The chairman of the Saipan & Northern Islands Municipal Council on Tuesday urged the business community to participate in its Adopt-a-Place initiative which promotes a safe and healthy living environment for the public.
Ramon B. Camacho said in his remarks at the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting at Hyatt Regency Saipan that Adopt-a-Place is a result of the development and expansion of the Neighborhood Watch and Village Revitalization efforts.
Camacho said the main goal of Adopt-a-Place is to bring together the business sector and other members of the community in maintaining their designated places, thus instilling a sense of ownership and care among participants.
He said that through the program, eyesores like overgrown vegetation are removed, which he believes would reduce the incidence of unacceptable or criminal activities in the island.
“The more participants we have in the program, the lesser problems we're going to be seeing,” added Camacho.
He said that unlike the Department of Public Works' Adopt-a-Highway, Adopt-a-Place is narrowed down to an area that is less than a mile and is “very manageable” by any group that would take on the responsibility in maintaining their own area.
Camacho disclosed that he initially invited religious organizations, which gladly took on the challenge. Involved in the program are Iglesia ni Cristo, Jesus is Lord, and Life in the Son.
Other groups such as business establishments and private families followed suit, and Camacho said he plans to meet with various ethnic groups and invite them to participate in the program. He noted that Tournament of Champions donated traffic cones and vests for those who will take part in the Adopt-a-Place cleanup.
Camacho said interested participants may visit the council in Chalan Kanoa next to the post office to check on the road map, select their designated area, and fill out a waiver form. For more information, call 664-2700 or 2701.