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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.

 

Kemeldilel – PAUL OLOUCH MELAYONG

  • Mlo smecher era osbitar er sera September 10, 2017
  • Bedengel a ngara morgue e moterkeklang el mo tuobed era October 7, 2017 era eiai el klok era tutau e di melemalt el mora blai e-chur el ngara Ollei, Ngarchelong e mengemeldiil el mo telial sils e mora Ked.

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Kemeldilel – BERLYNE IWET CELESTINE

  • Mlo smecher era September 29, 2017
  • Bedengel a ngara morgue e mla moterkokl el mo tuobed era 8am era Sabadong el October 7, 2017 el di melemalt el mora Ngardmau era Ikelesia era Protestant el telkib e tuobed el di mo tuab era blil el tal sikang e mora Bai e mengemeldiil lmo telial sils e mochu era Ked.

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Omengudel Udoud – Bechil a Sheldon Siksei – BERLYNE IWET CELESTINE

  • Bechil a ngelekel a Yorang Ebas Siksei
  • A kemeldiil a moterkeklang el morngii era Sabadong el October 7, 2017.
  • Omengudel udoud a morngii era Thursday, October 5, 2017 era 5pm era blil a Monica Ebas Rsei el ngara Matulout era Madalaii, Oreor.

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