Palau gov’t thanks Pacific Partnership 2018
The 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) adopted a house joint resolution to express gratitude to the Pacific Partnership 2018 mission who had extended multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness programs during their two-week stay in Palau.
The Pacific Partnership mission, which is composed of 134 military personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard; British Army and Royal Navy; Japanese Air, Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Force; and Royal Australian Navy, had conducted medical, dental, veterinary services and engineering projects with the coordination of the local professionals.
OEK also noted the services brought by the mission to the communities through health clinics and for allotting time to visit the dispensaries in the States of Ngaremlengui, Melekeok, Peleliu, and Ngarchelong from April 9 to April 12.
“The Republic of Palau is sincerely appreciative to the Pacific Partnership for the services and projects conducted by the members, and is proud to be a host nation for this program,” the resolution reads.
The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual mission that offers multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness operations.
Palau was the second country visited by the mission aboard the USNS Brunswick this year after Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia.
The USNS Brunswick arrived on April 3 in Palau and had set sail to Malaysia for their next destination after concluding their mission here on April 14.
The Pacific Partnership began in 2006 as a response to the December 2004 tsunami that hit parts of Southeast Asia and it continues to conduct outreach efforts to boost ability to respond to natural disasters, among others. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)