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

For Immediate Release
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

For Immediate Release
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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Palau and Republic of China-Taiwan Strengthens Partnership and Cooperation

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-138
July 30, 2018
Office of the President

Palau and Republic of China-Taiwan Strengthens Partnership and Cooperation

On July 27th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. met Director-General Timothy Hsiang of the Techinal Cooperation under the Republic of China-Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF), ROC Ambassador Wallace Chow, Special Assistant to Taiwan ICDF Secretary General Shang-Yi Huang and ICDF representatives Yu-Chi Chang and Ming-Hong Yen on ways in which Palau and Taiwan can further cooperation.

President Remengesau and Taiwan ICDF officials’ discussed possible cooperation in the areas of sustainable food production, information and communication technology (ICT), and public-private partnership to support economic development and overall national growth. President Remengesau further added, “Renewable energy is a top national priority that I hope Palau and the ROC can further cooperate on. As we look into a multilateral approach with other Pacific countries in achieving our shared renewable energy goals, Palau also welcomes interests for partnerships from the ROC in the area of solar energy.”

Ambassador Chow and Director-General Hsiang expressed the ROC and Taiwan ICDF’s commitment to work closely with Palau to improve cooperation and strengthen relations.

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Executive Branch Worksite Wellness Program

In line with the Year of Good Health, the Executive Branch is launching an exciting Work-site Wellness Program for all employees of the Executive Branch beginning with free health screenings for all employees.  All Executive Branch employees are urged to walk in at any of the venues listed in the flyer to have their blood pressure, glucose level, cholestrol level, BMI level, and stress level checked.

President Remengesau Meets the Japan Mine Action Service Team

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-132
June 26, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Meets the Japan Mine Action Service Team

On June 25, 2018, The Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) with Mr. Yoshiyuki Morita -JMAS Palau project Director, Mr. Yasuo Terada – JMAS Palau Office Representative, Ms. Azusa Onaga – Finance, Admin. Manager/Interpreter, Ms. Antonina Antonio -Assistant Admin. Manager, made a courtesy visit to His Excellency President Tommy E. Remengesau to discuss about JMAS’ next three (3) year plan to remove unexploded ordinances in the Republic of Palau.

JMAS Director Yoshiyuki Morita explained to President Remengesau that JMAS started underwater clearance in Palau in the year of 2012 and is now entering the last year of Phase two (2016-2018) and will commence to Phase three (2019-2021) which will start next year.

President Remengesau expressed his support for the team including his full support for JMAS Palau’s Plan for 2019-2021 in their efforts to remove UXO in the Republic.

JMAS looks forward to continue to help clear unexploded ordinances (UXOs) from the waters of Palau.

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Office of the President Reviews Applications of Candidates for Special Prosecutor

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-129
June 13, 2018
Office of the President

Office of the President Reviews Applications of Candidates for Special Prosecutor

The Office of the President has made some significant progress in seeking a Special Prosecutor for the Republic of Palau. Since the Special Prosecutor position vacancy was announced on April 20, 2018, the Office of the President has received numerous interested applicants and has conducted multiple rounds of interviews with a number of qualified applicants.

The solicitation for the Special Prosecutor position was widely received globally including the Pacific Region and the United States through postings on Prosecutor Council boards, Public Service Attorney Job boards, and the U.S. National District Attorneys Association announcement board.

President Tommy E. Remengesau is currently reviewing the applications of strong candidates for the position maintaining the importance of hiring a Special Prosecutor who has a strong academic background and a demonstrated ability to produce high quality written work that must be able to work effectively with a diverse team and be able to analyze complex legal issues. Moreover, President Remengesau is looking to appoint a candidate that will commit to the full term of the position.

The Special Prosecutor position is filled by an appointment process. A candidate for Special Prosecutor is appointed by the President of the Republic of Palau, confirmed by the Senate of the Palau National Congress and, once appointed, subject only to for-cause removal by the President. The Special Prosecutor is expected to serve a term of five years.

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President Remengesau Recognizes Palau’s 2018 Outstanding Students and Presents the 2018 Presidential Valedictorian Award

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-127
June 8, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Recognizes Palau’s 2018 Outstanding Students and Presents the 2018 Presidential Valedictorian Award

On June 6th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. hosted the 3rd annual dinner to recognize and congratulate Palau’s 2018 Outstanding Students.

The President took the opportunity to encourage the students to take full advantage of the many educational opportunities available to further their education and become Palau’s leaders. “You are not leaders of tomorrow. You are leaders starting today. Life is never going to be easy. You will make mistakes. You will fall, but pick yourself up. Don’t give up on your dreams or your goals. Don’t think of yourself as a failure and believe others can, but you can’t because each of us is born the same and we have the God given talents to use it to the best of our abilities and potential. So go out there and create your future. Don’t wait for destiny to be upon you. Create your destiny. Create your future. Be the man and be the woman you are entitled to be”, remarked President Remengesau.

President Remengesau and Education Minister Sinton Soalablai presented 79 outstanding students with 3.5 GPA and above with a Certificate of Recognition further acknowledging their outstanding academic achievements.

High school valedictorians, Justice Tungel Remoket of Emmaus-Bethania High School, Madrey Polloi of Mindszenty High School, Jerry-Lyn Singeo of Palau Mission Academy Britney Blaluk of Palau High School and Augusta Ilemelong of Belau Modekngei School, were each awarded with the 2018 Presidential Valedictorian Award with an all-expense paid trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong with their family.

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