HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb., 10) - The president of the Republic of Palau has sent a team of workers to help Palauans on Guam rebuild homes destroyed by Dec. 8's Supertyphoon Pongsona.

The Palau Consulate Office and the Palau Community Association of Guam are coordinating the recovery efforts.

"So far, we have about a hundred families requesting assistance," said PCA President Ted Iyechad.

"The team has completed four homes and they're working on the fifth home."

Iyechad said people should call their PCA island-village representatives or the Palau Consulate Office if they need help rebuilding their homes.

People should have readied the materials needed to rebuild or repair their homes.

If not, the rebuilding team will send a member to assess the damage and determine how much and what kind of material and supplies are needed, Iyechad said.

The workers arrived Jan. 31 and are scheduled to leave in a week or two.

"If we find there are more people out there who need help, then we can request the workers' stay on Guam be extended," he said.

Iyechad added they are also looking for volunteers to help with recovery efforts.

"We need all the help we can get," he said.

February 10, 2003

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