Attao gets Senate’s nod as NMTI board member


The Senate confirmed early this week the appointment of Catherine M. Attao to serve as a member of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees.

Attao received the unanimous nod of senators after the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations recommended her confirmation.

The committee, chaired by Sen. Francisco Q. Cruz (R-Saipan) received four written and seven oral testimonies in support of Attao. No one opposed.

The committee said that, based on the overall assessment of Attao’s credentials, experiences, testimonies, and her goals for the department, it is convinced that she has the qualifications and leadership skills necessary to serve as member of the NMTI board.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios appointed Attao last Dec. 3 to the board.

The committee conducted a public hearing to receive testimonies on the appointment last Jan. 14.

NMTI chief executive officer Agnes M. McPhetres, who was among those who supported Attao’s appointment, said that Attao is a huge asset to NMTI and the community as a whole.

McPhetres said she supports Attao’s nomination based on her extensive work experience as a manager and supervisor in both the private and public sectors, coupled with her extensive experience as an educator both in and out of the classroom.

Attao is currently the vice president of corporate affairs and human resources of TanHoldings.

Office of Planning and Development deputy director Christopher A. Concepcion said Attao has extensive experience in the field of education, national and international security, human resources, community events, public relations, and other things.

“I have known Ms. Attao all my life so I speak from the heart when I state that she has a genuine desire to see our people succeed in forming a robust and sufficient workforce to fill the needs of the Commonwealth now and in the future,” Concepcion said.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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