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. 

Governor Palacios, CPA Board Chair Ayuyu Meet With Senator Murkowski (R-AK)

CNMI Governor Arnold I. Palacios, together with Commonwealth Ports Authority Board Chairperson Jose “Joe” Ayuyu, recently met with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to discuss a range of issues including port enhancement projects and infrastructure development. Murkowski is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee, member of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Governor Palacios is in Washington DC this week for a series of meetings with senior leaders from federal and military agencies.

New Board Members for Cannabis Commission and NMTI

Congratulations to Mr. Jose B. Palacios on being sworn into the CNMI Cannabis Commission (CCC) board of directors! Governor Palacios and Lt. Governor Apatang both trust that Mr. Palacios will continue to positively impact the CCC. 

Saipan Welcomes the MSC Belissima

CNMI Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang recently greeted Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero of the MSC Belissima, a Meraviglia-class cruise ship from the renowned Swiss global cruise line, MSC Cruises. The ship made a port visit to Saipan on Thursday morning, allowing its passengers, totaling up to 5,686 guests, to disembark and partake in various tour activities on the island.

Remembering a Dedicated Public Servant

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of a true pioneer and Marianas daughter, Felicidad “Daling” Ogumoro, who dedicated her life to public service and whose positive, indelible impact in the CNMI continues to resonate today. 

DCCA Announces Postponement of NAP Benefit Adjustment

The CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs (DCCA) – Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) announced that it was postponing a benefit-level reduction that was earlier publicized and which would have been implemented on January 1, 2024. 

Man Amko’ Carolers Visit the Office of the Governor & Lt. Governor

Carolers from the Saipan Man Amko’ Center recently visited the Office of the Governor, where they sang Christmas carols to spread joy and holiday spirit. Audience members included Governor Arnold I. Palacios, DLNR Secretary Sylvan Igisomar, OMB Special Assistant Virginia Villagomez, and staff members from the Office of the Governor & Lt. Governor, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Office of Management and Budget. The carolers were accompanied by Walter Manglona, Director for the Office of Aging.

Office of CNMI Governor and Lt. Governor
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