Priorities

The Torres-Palacios Administration is actively reviewing and considering issues of importance for the residents of the Marianas. Find Governor Torres’ statements and additional information here.

Agriculture

“Our goal is to have the best produce and sell the best products to the community. We encourage everyone to support our local farmers, since it helps strengthen the local agricultural industry. We must eat local and support local.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Cannabis

“The creation of the cannabis industry is in the best interest of our people, especially those suffering from debilitating illnesses and for the diversification of our island economy. We will ensure that this industry will be properly regulated and enforced to protect our community’s safety and health.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Economy

“Our economic growth is measured in beach barbecues, family gatherings, and birthday parties. We grow the economy, not just for public services, but for our ability to help one another when we need it most.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Education

“I grew up in a family of teachers, so I understand the importance of investing in our students when we have a strong economy. Investing in their opportunities allows them to be our islands’ next doctors, engineers, construction workers, chemists, teachers, lawyers, nurses, and business leaders. Our islands grow students that inspire greatness.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Environment and Public Lands

“The CNMI relies on a clean and healthy environment for our livelihood, survival, and way of life. Typhoons show the vulnerability of our island environments. We must continue to be proactive in adapting to the changes brought by climate change to protect our infrastructure, communities, and ecosystems.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Federal Relations

“We have created deep and lasting relationships with partners in Washington D.C., and these relationships provide cooperation with our community. Our national relationships are hard earned, and it is my hope to continue to foster them for the best interest of our people. These relationships have allowed us to tell our story, the real story of the Marianas.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Fire and Emergency Medical Services

“Through every disaster or crisis, our first responders from DFEMS have been at the frontline of our emergency response. We thank them and our law enforcement for working together and for the sacrifices they make each and every day.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Healthcare

“Under strong economic conditions, we will continue to support our island’s hospital by funding necessary equipment, expanded services, supporting Medicaid, and stabilizing our medical referral program. As we continue our response against COVID-19, we will continue our efforts to protect the safety and health of our people.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Infrastructure

“Planning and development are at the forefront of our economic policies. It requires a comprehensive community approach from our homes and villages to our private sector and federal partners. Together, we will replace and improve the decades-old systems that provide our power, our water, and our transportation in order to modernize our economy for future generations.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Public Safety

“Our police officers, firefighters, customs officers, correctional officers, and emergency managers are our frontline and our first responders. They sacrifice a lot to protect our community, and we will continue to do our part to take care of them and keep our islands safe.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Public Transportation

“Public transportation is a crucial step in alleviating poverty. The goal is to create a public transportation system that is comprehensive and reaches the most underserved and vulnerable areas in our community, so it is easier for folks to find a job, go to their medical appointments, or attend classes at the Northern Marianas College.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Recovery

“We continue the work of rebuilding our lives, our homes and our community after Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018. We remain committed as ever to rebuild stronger with the help of FEMA, our federal partners, private sector partners, nongovernmental organizations, and volunteers. Our resiliency and our ability to come together are why we will build a stronger Marianas for the future.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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Tourism

“The Marianas is a tropical paradise with some of the best beaches in the world, clear blue waters, a beautiful environment, some of the best golf courses in the Pacific, award-winning dive sites, cultural festivals that showcase our Chamorro and Carolinian cultures and celebrate the diversity of our islands, and, most importantly, we have the most welcoming people in the world.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

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