Four PHS Students join PICRC to gain on-the-job experience

On January 13, 2020, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed Palau High School (PHS) students Ta-eena Mesa, Fenaly Yaoch, Bryce Bonicacio and Ke’Ana Nakamura, who will be completing their Career Practicum at the Center.

The Career Practicum is a Work-Based Activity program offered to all seniors at PHS. By partnering with numerous organizations across Palau, the program intends to expose students to the working environment while orienting their career of choice. “This program gives an opportunity for students to gain work experience to develop and broaden personal skills and knowledge through hands-on learning,” stated PHS Principal Mr. Smyth Rdang. read more

The Remengesau2 Foundation donates $20,000 during PICRC’s Anniversary Dinner Gala

On January 16, 2020, The Remengesau Foundation Vice President Debbie M. Remengesau and her youngest daughter, Mayumi Remengesau, presented a donation of $20,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) on the occasion of the Center’s 19th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner.   This is the biggest donation to date made by the Remengesau2 Foundation.

The Remengesau Foundation was created with the purpose of supporting charitable, educational and scientific projects. At the same time, The Foundation engages with multiple domestic and international activities whose aim is to protect the natural environment and preserve indigenous cultures.  The Remengesau2 Foundation was officially launched on February 28, 2019 by the late Maderngebuked Thomas O. Remengesau, Sr., President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and the Remengesau Family. read more

Ann Singeo receives PICRC’s 2020 Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award

On January 16, 2020, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) presented Ann Singeo with the 2020 Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award during the Center’s 19th Anniversary Dinner Gala. Presented every other year, the Environmental Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to conservation and management efforts in Palau.

Nominations were open to the public and over 130 people submitted a nomination. A committee, which was made up of two government officials, two members of different NGOs and two PICRC staff, was set up to review the more than 35 nominees proposed for the award. After careful consideration, Ann Singeo, Executive Director of Ebiil Society, was chosen as the winner. read more

Over $250,000 raised during PICRC’s 19th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner

On January 16, 2020, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held its 19th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala.  At this annual premier event, community groups, major businesses, government and non-governmental agencies, individuals, and elected and traditional leaders came together and raised over $250,000 to support the Center’s research, outreach, and education efforts.  Over 250 guests attended the fundraising gala dinner held on PICRC’s grounds.

This year’s anniversary gala dinner was co-hosted by President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and his cabinet.  As co-host, President Remengesau, together with his Ministers and their partners, donated a total of $130,000 to PICRC’s 19th Anniversary.  This is the biggest donation ever received by the Center in its 19-year history. read more

Over 500 students attended PICRC’s annual Education Carnival

On January 8 and 9, 2020, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held its annual Education Carnival as part of the Center’s anniversary celebrations. Over 500 students from six different schools across Palau attended the two-day event, where various interactive activities were set up to learn more about our oceans.

During their visit to PICRC, students learned about plastic pollution and how it’s entering our food webs; ocean acidification and the way in which it’s affecting corals; and the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), which came into effect on January 01, 2020. At the same time, students were encouraged to participate in PICRC’s 2021 Arts and Tides Calendar, which serves as means to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our ocean. At the end of their visit, students were encouraged to visit the Palau Aquarium. read more