SOEL-CNMI Brain Builders Partner Meeting & Appreciation

On Monday, August 21, 2023, the SOEL-CNMI Brain Builders Team, met with some of the CCDF Partners, namely CHCC-System of Care/Healthy Transitions, CHCC-Home Visiting Program, CHCC-MICAH/F2F, DICE Pacific Solutions, LLC, Council on Developmental Disabilities, CNMI UCEDD, CNMI WIC, and DYS. This meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Giovanni’s Conference Room. 

We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes Proclamation

Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang recently honored the first responders that sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, and the brave men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the community safe in a proclamation designating September 2023 as “  “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes” month. 

Expanding Workforce Capacity

Governor Arnold Palacios and Lt. Governor David Apatang were joined recently by CNMI Department of Labor Secretary in meeting with the U.S. Department of Labor District Director of the Wage & Hour Division Terence J. Trotter, the U.S. Department of Labor Assistant District Director for Guam and the CNMI Patrick G. Candoleta, and the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division Investigator Feng Daniel Wang to sign a memorandum of understanding. 

Guam Mayors Thank CNMI for Relief Goods

Five mayors from the Mayor’s Council of Guam presented Governor Arnold I. Palacios a  resolution expressing their “sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the generosity and kindness of the people of Saipan and the CNMI in coming to [Guam’s] aid after the devastation of Typhoon Mawar.” 

Law Enforcement Agencies Ink Agreement to Re-establish and Reorganize Joint Drug Prevention Task Force

The leaders of six law-enforcement agencies recently inked an agreement to reestablish and reorganize a joint-drug-prevention-task force. Drugs, specifically ice, have continued to negatively impact the CNMI. Agencies are seeing more cases of drug use especially in younger people, an increase in property crimes linked to the habit, and other crimes. The goal of the joint task force is to stop drugs from coming in through the CNMI’s ports.

Child Care Providers Attend the Health and Safety Training on Building and Physical Premises Safety

On July 22, 2023, four (4) ongoing and four (4) new teachers attended a two-hour health and safety training on Building and Physical Premises Safety including identification and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water and vehicular traffic. This remote training was facilitated by Evergreen Learning Quality Care Specialist, Maricar Peña.   

FEMA Expands Typhoon Mawar Relief Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently approved the CNMI’s  requests for additional Typhoon Mawar relief and funding assistance for permanent work for Saipan, Rota, and Tinian. In addition to emergency protective measures, the additional categories of assistance now include permanent work activities that include restoration of roads, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, utilities, parks, and other facilities. 

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