Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) assured the congregates at the Aging Center that he will look after their interests and help them keep their program coordinator.
Sablan made his promise to the island's elderly about retaining Walter Manglona when he presented his donation of individual fruit baskets Tuesday morning in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Sablan also was instrumental in getting a reporter inside the center where, until Tuesday, media were not allowed access to the facility due to recent policy changes made by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.
Saipan Tribune learned that Aging director Rose Mondala did not allow Marianas Variety reporter Junhan Todeno to enter the facility when the latter arrived before 10am in time for Sablan's donation.
Todeno was informed that the Aging program coordinator will be the one to take photos and prepare a media release regarding Sablan's donation. Sources said that Todeno was only allowed to come in after Sablan intervened.
“This is a public facility. If they didn't let the media in, I would not come here,” Sablan told the man'amko.
Saipan Seniors Advisory Council president Maria Salinas expressed appreciation for Sablan's donation, adding that Sablan does not fail to remember the congregates during the holidays.
Salinas said that Sablan also disclosed that he has been discussing Manglona's situation with a lawyer.
According to Salinas, Sablan advised them not to worry as he is aware of all the hard work that Manglona has put in job as program coordinator and that the delegate will protect the man'amko.
“We really hope that he will do something to help us keep our coordinator who has done so much for us here at the center,” she said.
Salinas emphasized, however, that she and Mondala get along even after Manglona's non-renewal became an issue.
Salinas said Mondala recognizes what Manglona has done for the man'amko “but her hands are tied.”
The council president expressed hope that the matter will be resolved soon so that the center can proceed with their upcoming programs and events for the holidays.