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Press Release

July 31, 2017
Koror, Republic of Palau

Matthew Arurang
Sales/Operation Support
Blue Bay Petroleum, Inc.


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Palau International Coral Reef Center
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: July 26, 2017

Photographed left to right: Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Ilebrang U. Olkeriil, Bernadette Valencia, Mingrang Kloulechad, and Harlen Herman

Matson donates to PICRC

On July 25, 2017, Matson donated $1,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center.  Matson, a loyal supporter and partner in the region continues to contribute to the protection of the environment and conservation in Palau, Guam, and the region. Not only does Matson support PICRC it also contributes to Palau Conservation Society.

As a leader in Pacific shipping, Matson continues to strengthen its ocean transportation services for Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and the South Pacific. In the past decade, the Matson fleet has welcomed four newly-built containerships, all equipped with more fuel-efficient diesel engines, state-of-the-art shipboard technology and a number of “green” environmentally friendly design elements.  It is truly a leader in the Pacific not only in shipping but also for the environment.  In addition, Matson, Inc. established the Matson Foundation to administer all of the company’s corporate giving programs.  The Matson Foundation contributes funds, material goods and services to assist in the development and operation of not-for-profit, charitable and community organizations in the geographic locations in which Matson has business operations.

“Throughout the company’s long history, Matson has demonstrated its commitment to supporting organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in communities in which our employees live and work,” said Matt Cox, president and CEO, Matson, Inc.

PICRC would like to thank Ms. Bernadette Valencia, the General Manager for Matson, in Guam and Micronesia region for their generous contribution.   Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Chief Executive Officer for PICRC expressed their appreciation, “It is because partnerships like Matson, from the private sector that public organizations like PICRC can continue to thrive to better research the environment and provide information to help for its conservation.  We greatly appreciate the private public partnerships that make our work possible”.


Office of the Vice-President and Ministry of Justice
Press Release
MOJ Serial No. PR-17-026
Date: July 26, 2017


Palau Pacific Resort Donates to Division of Corrections

On July 26th 2017, the Bureau of Public Safety’s (BPS) Division of Corrections (DOC) received donations from Palau Pacific Resort (PPR) of 110 Bath Towels. The donations were signed off by PPR General Manager Mr. Naoyuki Maedani as part of the

Resort’s Community Care Program. Chief Ricky Ngiraked and his officers were present to accept the donations from Mr. Simon Ramarui, Jr whom is the Executive Housekeeper for PPR.

According to Chief of Division of Correction Mr. Ngiraked, there are a total of 80 prisoners; therefore the donations will surely be distributed to each and every inmate, while the rest will be stored for future uses.

On behalf of the BPS and DOC, the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Justice would like to take this opportunity and thank Palau Pacific Resort, Mr. Maedani and the rest of its staff for its contributions and its endless community care program donations and effort to the public, especially to the Bureau of Public Safety.

Thank you.

Palau International Coral Reef Center
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.com
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: 07/25/2017

Photographed left to right: Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC CEO and Dr. Natsumi Higa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment.


PICRC establishes relationship with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center

On July 25th, 2017 Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center (ICRRMC) of Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two Centers. The Signing Ceremony was held at PICRC ground.

PICRC’s CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu and Dr. Natsumi Higa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment, participated in the signing ceremony.  Accompanying Vice-Minister Higa in the signing ceremony were Mr. Naohisa Okuda, Director, Biodiversity and Policy Division of the Ministry of Environment, Ms. Mari Yamazaki, Technical Official, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Koji Matsuo, Secretary to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ms. Mari Sekiguchi, Interpreter, and Mr. Takao Mochida, from the Embassy of Japan here in Palau.

Joining Dr. Golbuu in the signing ceremony was Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, Director of Research and Aquarium, Ms. Mingrang Kloulechad, Director of Administration, Ms. Ilebrang Olkeriil, Development Coordinator, Ms. Anna Parker, Communication and Outreach Officer and Ms. Ines Kintoki, Communication and Outreach Assistant.   Dr. Takashi Nakamura, Chief Advisor of Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem Project (P-CoRIE) and Dr. Seiji Nakaya P-CoRIE Project Coordinator also attended the signing ceremony.

In his opening remarks Dr. Golbuu stated, “We are delighted to officially establish ties with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center. Our long and productive relationship with Japan began with the construction of the Center, which was made possible through the Japan Technical Cooperation Program.  Ever since the Center opened in 2001, we have worked with Japan to support and improve the Center.   This MOU represents our intention to continue this fruitful collaboration and work with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center for coral reef conservation in Palau, Japan and the region.”

The MOU signifies the shared recognition of the importance of coral reef ecosystems, which are vulnerable to climate change and local disturbances.  ICRRMC and PICRC are both engaged in promoting research, monitoring, public awareness, environmental education and other activities for the sustainability of coral reef ecosystems. With coral reef conservation as a common objective, this memorandum is a mutually beneficial agreement that will enhance cooperative interactions and the exchange of knowledge between the two Centers.

“I happen to have been blessed with the opportunity to see Nikko Bay and I found that this Bay may have the potential power to save the worlds coral reefs.” Vice-Minister Higa expressed during her special remarks. “I have high hopes that this work can be achieved and together we can contribute to conserving the coral reefs in all of the Pacific.”




Palau International Coral Reef Center
Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Date: July 21, 2017

Eckerd College student joins PICRC for a month long internship.

Gillian Smith Houston, a student from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida in the United States arrived in Palau this week to begin her month long internship with Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).  Ms. Houston started her internship on the 19th of July and will be with PICRC until the 19th of August.  In her time at PICRC Ms. Houston will work in the Research and Aquarium Department under the supervision of PICRC Communications and Outreach Officer, Anna Parker. Over the next month, Ms. Houston will work with the Communications and Outreach staff, assist the aquarium with tank renovations and conduct fieldwork with PICRC researchers.

Ms. Houston is currently a junior in college majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Coastal Management.  Through this internship Ms. Houston is expecting to gain knowledge that she will be able to apply to future academics, internships and eventually her career. She is also eager to gain more hands-on experience working with marine life and learning research techniques.

Throughout college, Ms. Houston has become involved in numerous internships and volunteer opportunities so that she can broaden her view of what she has learned in school and how to apply it to the real world. “I found out about PICRC when I came to Palau last year to go diving with my family,” Ms. Houston says. “I fell in love with the scenery and the culture and am excited to start my internship and get back to the best diving in the world.” Ms. Houston hopes to one day return to school for a graduate degree and is taking this opportunity to narrow down her educational interests.

PICRC receives requests from interns and volunteers from all over the world in all types of academic institutions. These students work closely with PICRC staff on a wide range of projects in the field and in the office. The internship programs remain valuable to the Center by bringing in new ideas and engaging students in conservation efforts in Palau. In return interns learn from researchers and gain hands on experience in research and conservation work at PICRC.

To learn more about our internship and volunteer program, please visit www.picrc.org.


Koror, Republic of Palau
Press Release
Date: July 20, 2017

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Republic of Palau Ministry of Health
Press Release
phone: (680) 488-2552/2553
Date: July 20, 2017

> Palau Minstry of Health & E-Da Hospital: Signing of the I-Shou University MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)


> Palau Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts (left) and E-Da Hospital, I-Shou University Superintendent Dr. Yuan Kun Tu (right) signing the MOU


> MOU is signed


On July 14, 2017 the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) and E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of a joint medical internship program. The MOU was signed by Republic of Palau Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts and E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University Superintendent Dr. Yuan Kun Tu. Present to witness the signing were Tenth Olbiil Era Kelulau (10th OEK) Senate President Hokkons Baules, 10th OEK Speaker of the House of Delegates Sabino Anastacio, Republic of China—Taiwan Ambassador to the Republic of Palau His Excellency Michael Y. K. Tseng, Airai State Madame Delegate Victoria Kanai, Ngarchelong State Madame Delegate Dilmai Saiske, the Honorable Senator Stevenson Kuartei, the Honorable Senator Aric Nakamura, and officials from the Ministry of Health.

The MOU outlines a pilot internship program that would allow medical students graduating from I-Shou University to complete their internship requirement at the Belau National Hospital. The medical interns will be practicing under the guide of attending physicians from both Palau and E-Da Hospital. The attending physicians will rotate on a monthly, two-week basis and will provide expertise in different medical specialties. In addition to supervising the interns, the attending physicians will also offer medical consultation to patients in Palau.

E-Da Hospital and I-Shou University are located in the Dashu District of Kaohsiung, Republic of China—Taiwan. Both institutions are supported by the E United Group, a group that operates a number of businesses in Taiwan spanning from the manufacturing industry to educational institutions. The group supports the improvement of Taiwan’s community through projects that promote better living quality, learning opportunities, and health services. E United Group was established by its chairman, Mr. I-Shou Lin.

The MOU between MOH and E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University is a step towards improving the quality of healthcare services offered to Palau’s community. By encouraging the internship of local as well as international medical students, Palau opens an opportunity to utilize the expertise of accomplished medical professionals as well as improve its understanding about the continuous advancements in the medical field.

Two Palauan medical graduates, Ms. Samantha S. Olkerill and Ms. Rilang Roberto, will be the first participants of the pilot internship program. Ms. Olkeriil and Ms. Roberto graduated with high honors (valedictorian and salutatorian respectively) from I-Shou University last month. They will begin their internship at the Belau National Hospital this August.