Officers from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) together with government officials from Airai State and the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) in a photo session prior to the partaking of Palauan Traditional food in Uchulangas, Airai on January 31.

The Palau Visitors Authority (PVA), in collaboration with the Airai State government, hosted yet another Airai Tour and Palauan traditional luncheon on January 31.

Officials from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Airai State government officials, and traditional leaders had the chance to learn about the state’s historical sites and legends through a guided tour.

The tour is PVA’s pilot project under its One-Stop Shop Program which aims to headline Palau’s culture and tradition in the forefront of tourism.

No less than Vice President and Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch and Airai State Governor Tmewang Rengulbai joined the guests composed of heads of MOJ’s division offices.

In an interview, Vice President Oilouch lauded the initiatives of the PVA for promoting Palau not only outside of the country but as well as domestically.

According to Oilouch, the tour shows the uniqueness of the state and that he hopes initiatives like this will be replicated throughout the country.

Governor Rengulbai, in a separate interview, also noted the success of the launching of the One-Stop Shop program in the state especially that it also provides livelihood for the people of the community, especially women.

“I tried to ask the other state to commit to the same thing,” Rengulbai said.

PVA Managing Director Stephanie Nakamura said that the Todai tour in Ngarchelong is also eyed to begin soon and will be modeled after the Airai tour.

Ngarchelong State signed up for the One-Stop Shop program last year through a signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with PVA. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)