President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. had introduced the Adopt a Highway Project during the cabinet meeting on May 7, which tasked each Ministry to adopt an area and pick trash and debris from road segments.

In an e-mail sent to Island Times, Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo said that the initiative is pushed to help keep the roads cleans, especially with a focus to eliminate plastic trash and debris and prevent them from reaching the ocean.

According to Kazuo, the Ministry of Community and Cultural affairs is seeking the support of the private sector and community organizations for the project.

“President Remengesau hopes that this initiative will inspire all residents to adopt – not only roads but other areas to keep clean – not only in Koror but in all other states of Palau,” Kazuo said.

“We aim to recycle all recyclables and aim to end plastic pollution – all part of Year of Good Health,” Kazuo shared.

According to Kazuo, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) had already started the initiative and had adopted an area from the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) to the Long Island park.

Kazuo said that the Office of the President will also embark on the project in June and they will be adopting a road from the President’s Satellite Office along the Meyuns Coastway to the PVA. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)