The 24th Mechesil Belau Women's Conference started its second and last day this morning with four panels set to lead the topics of discussion to conclude this year's confab. Topics today will cover Crime and Drugs; Environment that includes PPUC, PNCC and Pension; Climate Change and Protected Areas Network; and Land issue.
A packed Ngarachamayong Cultural Center witnessed the opening of the conference, which began with formalities and speeches from traditional leaders, Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons and Reklai Rafael B. Ngirmang. President Remengesau delivered the keynote address with presiding officers of both OEK houses Senate President Hokkons Baules and Speaker Sabino Anastacio concluding the national leadership remarks.
Dr. Keith Horinouchi, who is a Lifestyle & Nutritional Medicine Specialist and ran his own Dr. Horinouchi's Wellness Clinic in Guam, was a guest speaker. Panel topics on the first day were issues on customs and traditions — birth, marriage, and death; health; and education.
The two day event brings women from all over Palau to discuss issues that are important to them as well as promoting Palauan heritage, taking care of family, health, and improving children's education. In its 24th running, the women's conference has gained prominence with more than 20 public laws having originated from the discussion in the meetings.