3 proclamation signings herald Oct. observances

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A proclamation signing was held at the Governor’s Office designating October as Youth Empowerment Month. October is also designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Red Ribbon Month. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The month of October will be doing a lot of heavy lifting, having been designated as a month to promote youth empowerment, the fight against domestic and sexual violence, and drug-free campuses.

The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres held multiple proclamations throughout last week that would benefit the islands’ welfare by appealing to the youth, students, and families.

Last Tuesday, a proclamation was held at the Saipan World Resort’s Royal Taga Hall to highlight the battle against domestic violence.

Families all over the Marianas experience domestic violence, some cases worse than others. The Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence wants to spread awareness that there is an organization that is ready and willing to help those trapped in a violent household.

Throughout October, the coalition will host walks in neighbourhoods to spread awareness, they will be on radio stations to promote the cause, and they will also administer outreach programs on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota for the public to be aware of the help that the coalition is willing to give.

A separate proclamation signing was held last Wednesday at the Garapan Elementary School to promote drug-free campusese.

GES was chosen to lead the monthlong campaign to promote drug-free campuses after winning the Red Ribbon Campaign’s gate decorating competition last year.

According to school principal Laila Yumul, the campaign promotes healthy, drug-free living through various education, prevention, and outreach programs. GES will be hosting several activities and different agencies will share presentations on how to stay drug-free. There will also be a roadside waving and a day where student will wear red.

Last Thursday, another proclamation signing at the Governor’s Office designated October as Youth Empowerment Month.

According to Youth Affairs Office special assistant Shalaine Borja, the month will be filled with radio show appearances, an empowerment walk, and a Youth Takeover Day for government agencies.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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