Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang has already started sending out community workers to clean up villages this month and in the months ahead.
In an interview with Apatang last Thursday, Apatang said that community workers have been cleaning from both ends of the island. One team is working from the north end, while the other will start out from the south end.
Apatang noted that regular island cleanups are one of his priorities and is actually part of the Saipan Mayor’s Office’s duties.
Community workers started cleaning northern villages such as San Roque, As Matuis, and Tanapag, while the other team cleaned up Koblerville while moving toward the north.
One resident from Tanapag said that it was a good idea and he was glad to see several men clearing up the village’s beach last week.
Apatang also assured that with the new backhoes already with his office, the next phase is to train his staff on the proper use of these equipment before groundwork and maintenance of secondary roads could start.
In related news, Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas has also started his community program with workers maintaining several areas in preparation for the Pika Festival this weekend.
Community workers have started cleaning and painting the Tinian Public Library, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs. Staff started clearing debris and trimming the yards of the three government agencies.
Tinian residents have expressed gratitude for San Nicolas’ efforts via social media and hoped that the Tinian Mayor’s Office continue the work they did last week.