The 12th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council last Wednesday presented the family of the late Pedro “Pete” Cogure Arriola a posthumous commemorative resolution for his “outstanding public service and untold public contributions to the development and progress of the CNMI.”
Arriola, a former Saipan representative, died on Oct. 2 in Manila, Philippines.
Municipal Council chair Ramon B. Camacho said that Arriola’s dedication to public service was best exemplified as an elected member of the House of Representatives in the 5th Legislature.
He also served in various capacities in the Department of Finance, most notably as director of Finance and Accounting; chief administrative officer for the office of minority representatives in the 7th Legislature; and committee consultant on Health, Education and Welfare in the 6th Legislature.
“Arriola was driven by his passion for renewable and alternative energy for conservation and energy cost reduction, increased funding for public schools, increased fiscal accountability by elected officials over the use of public funds, transparency in the use of public funds in government and in the community, restoration of medical referral funding, and focus on preventative health education on obesity and related diseases, among others,” said Camacho.
In private life, Arriola served as internal auditor for Bank of Saipan, a substitute teacher in Math at Mt. Carmel School, was founder of PKCL Enterprises Apartments, and was a member of the Association of Government Accountants.
Arriola was born in April 23, 1954. He was the son of Luis Sablan Arriola and Maria Kogure Arriola.
He is survived by his wife Luzviminda Fabricante Arriola and their children Luis Vincent, Chela Marie, Kimberly, and Peter.