Apatang sets deadlines for debris pick up


The Saipan Mayor’s Office is getting ready to set deadlines for the official end of their Super Typhoon Yutu debris pick up.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang told Saipan Tribune over the weekend that they are getting ready to announce a deadline for villages to put out their debris, ultimately ending the Saipan Mayor’s Office’s cleanup efforts.

“We are putting out a deadline for the villages so that people could continue putting out their debris,” Apatang said, adding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given his office until Jan. 15, 2019, to conclude the debris pick up efforts.

“Every village gets two days to put out their debris and then we would come around and pick them up,” he said.

Apatang noted that San Jose’s deadline to put out its debris for collection is Jan. 3, 2019, when his office would roam the area to pick up the debris. The Susupe area follows, where his office would pick up the debris on Jan. 7, 2019; Chalan Kanoa’s pick up would be on Jan. 9, 2019; Chalan Piao going to San Antonio has the deadlines of Jan. 10, 2019, and Jan. 11, 2019 respectively.

“We would be going to Koblerville on Jan. 12, 2019, maybe Jan. 13, 2019, and then we would go by Dandan and San Vicente on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, 2019,” he said.

“We would continue as long as there is a disaster cleanup and as long as Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has not rescinded the disaster cleanup order [but]… FEMA’s [deadline] is on Jan. 15, 2019,” he added.

Apatang noted that residents who do not comply with the deadline would have to bring the debris to the staging area in As Lito themselves.

“They had since Oct. 24, 2018. We have been putting announcements on the radio [in various languages],” he noted. “You need to start taking out your debris,” adding that the debris must be segregated among roofing tins, wood, green waste, and more.

“Clean up around your yards, put them out [onto the side of the street] and we would pick them up,” the mayor said. “We can work together if they want their stuff picked up; otherwise they are stuck with it,” he said.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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