Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. recently delivered his first State of the Republic Address in front of the 11th Constitutional Government of Palau.
“In these first one hundred days, we have not wasted any time,” he said.
One of the highlights of his address is the government realignment plan which President Whipps says is important as Palau transitions out of the pandemic
He says this realignment seeks to streamline services, thus creating a more “people-centered” government –– a government that caters to the needs of the people first and foremost.
The Palau President also recognized the assistance provided by the country’s diplomatic partners — the US, Taiwan, Australia, and Japan — from their support in the aftermath of Typhoon Surigae to their assistance during the pandemic.
He also touched upon the issues with the current travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau.
The Palau President said “We have been very blessed. Through the vigilance and foresight of the Tenth Constitutional Government, Palau is safe and healthy. Most businesses continue to survive, and most workers continue to bring home a paycheck… Palau has sufficient funding to maintain government services
Through the CROSS Act, the Cares Act, and the vigilance of national and health leadership, Palau has weathered the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Palau President.
According to President Whipps, to date, Palau has already received around $30 million in CARES funding.