Marianas Pacific Distributors, Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with various community projects, beginning with their participation in the Adopt-a-Place program of the Saipan & Northern Islands Municipal Council.
About 30 Marpac employees, along with family members and friends, took part in the cleanup on Jan. 5 at the company's designated area-the highway intersection at Quartermaster and Middle Road.
The volunteers began their Saturday beautification project at 7am. The event involved the washing, scraping, and repainting of walls, railings, and sidewalks, as well as the cutting of overgrown vegetation in the area.
The council provided vests and cones to the volunteers, while the rest of the materials were provided by Marpac.
The distributing company is only one of several business, religious, and private groups that have taken part in the council's program to bring the community together and build a sense of ownership among participants as they get involved in efforts to maintain their own selected places for cleanup.
Guy Pudney, Marpac resident manager, said the Adopt-a-Place program is one of the many projects and events that they have planned for this year as a way of giving back to the community's 40 years of support to the company.
“We as a community need to pitch in by cleaning areas that are most visual especially in the daily sight of our people and visitors and not always rely on our government,” he said.
Pudney encouraged all individuals and companies to support Adopt-a-Place, saying that cleaning up the highways, tourist spots, and other parts of the island sends the message that someone cares about the island that everyone calls “home.”
“You'll feel rewarded after seeing all the fruits of your labor,” he added.