Recognized for Clean Audit Reporting

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Serial No. PR-18-143
August 30, 2018
Office of the President

Ministry of Education Curriculum and Instruction Director Recognized for Clean Audit Reporting

On August 30, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. joined Minister Elbuchel Sadang, Minister Sinton Soalablai and Public Auditor Satrunino Tewid in recognizing Curriculum and Instruction Director Debbie Tkel-Sbal’s dedication and efforts in maintaining a clean audit report for the Territories and Freely Associated States Educational Grant Program (T&FASEG), a U.S. Federal grant program in 2017.

At the first Principals Forum for the 2018-2019 school year held at the Ministry of Education Building in Koror, President Remengesau commended Director Tkel-Sbal for receiving an unmodified opinion for the T&FASEG Program she administered last year and encouraged all government departments to follow her example to ensure proper reporting of grants received.

An unmodified opinion in audits indicates that through the Office of the Public Auditor’s examination of the grant, no financial statements revealed any actual or possible material misstatements. In addition, all financial statements and materials were presented according to the financial reporting policies.

Director Tkel-Sbal was awarded with a Certificate of Excellence witnessed by public elementary school principals, MOE management team and members of the MOH management team.

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President Remengesau Addresses the 1st Global Green Island Summit in Jeju, Korea

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Serial No. PR-18-145
August 29, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Addresses the 1st Global Green Island Summit

On August 28th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. shared the Republic of Palau’s efforts against climate change and our national progress on developing a sustainable future during his keynote address at the first Global Green Island Summit (GGIS) in Jeju, Korea.

“As islands we have something in common. Our geographical location, our size, our population and our vulnerability to external shocks”, remarked President Remengesau. Even more so, islands share common goals on sustainable tourism, including our collective fight against climate change and our efforts to protect and conserve our oceans and seas, he further stated.

Sharing sustainable models and best practices, President Remengesau talked about Palau’s national renewable energy priority of 45% by year 2025 and the partnership launched with EarthX and GridMarket to scale up the Republic’s energy section in a holistic nationwide approach. Palau’s initiatives on environment conservation and sustainable tourism, including the Micronesian Challenge, the Shark Sanctuary, the ban on deep sea bottom trolling, the Palau Marine National Marine Sanctuary and the national government’s Zero Tolerance on Plastics Policy were also highlighted.

The GGIS, an initiative enacted at the 2016 World Conservation Congress by Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige, Governor Won Hee-ryong of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the late Onaga Takeshi, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture Province of Japan, was established to provide a platform for island regions with common goals to share environmental visions and seek optimal solutions for sustainable development through mutual cooperation on issues of great importance, such as clean energy and island resilience.

Experts from Blue Planet Foundation, Korea University, the University of Ryukyus, Asia Climate Change Education Center, the Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control, and Seoul National University among others presented sessions on topics covering climate change and the sustainable development of island regions.

Leaders who attended the Summit included Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong, Hawaii Lt. Governor Doug Chin, and Okinawa Vice Governor Kiichiroh Jahana. President Remengesau was accompanied by Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong and Deputy Chief of Staff Rebluud Kesolei.

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Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center Launches Student Exchange Program to Palau

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Serial No. PR-18-142
August 22, 2018
Office of the President

Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center Launches Student Exchange Program to Palau

A group of high school students from Japan’s northern prefecture of Hokkaido is on island this week participating in the first exchange visit organized by the Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center.  Chaperoned by two teachers and the program coordinator, the group comprises of freshmen and sophomores, attending different high schools of the prefecture.

On August 22, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. hosted lunch for the young people where he welcomed them and expressed support for the program. “People to people exchange leads to understanding and appreciation for our respective cultures and history, and the friendship between our two countries. I’m happy to see young people like yourselves participating in this program and I am confident you will work with your Palau counterparts to nurture and strengthen the strong the strong relationship between our two countries,” the President said.

While in Palau, the students participated in homestays – living with local families to experience Palau’s culture and traditions. They also visited Palau High School where they made many friends, toured the Koror State Recycling Center, and spent a day in Peleliu.

President Remengesau hopes this week’s visit will be the first of a regular student exchange program between Palau and Hokkaido.

The concept for the exchange program was initiated by the President during a visit to Hokkaido in 2016, where he proposed the initiative to Hokkaido’s executive and legislative leaders.

The creation of this exchange program is one of the results from the commitments made between Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Remengesau during the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) to accelerate exchange among younger generations of the two countries.

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2018 Year of Good Health Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-141
August 10, 2018
Office of the President

2018 Year of Good Health Grants Awarded

On August 8th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. presented a total of $32,900 in awards through the 2018 Year of Good Health Small Grant Program to support initiatives by organizations and government agencies to promote a healthier Palau.

The Dil Odesangel Club, a non-profit organization led by women from Peleliu State received a grant award of $9,900 to implement the “Healthy Community Starts with Kinrohosi” Project. Through kinrohosi or volunteer work, Dil Odesangel aims to encourage physical activity, encourage community partnership and engagement by organizing multiple activities in Peleliu State in line with the Year of Good Health. Activities include coastal beach clean-up, roadside trash pick-up, kebeas eradication, hanafuda and table tennis competition.

The Semesemel a Klengelakel Organization (SKO) received a grant award of $8,000 to purchase a van in support of the “Strengthening Families Program”. By purchasing a van, the Organization will be able to ensure transportation of parents and children to and from the 14-session program in Ngerchemai, Koror. The program will help build interpersonal relationship skills and support positive parent-child relationships of high-risk families struggling with substance abuse.

The Ministry of Health received a grant award of $5,000 to support the “Respiratory Equipment for ICU and Medical Ward” Project at the Belau National Hospital. The grant award will enable the Ministry to procure 2-3 non-invasive ventilation devices helping to improve the delivery of treatment and support to patients suffering from respiratory diseases. The Ministry will also provide nurse training on effective and proper use of the NIV equipment.

The Ministry of Education received a grant award of $10,000 supporting the “Public Schools Health Awareness Campaign” with the objective of educating public elementary school students about the effects of uncontrolled sugar, salt and fat intake in relation to non-communicable diseases (NCD). Targeting 5th and 6th Grade students, the project will also develop a healthy eating guide as well as encourage students to promote healthy lifestyle choices through the development of posters and signs.

President Remengesau praised the organizations for doing their part to promote healthy living by developing initiatives to help the People of Palau lead healthier lives, and further encouraged the organizations to advocate for health screenings and medical check-ups in their communities.

The Year of Good Health Small Grants Program is made possible by the Government of India.

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Building Stronger Community Relationships and Support to Improve the Lives of Our Homebound Senior Citizens

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-140
August 9, 2018
Office of the President

Building Stronger Community Relationships and Support to Improve the Lives of Our Homebound Senior Citizens

The National Government through the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Bureau of Ageing, Disability and Gender are working to build stronger community relationships and support services to our delicate homebound citizens.

Over the course of the summer, Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton and her team have visited and provided assistance to more than 20 homebound citizens and their families. “The goal of these visits is to make sure that our senior citizens, especially the homebound elders in our community have the resources and support they need”, remarked Minister Temengil-Chilton.

President Remengesau commends the Ministry for taking the initiative to build stronger relationships in the community by engaging with some of the most vulnerable members of our society. “Our elderly citizens do not always have the resources or the means to access services available to them. Bringing those services to their door step will ensure access and service delivery”, expressed President Remengesau.

Since launching the home visits, the MCCA has increased awareness of available services to the elderly population such as the subsidy of utility costs, meal programs, medical attention and other senior services. The visits have also enabled the Ministry to gain more knowledge from our elderly population of their needs, how best to improve the delivery of services and how we can work together to address them.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Asia Child Support, a Japan-based non-profit organization, beds and wheelchairs were delivered to those in need. AM/FM radios and sanitation products were also distributed.

The MCCA has also partnered up with the National Development Bank of Palau (NDBP) to look into delivering light renovation work at the Old Age Center and to provide light renovation and painting projects for our homebound senior citizens.

The Office of the President, the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs, and the Ministry of Health will continue to work in partnership and collaboration to address the needs of all senior citizens and improve the delivery of services.

Our tradition of taking care of our community and our People is strongly ingrained in our society, our cultural practices and beliefs since the beginning of time. As it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to care for our senior citizens, our mothers and fathers. The health and well-being of our homebound senior citizens and the environment they live in remains a top priority.

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President Remengesau Accredits Indonesian Ambassador

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Serial No. PR-18-139
August 3, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits Indonesian Ambassador

On August 2nd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Sinyo Harry Sarundajang as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau congratulated Ambassador Sarundajang and reiterated continued efforts by both nations to strengthen relations, stating, “I am very excited about our relationship and partnership. We have common passion protecting the integrity of the ocean and protecting the livelihoods of our people. I certainly hope that with your leadership we can continue to strengthen our efforts on these two mutual priorities.” He added, “The People of the Republic of Palau look forward to many more visits from you and a more engaging collaboration between our two island-nations.”

Ambassador Sarundajang expressed his commitment to promote a stronger cooperation between both nations, stating, “As the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Palau, I pledge myself that I will exert all my efforts, within my power and ability, to strengthen and deepen close ties and cooperation between our two peoples.”

The Indonesian Government is due to host the 5th Our Ocean Conference on October 2018 in Bali to be followed by the Republic of Palau in 2020. Given similar interests, President Remengesau expressed Palau would welcome early efforts by the Indonesian Government to ensure not only a successful 2018 Conference but also a seamless transition on the planning and hosting of the Conference in Palau.

The ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, Senate President Hokkons Baules, Delegate Mario Gulibert, Cabinet Ministers, Indonesia’s Legal Affairs and Territorial Treaties Director Bebeb A.K.N Djunjunan, Indonesia’s South East Asia Affairs Director Denny Abdi, and Indonesian Embassy’s Political Function Coordinator Eddy Mulia.

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President Remengesau Encourages the Youth to Participate in First-Aid/CPR and Disaster Preparedness Training

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-135
July 30, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Encourages the Youth to Participate in First-Aid/CPR and Disaster Preparedness Training

Speaking to participants of the 2018 Healthy Living Summer Convention for Palauan Youth, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. encouraged them to inspire other Palauans youth to participate in a similar program.

“So many lives are lost because no one knows what to do. Ask your peers to come on board and take part in this kind of program”, encouraged President Remengesau during their courtesy visit to the President’s Satellite Office in Koror on July 25, 2018.

Jay Victorino, who spoke on behalf of the participants expressed, “We learned a lot from the program, including the important role volunteers’ play. We also learned important basic lifesaving information such as First Aid and CPR.”

The 2018 Healthy Living Summer Convention for Palauan Youth is a summer program implemented by the Palau Red Cross Society through the Indian Government grant scheme with the objective of engaging and education Palau’s youth on the topics of health, well-being, First-Aid/CPR and disaster preparedness strategies. The program also included a field trip to Ngaraad State where participants were exposed to the early warning system bells and disaster management procedures.

The program was held from July 23 to July 27 at the Palau Community College Assembly Hall.

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President Remengesau Wishes Pacific Power Association a Successful 27th Annual Conference in Palau

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Serial No. PR-18-136
July 30, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Wishes Pacific Power Association a Successful 27th Annual Conference in Palau

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. on July 26, 2018 welcomed Power Pacific Association (PPA) Executive Director Andrew Daka and PPA representatives to Palau during a courtesy visit to the President’s Satellite Office in Meyuns, Koror.

President Remengesau expressed the Republic’s strong desires for a successful dialogue and conference on renewable energy as Palau continues to progress towards achieving 45% renewable energy generation and 35% energy efficiency by year 2025. “I hope you can further discussions on renewable energy and identify ways for a multilateral approach toward achieving sustainable renewable energy in Palau and in the Pacific region”, stated President Remengesau.

Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) in collaboration with PPA is hosting the 27th Annual PPA Conference and Trade Exhibition and the 9th Engineer’s Workshop in Koror, Palau from July 30th to August 3rd.

More than 190 off-island delegates are attending the one-week long conference with an objective of furthering discussions for a greater regional cooperation and knowledge sharing. Members include energy companies and power authorities from American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands among other Pacific nations.

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