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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

For Immediate Release
Date: 12/13/17

 

 

PICRC joins Rubekul Belau for Christmas luncheon and presentation

On December 19, 2017, PICRC staff and board members joined the Rubekul Belau’s annual Christmas luncheon to present recent research results. During the luncheon, Chief Aquarist Asap Bukurrou, shared findings from the research highlighting the threat of sea-level rise and impact of increased typhoons on Melekeok coastline.

“It is good to see the hard work and solid research that the Center has been conducting regarding our reefs,” expressed Paramount High Chief Reklai, “but it frightens me to hear what the future may hold.  This research is useful for us to start preparation to deal with the impact of climate change.”

During the luncheon, PICRC’s CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, shared the plans for the upcoming 17th Anniversary Dinner Gala, which the House of Delegates will co-host.  The Rubekul Belau were delighted with the news that the House of Delegates will co-host the anniversary dinner.  Last year, Rubekul Belau joined President Remengesau in co-hosting the very successful 16th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala.

After the luncheon, Dr. Golbuu expressed, “It was a great honor to be able to join the Rubekul Belau in their Christmas luncheon and discuss some of the latest research from the Center.  They have been among the Center’s biggest supporters since the beginning when the Center first opened its doors on January 18, 2001.  We know that with their unrelenting support, the Center will continue to prosper and flourish in the coming year.”

PRESS RELEASE 

Margo Llecholch
Taiwan Embassy

 

School Health Program Workshop held to promote healthy diet!

 

On December 22, a School Health Program Workshop, hosted by Taiwan Shin Kong Memorial Hospital (SKH) and Ministry of Education(MOE), invited Food Service Program staffs, and school principals and cooks in Palau to discuss issues of promoting healthy diet at schools.

 

The workshop was held at Palau Royal Resort with over 40 participants from various elementary and high schools and staffs from MOE. Two Taiwanese nutritionists, Ms. Tzu-Wen HSIA and Ms. Nai-Chia OU, were invited to the workshop to share their Taiwan experience. During the workshop, principals and cooks also share their first-hand experiences with nutritionists so as to find the best approach to help promote healthy diet among  students.

 

Ms. Ching-hwa Lin, Program Coordinator from SKH, said the main purpose of hosting this workshop is to stop non-communicable diseases which has been the goal of the government’s health policy.

 

Before this workshop, SKH started the School Health Program in Meyuns Elementary School in 2015. Healthy diet and physical exercises were introduced to the campus aiming to cut down the obesity and to improve the health of students. Later, the program was extended to Koror Elementary School in 2017.

 

Through this workshop, Ms. Lin hoped to share the past experiences with other principals and cooks in hope of benefiting more students in Palau.

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

For Immediate Release
Date: 12/13/17

 

 

Ilebrang Olkeriil named director of the new Aquarium Department at PICRC

On October 27, 2017, the PICRC board of Directors reorganized the Center’s structure to separate the Research and Aquarium Department into two separate departments. PICRC’s research programs have grown significantly in the past few years, making it necessary to separate the department.  Creating two unique departments will ensure that both Research and Aquarium receive the attention and focus they need as they continue to grow and improve.

On December 11, 2017, Ilebrang U. Olkeriil was appointed as the new Aquarium Director.  Ms. Olkeriil has been the Development Coordinator, for the past two years.  In this new position, Ms. Olkeriil will be responsible for overseeing the Palau Aquarium as well as the Aquarium’s Giant Clam Gift Shop.

Ms. Ilebrang will lead the Aquarium Department as it strives to provide more diversified attractions for visitors, offer unique products at the gift shop, and offer more opportunities for community groups to visit and volunteer.  As a young growing organization, PICRC wants to ensure each visitor has an exceptional experience. Creating distinctive departments will help PICRC achieve excellence by allowing each director to effectively manage various activities and operations of their departments.

Creating the Aquarium Department is a big step forward and PICRC is excited to provide improved services to the people of Palau and all who come to PICRC.

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.”    

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.

Olkeriil “O” Kazuo
Press Secretary
Office of the President
Republic of Palau

On August 17, 2017 the Aimeliik Community and the Aimeliik Club of Guam donated five pallets of patient supplies to the Ministry of Health. The patient necessity items shipped from Guam included Pediatric Breathing Hoses, wheel chairs, I.V. poles, commodes, adult disposable briefs, sterile gloves, manual dispensers, toiletries and much more.  In the handover ceremony, Delegate Marino O. Ngemaes (Aimeliik, 10th OEK) expressed that the people of Aimeliik wish to contribute to the success of the “Adopt a Room” Program at the Hospital by equipping and providing in-patients with necessities that would otherwise be added costs to the patients.

“The People of Aimeliik thank Ambros Inc. of Guam and Shimbros Inc. of Palau for their generous donations for the cause including Triple B Forwarders, Matson Shipping, Belau Shipping and Belau Transfer for waiving the costs and fees in shipping the items to Palau, said Delegate Marino.”  “We would like to also thank Senators Aric Nakamura and Frank Kyota for their invaluable assistance in making our donations to the hospital possible and I truly thank the Aimeliik Club of Guam for taking the initiative to provide these quality items for donation.” Delegate Marino added.

Minister of Health, Emais Roberts thanked the Aimeliik Club of Guam and the people of Aimeliik for their generous contribution to the patients of the hospital.  “The people of Aimeliik have been a great partner to the Ministry of Health with numerous volunteer works with the hospital and we appreciate these many items that will surely help our patients and staff in treatment and comfort.” Minister Emais Expressed.

In attendance at the ceremony were President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Speaker Sabino Anastacio, Aimeliik Speaker Teruo Rengulbai, members of the Aimeliik Legislature and the Ministry of Health management team with many more.

 

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