Sept. 25, 2000
Govt urged to take steps to curb crime
Tinian-In a swift response to Japan's labeling of Saipan and Rota as unsafe destinations for its travelers, the Senate on Friday called on the Tenorio administration to take immediate steps to curb crime incidents on the islands. It also urged Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio to carry out image-building efforts in that country, which is the largest source of tourists to the CNMI, in order to counter negative publicity there. Senators adopted a resolution during a session held at the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino that formally tasked the administration to address the concerns raised by the Japanese government.
Low response to survey disappoints DDC
The Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council unveiled yesterday results of a CNMI-wide survey intended to gather community perceptions on existing policies that hamper the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in everyday community endeavors. DD Council Executive Director Thomas J. Camacho expressed disappointment over the minimal participation exercised by various agencies, reporting that out of 119 entities surveyed, only 25 organizations completed and returned the survey questionnaires to the council. "The turn out rate was very low," said Mr. Camacho. Despite the dismal number of survey returns, Mr. Camacho said the council was able to acquire substantial responses from the agencies that participated.
Sept. 25, 2001
OPA: Audit on CUC’s procurements out soon
The Office of the Public Auditor is set to release within the next few days its audit on the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation’s small-purchase procurements. Public Auditor Michael S. Sablan said that during his visit yesterday morning at the office of Rep. Rosiky F. Camacho, he updated the congressman on the status of the CUC audit where he said he expects to issue within three to four days the OPA audit on the CUC’s small-purchase procurements. “Back in March or April this year, he [Camacho] had requested our office to conduct an audit on CUC-a very general audit that he had in mind. I just wanted to give him an update,” Sablan said.
’Separate panel for each sector unnecessary’
A separate ad hoc committee that will look into the concerns of the apparel manufacturing industry in the CNMI is not really necessary since the House-created ad hoc panel also intends to look into the current problems being faced by the garment sector. This was the contention of Rep. Antonio M. Camacho, chairman of the ad hoc committee, who stressed that the only way to avert the imminent plunge of the local economy is for everybody to rally behind the government. “No, I don’t think [it is necessary to create another ad hoc panel] because we will be working with everybody on this. We have to meet with everybody that can help and we will look at all our resources to make sure that we don’t go down,” said Camacho, who is also chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Sept. 25, 2002
Hyatt’s Golf Classic to benefit Make-A-Wish
Embarking on another noble cause that would inspire children suffering from dreaded illnesses, Hyatt Regency-Saipan will hold its 7th Annual Club at the Hyatt Golf Classic benefit tournament aimed at supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the CNMI. Hyatt Regency Saipan's Club Elan Fitness Center Manager Jeff Callahan is spearheading the annual golf tournament slated on Sept. 28 at the Kingfisher Golf Links. Check-in time for the tournament starts at 6:30am. Callahan said Hyatt has chosen the Make-A-Wish Foundation as sole beneficiary for this year's benefit golf tournament to help children suffering from illnesses by granting their most treasured wishes.
BoR okays $2.2M budget for NMC
The State Board of Regents has approved $2.2 million operations budget for the Northern Marianas College.
The board approved the allocation as proposed by the NMC budget office during its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon. "We're happy that the Board approved our operations budget request," NMC budget officer David Atalig said in an interview. He said his office followed the administration's budget ceiling of $2.2 million. "We stuck to that ceiling and did our budget process internally," he said.