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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.


Press Release
MOJ Serial No. PR-17-025
July 18, 2017
Office of the Vice-President and Ministry of Justice

Palau 10th Basic Police Academy Commencement Exercise

On July 14th 2017, the Ministry of Justice along with its Bureaus celebrated
their 10th Basic Police Academy Graduation with its twenty-four (24) Cadets that
successfully completed the program. The program is a fourteen week prerequisite
course for the Conceptual and Physical training for newly sworn-in officers for the
different law enforcement bureaus within the ministry.

Of the twenty-four cadets, two of them will join the Division of Marine Law under the
Bureau of Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection, and one will join the
Division of Customs for the Ministry of Finance, while the rest will all take the role of
Police Officers for the Bureau of Public Safety.

During the Ceremony the Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch
addressed the Cadets by noting the importance of their roles as Law Enforcement
Officers in protecting the people, properties, and resources of our island nation. The
Vice President and Minister further informed the public that right after this
commencement a new Academy will initiate specifically for the Division of Marine
Law Enforcement On-the-Job Training participants starting on August 7 until
September 29 of this year in anticipation of the new patrol boat arriving in Palau on
January of 2018 from Japan.

There were five categories of awards presented to the cadets that include Academic
Excellence, Perfect Attendance Award, Physical Fitness Award, Against All Odds Award,
and Leadership Award. Recipients’ of these awards are presented below:

Academic Excellence
Jake Meltel
Chris Pablo
Junior Joey Sumor
Josh Ngiraswei
Fremont N. Mengidab
Etirwir Franz
Jeracie M. Oiterong
Sean Joshua Pedro
Vadi Kali Beketaut
Vahid Beketaut
Ucheriang Ramarui
Jashely N. Inawo

Perfect Attendance Award
Josh Ngiraswei
Jake Meltel
Jashley N. Inawo
Ewatel Esebei
Vadi Kali Beketaut
Hoyt D. Blailes
Junior Joey Sumor
Centennial Sapemang

Physical Fitness Award
Vahid Beketaut
Junior Joey Sumor
Centenial Sapemang
Lloyd Helacio
Ewatel Esebei
Malone N. Iyekar

Against All Odds Award
Omar Micah Mereb
Georgette Mad

Leadership Award
Vahid Beketaut


The Ministry of Justice wishes to congratulate all of you for a job well done to all the
Cadets and that we look forward to working with you as well as being a part of the Law
Enforcement Family of the Ministry.

Thank you.

Press Release
MOJ Serial No. PR-17-024
July 18, 2017
Office of the Vice-President and Ministry of Justice

New Officers Sworn In for the Bureau of Public Safety and Bureau of Maritime
Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection

On July 17, 2017 three (3) new Officers were sworn in for the Bureau of Public
Safety (BPS) and Bureau of Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection
(BMSF&WLP). The Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch
relayed his appreciation and excitement of additional members of the law enforcement
family to the Officers and their families that participated in the Ceremony.

The new Officers were Mr. Kalany Higgins whom will be a law enforcement officer for
the Division of Marine Law Enforcement under (BMSF&WLP), and Ms. Loretta
Dilbodel Leeroy and Mr. Hubert Amalei whom will be working with the Division of
Patrol under (BPS). Director Aloysius Alonz from (BPS) initiated the oath to Officers
Leeroy and Amalei, while Director Thomas Tutii from (BMSF&WLP) initiated the oath
for Officer Higgins.

The new Officers all expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the Vice-President
and Minister of Justice along with his Directors and Chiefs of both Bureaus for their
considerations and opportunity to be a part of the bigger law enforcement family.

Congratulations everyone and may the FORCE be with you.



Palau International Coral Reef Center
Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Date: July 16,2017

“PICRC Summer Interns from left to right and top to bottom: Onglibl Diana-Rae Lakobong, Maikani Osisemereng Andres, Kaylee Giramur, Yubee K. Isaac, Itungelbai Bells, and Kelutel Darrin Yoshiwo”


Six Palauan college students complete  their PICRC Summer Internship  

Friday July 14th marked the final day of the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) Summer Internship Program. The students selected for this summer’s program were Maikani Osisemereng Andres and Onglibl Diana-Rae Lakobong, Environmental and Marine Science majors from Palau Community College; Itungelbai Bells and Kelutel Darrin Yoshiwo, Marine Biology majors from University of Guam; Kaylee Giramur, an Environmental Studies major from Chaminade University of Honolulu; and Yubee K. Isaac, an Environmental Studies major from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Throughout the program these interns worked on individual projects with mentors from PICRC. To complete the internship program each intern presented on their project and what they have learned over the past month and a half.

Throughout the past six weeks PICRC interns gained field and lab work experience, data handling skills, and a deeper knowledge of the research being conducted at PICRC. The interns also were given the opportunity to work with the Ebiil Society as part of their Cultural Immersion Program. For a week, interns worked as staff for Camp Ebiil with nearly 50 students from across Palau. During this week interns acquired local knowledge of marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as traditional customs, to understand how Palau’s history plays a role in today’s conservation efforts.

These internships are key building blocks to future careers. Internships give students the opportunity to work hands on in a professional environment, gain connections and learn how to communicate in a professional environment. Students are also given a chance to explore career interest and narrow down their plans upon graduating. Through the PICRC Summer Internship Program, students gain a deeper understanding of current conservation efforts in Palau. Upon completing their degrees PICRC wishes to see these students return to work in Palau and continue conservation efforts at home. PICRC would like to recognize and give thanks to Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated for making this Summer Internship possible.


Talkshow w/ PNCC’s Acting General Mangager, Leo Ben Teriong and Corporate Administrator, Myers Techitong, regarding the current phone issues and internet problems in Palau.

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~Mlo smecher: July 4, 2017
~ Kemeldiil: July 21, 2017
~Tuobed ra mork ra 8:30am ra tutau el mora blai ra Ngeribukel el ngara Ngerbeched,
e mengemeldiil el mo ieta sils e mora ked.

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Kemeldiil me a Omengkad el blals er a IMEKEDONG MOKISONG JOHNSON

~Mlo smecher: July 5, 2017
~Kemeldiil: July 22, 2017
~A bedengel ngka el mechas a tuobed er a mork ra 7am ra tutau e mora btelulachang
er a Arkemais ra 7:30am e tuobed el mora Ngcheyangel el mo mengemeldiil ma omengkad
el blals ea telial sils eng mochu ra ked.
Ng kemanget el omerael me ng mla moterkokl el mo er ngii a omengudel el udoud ra kebesengei
ra July 20 el di mor ngii ra blil a Ebil ra Ureked Emau Hindenburk ra Ngerchemai.

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