Executive Order 263

July 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm 18 comments

Text of Executive Order 263 signed July 22nd 2009

Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle Curriculum Committee for Elementary and High School Students
WHEREAS, the Republic has a responsibility to facilitate the good health of its citizens;
WHEREAS, Palau’s citizens are increasingly affected by conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity;
WHEREAS, these chronic medical conditions can lead to decreased mobility and mortality and decrease the quality of life of not only the individual sufferer, but also that person’s friends and family;
WHEREAS, these chronic medical conditions can often be prevented if an individual is physically active and chose good eating habits;
WHEREASA, an essential part of encouraging good health is teaching and instilling positive behavior in our children;
WHEREAS, programs in our schools which emphasize a healthy lifestyle are essential to develop life-long physical skills and activities that contribute to fitness and good health;
WHEREAS, research shows that healthy children learn more effectively and achieve more academically;
WHEREAS, we must teach our children achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle and how to incorporate safe and healthy activities and good nutrition into their lives;
WHEREAS, a healthy lifestyle program in Palau’s elementary and high schools will result in happier, healthier and more academically successful students;
WHEREAS, when the lessons of lifetime physical activity and healthy food are modeled and reinforced in school, children will have the optimal foundation for healthy living.
NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the Republic of Palau, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the Republic, it hereby directed that:
1.There is hereby created the Healthy Lifestyle Curriculum Committee (“Committee”) tasked with the job of creating a curriculum for elementary and high school students that will incorporate good eating habits, appropriate nutrition and safe physical activity into the daily lives students.
2.The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education shall jointly provide administrative support to the Committee.
3.The Committee shall be comprised of six members, three from the Ministry of Health and three from the Ministry of Education.    The Committee may also utilize the expertise of knowledgeable members of the community and seek the advice and suggestions of parents of students.
4.This Committee shall present a model curriculum to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Education and the President of the Republic within six months of the issuance of this Executive Order.
5.Upon the approval of the Minister of Health, the Minister of Education and the President of the Republic of Palau, the curriculum shall be made part of the school curriculum.
6.After incorporation of the curriculum into the school system, the Committee will be tasked with monitoring its success.  Progress reports shall be made to the President at the end of each school semester.

Johnson Toribiong
President of the Republic of Palau


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  • 1. citizenbelauan  |  July 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Twice this week, I was asked by minors to buy cigarettes for them. This healthy lifestyle committee should also concentrate on the growing number of students smoking and drinking habits. Everytime I see kids smoking or drinking, I feel that we have failed them.

    • 2. DiDi  |  August 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      I am curious to know, how did you respond to those two minors. Yes the distribution problem is one of the biggest issue. The advertisements you see everywhere in Palau are overwhelmingly huge, it’s hard to avoid. Adults are providing to minors on a regular basis, but I wonder, how many of us adults, when we see these kids hanging around the streets using, have actually told them to stop, or use some measures to let them know – we’re paying attention and watching? Long time ago – the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” was True to Palau society, it is not so true today. I hope the next time you see those kids, you will guide them as many times and days as you can. Thank You!

  • 3. Concern Belauan  |  July 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I don not blame those youth who are trying to smoke or drink. I will blame their parents not to showm them how to be say no to drugs.

  • 4. oldiais  |  July 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Let’s look about the gangs that is happening in Palau. I was there at the begining of this month and lots of young youths are displaying they colors. I don’t know but I do work justice department in the US and I see how cops stops and educate the kids while they are young to change their ways.

    I hope we continue what we are doing and start the fresh ideas. Is the Minister Gibbons on the job. All they care is academy but lets face it we have to stop things from growing to be the problem while it we still have time to control it.

    Let’s not be like our brothers Angaurians. Ou Keluluul a Metemelang. I hope that is right phrase.

    Thank you Mr. President


  • 5. Honto-Style  |  July 30, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Way to go! This is a great beginning. Make use of modern tech with brilliant ideas is excellent.

    Thank you! Mr. President


  • 6. Concern Belauan  |  July 30, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I agree with you guys. I what I am saying is Parental Guidance for young generations.

    Thank you Mr. President

  • 7. Ghost Rider  |  July 31, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Way to go Mr. President !!!


  • 8. Jasper  |  July 31, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Healthy lifestyle begins at home – lets hope parents do not forget their role and end up leaving everything to public services to handle. Parents and the committee must work closely. Heathy food should be subsidized too – when the national budget can handle it of course…

    Americans are the unhealthiest and most obese population, therefore Palauan’s should stop emulating the Americans by having a staple diet of coco-pops, burgers and pizzas washed down with Coca-Cola (or Pepsi whichever generation you’re from). The US Olympic Team are kept away from fast foods I am sure.

    Fast foods = for fast lifestyle… uhhhhh where is the fast lifestyle in Palau? The only fast lifestyle I have seen were those of TR and KN followers and idolers… the rest of Palau is on a snails pace, so why are our children eating so badly?

    President, this a great step to the path of a healthy nation and thank you

  • 9. Dr. Paul Maas Risenhoover  |  July 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm


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  • 10. ngiraked  |  August 1, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Jasper Please.

    Are you the most negetive man alive. All the comments you have posted is nothing but negative. May be you should look back and ask you parents if they raised you right. Like you said “healthy life starts begins at home. Vice Versa a healthy tongue starts at home.

    Thank you J,

  • 11. DiDi  |  August 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Healthy Lifestyle! All the more reason why Health SHOULD be a requirement in all public schools and not an ELECTIVE Subject. Did you know that Health Subject is on the last page in school Curricula? Correct me anyone if I am wrong – but how can we improve the lifestyle of students when it is an elective course in school? When our School cafeteria’s are serving Corn Beef fried with corn as school lunches? I am not complaining and will claim my responsibilities as a parent, woman, and concerned ciitizen and will work hard to ensure that HEALTH becomes a Priority in Palau homes, schools and individuals. Maybe the new committee can also ensure that too becomes our National Leader’s priority.

  • 12. Ngiwal  |  August 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I understand your concerns but that’s the only food we can afford to feed our kids today. If you don’t like it, may be each parents should make their kids lunches. Just my two cents..

    • 13. DiDi  |  August 4, 2009 at 7:53 am

      Thank You Ngiwal! and that is just the point! That is all we can afford!!!!! I h ope that the President is reading all these cause as he is requesting for higher pay, over half of the population is eating “unhealthy choices” because that’s all we can afford! As a citizen, do I really have a Healthy Choice? As a parent, who shops and cooks for my family, do I really have a healthy Choice? You mentioned “parents making their own kids meals”, did you forget about the public school lunch fuss about 2 years ago? parents were complaining over a .50 cents lunch per day. When MOE ran out of budget and stopped the lunches, instead of helping, we attacked the spoon that was feeding our kids. but yes, at the end, we can always provide for our kids. Good Day!

      • 14. kngibech  |  August 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

        Health is not an elective at PHS, it is a requirement, all must take the class and pass in order to graduate…
        Damn straight we have a choice, we usually choose what we can afford…
        Only some parents attacked the spoon that fed them, some un-named people actually went the extra mile to ask the Principal of KES for needy students and subsidized their lunch tickets.
        Point is it may be better to take some action, rather than lament the un-healthy nature of the Palauan…or did i get it wrong…
        ka bong e sister ra Dexter…

  • 15. Didi  |  August 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Health is a requirement for Freshmen & Sophomore only. Junior & Senior year is PE (Elective). If and when other subjects need more time or make up time, health & PE are usually the subjects to be sacrificed. Example: When science/math/english requires a make up time or need more time to conduct the courses, the time appropriated for health is usually replaced for other subjects. (information received by the education office)

    by the way, what did you mean by “kabong e sister ra Dexter”

    • 16. kngibech  |  August 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm

      Education Office? Did you mean the Division of Curriculum & Instruction or another division or did you call the PHS Office? They would tell you that Health is usually taken as a Freshman or Sophomore, but like I said earlier, is a prerequisite for graduation from PHS, which would make it a requirement.
      Do you mean PHS would allow a student to skip Health to do make up work for Science/Math/English? Wow, Health should not be all we worry about if that is the case, Health & Education should be looked into more closely…lol
      Didi is Dexter’s sister…look it up on Channel 10

  • 17. 79soup  |  August 6, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Lets put some perspective within this order:

    Health care costs consume a large junk of the budget, and some of the most costly are terminal illness and diabetes, etc. Now, we can all agree that our change in diet is a by product of modernity , you look across most pacific island and places where indigenous people reside , you see similar health problem . This however doesn’t mean that we maintain the same course. We have enough knowledge to change our diet and lifestyle. Slow down on the mayo, salt , oil and sweets stuff. Its a matter of change, we just have to have the foresight and fortitude to do implement such changes. You don’t have to be rich to limit your mayo intake, cook a healthy fish, taro etc. you don’t have to be rich to exercise, walking is free. And the problem with alcohol is that its glamorize, young kids are mimicking the older ones, to many of what we thought we role models were actually leading us down a dangerous pad. Growing up we wanted to be the tough guy, the dude with the pretty chick, with the new shoes that goes out at night, drink, smoke weed, etc. The unfortunate part is that this is not a personal problem but a societal problem,
    it’s a problem that can only be solved with mass participation. Look at Hawaii their cutting the medquest health program here and moving Micronesians to a new more basic health care and the chuukese community are suffering from it, and to an extend we will too, especially those suffering from extreme ailments. We don’t want this to be the legatee of who we are , We don’t want our bad eating habits be the cause of mass exodus seeking health care that may only prolong the pain. I think its time for a change.

  • 18. DiDi  |  August 6, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Honorable President,

    I am campaigning for the “ADVERTISEMENT POLICY” in Palau to change so that we can have a regulation on the sizes, contents, and location of any promotional Ads in regards to Alcohol & Tobacco! They’re Everywhere! Maybe the New Committee can include this in their plan.

    Let’s switch: make the healthy promo ads bigger and the TObacco & Alcohol smaller. The RPPL on purchasing of tobacco & alcohol bigger and visual.

    Thank You for taking the time to read.


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