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The high chief of Ngarchelong State Uong er Etei Victor Miner Joseph passed away on December 8 in Koror and a Presidential Proclamation honoring him has been issued.

The Proclamation 10-277, expressed a “deep sadness for passing of Uong er Etei Victor Joseph and also convey the “Appreciation of a Grateful Nation” for his contributions to the people of Palau.

Uong er Etei Victor Joseph, a graduate of the College of Guam and the Micronesian Teacher Education Center, served the Republic of Palau as a teacher in 1969 to 1970. Upon later years, he continued contributing to the education sector by serving as an education specialist and director of food services for the Ministry of Education from 1974 to 1985.

Then 1999 onwards, he became a successful businessman in the construction industry. According to the proclamation from the president’s office, Uong er Etei had a hand in building residential houses and public infrastructure.

As the highest ranking chief of Ngarchelong, Uong er Etei was loved by his family and community. In addition, he was viewed as responsible traditional leader for his clan and the people of Ngarchelong.

In honor of Uong Er Etei Victor Miner Joseph, President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr.  proclaimed that all the flags regularly flown within the jurisdiction of Palau and all of the Republic of Palau flown at the Embassies and Consulates of Palau in other countries, shall be hoisted at half-mast for five days starting at December 23, 2019.

State funeral for chief Uong er Etei Victor Joseph is slated for this Friday, December 27, 2019 at Ngarchelong State. (Telbakes Yano)