File Photo: Rhealyn C. Pojas

Chargé d’affaires Takeshi Ogino from the Embassy of Japan formally handed over a dump truck and a motor grader valued $88,950 in total to Ngchesar State Government on Tuesday this week.

The handover ceremony for ‘Procurement of Equipment for Improving Rainwater Drainage System’ was held at the state office in Karmaliang, Ngchesar, and attended by Governor Florencio Adelbai, Ngirakebou Andres Madraisau, Techetbos Meluat Telei, Rechetuker Sudo Moses, State Legislator Feliciano Watanabe and other related personnel.

Currently, people in Ngchesar have often been forced to travel slowly and carefully, especially during and after the heavy rain due to the bad condition of roads. Furthermore, if the drainage systems are not installed and maintained properly, the paved roads are likely to have cracks and damages, which will threaten the safety of residents.

Moreover, sediment and erosion might affect taro patches, mangroves and marine eco-system including corals. To solve these problems, the Embassy of Japan decided to grant a dump truck and a motor grader. Now that new equipment arrived, Ngchesar State will be able to make proper ditches and water exits as well as to maintain them regularly.

At the ceremony, Ogino expressed his hope that in this special year of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Palau, the implementation of this project would lead to the further development of Ngchesar State and its people.

Governor Adelbai conveyed his appreciation to the Embassy for the grant and stated that the state would utilize and maintain the two vehicles properly.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of May 14, 2019, the Embassy has signed 77 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations.

Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau.

For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at (PR)