This week marks a very important moment in history for the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). In 2015, PICRC began the construction of a new facility at the Center. The building cost over one million dollars and now, thanks to tremendous support from a number of generous and dedicated supporters, the new facility is open and ready for business.
Present at the Ceremony was His Excellency, President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., who showed his support with a special remark congratulating PICRC for the success of the new building. Reiterating the important role PICRC holds in marine research, President Remengesau stated: “Palau is already contributing to the world in the area of environment and marine science research and study. And we will continue to move forward in achieving a sustainable environment for our future generation.”
President Remengesau was a key visionary in the foundation of PICRC and has remained a leading supporter since PICRC opening in. In tribute to his continued support of marine conservation and PICRC the new facility was honorably named the Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Building. President Remengesau, who was unaware of PICRC’s tribute, expressed his deepest gratitude to the PICRC Board and Management for honoring him with the name of this new building.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Building, held on April 18th, represents a significant milestone for PICRC. This long standing dream provides even more than just office spaces and accommodations for visiting researchers. In addition, the facility will support PICRCs efforts in reaching greater financial stability with an estimated annual income of $100,000.00.
PICRC staff, board members, and friends are all incredibly grateful to President Remengesau, Republic of China, and the many other local and international donors whose large contributions have made this dream a reality. In opening the ceremony, PICRC Board of Directors Chairman Noah Idechong truthfully, remarked, “This building was made possible by partnerships such as the partnership shared with the Republic of China who contributed $400,000 and with help from the private sector and individual donors who contributed to the remaining 60% that PICRC raised to commission this new building. We are thankful of these contributions and these ongoing partnerships.” [/restrict]