Duterte pushes stronger ties with Palau
(The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2018 - 12:00am

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Duterte is pushing for a stronger bilateral ties between the Philippines and the Republic of Palau, particularly in the areas of  mutual interest such as foreign labor, maritime security, medical tourism and education.

Palau President Thomas “Tommy” Remengesau Jr. paid Duterte a courtesy call last Thursday evening at the Malacanang of the South Presidential Guest House here in Barangay Panacan, this city.

Filipinos comprise one-fourth of the population of Palau which is just little over 20,000. 

The President conveyed during the meeting the Philippine government’s strong commitment to strengthen its relationship with Palau, noting that the bond between the two countries remain “good and solid.”

The President takes note of a fruitful cooperation in the field of police matters between the two countries as he described the people of Palau as “good natured.”

The President also discussed with Remengesau sustainable maritime defense saying that he has been working with the other key players in the sector to improve maritime security in the Asia Pacific Region.

Duterte also expressed his interest in providing scholarships for Palau citizens who wish to study in colleges and universities for higher education, particularly in the field of medicine in the Philippines. 

Both leaders likewise noted that their nations had a memorandum of understanding where both countries would exchange knowledge and expertise on medical tourism and referral and higher education.

Remengesau expressed his gratitude to the Filipinos for having been “very instrumental” in the economic development of Palau.

He said Filipino workers make up about 60 percent of the foreign population in their country.
He also mentioned his plan to reopen the consulate and embassy in Palau and the Philippines and to add more direct flights between the two nations to further improve connectivity and boost tourism cooperation.

Remengesau was accompanied by Governor of Ngiwal State Ellender Ngirameketii, Governor of Airai State Tmewang Rengulbai, Chief of Staff Secilil Eldebechel and Oscar TJ Remengesau.

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