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PICRC PRESS RELEASE

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org 

 

Ms. Persis Omelau and President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. attended the Our Ocean 2017 World Conference in Malta this month.  

 

PICRC intern awarded scholarship to study Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change

As a child Ms. Persis Dilbudch Omelau spent many nights on the ocean fishing with her father. It was through the wisdom her father shared on these nights that Ms. Omelau recognized the vulnerability of Palau’s oceans. Her aspirations to conserve and protect Palau’s  valuable resources stemmed from these early memories. After graduating from Mindszenty High School in 2010, Ms. Omelau attended Palau Community College where she received her Associate of Science degree in Environmental Marine Science. She graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries in 2016. During the summers of 2015 and 2016 Ms. Omelau interned with the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). It was through her internship with PICRC that Ms. Omelau first learned about the Scholarships offered by the Government of Malta. The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malta to the United Nations offers scholarships for Post Graduate Studies. The 2017/2018 Scholarships were offered as part of the Government of Malta’s commitment under the Climate Finance Package to provide support for capacity building in developing States. These scholarships offer students the opportunity to focus their studies and research according to their national needs supporting the growth of home-grown initiatives. The aim of these scholarships is to provide the opportunity to educate and train professional, young people from developing States. Ms. Omelau was accepted into the program as a full-time student and will receive her Master’s of Science in Built Environment within the course of a year.  With the help of her supervisor Dr. Kevin Gatt, Ms. Omelau has started working on her project proposal, Adapting and Building Resilience to Climate Change: Sustainable Water Management. Her project will mainly focus on providing a collective design of policy frameworks and management plans that will increase water sustainability measures and ability to counteract the effects of climate change. “As a science major, some people may consider me, a conservationist, environmentalist, biologist, etc. I, however, would consider myself a concerned local citizen who is determined to give back to my country in any way I can,” Says Ms. Omelau. “Whether I specialize in Fisheries or Climate Change, I believe what matters the most is taking care of your homeland, which is what I am looking forward to do after I achieve my educational goals.”    

 

“STORIES BY PAUL; OUR VICTORY IN JESUS”.

WARREN UMETARO
Senate Delegation to the Palau Independence Day in Guam
October 7, 2017

 

Pictured from left to right: Senate President Hokkons Baules, Senator Will Castro, Senator Aric Nakamura, Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Senator Phillip Reklai. Not pictured: Senator Frank Kyota.

 

Remarks from President Baules delivered at the event!

Alii… Good Afternoon to everyone and Happy 23rd Belau Independence Day to all of you.  Let me begin by extending a most sincere appreciation on behalf of the leadership and members of the Senate of the 10th Obiil Era Kelulau, to the Honorable Governor Eddie Calvo; the Honorable Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and the Government and the people of Guam, for the continued courtesies offered to Palauans who live and continue work here on Guam. I am hopeful that many of them are contributing residents to the communities of Guam. I offer our warmest greetings as well to the Honorable Senator Michael San Nicholas. Please extend our best wishes and appreciation to the Honorable Speaker Benjamin Cruz and the leadership and members of the 34th Guam Legislature.

Since declaring Independence in 1994, our Republic of Palau has lived up to the dictates of this declaration, moving forward proudly, as a sovereign nation and an able participant of the global community of the United Nations.  Our Declaration of Independence states in part that “We are proud to be an independent nation in free association with the United States of America.  We will work to promote social advancement within Palau and global peace throughout the world”.

In this respect we have progressed with the assistance of our neighbors and friends throughout the Pacific region and around the world, most especially those we have a special bond through tradition, culture and family – like our friends and family here on Guam.

On this Independence Day, we celebrate family, and renew our dedication, to preserve and enhance our traditional heritage and our national identity. We take pride that as a people, we have been successful in doing this through the strength of caring and close knit nuclear and extended families; rooted in tradition, and built upon our unique culture. We are indeed truly blessed.

Ng kmal ungil suelb el merkid el rokui. Me di bok recognize ra Vice President e Minister ra Justice el chetengakl el Raynold B. Oilouch. Ar mengeteklel mar chedal a blai ra Senate; Vice Speaker ra House of Delegates mar Delegates el ngartiang chelechal sils. Bo kuureng a sulir ar mengeteklel mar chedal a Palau Community Association of Guam ra invitation ertir  el mlei, meng sebeched el kasues ea ki oyeng er kemiu e ke de tmak  el celebrate ertial Independence Day ra beluu er Belau ra Guam.

 

A kmo omtechei  rar mengeteklel mar chedal a Senate er chelechal Ongetruich el Olbiil Era Kelulau e odars a kmal mekeald el yorosku er tir lekor kemiu ma families er kemiu er tial kmal ungil sils.

Lluich ma edei el rrak ra mla memong ra October 1, 1994 e ke de mlo saing ra Declaration of Independence ra Beluad er Belau meng mlo omuchel el di kid el mengedereder ra beluad el okiu a mimokl deluill el obengkel a beluu ra Merikel.

Chelechal sils e ke de tmak el outkeu ertial mong meng e lluich ma chedei el rekil a Independence er Belau.

Ke de mlo nguu a kingelled ra United Nations el ileakl el beluu ra uriul risei e ngara deureng er chelechal sils el mla melemolem el ileakl el beluu el melmuut er chelechang.

Ngokiu a kakeakl el telungalk er kemiu, ea mekreos el tekingel a klebelau ma klechibelau erkid a sebechel moiuid el morar ngeleked.  Ko melatk ertial tekoi e mo blechoel el me oldingel ra beluu, kemiu mar ngelekiu, me ke de melemolem el kaingeseu el kirel a klungiolel a beluad. Ak mo choiuii sel ulebongel el tekoi el ngara chelsel sel Declaration of Independence er Belau, el mo rokir tial kedeb el cheldechedechak. Ng kmul kmo:

“ Aki Omes El Bedul Uriul, El Mela Klubelam Era Ibetel a Erechar Er Kemam, E Omes El Bedul Medad El Medenge El Kmo, Ng Sebecham;  El Ultuil Er A Klisicham Ma Ulengesuil A Rubak”.  Ko Mesulang, e Happy Independence Day.

PRESS RELEASE

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer

Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org

 

Photographed from left to right: (Back) Dr. Seiji Nakaya (P-CoRIE), Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto (SATREPS), Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka (JST), Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol (EQPB), Ms. Reiko Iitsuka (JICA), Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda Tekizaitekisho (LLC), (Front) Dr. Takashi Nakamura (P-CoRIE), Mr. Steven Victor (TNC), Dr. Yimnang Golbuu (PICRC), and Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki (JICA)

 

PICRC and P-CoRIE received high marks on evaluation

 On September 27th, Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and local experts evaluated Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and its partners on their joint project known as the Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project. This five year project, now in its final year, received high marks from the evaluation team.

The P-CoRIE Project was launched in 2013 to provide science based recommendations to enhance the sustainability of coral reef and island ecosystems under the impacts from climate change. The project was a collaboration between PICRC, the University of Ryukyus (UoR) and Palau Community College (PCC). It was founded under the umbrella of the Science and Technology Research partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) funded by Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The Joint Terminal Evaluation team was led by Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki, who is the Director of the Global Environment Department of JICA.  Ms. Reiko Iitsuka from JICA, Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda from Tekizaitekisho LLC, Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka from JST and Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto from JST also took part in the evaluation.  Joining the JICA and JST team in the evaluation were local experts, including Mr. Steven Victor, Director of the The Nature Conservancy Micronesia, Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol, Laboratory Supervisor from  Environmental Quality Protection Board, Mr. Foober Skebong, representing Protected Areas Network Office.

The project was evaluated based off of five criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the projects achievements after its completion. The project received a “high” evaluation for the project’s relevance and a “relatively high” evaluation for the remaining four criteria.  Mr. Suzuki praised the project for its accomplishments and stressed how impressive these results were in comparison to other SATREPS projects.

Following the evaluation Mr. Suzuki shared the evaluation team’s recommendations, suggesting that partners involved, both Japanese and Palauan maintain a strong relationship following the completion of the project. They further suggested that PICRC becomes a Center of Excellence for coral reef conservation in Asia and the Pacific.  While this project will conclude in March 2018 the research team is fully prepared to continue this collaboration into the future.

Warren Umetaro

For Immediate Release

Press Release SPR 10-25
October 11, 2017
Statement from the President                                                                                                              

 

Senate Press Release

 

Section 9 of Article IX (Olbiil Era Kelulau) of the Constitution of the Republic of Palau states that no member of the Olbiil Era Kelulau shall be held to answer in any other place for any speech or debate in the Olbiil Era Kelulau. One however should recognize that the implication and effects of statements made in this and other public discussions can have both a positive or negative influence on policy and public perspective; and thus, such statements must be both accurate and reliable.

Not only on the OEK floor, but any representative of any government agency or enterprise who publicizes personal opinions in their official capacity against anyone, a government agency, or the general population of the Republic without a set of confirmed data or a recognized study of credible experts to substantiate such a statement seemingly becomes a careless, self serving individual making an attempt to politicize and attach oneself to the genuine efforts  of those who not only empathize, but sacrifice and commit themselves toward commendable efforts to assist in the recovery of victims of these crimes.

The Republic must rid itself of crimes against the community. It is distressing, however,  to know that there’s a few out there  who appear to exploit the painful experiences of the vulnerable, only to draw attention to themselves and assure popularity, all in the name of personal political or other gains. Take for example isolated incidents of abuse simply lumped into one and distributed across a population figure to validate the generalized statement.  It must be said with ample clarification of all possible implications.

Possible damage caused from exaggerated statements against an entire population or group may be irreparable. It can undermine established value sets and desecrate traditional and cultural beliefs that life for many is based upon.

Encompassing statements made recklessly can be a demeaning character assassination of both Palauan men and women and can portray our Republic as both uncaring and dysfunctional. This can never be the Republic of Palau that we know; yet unqualified statements as made by any elected or non-elected public official can portray at the very least, a ghastly light on Palau’s respectable reputation that our regional and international friends have come to know.  

PRESS RELEASE
October 12, 2017

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org

 

New JICA Volunteer brings marketing and graphic design expertise to PICRC

On October 9th, 2017 Ms. Hiromi Ito joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), as a volunteer from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to share her expertise in Graphic Design with the PICRC team. For eight months she will be assisting the Center in the development of  marketing materials for the aquarium and gift shop, creative displays for exhibits,  and fundraising efforts.  In addition, Ms. Ito will work directly with the PICRC staff  on marketing strategies and graphic design programs. 

Ms. Ito has an impressive background in graphic design. In 2005, she received her Bachelor of Art degree in Visual Communication Design from the University of Tsukuba’s School of Art and Design. Since graduating Ms. Hiromi has worked in marketing and design for multiple advertisement agencies. From July 2014 until March of 2017 she worked in Botswana, Africa for the Botswana National Museum where she was engaged in the planning, designing and production of promotional tools and exhibitions.  Ms. Ito looks forward to working with PICRC and learning about marine life and conservation efforts in Palau.

JICA is committed to bringing diverse wisdom and resources together.  The agency provides its workers with opportunities to volunteer around the world,  and to work  together closely with the people.  The technical expertise of these volunteers contributes largely to the development of the organizations they are placed within.  Simultaneously, the volunteers benefit by gaining a global perspective through their location and work. Over the past 17 years JICA has  been an unwavering supporter of PICRC, contributing largely to the continued growth of the Center and capacity of PICRC staff.  

 

 

KEMELDILEL – NGISELAEOS RDIALUL AZUMA

  • Mlo smecher era September 30, 2017
  • Kemeldiil a October 12, 2017 (Thursday)
  • A bedengel a tarkid a mo tuobed era morgue era 6am e melemalt el mora Ikelesia era Katolik el ngara Irrai ea uriul era misang eng mora blil a delal era Dirratkelkang Klang Ngirametuker e mengemeldiil el mo telial sils e mochu era Ked.

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KEMELDILEL – JOHNNY “NONI” SISANG

  • Mlo smecher era September 21, 2017
  • Kemeldiil a October 14, 2017 (Saturday)
  • A bedengel ngikal chad a mo tuobed era mork er sel tutau e mo tuab era Sacred Heart Church era Euid el klok el mo merek a misang e mochu era Ngeremlengui e mengemeldiil era Bai era Ngermetengel el mo ita sils e mochu era Ked.

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KODALL/OMENGUDEL UDOUD – JOHANA “HANA” KERAI RECHEUNGEL

  • Mlo smecher era beluu era Guam er sera October 8, 2017
  • Kemeldiil a di morngii era Guam era October 21, 2017
  • Omengudel udoud a Friday, October 13, 2017 lomuchel era 5 O’clock era blil a Mlechei Barbara Paulinus era Topside.

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WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE LATE POST BUT HERE IT IS!!!!!!!!

This was held on Friday, September 29, 2017 @ the Palau Wave Radio Station. We were joined by the host of this program, Community Activist, Ebas Santy Asanuma, Former President of the Republic of Palau/Attorney, Johnson Toribiong, Tia Belau Publisher/Attorney, Ngirmang Moses Uludong, and Attorney, Ngirakebou Roman Bedor.

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