4-year CNMI State Plan on Aging now available

Public hearing set for next week

The official public hearing for the CNMI State Plan on Aging for fiscal year 2015-2019 will be held next week.

The four-year plan will provide direction for the Office on Aging as it plans and implements long-term care reform efforts.

According to Aging director Walter Manglona, copies of the plan are now available for the public hearing set on June 17 at 10am on CNMI’s senior centers.

“Copies of the State Plan are available to the public at the senior centers on all islands so that they can review it over the weekend,” Manglona said.

He added that the plan was made with the man’amkó themselves.

“The CNMI Office on Aging included the senior citizens here at the senior center and collected their input before finalizing the plan. This plan is our plan,” he added.

Manglona will conduct the hearing on Saipan, while coordinators Valerie Apatang and Evelyn David will head the hearing in Tinian and Rota.

He said he hopes for more senior citizens to come at the hearing as well as current and future partner agencies.

At the hearing, they will discuss the plan as well as collect comments from the public to see if there are needs for revisions or inclusions before they submit it to the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Laura Ogumoro.

After the department’s final review, they will be sending the plan to the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging for approval.

The State Plan will provide direction for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home- and community-based services that allow senior citizens and older persons with physical disabilities to continue to live in their homes and communities.

Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon | Reporter
Frauleine Michelle S. Villanueva was a broadcast news producer in the Philippines before moving to the CNMI to pursue becoming a print journalist. She is interested in weather and environmental reporting but is an all-around writer. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Journalism and was a sportswriter in the student publication.

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