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CNMI Governor Arnold I. Palacios met with Dr. Ely S. Ratner (right), the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs at the Pentagon to talk about military activities in the CNMI, building resiliency, and other topics. Also in the meeting was Ms. Rebecca Zimmerman, who is performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs. Along with other governors, Governor Palacios was in Washington D.C. last week for the 2024 senior plenary of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas organized by the U.S. Department of Interior – Office of Insular Affairs.

CUC Water Filtration Project Groundbreaking

Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang joined the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation as they broke ground for their Isley Field and Obyan Wells Granular Activated Carbon Water Filtration System Construction Project, which will break down chemicals (human-made substances) in our water that are not naturally found in the environment. 

Zoning Board Swears in New Members

Congratulations to Ms. Charlotte P.R. Cepeda and Mr. Stephen P. Sablan,  who were recently sworn in as CNMI Zoning Board of Directors’ newest members.

Engaging Foreign Investment

Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang met with Japanese investor group AMEC International Co., Ltd. to discuss tourism revitalization issues, including airline-related initiatives and other ways to expand Japanese companies’ investments in the CNMI. AMEC President Mr. Takatoshi Asada ultimately aims to establish an airline connecting Japan and Saipan and contribute to the development of Saipan’s economy. Mr. Asada was joined by AMEC General Manager Ms. Emi Okazaki and Interpreter Mr. Shigeki Tenorio.

U.S. FEMA Administrator Visits Governor’s Office

Early this week, Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lieutenant Governor David M. Apatang met with the Administrator for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Ms. Deanne Criswell and her team, Region 9 Administrator Mr. Robert Fenton, Jr., Region 9 Integration Team Lead Mr. Brian Beck, and other government officials to discuss the status of infrastructure projects and emergency preparedness in the CNMI.  

New Cannabis Commission Board Member

Congratulations to Ms. Journie Hofschneider, who was sworn in as the newest board member CNMI Cannabis Commission. Ms. Hofschneider will represent Tinian on the Commission.

Green Growth Initiative

Governor Arnold I. Palacios signed an executive order that promotes the aims of the Green Growth Initiative, which includes 17 sustainable development goals that address climate change, pollution and biodiversity in the CNMI.

The Green Growth Initiative is part of a comprehensive sustainable development plan, spearheaded by the Office of Climate Policy and Planning and the Northern Marianas College. The initiative will be chaired by the Governor and NMC President Galvin Deleon Guerrero, and its members will include Climate Policy and Planning Office Special Assistant Tina Sablan and other public officials.

February 2024 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang, along with Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Director Maisie B. Tenorio and community partners, designated February 2024 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Catholic Schools Week 2024

Gov. Arnold I. Palacios recently signed a proclamation recognizing Catholic Schools Week in the CNMI during a proclamation signing event held last week at the Mount Carmel Cathedral. The national theme for the 2024 Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.”

Manuel “Kiyu” Villagomez: Centennial Celebration

The life and contributions of Manuel “Kiyu” S. Villagomez were recently commemorated in a centennial commemorative event held at the Joeten Kiyu Public Library. Mr. Villagomez was an astute businessman whose contributions to the community continue to benefit our CNMI today. The celebratory event was organized by the Northern Marianas College and the staff of the Joeten Kiyu Public Library, where the celebration took place. 

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