President Surangel Whipps Jr. declared the 2022, Year of Ensuring our Security and Safety: “Oterkeklel a Tekoi Er A Klekerngel Ma Sebecheklel a Belau Ma Rechad”.

“Keeping in mind the idea of “Kot a Rechad er Belau” (Palauans First), we need to see how we can impact people’s lives, improve their lives, how do we keep them safe,” stated President Whipps.

With the declaration, every government ministry and agency is tasked to consider how they impact people’s lives and take actions to implement this theme in each of their agencies and ministries.

“The first thing we have to look at is financial security.  How do we build back better?  COVID has devastated our lives, devastated our economy, and created unnecessary stress to the people,” said Whipps.

Once such example, on tourism recovery, Whipps instructx HRCTD to see how Palau can build back better and sustainably, by getting the most out of Palau’s tourism product.

With Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Environment, look at how best to maximize our fisheries and environment, ensuring food security and healthy food for the people.

The Presidential Proclamation No. 22-317 states that in establishing the theme, “each Ministry of the Executive Branch can set its direction and efforts in a collaborative manner to maximize resources and capacity.”

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