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Marilyn Rideb The only way we can keep our Palau Dream alive for all Palauans and continue to be the best place to live by freedom and prosperity, peace and security, is to have both a strong, effective private sector and strong, effective government that work together to promote an economy of good jobs, rising incomes, increasing exports, and greater energy independence. Work together, not always agreeing, but moving toward common goals.
November 26 at 6:00pm · Like · 5
Chancy Kuartei need to overhaul the government… change president
November 26 at 6:05pm · Like · 2
Marilyn Rideb In other countries, conservatives and liberals have arguments about taxes, energy policy, bank regulations, and how much government is healthy and affordable, but they tend to be less ideological and more rooted in evidence and experience. They “focus” more on what works. That’s what we need, only way to get us into the future business.
November 26 at 6:05pm · Like · 2
Marge Meltel Whether we need more /less government in our Belau really depends on the answer to three other questions. First, is there room for improvement in government programs? Have we reached the limits of what government can do in most policy areas, or could expanding these current programs produce significant added benefits for the public? Second, are any of our current social and economic problems worsening? Are we facing new and serious threats to our wellbeing? If so, this would logically indicate the need for more government. And finally, can we rely on markets and individual effort to solve these current and emerging problems? If so, then we don’t need more government. But if markets and individual initiative are not up to the task, this bolsters the case for a more collective, governmental approach.
November 26 at 6:12pm · Like · 1
Marilyn Rideb Mesisich el Belau ousbech ra 1. ungil a klungel government 2. mesisiich el private sectors 3. nonprofit organization
“Ngdiua sodel a Ingukl e ledei a tengal, al dibus imong eng meringel meked olkang”
November 26 at 6:13pm · Like · 5
Seth M Carlson well said
November 26 at 6:13pm · Like · 1
Ibech Ngeluk New Belau, New Government, New Leadership.= New changes.
November 26 at 6:22pm · Like
Ibech Ngeluk update policies and regulations..reviews of pervious bills, make them more sensible and fit to regulate our ever changing culture. Lessen the expenditures of customs. Too many agiencies in the Government that needs to be privatized.
November 26 at 6:26pm · Like
Roger Obakrairur We need few leaders leaders with the following simple credentials I would personally think. 1.) Effective leader with a short and long term vision, 2.) Honest and dependable making Reliability a REALITY, 3.) Unified with one common goal by performance, commitment and dedication in the office, out to communities, 4.) Put behind politics and carry with them the entire written Constitution by the heart, 5.) Transparency and open to public feedback and opinions, 6.) Reduce government spending/leaders and improve most need programs by priority, 7.) Good and effective planning and proactive, 8.) Preserve our value yet improve standard of living by creating more jobs, more opportunity that is beneficial to everyone, 9.) New Market strategy without damaging and 10.) Do it for the people of Palau from start to end of term.
November 26 at 6:46pm · Like · 6
Steen Mirasang kobelment a kekerei ra klechiibelau,mada bol meruul lkmo a bek el lomesodel a mochuul a udoud el mei ma mechoit el meteritel ra delongelel a iybeduul ma reklai le siukang a dirk kmal chad.
November 26 at 6:58pm · Like
Benson Orrukem I totally agree with Ibech, privatization. But there is only one problem, a privatized government sector operates like a corporation and how that corporation succeed if their clients, consumers or customers who are palauans who are making minimum wage which is way too low and the jobs are scarce…not to mention qualifications and background checks….In my opinion, palauans here in palau are living in an illusion that it will get better…..Im afraid it will not get better…..1. we are living beyond our means, 2. our government is the single employer of most palauans, 3. none of our elected leaders have had a plan to actually have palau a major role in the world market. we dont need to tap into our natural resources or tourists to make us more sustainable…we should learn something from our japanese friends…is the will to compete in the world in terms of education gave birth to other marketable ideas which lead to major corporations like, sony, toyota, kubota, and so on…..we should dream our own dreams and not others….
November 27 at 1:55am · Like · 3
Mimokl Belau Benson Orrukem certain parts of government can be privatized and the government can still be in control. In other words the governement will be the client and the contractor will be responsible to produce the result as agreed in the terms. The beauty about this is if the the result is not produced then contractor won’t get paid. Unlike when it’s not privatized, government employees will still get paid for as long as they are on payroll regardless.
November 27 at 1:00pm · Like · 1
Ibech Ngeluk How can we get less of it?….well, strive to be the best of what you do..dream of achieveable goals…never loose hope of what u want to be…aspire and when you reach that goal…you have attain sustainability with out any Gov influence, in sum….privatize urself..lol
November 27 at 1:04pm · Like · 3
Ibech Ngeluk but help in anyway you can….Vote for the right people…get involve in the issues and play active role in maintaining, sustaining and continuing support even though it wont be at it seems…we all share common roots and values……BELAU…Kotil a Kle ngar er kid……
November 27 at 1:10pm · Like · 4
Ruth Sakuma outsource some of the government services such as communication services, cable TV and a radio station.
November 27 at 1:13pm · Like · 3
Jon Bacon Want less government? Build a golf course for them.
November 27 at 2:48pm · Like · 1
Lamz Johanes ***** STRIKE!!***** hehe….
November 27 at 4:08pm · Like
Benson Orrukem thats really a good point mimokl….so im wondering which government parts could be privatized? and can you elaborate more on clients and contracts more…please…
November 27 at 4:34pm · Like · 1
Sharla Paulus Just like ibech said..
November 27 at 6:11pm via mobile · Like · 1
Mimokl Belau Benson Orrukem the only client will be the government since it is the one contracting out the work. What can be contracted out or privatized? Power plants water system, communication, etc…
November 28 at 2:10am · Like
Bentley Techur The governements not the problem..nor is its size. Its the people within and us that dont get involved in its running that is problematic. Less or more govt isnt the question to ask either. The real question to ask ourselves is, how do we make our government run smarter; efficiently for everyone? Thats when the size and the people in it matter more. There is not only one answer too..there’s many including a combination of things as you all have said above. Implementing the answers is, as the Bard says, is the rub. We need to elect people who will work to that end. People who will work for and with the citizens to implement ideas that will streamline and raise the effieciency of our govt. and by extension our economy.
November 28 at 11:18am · Like · 7
Benson Orrukem Ms. Rideb, I guess to get less of a government, palauans need to have their own private companies that would then subsidize some of the government parts. Mimokl has a good point but to have contract with the government as a client does not reallly constitute the company as a private entity if its still has majority role in our government. Power plants are a good start, to privatize it, we need a combination of both, fuel and eco-friendly powered plants to help with high costs of gas. Second communications, which is going to be diffiicult considering that PNCC is running at its best i assume…..Third, Education, to have our people educated on matter that are important to any democratic nation and also the well being of our island as a nation and sovereign. Hopefully, it will remind us the certain values that I feel we had lost since the 80′s which is Unity…Together as one, There is nothing more humbling than a citizens of a nation who understands their means and they are satisfied with them. I know that this goes against one of the principles of democracy but respect each other by our moral standard is better than to respect each other by a written law…
November 28 at 3:57pm · Like · 1
Gale Ngirmidol right-sizing the government has been considered by previous government going back to nakamura’s administration. it is impossible to right-size the government unless we strengthen the private sector first..
November 28 at 4:14pm · Like · 3
Bentley Techur Thats the problem Gale Ngirmidol..the right size of the government is the one that works for everyone and is not a hinderance to the economy but an ally in its improvement.
November 28 at 4:27pm · Like · 1
Bentley Techur Instead of lookin for the right size, we should try making it work first..
November 28 at 4:30pm · Like
Robert Tsuneo BT, I agree with you totally but I think the bigger question is mechanism needed to “right size” the govenrment and how and when to implement. There’s been talks of privatizing water/sewer operations and creating an airport authority. But that’s the farthest or should I say the best we’ve done so far…. only TALKS. Your thoughts?
November 28 at 4:36pm · Like · 1
Marilyn Rideb Government, Private Sectors, and Nonprofit Organizations..(Super Legs can hold the pot), elechal taem a betok lureor ma kombalii a dingar eungel a government. Ngungil dekilungii a Private Sectors ma Nonprofit Organizations (owned or operate by citizens)
November 28 at 4:43pm · Like
Marilyn Rideb But First, I Agree with Bentley Techur, “We need to elect people who will work to that end. People who will work for and with the citizens to implement ideas that will streamline and raise the effieciency of our govt. and by extension our economy.” Thank you Bentley.
November 28 at 4:47pm · Like · 1
Merv Melatk Ng kmal merang e Merilyn Ridep te mla prove er ngii ar Ngabrd, el mo er ngii a moke ra Kabelment a le sub contract ma lechub e te braibetais a bebil ra urerel ngerchelel el kirel a buai ra lolemolem el melasem e lorurt er ngii. Ma rechad …
November 28 at 5:05pm · Like · 1
Bentley Techur First thing first Robert Tsuneo..The mechanism, the will, the ideas, the proposals, plans and even semi-finished implementations are there, but first and maybe the reason we have not yet realized these plans and all others is that our govt…
November 28 at 6:41pm · Like · 1
Keiden Skilang GN, “impossible to right size until private sector is improved”, respectfully disagree. RIght sizing or downsizing has to happen first in order for the private sector to improve. Provide the opportunity rather than waiting for it.
November 28 at 8:11pm · Like · 2
Keizy Shiro In agreement KS, well said.
November 28 at 10:00pm · Like
Jon Bacon Build operate and maintain your own water, sewer, electric and solid waste systems and seaport.
November 28 at 10:23pm · Like
Jon Bacon Roads and goat-cart system too.
November 28 at 10:24pm · Like
Ciano Basilio Akdi omeklatk er kid el kmo a rechad er a kabelment a kmal klow al contribute er ngii el mo er a a Pension me a SS me a bol kekerei a Kabelment eng metemall a ikal teblong el Plan meng diak el elechang el time ngbai domes erngii er a ta er a time eng di diak el elechang.
November 28 at 11:04pm · Like · 1
Jon Bacon What did people do when there was no pension and SS system? I wonder if a private system would work better.
November 28 at 11:07pm · Like · 1
Robert Tsuneo Ciano, you will not have pension when you retire! This is a fact. Its not a question of if but when it will come tumbling down. Pension, health insurance, PUC, Compact road, and all will fail because the government is not prudent and proactive.
November 28 at 11:10pm · Unlike · 3
Ciano Basilio Ngdirekak el stop a game me a Mr. president a dirk ko ba Ongeu ea ngikel a betok meng kede mo chelellakl e ngkang a meduch me bol klou a rengud. A Mr. president a lmuut el medengei er kid a betok el kirel a ikang el dolekoi.
November 29 at 3:23pm · Like · 1
Ciano Basilio Alii ngdiak el Mr. president er kid el JT a uchul a mondai er a ikal Plan er kid eng previous admin. melak dobes.
November 29 at 3:27pm · Like
Benson Orrukem with all of our inputs and ideas all together, I think the first thing we should change is our attitude toward one another as a citizens of palau. honesty to accountability will may somehow hard on others but in the long run its an efficien…
November 29 at 4:48pm · Like · 3
A Belau A Longelang Ciano, maybe you’re right. Maybe the problems begun with the last administration. But so what! He is the President now, and it is his duty to address these problems. Stop this blaming game, and start owning up to the problems, problems …
November 29 at 5:50pm · Like · 1
Rhine Remoket ngii rokui el di ungil luldasu… ngdi uleklatk a beluu a beluad el rokui.. kerdi diul di soad a ungil ngdiak a chad el soal a mekngit… engdi ngkmal betok a uldasu ma ultelchakl… and we are so good at it we tend to point out mistakes ot…
November 29 at 6:17pm · Like · 1
Kikuko Mochimaru @MR, you are really on a roll, bringing up some hot topics, what better time before the elelction…lol!
November 29 at 6:20pm · Like · 1
Jon Bacon Most of the previous administration may be still serving. When the current head of state asks for something or does something there are many who jump up to stomp him down instead of smoothing the way for good things to get done. Who can work under such conditions?
November 29 at 6:32pm · Like · 1
Keizy Shiro I beg to differ JB, could it be the other way around?
November 29 at 6:36pm · Like · 2
Jon Bacon OEK is all new members?
November 29 at 7:20pm · Like
Jon Bacon OEK is the ultimate power and can over ride a president’s veto. A president can ask for things and eventually get a NO from OEK.
November 29 at 7:22pm · Like · 1
Merv Melatk Exactly Rhine, so if admit that we are only human and that mistakes are made than we can begin the process of correcting it. If it’s a mistake than let’s correct or address it with clarification. I thought that was how we work or help one another. So when the table is turned it would make no difference cause we are all in it….
November 29 at 7:27pm · Like · 1
Rhine Remoket Merv… Exactly the point instead of blaming which administration did what and what lets all address the concerns we have and let the people which we voted for do their best….like i said we are so good in pointing out the mistakes, blame, and pointing fingers.. ngar ngii a tekoi er Belau el kmo “Mngai a dechil a medam el Kot” ea lak eluid e kid el rokui a kmal di medengelii a belkul tiang..
November 29 at 8:14pm · Like · 2
Gerald Tulop its not the gov thats a “problem” is the people that elects leaders into the govt that’s a problem
November 29 at 8:20pm · Like · 1
Merv Melatk That is the problem Rhine….Addressing concerns always comes too late and by the time people start pointing fingers the Administration is long gone and becomes part of the history. In the meantime the one’s in the hot seat will repeat wha…
November 29 at 8:22pm · Like · 1
Jon Bacon Need more people to register and vote and keep quiet about who they voted for.
November 29 at 8:23pm · Like
Merv Melatk The problem there Gerald Tulop, is that if you want to fix the problems of the Government you have to expect to get elected only once. More than half of the work force are employed by the government in our island today. They are voters too …
November 29 at 8:44pm · Like · 1
Rhine Remoket very true but we all have to understand that every road or journey has obstacles along the way.. and as for our government its still young and not to forget that government is for the people by the people and with this said…ages ranging f…
November 29 at 8:59pm · Like · 2
Oliver Cummings the late father Felix Yaoch once prayed…”Rubak, mousubes er kemam ar milutk el dirrek”
November 29 at 9:06pm · Like · 5
Marilyn Rideb Kired el smisichii a private sectors and nonprofit organizations ea Government a mo kebkakl e moungil a klungel el lotekur a kuk sebchell..
November 29 at 9:29pm · Like · 3
Rhine Remoket I agree Merl on that… I believe Palau is working toward that…or i hope it is…
November 29 at 9:58pm · Like · 1
Mersad Ngirchoteot locha meral tekoi, techa governmert. ng ke obekud ra Bardrei Y locha meral lomelbult er ngii ra chelsel a chutem.
November 29 at 11:43pm · Like · 1
Gale Ngirmidol Keiden Skilang, i respect your dissenting view but it is a simple common sense ” where will you place the government workers impacted by right sizing the government first?”
November 30 at 4:24pm · Like
Robert Tsuneo Gale, force them into early or medical retirement. A vast majority of them are in the Bureau of DMU………..Di Milil e Udeudel.
November 30 at 4:33pm · Like
Pat Ngiruos Slate @ RT…That is something that needs to addressed…..
November 30 at 4:41pm · Like
Gale Ngirmidol Robert Tsuneo…Palau government is a government of law that can not force its employees to retire or to go into medical retirement if they are not sick. there are at least 1,000 workers that will be affected by downsizing the government an…
November 30 at 4:52pm · Like
Jon Bacon Di Milil e Udeudel.
November 30 at 4:53pm · Like
Mersad Ngirchoteot Gale, la ko bekikl alsekum mo diak a ureor ra amt eng sebechem el mei ra Ngerchemelil e ke de mo chad ra makit, kmal betok a belochel ma buuch ma lius ma kerrekar el sebeched lolterau. a kuungelakel e ngdi kom dirrek el mesulang loba kedul…
November 30 at 4:53pm · Like · 2
Keizy Shiro Ha ha is DMU hiring?
November 30 at 4:54pm · Like
Rhine Remoket yeah i’ll be the first to submit my application if their hiring…
November 30 at 4:54pm · Like
Jon Bacon You wish.
November 30 at 4:54pm · Like · 1
Rhine Remoket lol
November 30 at 4:54pm · Like
Jon Bacon Some countries just shoot their employees and elected officials instead of sending termination notices.
November 30 at 4:56pm · Like
Rhine Remoket down sizing the government expand private sectors i think would solve the problem its just an opinion… those who are good in their on perspective area can relocate to the private sectors that has or almost the same criteria you do in the …
November 30 at 5:03pm · Like
Robert Tsuneo Gale, privatize some of your services (i.e. water, sewer, airport, etc.) so these “fellow palauans and relatives” of yours can transfer to these entities where their skills and knowledge will dictate whether the remain employed or not. I kn…
November 30 at 5:20pm · Like
Odelomel Ngirachitei The blaming game is not gonna solve anything,the government is made by the people for the people and everyone are responsible for it. Politicians and non-politicians we are all involved.If the government is not functioning right we the people are responsible because we run the gov’t.
November 30 at 5:28pm · Like · 3
Odelomel Ngirachitei I think first and for most we have to learn how to budget our money.It’s not really how much we have it’s how we use and spend our money. How much come in and how much goes out. We have to use the money wisely and prioritize our needs. We have to know the difference between wants and needs and invest what little we have.
November 30 at 5:36pm · Like · 4
Gale Ngirmidol Robert … Palau government is gearing up toward that end…Palau Water and Sewer Corporation i in the making and the Board is already in place. This is just an example of Palau government’s effort to privatize services and right sizing the…
November 30 at 5:44pm · Like · 1
Rhine Remoket job insecurity never ends… you cant go nowhere when you know your comfortable on where your at… same routine everyday… but like i said private sectors may have a similar work in accordance with you and transferring to that is a productive and may upgrade your skills its not gonna be over night thing that’ll be like a miracle thing to do.. but little by little of doing it than the down sizing of the government becomes a reality…. its only my opinion..a rokui tekoi el domuchel a dingarngii a dakt ma ngech ra chelsel ngdi mekerang a desang a llak dolasm… every journey has obstacles along the way and its up to us to pave the way for the future after all its our government and its our island..
November 30 at 5:57pm · Like · 1…
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