A total of $2,860,000 was okayed by President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. for the development of Angaur state’s infrastructure and other facilities forsea transportation.
Angaur Governor Kennosuke Suzuky, in an interview, said that on top of the $2.5-M project to repair the dock in Angaur that had been damaged by a storm, he had also requested for additional $300,000 to be allocated for other repairs in transportation facilities in the outlying state.
Remengesau, during his state visit to Angaur on April 13, had approved the request, according to Suzuky.
Aside from that, Suzuky said that $60,000 was also earmarked for the purchase of a new engine for the public boat used in transporting between Koror to Angaur.
“As we know, the storm that came to angaur did not just damage the dock but it also damaged the boat,” Suzuky said.
Suzuky also said that Remengesau had also expressed support to fund additional money for the Macaque Sanctuary development if it is needed.
Angaur is currently working on turning their long-time problem on Macaque infestation into an advantage by establishing a Macaque Sanctuary Park.
Macaques have been considered invasive in the state as they tend to outnumber the human population, hence disrupting daily local activities and livelihood. The monkey species is believed to have arrived on the shores of the island 100 years ago through foreign contact.The population of monkeys in Palau’s Angaur State is unique since it is the only place in the Micronesian region where the animal lives. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)