Ngerulmud, 19 July 2022 (TDI): The series of new High Frequency (HF) radio systems are installed in the Southwest Islands of Palau. The high-frequency radios are installed in the areas of Tobi, Pulo Anna, Sonsorol, and Helen’s Reef.

This will increase the capabilities of Palau for both VHF (Very High Frequency) and HF radios. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji helped to complete the installations of these systems.

The program is funded by Japan under its project of Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience. The installations will increase Palau’s capabilities of communication.

It will also help in education learning needs with the Ministry of Education in Koror. In addition, it will help with health concerns at the Belau National Hospital.

Remarks by Officials

Governor of Hatohobei State Huana K. Nestor expressed his happiness about the installation of HF radios. He thanked UNDP for helping them. He also mentioned that it will make it much easier to connect with the hospital and liaison officer in Koror.

Ambassador of Japan to Palau, Karasawa Akira said that the system has key importance for the safety of the people of Palau. It will offer secure communication in times of natural disasters.

In addition, he said that Japan is very proud to help. He also sent his compliments to UNDP and the Government of Palau who worked together for this cause.

Palau National Communications’ (PNCC) Acting Chief Executive Officer, Brenda Tarimel said that they are honored to work with their partners to successfully complete the project.

Previously similar kinds of systems were also installed in the Ministry of Education, a hospital in Koror, and two respective state offices.

It also complements the VHF radio systems installed in the areas of Peleliu, Angaur, and Kayangel. Since its commencement in 2019, the project has provided support to Palau’s disaster risk management.

Also, it targets to strengthen gender-sensitive disaster communication. In addition, it aims to enhance the capabilities of climate monitoring systems.

Likewise, it strengthens the state disaster responder’s readiness capacity, spreads awareness for integrated gender and social inclusion, and enhances community disaster resilience with improved water resource management.