Japan’s Grassroots Project Contributes to Provision of Vital Information to the Safety and Livelihood of the People of Palau

2024/1/23

At a handover ceremony of Radio Broadcasting Equipment, held on January 23, 2024, His Excellency, ORIKASA Hiroyuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Palau, emphasized the importance of prompt dissemination of accurate information to the safety and livelihoods of the people of Palau.
 
The assistance to the Bureau of Archives and Media, Ministry of State for the renovation of thirty-six devices including FM antennas and the procurement of portable broadcasting equipment, was provided through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP). The project aims to support broadcasting capabilities of Eco Paradise FM, Palau's only public radio station, which provides essential information for daily life and emergencies.
 
“Reminders of the climate emergency are everywhere around the world, and as we all know, climate resilience is needed now more than ever,” said Ambassador Orikasa. “Japan recently provided funding to install the Amplitude Modulation (AM) Broadcasting System antenna in Palau as part of the UN Development Programme project to strengthen Palau’s disaster and climate resilience, and this new FM project demonstrates Japan’s commitment to protecting the livelihoods and safety of the people of Palau by helping to enhance preparedness and improve infrastructure for the emergencies we cannot easily predict. Radio plays an important role in emergency situations, even when power and other means of communication are disrupted.”
 
Ambassador Orikasa also emphasized the importance of follow-up by both the Embassy of Japan and the project beneficiary to ensure that the project objectives are fully realized.
 
The handover ceremony was held at the transmitting station in Malakal and was attended by Hon. Gustav N. Aitaro, Minister of State, Ms. Linda Ngirameketii, Director of the Bureau of Archives and Media, Ministry of State along with Ambassador Orikasa.
 
Since 1999, the Embassy of Japan in Palau has been working with various Palauan organizations, including schools, local governments and NGOs, to implement the GGPs for communities in Palau. For more information on GGP, call 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at https://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/about_ggp.html